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Watch New Horizons probe ring in the New Year with record-setting Ultima Thule flyby

LAUREL, Md. — The sleeping bags are rolled out and the videos are cued up for a New Year’s celebration of cosmic proportions here at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory, but the star of the show is still a mystery. That’ll change once NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flies past an icy object more than 4 billion miles from Earth, known as 2014 MU69 or Ultima Thule. The piano-sized probe is due to make its closest approach at 12:33 a.m. ET on New Year’s Day (9:33 p.m. PT Monday), n...
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China Ends Freeze on Video-Game Licensing

The initial games were mostly local, mobile titles and didn’t include any from industry giants Tencent Holdings Ltd. or Netease Inc. The notice of approvals was posted online by the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television. China’s gaming industry, which generates more than $30 billion of revenue, has been hammered this year after regulators froze the approval process for new games, preventing companies from making money off hit titles. Tencent gained as much as 1...
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A Bootleg of One of the Year's Best Horror Films Just Mysteriously Appeared on Amazon Prime [Update — It Has Now Disappeared]

You might have noticed the Japanese zombie horror film, One Cut of the Dead, is currently available for free on Amazon Prime both here in the United States and in the United Kingdom. It’s not supposed to be. Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Movies, Amazon Prime, United States, United Kingdom, Piracy, One Cut of the Dead, Third Window Films


A Bootleg of One of the Year's Best Horror Films Just Mysteriously Appeared on Amazon Prime

You might have noticed the Japanese zombie horror film, One Cut of the Dead, is currently available for free on Amazon Prime both here in the United States and in the United Kingdom. It’s not supposed to be. Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Movies, Amazon Prime, United States, United Kingdom, Piracy, One Cut of the Dead, Third Window Films


John Krasinski Was 'Mind-Tricked' Into Writing A Quiet Place 2

After A Quiet Place came out, writer/director/star John Krasinski was adamant he wouldn’t be returning for a sequel. He’d be happy to see one made, but his involvement was going to be minimal. Read more...
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'Super Blood Wolf Moon,' Bird Box, and Apple's Rotten Future: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Well, we did it. In spite of everything, we made it through 2018, a year that felt eternal. Even the last week of 2018 was trying it with that “super blood wolf moon” bologna. There were definitely some fantastic comics and great movies, though—including Bird Box, our review of which you definitely shouldn’t miss.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Jordan Peele, Best Of Gizmodo, Birdbox


UK invests millions in micro-robots able to work in dangerous sites

Devices could be deployed in underground pipe networks, reducing need for roadworksThe UK government is investing millions in the development of micro-robots designed to work in underground pipe networks and dangerous sites such as decommissioned nuclear facilities.The ambition is for the robots, developed in British universities, to mark the end of disruptive and expensive roadworks by carrying out repairs without the need to dig up the roads. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Science, Technology, UK News, Robots, Artificial intelligence (AI


Russia’s Poseidon Thermonuclear Torpedo Is No Aircraft-Carrier Killer

If the goal is to sink a U.S. carrier, couldn’t Russia saturate a carrier’s defenses with a volley of conventionally-armed hypersonic missiles like the Mach 5-plus Khinzal?
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Unpacking the Great Justin Bieber Vs. JoJo Siwa Instagram Crisis of 2018

Hotel slipper magnate Justin Bieber caused a bit of a ruckus on Sunday when he left a cheeky comment on 15-year-old former Dance Moms star JoJo Siwa’s Instagram photo. What did he say? Why did he do it? Who are these people? Why do we care? Let’s dig in.Read more...
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Amazon Is Reportedly Planning to Expand Whole Foods Because of Course It Is

Amazon is reportedly looking to expand Whole Foods stores across the country, including in suburban areas, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. News of the rumored expansion comes after Amazon acquired the grocer last year.Read more...
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Physicists puzzled by strange numbers that could explain reality

Physicists discover complex numbers called octonions that work in 8 dimensions.The numbers have been found linked to fundamental forces of reality.Understanding octonions can lead to a new model of physics. None Is our reality, including its forces and particles, based on the strange properties of numbers with eight dimensions called "octonions"? A physicist thinks so, having found a way to expand 40-year-old research to reach surprising new directions.First, a brief history of numbers. Regular ...
Tags: Math, UK, Science, Physics, Yale, Italy, Innovation, Universe, Albert Einstein, University of Florida, Dublin, Einstein, Quanta Magazine, Hamilton, Imperial College London, String Theory


New beetle species named after 'Game of Thrones' characters

Sadly, Game of Thrones isn't returning until April 2019, but if you're in the mood for some show- related news to hold you over, we've got you covered. Brett Ratcliffe, a University of Nebraska entomologist and professor, decided to name three of his eight newly discovered beetle species after Game of Thrones characters. How fun! According to The Omaha World-Herald, Ratcliffe named the three species of beetles — each from the Gymnetis genus — after Daenerys Targaryen’s three dr...
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Verizon, Disney Avert Bowl-Day Blackout With Contract Accord

