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Alien: Covenant May Be the Biggest Disappointment of the Summer

Here’s a sentence I’m just incredibly sad to type: Alien: Covenant is bad. It’s not terrible. Director Ridley Scott didn’t make some kind of hugely annoying, incoherent movie or anything like that. There are a few pockets of enjoyment in what unfolds on screen and watching it is semi-pleasant. But after the credits roll, mulling over everything you just saw, the film continues to sour like milk left out in the sun. I...
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Report: US to Seek Arrest of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

Photo: AP Citing unnamed American officials, CNN reports that the United States is preparing charges to arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has spent the last four years alive but clearly bored in Ecuador’s London embassy. According to the network, authorities “believe they have found a way to move forward” in prosecuting Assange after years of wrestling with First Amendment concerns: During President Barack Obama’s administration,...
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Holiday Inn Cops to Massive Credit Card Data Breach

Image: Getty It seems like every day there’s news of another significant data breach, so here’s today’s: An internal investigation by the InterContinental Hotel Group, which owns Holiday Inn, has revealed that guests at more than a thousand of their hotels had their credit card details stolen. The company identified malware on front desk systems used between September 29 and December 29 in 2016, but that malware may not have been erased unt...
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No, Google Hire Won’t Share Your Search History With Employers

Image: hire.withgoogle.com The perfect fake viral news story has two crucial elements: something outrageous that makes you real mad and something you could basically believe. Not like, “Donald Trump Decrees ‘All Dogs Are Boys,’” but like, “Donald Trump Nominates Steven Seagal as Secretary of Defense.” That perfect storm of plausibility and heinousness seems to have been achieved today by a story concerning Google Hire , an upcoming Google s...
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Actually, Bread Crusts Are Good

Image: Monica Arellano-Ongpin /Flickr The world might feel like it’s ending, but that doesn’t mean researchers should give up the pursuit of establishing truths via evidence-based science. Nor should they give up the aromatic crusts of a fresh-baked loaf of French baguette. Ooh la la, happy Friday. Eating food freaking rocks, in part thanks to the aromatic compounds, also known as volatile organic compounds, traveling from your mouth up you...
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Playing Tetris on a Business Card Is Everything I Hoped It Would Be

Images: Andrew Liszewski/Gizmodo Three years ago Kevin Bates created a Tetris-playing business card to showcase his engineering skills to potential employers. But his creation quickly went viral on the internet, and everyone reminiscing about their beloved childhood Game Boy clamored for their own. After testing the waters with the equally tiny Arduboy , Bates has finally delivered an officially-licensed Tetris MicroCard . If you’ve got $60...
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The Oceans Are Getting Warmer Faster Than Anyone Realized

Photo: Getty Great news, everyone! We’re getting better at measuring the changing temperature of the ocean. Unfortunately, the data shows that they are warming more rapidly than researchers thought. A new study published in Scientific Advances has pulled together the data we have for ocean heating from 1960-2015. It provides what is believed to be the most accurate account of the changes that the oceans have experienced over those 45 years....
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Google Has Finally Killed the CAPTCHA

CAPTCHA’s are an irritating but necessary evil. The system that is used to verify whether or not a user is human has been around a while and it had to evolve because machines were getting better at reading the text than humans. With its latest iteration, Google says you’ll no longer have to input anything at all. Invisible CAPTCHA’s are the latest development in the “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart...
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Logan Almost Featured a Nod to Jean Grey

Image: Fox Logan might stand out as its own film, not needing or wanting to include parts of the X-Men franchise that didn’t serve the story, but it turns out we were pretty close to getting a rather depressing ode to the Phoenix herself. In an interview with Empire , director James Mangold chatted about drawing up early versions of the Munson house dinner scene. Mangold said it originally had a moment where Logan somberly discussing his de...
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A Bunch of Handmaid's Tale Handmaids Are Creeping People Out at SXSW

GIF South by Southwest, the Austin-based tech and entertainment expo, is known for hosting some experimental TV promos. This year, American Gods has a giant buffalo , The Man in the High Castle is opening a Resistance Radio station , Better Call Saul and Twin Peaks opened restaurants for Los Pollos Hermanos and Double R Diner. But none of those compare to the uncanny valley insanity that is whatever’s going on for The Handmaid’s Tale. Atten...
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NASA Just Found a Lost Spacecraft Orbiting the Moon

Image: NASA Much like George Clooney in Gravity, sometimes, spacecrafts meet unfortunate fates—they get lost in space, and are almost always victims of the final frontier. But over the last few years, NASA has been having some real success locating wayward spacecraft, including its STEREO-B solar observer. The agency has now done it again, locating an Indian spacecraft that lost contact with the Earth nearly eight years ago. Using a ground-...
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The Azure Window From Game of Thrones Has Been Swallowed by the Sea

Screengrab: HBO Malta’s famous natural arch, the Azure Window , has long been a hot spot for cliff jumping tourists and a location for fantasy films like Clash of the Titans and Game of Thrones. But filmmakers will have to use CGI now if they want to shoot a scene there because the arch is completely gone now. The loss of the arch could mean a big hit to Malta’s tourism industry but it didn’t come as a surprise to authorities. Experts have ...
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WikiLeaks Just Dumped a Ton of Alleged CIA Hacking Documents

Image: AP Here we go again, gumshoes. WikiLeaks (read: Julian Assange) says it acquired a massive cache of CIA documents related to the agency’s cyberwar efforts. The information therein, WikiLeaks claims, reveals covert CIA hacking tools that can take over iPhones, Android phones, TVs, and pretty much any type of computer. It’s scary stuff—if you believe what WikiLeaks is saying is true. The Tuesday morning release, codenamed Vault 7, is a...
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Logan Director Explains Lack of Post-Credits Scene, Though It Should Be Obvious

