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Month: March 2018

9 new trailers you should watch this week

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About a month ago, I saw American Made while on an international flight to Barcelona. It seemed like it would be a big and fun enough film to work on a small, dull screen — it’s based on a real story about a guy who simultaneously worked for the CIA, the DEA, and the foreign […]

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Microsoft’s Spring sale, Amazon Device discounts and a Verge exclusive deal

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Spring has sprung. You might not be able to tell with the weather, but the calendar says so. For this weekend only, Microsoft is marking down some of its most popular PCs to celebrate the change in season. Until Monday April 2nd, laptops like the newest Surface Pro and the Dell XPS 15 256GB Laptop […]

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No one won the Google Lunar X Prize, but these competitors are still shooting for the Moon

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Today was the official deadline for the now-defunct Google Lunar X Prize competition — an international contest to send the first private spacecraft to the Moon. There is no winner; no one got to the Moon in time. But many of the teams that competed in the Google Lunar X Prize say they are still […]

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Read an excerpt from Luna author Ian McDonald’s heartbreaking new time-travel romance

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I’m a big fan of Ian McDonald’s science fiction novels. The Dervish House and Luna: New Moon are complicated, intelligent stories about how societies cope with advanced technologies. McDonald’s next (and final) novel in the Luna trilogy, Moon Rising, isn’t hitting bookstores until 2019, but we will have a new story from him to tide […]

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Birds don’t fart, neither do sloths, and other secrets of #DoesItFart

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For the bolson pupfish, a good fart can be a lifesaver: These little fish live in shallow pools in Mexico where they slurp algae off of rocks and burrow into the sediment to hide from predators. When temperatures rise in the summer, the algae squirt out gas bubbles that the pupfish suck down when they […]

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Tesla says Autopilot was engaged during fatal Model X crash

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Tesla says Autopilot was engaged at the time of a deadly Model X crash that occurred March 23rd in Mountain View, California. The company posted a statement online late Friday, after local news reported that the victim had made several complaints to Tesla about the vehicle’s Autopilot technology prior to the crash in which he […]

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Jake Paul is getting his own talk show on YouTube Red

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Controversial vlogger Jake Paul, brother to similarly controversial vlogger Logan Paul, is developing a talk show for YouTube Red. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paul will host and executive produce the show, which is described as having a “late-night variety show feel.” The pilot for the as-of-yet untitled series is expected to start shooting as […]

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The ‘plant messiah’ on what it takes to save the world’s rarest species

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A fifth of all the world’s plants are in danger of extinction, and Carlos Magdalena is traveling the world to save them. Magdalena, a botanical horticulturist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, is popularly known as the “plant messiah.” He’s gone to countries like Australia, Peru, and Mauritius to find the world’s endangered species and […]

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Amazon’s Alexa can now set DVR recordings

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Alexa’s ability to control DVRs is going to improve in the near future. Amazon announced today that it’s updated its Video Skill API so that Alexa can now start recordings, launch an app, or carry out playback commands. Multiple set-top box makers already have Alexa skills, including Dish, Verizon, TiVo, and DirecTV. They’ll be updating […]

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I Kill Giants director Anders Walter on making a likable fantasy with a hateful protagonist

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Originally, it seemed like any film adaptation of Joe Kelly and J.M. Ken Niimura’s 2009 graphic novel I Kill Giants would have to be animated. The book follows a troubled fifth-grader named Barbara who wears animal ears, engages in strange rituals, and dubs herself a giant-hunter. Her strange behavior makes her a pariah at her […]

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