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Monday May 13, 2019. 04:38 PM
The inside of the Bethlehem Chapel replica, which is a small chapel in the basement of the cathedral. It is nearly complete except for the vaulted ceilings. WASHINGTON, DC—As millions of dollars in donations stacked up for the Notre-Dame Cathedral following the...
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Enlarge / Assange arrives at court in London on May 1, 2019 to be sentenced for bail violation. (credit: DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images) Prosecutors in Sweden have reopened their investigation into a 2010 rape allegation against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, a...
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Sunday May 12, 2019. 05:00 PM
Enlarge (credit: Valentina Palladino) Runners have a lot to be excited about when it comes to Garmin's revamped family of Forerunner smartwatches. Now starting at $199, the Forerunner family contains six devices that should serve all levels of runner—from novice to...
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Enlarge / A new study shows the ultimate fate of Leidenfrost droplets, liquid drops that levitate above very hot surfaces. Larger drops explode violently with an audible crack. Smaller ones simple shrink and fly away. (credit: Lyu/Mathai) In 1756, a German scientist named...
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Enlarge / Behold, the default desktop for the latest Canonical release: Ubuntu 19.04, gloriously nicknamed 'Disco Dingo.' (credit: Scott Gilbertson) Canonical recently released Ubuntu 19.04, the latest version of its flagship GNOME-based Linux desktop. But if you're a...
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Saturday May 11, 2019. 03:00 PM
Enlarge / The $600 HP Reverb (left) and $400 Oculus Rift S (right). By the end of 2019, many major VR headset manufacturers seem poised to launch a new 'statement' product for PCs. This month sees two such headsets reach store shelves: the Oculus Rift S (coming May 21,...
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The Levante in Sport Mode, low to the ground. [credit: BradleyWarren Photography ] When we last checked in with Maserati, the Italian luxury carmaker had unleashed the Levante on the North American car-buying public. Starting at around $75,000, the Levante is a striking, ...
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Enlarge (credit: VCG/VCG via Getty Images) A federal judge in California has rejected Elon Musk's request to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed by Vern Unsworth, a British caver who aided with the rescue of a dozen boys in Thailand last year. Musk's lawyers had argued that...
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Friday May 10, 2019. 11:51 PM
Enlarge The news from Microsoft's Build developer conference that surprised me most was that Microsoft will ship a genuine Linux kernel—GPLed, with all patches published—with Windows. That announcement was made with the announcement of Windows Terminal, a new front-end ...
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Enlarge / Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. (credit: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Uber's long-anticipated debut on public stock markets failed to live up to expectations on Friday, with the company's stock falling 7.6 percent during its first day of trading. As the...
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Enlarge / JR East unveils to the media its new test bullet train 'ALFA-X' in Rifu, Miyagi prefecture on May 9, 2019. (credit: JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images) This week, Japanese railway company JR East showed off its new Alfa-X, a high-speed bullet train that is designed to...
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Enlarge / Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks during the Google I/O Developers Conference on May 7, 2019. (credit: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images) One of the most interesting demos at this week's Google I/O keynote featured a new version of Google's voice...
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Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai speaking at a press conference on October 1, 2018, in Washington, DC. (credit: Getty Images | Mark Wilson ) The Federal Communications Commission isn't punishing carriers for their horrible response to Hurricane Michael in Florida, despite a...
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Enlarge / The unusual, gemstone-inspired edges are designed to make this laptop stand out. (credit: Samuel Axon) The HP Spectre 15 x360 is a good laptop, but it seemed we always found one or two things to quibble with. With the 2017 model, we liked some key design decisions ...
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(credit: Ron Amadeo / Nest) MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—Don't be distracted by the shiny new 'Nest' smart display that was just announced: Nest died at Google I/O 2019. 'Google Nest' is the new reality now, where Nest is no longer a standalone company but instead is a sub-brand ...
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Enlarge / A Falcon 9 rocket launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base. (credit: Aurich Lawson/SpaceX) Welcome to Edition 1.48 of the Rocket Report! Mostly good news this week, with launch-related successes in Japan, the United States, and New Zealand. We also have an...
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Enlarge / How do you know it's Detective Pikachu, not just standard Pikachu? Clues: the hat, the magnifying glass, the lush fur. (credit: Warner Bros. / The Pokemon Company) Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is the best video game adaptation I've ever seen in a theater. And it's...
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Behold, slowdown destroyed! Many gamers of a certain age (this author included) remember the early '90s disappointment of buying the SNES version of hit arcade shmup Gradius III. In magazine screenshots, the game's huge, colorful sprites were a sight to behold, comparable...
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The twice-flown booster last used during the CRS-13 mission will go on display at Space Center Houston this summer. [credit: SpaceX ] Ten days before Christmas 2017, a Falcon 9 rocket blasted a Dragon spacecraft into orbit. The first stage then performed a series of...
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Jeff Bezos, owner of Blue Origin, spoke Thursday during an unveiling of his Blue Moon lunar lander. [credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images ] WASHINGTON D.C.—The world's richest person, Jeff Bezos, unveiled his sweeping vision for humanity on Thursday afternoon in a...
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