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Wednesday December 26, 2018. 09:00 PM
Video shot by Joe Pickard with Justin Wolfson, edited by Lee Manansala. Click here for transcript. Richard Garriott: game designer, astronaut, master haunted house maintainer. In the '80s and especially the early '90s, Garriott was part of the first “rock star” cadre...
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Enlarge / From Samsung's press site. Wait, that logo looks familiar! (credit: Samsung) Samsung's official news site had a bit of a mishap this week, and somehow Ars Technica's logo ended up in one of the company's press releases. The press release, first spotted by Android...
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Nintendo/Maxis/VGHF This year, we learned that a long-lost version of the classic gaming series SimCity, originally meant for the NES, had found its way from Nintendo's archives to the hands of collectors. That story got a tidy Christmas update this week in the form of a...
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Enlarge / Tesla's Model 3 page on Friday. (credit: Tesla) Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted on Saturday that his company would cover any lost tax credit that a customer might incur if Tesla is late to deliver a promised vehicle. In the US, drivers who purchase a battery electric...
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Ars plays Star Trek: Bridge Crew Ars and Star Trek go together, as the great philosopher once said, like peas and carrots. You won’t find a dorkier bunch of editors assembled in any one place on the entire Internet—and that’s why playing Star Trek: Bridge Crew was...
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Enlarge / Classic whale tails. (credit: NOAA) On Wednesday, Japan announced that it was pulling out of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), a step that will allow it to restart commercial whaling in the spring. The move comes after a failed attempt to get the IWC to...
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Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you all, beloved readers! It's the day after Christmas and the vast majority of the Ars staff is enjoying their well-earned vacations and preparing to return to work and tackle the new year, but a few of us—Megan, Sam the Red, Dr. Jay, ...
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Enlarge / Collective Suicide (1936), by Mexican muralist David A. Siqueiros, is an example of the 'accidental painting' technique developed by the artist. (credit: A. Aviram/MOMA, New York, via R. Zenit) There's rarely time to write about every cool science story that comes...
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Enlarge / This Google Earth image shows two large Scythian burial mounds, each over 20 meters (65.6 feet) wide. (credit: Caspari et al. 2018) Around 900 BCE, a group of nomads from Siberia called Scythians began spreading across the central Asian steppe, their mounted...
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Enlarge / The Apple Watch series 4. (credit: Valentina Palladino) Farewell, 2018. You brought us Facebook scandal after Facebook scandal, vastly more devices with Alexa and Google Assistant than anyone needs, a nosedive for net neutrality, endless political and regulatory...
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Tuesday December 25, 2018. 05:20 PM
Trailer for Jordan Peele's Us. This Christmas Day, we get our first look at the trailer for Us, Jordan Peele's much-anticipated follow-up to his 2017 film Get Out. And it looks viscerally terrifying in a way his first film, which opted for muted subtlety, was not. Get Out...
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Ars tests an Ultra Saber replica lightsaber (video link) Update: It's Christmas day and Ars staffers are enjoying a winter break (inevitably filled with series binge-watching and fancy egg preparations). As such, we're resurfacing a few favorites from the site archives...
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Enlarge / The 1861 notebook of Sir William Crookes, containing all his data on thallium samples. (credit: SSPL/Getty Images) There's rarely time to write about every cool science story that comes our way. So this year, we're running a special Twelve Days of Christmas series...
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Yesterday, we brought you the most-commented stories of 2018. We're back today with a little more Christmas reading for you: the most-popular stories of 2018. As we have done in the past, we made two different lists: one for features (long-form content like OS reviews) and...
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Monday December 24, 2018. 08:28 PM
Enlarge / Ready to save the day, one side quest at a time. (credit: Insomniac / Sony) Update: It's Christmas Eve and Ars staffers are enjoying a winter break (inevitably filled with Santa horror movies and ample video game time). As such, we're resurfacing a few favorites...
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How can we make wind a more versatile energy source? By adding storage. (credit: Germanborrillo) An energy storage startup that found its footing at Alphabet's X 'moonshot' division announced last week that it will receive $26 million in funding from a group of investors...
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Enlarge / Christmas Eve turns violent for young Thomas as Santa goes on a murderous rampage in Dial Code: Santa Claus. (credit: American Genre Film Archive) One year before young Macauley Culkin gleefully terrorized would-be burglars in the 1990 Christmas classic Home...
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Warning: This story discusses a handful of specific moments from TV in 2018. Though we’ve strived to avoid spoiling anything too major, please note this list includes specific references to The Good Place, Star Trek: Discovery, Westworld, Bojack Horseman, Preacher, The...
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Each year when I write these year-end recaps, I start with something along the lines of 'You thought last year was crazy? Well, this year was even crazier.' Dear reader, I think I can dispense with that introduction—our world's ever-growing craziness has to be a given at...
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Enlarge (credit: Aurich) Before we get on to the list, don't miss this year's Ars Technica Charity Drive sweepstakes. You can win part of nearly $5,000 in prizes, including limited-edition gaming collectibles, all while helping out a good cause. Entries are due by January...
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