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NASA’s Jeanette Epps won’t be joining the space station as its first African-American crew member this year

NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps was on track to become the first African-American crew member on the International Space Station this year, but the space agency announced today that she has been pulled from her mission for unspecified reasons. She was supposed to launch as part of Expedition 56/67 in June 2018. Instead, NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor will be taking Epps’ place. Like Epps, Auñón-Chancellor was one of the 14 astronaut ca...
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Bitcoin drops 50 percent from its peak value as it falls below $10,000

Bitcoin drops 50 percent from its peak value as it falls below $10,000 - The Verge more-arrownoyes By Thuy Ong Jan 17, 2018, 9:35am EST Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images Bitcoin dropped below $10,000 today, and it’s now worth just over half of its peak value. The cryptocurrency opened at $11,348, according to CoinDesk, and dropped over $1,600 to hit a low of $9,685, though it’s since recovered slightly and is currently trading at $9,702. Other ...
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Forget the backlash — we need #MeToo now more than ever

My initial reaction to the #MeToo movement , the social media continuation of the sexual misconduct backlash that toppled prominent men like Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein, was surprise. I wasn’t shocked to learn that sexual harassment and assault are so widespread — this has been my daily reality for as long as I can remember — I just didn’t realize that anyone besides the victimized actually cared. Very little in my observations of our...
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Fox has renewed Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos for a second season

In 2014, Fox rebooted Carl Sagan’s classic documentary series, Cosmos: A Personal Journey, with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson as host. Four years later, Fox and National Geographic have announced they will be bringing the series back for a second season, titled Possible Worlds. The networks made the announcement today during the Television Critics Association winter press tour, and deGrasse Tyson and producer Seth McFarland confirmed t...
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Hulu is making a Catch-22 miniseries with George Clooney

Hulu is doubling down on the dystopian adaptation business. With the streaming service’s The Handmaid’s Tale continuing to rack up award wins , Hulu is adding another adaptation of a literary classic to its library: Joseph Heller’s novel Catch-22, which George Clooney will co-write, direct, produce, and star in. First published in 1961, Catch-22 recounts the story of a US B-52 bombardier named Capt. John Yossarian, who is caught in a frustr...
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Marvel is finally giving Black Widow her own movie

One of the longest-running fan complaints in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been the studio’s reluctance to give Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow her own standalone film, but now it looks like the studio is finally serious about making the project happen. Variety reports that the studio has hired screenwriter Jac Schaeffer to write a script for the as-of-yet untitled film. The project is reportedly still in the development stages without...
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Vuzix Blade AR glasses are the next-gen Google Glass we’ve all been waiting for

Vuzix, a Rochester, New York-based display provider, has been trying to resurrect the promise of Google Glass for years now , but this year’s iteration finally feels ready. The company’s new product, called the Vuzix Blade , was unveiled at CES this week in Las Vegas. It’s a pair of augmented reality smart glasses that float a screen in the upper right corner of your vision. But unlike previous iterations, in which the technology protruded ...
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Nvidia adds Uber and VW to its roster of self-driving tech customers

Nvidia’s big push into the world of autonomous vehicles has attracted a vast amount of customers for what is still early stage technology — over 320, by the company’s count. This week at CES the company announced that it’s finally making Xavier, an AI chip made for self-driving vehicles that Nvidia announced in 2016, available to customers. And the company’s also adding a few marquee names to its list of self-driving technology customers, i...
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New trailers: Slender Man, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and more

For lack of better judgement, I decided to watch Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals a couple months ago. The movie just looked so tense and downright gorgeous that I was willing to ignore the fact that I turned off Ford’s first movie halfway through. I should have done the same with this one. I don’t like to be dismissive of movies in this weird little intro space here since I never write more than a few short paragraphs, but Nocturnal Animals is...
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LG’s first 4K projector can beam a 150-inch picture onto your wall

LG isn’t waiting until CES to reveal one of its high-end living room gadgets for 2018: it’s a 4K HDR projector. LG claims the new UHD projector is roughly half the size of competing 4K options on the market, many of which are “heavy, expensive, and difficult to install” according to the company. The HU80KA, by contrast, is being pitched as an “affordable yet premium device” that can output a 150-inch picture in any room of your house. That ...
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CES 2018: what to expect from the year’s biggest tech show

In a few days, we’ll all descend into Las Vegas for another year of the Consumer Electronics Show, an annual gathering of the latest gadgets, toys, car tech, and more. The Verge and Circuit Breaker are back to bring you all the latest from Vegas, with our teams on the ground this Friday and bringing you coverage all week long. So what can you expect to see at the show? Every year brings larger television sets with higher resolutions than ev...
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‘Raw water’ is the latest pseudo-scientific craze that could make you sick

High-profile Bay Area denizens are skipping tap water in favor of drinking unfiltered, untreated, and expensive “raw” water that comes straight out of the ground, Nellie Bowles reports for The New York Times . Proponents claim that raw water’s health benefits include naturally occurring minerals and microbes. But the reality for any inadequately treated water from the tap or a spring is that those minerals can sometimes include arsenic , an...
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The Verge 2017 tech report card: Headphones

My best way to look back on 2017 in the world of headphones is to consider the things I wasn’t able to say a year ago. The best portable headphones today are wireless. That wasn’t true last year — at least not in my Beoplay H6 -loving judgment — however Bowers & Wilkins’ PX have shot to the top of the charts with an exquisitely tuned sound, handsome looks, and solid battery life. The noise-cancelling PX are a transformational pair of he...
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Call of Duty player’s swatting prank results in deadly police shooting of Kansas man

A feud between two Call of Duty players, who argued after an online wagered match reportedly worth just $1.50 , led to the death of a 28-year-old Kansas man, who was shot and killed by police after a fraudulent SWAT team call sent a small army of police officers to the man’s private home. The news was first reported by local newspaper The Wichita Eagle , which cites numerous now-deleted tweets in which Call of Duty players take responsibili...
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LG now has smart speakers for Alexa or Google Assistant

LG is teasing a new LG ThinQ Speaker with built-in support for Google Assistant ahead of the big CES show in January. LG worked with Google on the so-called “premium” speaker that the company is positioning as a voice-activated interface for LG’s smart home appliances. The speaker can control countless devices from many manufacturers including LG’s own ThinQ smart home products ; a lineup that includes smart lamps, door locks, thermostats, ...
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