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Friday March 8, 2019. 10:30 PM
Enlarge / A shortfin mako shark off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. Tiny flexible scales on its skin control flow separation as it swims, reducing pressure drag. (credit: YouTube/Guy Harvey) Mako sharks can swim as fast as 70 to 80mph, earning them the moniker 'cheetahs of the ...
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Enlarge / A Charter Spectrum vehicle. (credit: Charter) New York government officials still haven't followed through on a July 2018 decision to kick Charter Communications out of the state. Negotiations between Charter and the state have dragged on for months past the...
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Enlarge / Elizabeth Warren speaking to a crowd on February 18, 2019 in Glendale, California. (credit: Getty Images | Mario Tama) Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today proposed breaking up Amazon, Google, and Facebook as part of a plan to regulate tech platforms as...
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Enlarge / Introducing topological defects into knitted patterns can shape the (a) out-of-plane elasticity of a stuffed rabbit (left), and (b) the in-plane deformations of knitted textiles (right). (credit: Elisabetta Matsumoto) Knitted fabrics like a scarf or socks are...
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Uh, I'm here to donate blood? [credit: Nathan Mattise ] AUSTIN, Texas—The hottest ticket at South by Southwest 2019 may not involve a band or a film. Instead... it's for blood donations. Fresh off its much hyped SXSW 2018 Westworld experience, HBO partnered up with the ...
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Enlarge / A single dose of MMR (for Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) at Kaiser Permanente East Medical offices in Denver. (credit: Getty | Joe Amon) Facing scrutiny for allowing anti-vaccine lies and conspiracy theories to fester and spread on its pages, Facebook announced...
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Enlarge / All four parachutes opened as intended, bringing Dragon to a soft landing in the Atlantic Ocean on Friday. (credit: NASA TV) After a six-day mission in orbit, SpaceX's Dragon capsule returned to Earth on Friday morning and splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean. The...
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Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | NurPhoto ) Disney is rapidly preparing to launch its own streaming service, dubbed Disney+, later this year. While the debut date is still unknown, we now know that the service will include the entire Disney movie library shortly after the...
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Enlarge / Captain Marvel is here, and thank goodness. (credit: Marvel Studios) This review contains as few plot spoilers as the author could muster. (We even chose not to use certain film images that could be construed as spoilers, just in case.) As much as we at Ars...
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Enlarge / The mighty Delta IV Heavy rocket takes to the skies. (credit: Aurich Lawson/United Launch Alliance) Welcome to Edition 1.39 of the Rocket Report! What an exciting week in launch, with SpaceX's first launch of a capsule capable of carrying humans into orbit. The...
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As a reminder, here's what the default Start menu looked like in Windows 7. (credit: Microsoft) Google security officials are advising Windows users to ensure they’re using the latest version 10 of the Microsoft operating system to protect themselves against a...
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Everywhere Windows 10 can be. And on the server, too, though there it gets a different branding. (credit: Microsoft) Microsoft says that Windows 10 has reached more than 800 million devices. This is 100 million more than it had six months ago. When Windows 10 was...
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As on other remote play devices, you can navigate the entire PS4 interface. [credit: Samuel Axon ] Today, Sony released its 6.50 firmware for PlayStation 4 systems. The tentpole feature of the update is support for remote play to iOS devices like iPhones and iPads. The...
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Thursday March 7, 2019. 11:20 PM
Enlarge (credit: Jonathan Gitlin) An overhaul to Tesla's Autopilot webpage might represent the clearest acknowledgment yet that the company has failed to deliver on Elon Musk's ambitious vision for a self-driving future. 'You will be able to summon your Tesla from pretty...
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Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | amesy) Cord cutting continued at a steady rate in 2018, as cable and satellite TV providers in the United States lost more than 3 million video subscribers, a new report from Leichtman Research Group said. Satellite TV services were hit...
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Enlarge / Martin Shkreli, former CEO of Turing, smirked his way through a Congressional hearing. (credit: CSPAN) Armed with a contraband phone, an incarcerated Martin Shkreli is plotting a comeback with his notorious pharmaceutical company, according to a report by The Wall ...
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Enlarge (credit: TechBargains) Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. Today's list is headlined by a deal on Vava's USB-C Hub, which is currently down to $24 with a 10 percent on-site coupon and the code...
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Enlarge / Wee foraminifera, whose shells hold chemical clues to past climates. (credit: Mimi Katz/RPI/NSF) If you’ve read about the “ice ages” of Earth’s recent history before, you probably learned that the cyclical rhythm of these climate changes is controlled by...
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Enlarge / Shoppers scan the Amazon Go app on the mobile devices as they enter the Amazon Go store, on January 22, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (credit: Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images) This week, Philadelphia's mayor signed a bill that would ban cashless retail...
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Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai with his oversized coffee mug in November 2017. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg) Ajit Pai's latest claim that his deregulatory policies have increased broadband deployment may be based in part on a gigantic error. Pai's claim was...
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