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Tuesday January 15, 2019. 08:15 PM
Science is our most effective means of understanding the natural world, yet the public doesn't always accept the understanding that it produces. Researchers have been trying to figure out why there's a gap between science and the public for decades, an effort that is...
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Enlarge Since making its public premiere at 2014’s Awesome Games Done Quick marathon, TASBot (the tool-assisted speedrun robot) has repeatedly amazed audiences by performing seemingly impossible in-game feats. Using nothing but pre-recorded electrical signals sent...
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Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai with his oversized coffee mug in November 2017. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg) Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai refused a Democratic lawmaker's request to immediately address a privacy scandal involving wireless...
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Enlarge / Netflix company headquarters in Los Gatos, California. (credit: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Another round of Netflix price hikes is upon us. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Netflix will increase the prices of all of its...
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Enlarge / Artist's impression of a VW-branded Transit van. (credit: Aurich / Ford) We have seen a couple of big news days for two of the world's biggest automakers. On Monday, Ford used the North American International Auto Show in Detroit to announce the Shelby GT500, an...
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Enlarge / Not my actual home office, but you get the idea. (credit: Manuel Breva Colmeiro / Getty Images) As we look back on the past 20 years of Ars Technica from our 'orbiting HQ,' one of the things we've gotten to witness firsthand is how the nature of working from home...
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Enlarge / Researchers at Bielefeld University in Germany used folding rulers for measurement to test the effect. Study participants indicated the number they thought Mona Lisa's gaze was directed at. (credit: CITEC/ Bielefeld University) There have long been anecdotal...
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Enlarge (credit: Tesla) Pwn2Own has been the foremost hacking contest for more than a decade, with cash prizes paid for exploits that compromise the security of all manner of devices and software. Browsers, virtual machines, computers, and phones have all been fair game....
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Enlarge / An employee demonstrates fingerprint security software on a smartphone at the MasterCard Inc. stand at the Mobile World Congress in this arranged photograph in Barcelona, Spain, on Wednesday, February 24, 2016. (credit: Bloomberg / Getty Images News) According to...
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Enlarge / A famed helmet from the Borderlands game series, published by Gearbox, as arranged on a cross. (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty Images / Gearbox) In October 2018—10 days before video game studio Gearbox Software sued its former general counsel over allegations of ...
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Monday January 14, 2019. 11:48 PM
Enlarge / Capt. Phillipa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) of the secret Federation branch, Section 31, will be the focus of new Star Trek: Discovery spinoff series. (credit: CBS All Access) Season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery debuts January 17, and CBS All Access just confirmed to...
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Unblurred. Here's a view of the Bellagio fountains from the Cosmopolitan, where Casey and Flo guest-hosted Tested's live show after Day 1 of CES. [credit: Casey Johnston ] Ars may be turning 20, but the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) makes us feel downright youth-y. The ...
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Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | SOPA Images ) A free texting service used by teachers, students, and parents may stop working on the Verizon Wireless network because of a dispute over texting fees that Verizon demanded from the company that operates the service. As a...
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Enlarge / Samsung's Space monitor in a lowered configuration. (credit: Samsung) CES 2019 has finally come to an end—and by and large, it was a more interesting show than last year's. To that end, the Ars reviews staff has put together another annual Best in Show list, and ...
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Enlarge (credit: Getty | Karen Hatch) At Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, an “HC BYP FEM-ANT TIBL PST TIBL PRONEAL ART/OTH DSTL” will run you $35,014.00. If you go to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, an “HC ECMO/ECLS INIT VENO-VENOUS”...
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Enlarge / Bird Rides Inc. shared electric scooters sit parked in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. (credit: Anthony Lanzilote/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Bird, an electric-scooter company, has now apologized to Boing Boing writer Cory Doctorow for making a ...
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Enlarge / The Watts Bar nuclear power plant in Tennessee. (credit: Tennessee Valley Authority / Flickr) Nuclear power provides roughly 20 percent of the United States' electricity and about half of its low-carbon electricity. Whether you think nuclear power is a good or a...
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Enlarge / Licensing and support lifecycles are not really the easiest topics to illustrate. (credit: Peter Bright) Windows 7's five years of extended support will expire on January 14, 2020—exactly one year from today. After this date, security fixes will no longer be...
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An aerial image from a low-level overflight of the Congo by a US Air Force reconnaissance aircraft in 1964 caught this moment in which a spear was thrown at the aircraft. In the 1960s, during the civil wars and political upheaval that rocked what is today the Democratic...
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Enlarge (credit: Seb Anthony) Dataminers have discovered references to numerous Super NES games in the files for the Switch's 'Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online' subscription emulation service, suggesting that the company could be planning to expand the ...
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