The world’s largest telescope is one step closer to completion

The world’s largest telescope is one step closer to completion. This month, the team working on the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) completed the second of seven primary mirror segments, a process that began in January 2012.

How Over 25 People Got Scammed Into Working At A Nonexistent Game Company

Brooke Holden had all but given up on breaking into the video game business.

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Netflix explains why it tracks your activity on Android

Streaming service Netflix has started requesting physical activity permission for its app on Android, something that came to light after a security researcher tweeted about it. A number of Netflix users have checked the app’s permissions on their phone and were surprised to discover that it was tracking physical activity. This, Netflix says, is a test. The activity tracking is … Continue reading

Star Wars' Captain Phasma Has Become So Much More Than a Boring Masked Badass

Captain Phasma is essentially the Boba Fett of the Star Wars sequels. She exists to be a very cool character design that can sell a lot of toys and can never live up to the hype of that design, narratively speaking. She, also like Boba Fett, has gone on to have a much more explored backstory within tie-in fiction to…

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A classic N64 shooter is coming to Nintendo Switch next month

It isn’t controversial to say that the Nintendo 64 was home to some excellent games, specifically a few really good shooters. It’s been revealed that one of those shooters – Turok 2: Seeds of Evil – will be heading to the Nintendo Switch next month. If you’d like to take a walk down a memory lane that’s filled with dinosaurs … Continue reading

An Exxon-Owned Houston Chemical Plant Is on Fire

A mere four months after a Houston chemical plant fire made headlines, another Houston area plant has exploded into flames.

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Michigan officials reveal fair pigs tested positive for swine flu

This weekend, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development revealed that pigs at the Fowlerville Family Fair had tested positive for swine flu. The diagnosis was made on late Friday after the pigs began showing symptoms of the illness on Thursday, July 27. No humans have been reported as ill due to exposure to these pigs, which were isolated … Continue reading

The 'Love Hormone' Helps Some Starfish Turn Their Stomach Inside Out To Eat

Here’s a reminder that biology is oftentimes more complicated than headlines can make it out to be. Scientists in the UK have found evidence that the so-called “love hormone” oxytocin plays a very different role in starfish than it does in humans and other animals. In starfish, an oxytocin-type molecule seems to help…

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Whoops, time to ditch Netflix

A security researcher found something bad in a Netflix app. He tweeted, “Hey Netflix why does your Android app want physical activity data?” Apps distributed by Google Play that abide by the most recent set of rules set by Android must ask the end user for permission to access data generated by certain parts of their phone. Netflix never asked … Continue reading

Population of Critically Endangered Vaquita Porpoises Now Less Than 19 Individuals

There are now less than 19 individual vaquita porpoises left in the wild, according to an alarming new survey. Scientists say immediate measures are now required to save this enigmatic species from extinction.

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