D&D Direct Offers a First Look at the New Minecraft x D&D Game

If you’re into Minecraft, good news! Dungeons & Dragons has partnered with the blocky video game to create a special adventure that mimics some parts of the D&D mechanics and gameplay. The new DLC will be available in spring of this year, and has some unique features for Minecraft, including dice rolling for combat,…

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FTX's Sam Bankman-Fried Charged for Allegedly Bribing Chinese Officials

U.S. federal prosecutors have added yet another charge to the long list that fallen cryptocurrency founder, Sam Bankman-Fried, is facing. The former CEO of crypto exchange FTX is being indicted over allegations that he bribed Chinese government officials to the tune of more than $40 million dollars as part of his…

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Renewably Generated Electricity Surpasses Coal for the First Time in the U.S.

Electricity generated from renewable energy sources surpassed electricity created by coal for the first time ever in the U.S. in 2022, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) announced yesterday.

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How to see five planets aligned in the night sky this week

If you want to catch a (somewhat) rare planetary alignment in the night sky, find a clear area without much light pollution and set your gaze to the west right after sunset this evening. There, you’ll see five of our neighbors — Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Uranus — lined up in an orderly fashion.

The alignment will be visible at the same time this entire week, but this evening should provide the best view from the US. The planets will range from the horizon line to around halfway up the sky. However, you won’t want to wait long because the row of planets will only be visible for about half an hour after sunset.

You won’t necessarily need binoculars to spot the planets, but they may make your job easier — ditto for augmented reality stargazing apps like Night Sky (iOS) or Sky Map (Android). NASA astronomer Bill Cooke told the Associated Press this week that Jupiter, Venus and Mars will be the brightest and easiest to spot. He added that the alignment happens “when the planets’ orbits line them up on one side of the sun from Earth’s perspective.”

Although this cosmic convergence is a somewhat rare occurrence, it just happened only last summer. In addition, if you miss this week’s show, you’ll get another chance in June (albeit with a slightly different breakdown). Be sure to scout a dark spot without tall trees or buildings nearby for the best view.

This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/how-to-see-five-planets-aligned-in-the-night-sky-this-week-163001255.html?src=rss

Sen. John Cornyn Says Congress Has ‘Gone About As Far As We Can Go’ On Gun Legislation

In the wake of a Tennessee school shooting, the Texas Republican dismissed calls to ban assault-style weapons as “tired talking points.”

Steam Is Dropping Support For Windows 7 And Windows 8

If you are among the 600,000 or so Steam users still running either Windows 7 or 8, it’s about time you consider upgrading to a new version of Windows.

A Ghost Haunts a Grieving Family's Home Movies in This Eerie Short Story

Prolific author Julianna Baggott (Pure, Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders) has published novels for both YA and adult readers, as well as poetry. But she’s got something new up next: her first volume of short stories, the provocatively titled I’d Really Prefer Not to Be Here With You. io9 has a ghostly tale to…

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Cops Used Creepy Clearview AI a Million Times, CEO Says

Clearview AI, the shady US facial recognition firm whose surveillance tech is used by at least 2,400 law enforcement agencies, says police have run nearly a million searches using its service. The company’s database of images scraped from social media sites now reportedly numbers around 30 billion, a staggering 50%…

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Virgin Orbit Extends Workers' Furlough After Reportedly Failing to Secure Rescue Deal

Private launch company Virgin Orbit is still seeking new funding to help resume its operations after deal negotiations reportedly failed over the weekend.

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Ultrasound Attack Can Secretly Hijack Phones and Smart Speakers, Researchers Find

New research shows how an attacker can use inaudible ultrasound to silently take control of phones, smart speakers, or any device with a digital assistant.

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