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Monday May 29, 2017. 03:00 PM
Enlarge (credit: Aurich / Thinkstock) On May 30, two suspects accused of extorting the so-called 'Queen of Snapchat' as part of a sex-tape scandal are scheduled to appear in a Florida court. But as wild as the premise sounds, primarily the accused need only to answer a...
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Enlarge / RiME is often a peaceful game, but it has a few harrowing moments. (credit: Tequila Works) I have had one of the most gorgeous Memorial Day weekends that I can recall, replete with beautiful, exotic memories. Some are dotted with endless coastlines and...
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Sunday May 28, 2017. 10:50 PM
Can give this to AI—generally more visually interesting than 'the cloud.' (credit: Disney) Back when I was doing research, one of my advisors once joked that, if you wait long enough, you can produce an old result using new methods, manage to get it published, and...
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NASA It has now been a year since NASA successfully expanded a habitat attached to the International Space Station, the experimental Bigelow Expandable Activity Module. Initial tests on the module suggest that expandable habitats may play an important role as NASA considers ...
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(credit: urbanfeel) To say that David Biello’s new book, The Unnatural World (Amazon US / Amazon UK), is not uplifting would be an understatement. Its upshot is that we have seriously f—ed up this planet, along with all of the organisms and ecosystems residing on it,...
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Enlarge / An image of the Siege of Rhodes from the Süleymannâme, a chronicle of the Sultan's life. (credit: Detail from the Süleymannâme) Suleiman the Magnificent earned his epithet, at least militarily. The Sultan of the Ottoman Empire for 46 years, he spent much of...
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Enlarge / Volkswagen AG Turbocharged Direct Injection (TDI) vehicles sit parked in a storage lot at San Bernardino International Airport (SBD) in San Bernardino, California, U.S., on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Volkswagen agreed last year to buy back about 500,000 diesels that ...
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Enlarge / Graham Rahal during practice for the Indianapolis 500 this year. (credit: Michael Hickey | Getty Images) The 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 is just one of the big races taking place this Memorial Day weekend. And ahead of the big event—which has seen...
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(credit: Aurich Lawson / Derek Riggs) Around Memorial Day weekend four years ago, Ars Technical Director Jason Marlin was simply minding his own business in a new home office, enjoying Carolina thunderstorms after recently moving to Asheville, North Carolina. He'll never...
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Enlarge / T-shirt, shoe, and hat—post-lightning. (credit: William LeGoullon) If you’re hit by lightning, there’s a nine in ten chance you’ll survive. But what are the lasting effects of being exposed to hundreds of millions of volts? For Mosaic, Charlotte Huff...
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Enlarge (credit: Simon Ridgway/Des Willie/Ray Burmiston/BBC) This is a post-UK broadcast review of Doctor Who: The Pyramid at the End of the World. River Song always warned the Doctor against spoilers, so be sure to watch the episode first. Doctor Who, season 10, airs on...
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Saturday May 27, 2017. 06:09 PM
120,000 movies, six minutes. Ars takes the Scarecrow Video tour. (video link) Despite fond memories running to Blockbuster as a kid, these days you probably have fewer video-store options while away at a cabin or vacation home this Memorial Day. Another one of the formative ...
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Enlarge (credit: Owen Duffy) Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com—and let us know what you think. If you want to run a ridiculously successful board gaming Kickstarter...
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Enlarge / Amazon's first public grocery store, now open in the Seattle neighborhood of Ballard. But you can't go inside. Pickup only. (credit: Sam Machkovech) SEATTLE—For years, Amazon's worst-kept secret has been its interest in becoming a brick-and-mortar grocery...
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Almost 10 years ago, journalist David Kushner had a chance to interview Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, the two creators of Dungeons & Dragons, before they died. Kushner's reporting became a story for Wired, and now he's expanded the scope of his tale into a graphic novel....
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Enlarge / That sharp red line is the high-energy radiation coming from our own galaxy, some of which is produced by the annihilation of antimatter. (credit: NASA/DOE/Fermi LAT Collaboration) Antimatter is rare in this Universe, but the Universe is a pretty big place, so...
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Friday May 26, 2017. 09:32 PM
Enlarge (credit: Alfredo Mendez) Uber and Lyft are returning to Austin—the capital of Texas and home to the South by Southwest festival. The move comes one year after the ride-hailing services left the area over a driver-background check dispute with city regulators and...
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Enlarge (credit: US Food and Drug Administration) Pacemakers are devices that are implanted in the chest or abdomen to control life-threatening heartbeat abnormalities. Once they're in place, doctors use radio signals to adjust the pacemakers so that additional major...
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Enlarge (credit: Icon Sportswire/Shaun Botterill/Brian Lawdermilk/BMW) As we prepare to head into Memorial Day weekend, there's a bumper crop of wheel-to-wheel action on offer for the motorsports fan. Both IndyCar and Formula 1 have their biggest races of the year this...
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(credit: Court documents) At the heart of Uber's litigation with Waymo is another oddly-named self-driving startup called Otto. That's the company founded by Uber engineer Anthony Levandowski right after he left Google, the job at which he was accused of illegally...
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