Millions of TV customers from Boston to Washington were spared the loss of channels such as ESPN -- and popular college football games -- after Verizon Communications Inc. and Walt Disney Co. struck a distribution agreement on the eve of the new year. The companies reached a broad-based, multiyear agreement, with details to be released in coming days, Verizon spokeswoman Adria Tomaszewski said Sunday. The agreement, if finalized, shows that pay-TV operators are still willing to pay for pricey ...
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Check Out Sara Pichelli's Fantastic Original Illustration for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Miles Morales, breakout hero of Into the Spider-Verse and one of the best and most memorable Spider-people around, was created by two people: writer Brian Michael Bendis, and artist Sara Pichelli. Read more...
Tags: Science, Marvel, Sony Pictures, Spider Man, Brian Michael Bendis, Miles Morales, Sara Pichelli, Spider Man Into The Spider Verse, Sara Pichelli Read


Cyberattack Hits U.S. Newspapers, Delaying Printing and Deliveries

A cyberattack affected newspapers across the country and delayed the Saturday editions of several prominent publications, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.Read more...
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Professor names beetle species after ‘Game of Thrones’

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska entomologist has named three of his eight newest beetle discoveries after the dragons from the HBO series “Game of Thrones” and George R.R. Martin book series “A Song of Ice and Fire.” University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor Brett Ratcliffe named the new scarab beetle species drogoni, rhaegali and viserioni, The […]
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Warner Bros.’ ‘Aquaman’ Stays No. 1 for Second Week in Theaters

Annapurna debuted “Vice,” a satirical look at former Vice President Dick Cheney. Key InsightsWarner Bros. has struggled this year in the face of strong gains by industry leader Disney, up 35 percent for 2018 heading into the weekend, and Comcast Corp.’s Universal Pictures, up 19 percent. AT&T’s studio had registered a 12.2 percent drop in receipts for its movies this year in North America.But Warner Bros. managed to deliver a couple of big hits besides “Aquaman” in “Crazy Rich Asians” and “A S...
Tags: Science, Disney, Annapurna, Warner Bros, North America, Dick Cheney, InsightsWarner Bros, Comcast Corp 's Universal Pictures


Your Sweaty Workout Can Help Your Heart Just as Much as Meds Can

New research reveals regular exercise is just as effective at reducing high blood pressure as prescription drugs are.
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Southwestern US, Rockies brace for more snow and cold air at the start of 2019

Snow will shift to the Colorado Rockies, Arizona and New Mexico, bringing another blast of snow and cold for the region in time for the New Year.
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Videos Show Southwest Key Employees Dragging and Shoving Migrant Kids

Using state public-records laws, The Arizona Republic has obtained video from surveillance cameras showing staff at a now-shuttered Southwest Key shelter for migrant children in Arizona physically dragging and pushing children in their care. But authorities determined that the physical aggression used against the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Arizona, Arizona Republic, Trump Administration, Southwest Key Programs, Migrant Children, Separated Children


Bloomberg slams Trump on climate change, which Brown likens to Nazism

Michael Bloomberg and moderator Chuck Todd appear in a pre-taped interview on Meet the Press in Washington on 20 December. Michael Bloomberg slammed Donald Trump’s inaction on climate change on Sunday and said any candidate for president in 2020 – he himself might be one – must have a plan to deal with the problem. Both men appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press.
Tags: Science, Nbc, Washington, Bloomberg, Meet The Press, Donald Trump, Michael Bloomberg, Trump, Brown, Chuck Todd


How F-22 and F-35 'DNA' Will Make the 'New' F-16 Viper a Real Killer

Here is all we know. 
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The 5 Most Over-the-Top Hotels that Debuted in 2018

From an underwater villa to a suite that orbits the earth, these hotels are the year's most spectacular.
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Divinity is Dangerous in This Preview of American Gods Season 2

A reckless drive, a bunker, and two new gods on the brink. Seems routine, right?Read more...
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Every Game Kotaku Splitscreen Played In 2018, Part Two

It is now time for part two of Kotaku Splitscreen’s Game of the Year discussions. Except we don’t really want to pick a Game of the Year. We want to pick every Game of the Year.Read more...
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Bloomberg slams Trump over climate change: 'He has no right to his own facts'

Michael Bloomberg and moderator Chuck Todd appear in a pre-taped interview on Meet the Press in Washington on 20 December. Michael Bloomberg slammed Donald Trump’s inaction on climate change on Sunday and said any candidate for president in 2020 – he himself might be one – must have a plan to deal with the problem. “It would be a lot more helpful if we had a climate champion rather than a climate denier in the White House,” the billionaire former New York mayor said on NBC’s Meet the Press.
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What Scientists Discovered About American Families In 2018

In 2018, scientists published study after study throwing long-held beliefs about the nature of relationships into question.
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This USB Battery Pack Also Has An AC Outlet, and It's Never Been Cheaper

Portable battery packs with USB ports are a dime-a-dozen, but your options are a lot more limited if you need a portable AC outlet. The Jackery PowerBar though is a great option at a solid price.Read more...
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Black Mold Slowly Poisoned This Woman for 35 Years

Day by day, the fungus in her home broke her body down.
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'The Orville' Season 2 Launches Tonight! Here's What to Expect Straight from the Cast.

Science fiction is back in vogue, there's no doubt about that. In the first few weeks of 2019, sci-fi fans will be able to enjoy the second season of both "Star Trek: Discovery" and "The Orville." Plus we have season two of "Lost in Space" to look forward to later in the year. But first up is season two of "The Orville," which premieres on Fox tonight (Dec. 30).
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