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Friday December 28, 2018. 08:27 PM
Ultima Thule is starting to stand out above background stars as New Horizons gets closer. Full image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute/Brian May (credit: NASA) If you want your New Year celebrations to be truly out of this...
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Enlarge (credit: CCFoodTravel.com) If your friends jumped off a bridge, would you follow them? For parents, it's meant to be a rhetorical question—a way of winning any argument that begins with 'But all my friends are...' But behavioral science has been revealing that...
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Enlarge / This temporal bone from a male skull unearthed at the site of a pre-Columbian village near the Gulf of Panama has bony bumps characteristic of surfer's ear. (credit: Smith-Guzman and Cooke) Surfers, divers, and others who spend time in cold water sometimes suffer...
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Idemia US-based PNC Bank is in the middle of a pilot project that aims to test out credit cards with constantly changing card verification values (or CVVs) to reduce online credit card fraud. The dynamic CVV is displayed on the back of such a card in e-ink and changes...
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Enlarge / The default look of ElementaryOS Juno. (credit: Scott Gilbertson) Everyone is a Linux user, but almost no one knows it. The operating system is a strange beast. You'd be hard pressed to come up with another tool so widely used, so widely deployed, and so...
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That sandpaper-like texture of your cat's tiny pink tongue is what makes it ideal for grooming fur. The secret: hundreds of hollow, rigid spines lining the surface of the tongue, according to a recent paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences....
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Thursday December 27, 2018. 08:40 PM
Netflix Rumors of an experimental 'choose your own adventure' feature on Netflix may have finally found their target film: a one-off Black Mirror 'event,' dubbed Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. Netflix announced Bandersnatch with a surprise trailer drop on Thursday, one day...
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Enlarge (credit: TechBargains) Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. The Dealmaster hopes you and yours have had a wonderful holiday season, and now that most Christmas gifts have been opened it's time to begin ...
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Enlarge / Elon Musk speaks in Austin, Texas, on March 10, 2018. (credit: FilmMagic/FilmMagic for HBO) On Wednesday, lawyers representing Elon Musk asked a federal judge to dismiss a defamation lawsuit brought by a British cave explorer whom Musk called a 'pedo guy' on...
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Enlarge / Today, in robots-and-fireworks news. (credit: Getty Images) When AI isn't scaring us by way of generating more realistic fakes than we ever thought possible, it's coming up with really stupid names for everyday items. Today, we took a dip back into one of our...
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Enlarge / Rooftop farming in Brooklyn. (credit: Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm) The green revolution that transformed modern agriculture has generally increased its scale. There's tremendous potential for efficiencies in the large-scale application of mechanization,...
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Enlarge / Norman Tindale, pictured here in 1927 with members of a local Aboriginal group, led a mission to gather precise ethnographic and geographic data from many different Aboriginal groups. He also gathered hair from the people he interviewed, which provided DNA samples...
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Enlarge / The more people who are on Facebook, the more valuable it becomes for its users. But that's not the same thing as its market value or GDP contribution. (credit: CCO) There's rarely time to write about every cool science story that comes our way. So this year, we're ...
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Enlarge (credit: Marvel Studios/Universal Pictures/Sony) Before we begin talking about films in 2018, we've already saved you some trouble by snapping once and making the year's disappointing films disappear. Adios, Avengers Infinity War. So long, Solo. Arrivederci, Ready...
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Wednesday December 26, 2018. 11:10 PM
Enlarge / Smokestacks at Pacificorp’s 1,000MW coal-fired power plant on October 9, 2017 outside Huntington, Utah. (credit: George Frey/Getty Images) According to a report from Bloomberg, the Trump administration's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is not considering a ...
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Enlarge (credit: Denuvo) One of the biggest arguments against anti-piracy checks built into video games (commonly known as 'digital rights management,' or DRM) is that they punish paying customers with stuttering, loading times, and other detractive gameplay issues. While...
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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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