Credit: Fox Director James Mangold is letting audiences know exactly why Logan, the final X-Men film for both Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart, doesn’t have a post-credits sequence. Although, honestly, it kind of goes without saying. In an interview with The Toronto Sun , Mangold explained that he wasn’t interested in closing out Logan with a post-credits scene— instead, the film features a pre-film Deadpool teaser . According to Mangold, i...
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Air Force Leaders Say It's High Time Our Planes Shoot Deadly Lasers

An AC-130. Photo: Getty Military bigwigs gathered in Orlando this week for the annual AirWarfare Symposium to discuss big plans for big weapons that do big damage. According to a report, the biggest unfunded project that U.S. Special Operations Command hopes to push through is a C-130 that’s equipped with a power laser weapon. Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, the head of Air Force Special Operations Command tells Defense One that he’s very optimistic ab...
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Japan Forced to Shut Down Two Cameras on Venus Probe

Image: JAXA Following an unexpected energy surge, Japan’s space agency has hit the pause button on two of the five cameras aboard its Venus-orbiting Akatsuki spacecraft. It’s a bad sign for the troubled orbiter, which has been exposed to more radiation than anticipated. Back in December, an electronic device that controls the two cameras started to consume an excessive amount of power, making it impossible for mission planners to control th...
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90-Year-Old Mold Sold for Almost $15k

Photo: AP The idea that a bit of gross mold would be worth $14,617 seems absurd until you realize it may be the most important mold to that was ever grown. Bonhams auctioned off the mold that belonged to Dr. Alexander Fleming earlier today, along with a handwritten inscription from Fleming himself that describes it as “the mould that first made penicillin.” The buyer who was willing to pay such exorbitant amounts for a piece of science hist...
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How One Little Amazon Error Can Destroy the Internet

Image: Amazon / Gizmodo The fact that Amazon controls a vast swath of cloud computing services became dreadfully clear on Tuesday afternoon when a string of errors brought countless websites to their knees . This consolidation of power is, perhaps suddenly, a very big problem. Unlike its internet marketplace, Amazon Web Services (AWS) works more like a house of cards than a traditional retail business. After all, instead of selling books an...
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Sony Really, Really Wants You to Care About Camera Phones 

All images: Alex Cranz/Gizmodo Sony makes really, really good cameras. The company’s professional series cameras are currently coveted by even grumpy old pros reluctant to upgrade, and its camera sensors are found not just in Sony products, but in many competitors, too. So its no surprise that for years the company makes a big show of playing up the cameras in its smartphones. The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is no exception. The Xperia XZ Premiu...
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ZeniMax Asks Court to Halt Oculus Sales Completely

Photo: Sergey Galyonkin/ Flickr Earlier this month, ZeniMax won a $500 million lawsuit against Oculus and its parent company Facebook. The court ruled that the VR headset manufacturer had indeed violated the company’s copyrights and a non-disclosure agreement. That half a billion looks like it wasn’t enough because ZeniMax wants blood. It has now filed an injunction demanding all products using the infringing code be removed from sale. The ...
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Chickenshit Scott Pruitt Is Never Going to Stand Up to the Fossil Fuel Industry

Photo: AP The existential threat posed by climate change can often obscure the more immediate vulnerabilities that regulatory bodies like the Environmental Protection Agency guard against. As Scott Faber of the nonprofit research organization Environmental Working Group put it, “The EPA is the only guarantee that when you turn on your tap your water isn’t full of shit.” So it’s alarming that Scott Pruitt, newly confirmed administrator of th...
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You've Got to Watch This Four Minute Prologue to Alien: Covenant

Well, this is a nice surprise. Wednesday night, a four-plus minute prologue to Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant came online. In it, you get brief introductions to the characters, the setup of the story and, well, maybe a little shock. This is required viewing before the film is released on May 19. Now, you didn’t actually think an alien was going to pop out of her chest, right? But it was a good fake-out. This crew seems to be in very good sp...
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The International Mission to Get Bao Bao the Panda Laid

Photo: Getty Bao Bao the giant panda is on her way to China today and National Zoo Director Dennis Kelly only has one thing on his mind: smokin’ hot panda sex. “Bao Bao going back, as the ministry said, is important because she will have a boyfriend,” Kelly told reporters at a press conference this morning. He’s not the only one who has his mind the gutter. Brandie Smith, the zoo’s associate director for animal care sciences, was there when...
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Saudi Arabia Holds Kingdom's First Comic Con

Screengrab via YouTube Saudi Arabia hosted its first comic convention over the weekend, marking a turning point in acceptance of Western entertainment and comic books, as well as showing evolving social norms. At Saudi Comic-Con , over 20,000 men, women, and families co-mingled while checking out the cosplay and panels, including an appearance by Doctor Strange’s Mads Mikkelsen. Comic book, video game, and anime fans celebrated having a spa...
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Accidental Inbound Missile Warning Scares the Hell Out of American Air Force Personnel 

Screengrab: Air Force amn/nco/snco The message read “MISSILE INBOUND. SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY!” as it took over the screens of Air Force personnel working at the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany, earlier this week. It was accidentally sent out to all terminals through the bases AtHoc emergency alert system that is typically used for weather updates. Spokesman Maj. Bryon McGarry told Stars and Stripes , “One of the comma...
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