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Updated 2018-12-16 08:16
Insect-inspired microfluidics could help Ant-Man and the Wasp breathe
Shrinking from human to ant size would increase metabolic rate and oxygen needs.
Battery idea: Hydroelectric pumped storage, but with bricks
Company called Energy Vault has an agreement to build a pilot tower in India in 2019.
Huge, previously unknown impact crater found beneath Greenland’s ice
Its age is unknown—and a touchy subject.
New TV spot for Glass will make you want to believe in super powers
Samuel Jackson's criminal mastermind wants world to see super powers are real
Instacart changes how it pays shoppers, but many say they’re now making less
"Exact dollar per batch—that's transparency," Instacart executive tells Ars.
Some clues about why male Guinea baboons fondle each other’s genitals
Plenty of animals have ritual greetings. But most are not like this.
Dealmaster: The Black Friday 2018 tech deals that might actually be worth buying
We've pored over the ads to find Black Friday tech deals that won't be trash.
Artifact beta: Learn how to play Valve’s first card game… and how to pay
Card packs, tickets, heroes, creeps, spells: We've got screens of (nearly) everything.
The Boring Company’s first tunnel is all dug up
Tunnel reportedly ends on property The Boring Company recently bought.
Sunset Overdrive review: Ride the rails to kaboom-town (finally on PCs, too)
Zany parkour shooter was among Xbox One's best in 2014—prepare your mouse and keyboard.
Enigmatic ridges on Pluto may be the remains of vanished nitrogen glaciers
But we don't know of any mechanism that can create Pluto's "washboard" terrain.
Abstract board games are all the rage—and Reef is the year’s best
Chunky, colorful pieces and simple rules make this a game for everyone.
Report: Charges against Assange relate to Russian hacking
A government cut-and-paste error revealed Assange has apparently been charged.
Review: Intel’s 9th Gen Core i9 9900K processor hits 5GHz—just at a price
Intel’s latest has performance to spare for gamers and power users.
After man was gunned down by US Park Police, two lawmakers want more body cams
Reps introduce new House bill to shed light on police interactions gone wrong.
NASA’s daring asteroid mission unfurls its sampling arm for the first time
The spacecraft will "arrive" at Bennu officially in about two weeks.
Report: Cheaper, disc-free Xbox One option coming next year
Microsoft would offer "disc to digital" trade-ins for existing software.
Database leak exposes millions of two-factor codes and reset links sent by SMS
As if there weren’t already enough reasons to shun SMS-based 2fa...
The mid-range Google Pixel appears in pictures—complete with headphone jack
The best news? Supposedly, the world-class camera remains unchanged.
RIP William Goldman, creator of beloved film, The Princess Bride
Legendary screenwriter's passing takes part of our childhood with him.
We’ve run wild on the Switch version of WarFrame—and it’s solid
Video: Check out 30fps action, learn how Panic Button worked another Switch miracle.
Houston’s cityscape squeezed extra rain out of Hurricane Harvey
Even beyond climate change, human activities raised the rainfall total.
HP Elitebook x360 1030 review: Small tweaks made to a stylish work 2-in-1
HP made the already solid business two-in-one better, but it's mostly familiar.
Hitman 2 review: Accessible stealth oozing with style
Endlessly inventive replayable scenarios make for deeply satisfying stealth gameplay.
Cut-and-paste error apparently reveals federal charges against Assange
Filing in unrelated case mentions criminal charges against Wikileaks founder.
“Wolf’s jaw” star cluster may have inspired parts of Ragnarök myth
Passing comets and eclipses may have stoked fears of pending apocalypse.
Pokemon Let’s Go: Well, I guess my adult ass is going to collect them all
Review also explores whether Poké Ball Plus is worth an extra $40. (Answer: maybe.)
Rocket Report: SpaceX gets top clearance, Europe job cuts, Russian plans
"It would be a waste of scientific time to devote the resources to look at it."
Whales are stressed out by climate change, and it shows in their earwax
Earwax tracks the rise and fall of cortisol alongside whaling, war, and warming.
Judge rejects neo-Nazi’s First Amendment argument in harassment case
Victim was flooded with hundreds of violent and anti-Semitic messages.
Apple inks deal with A24 studio to produce original, feature-length films
Apple's TV streaming service is rumored to debut in the first half of 2019.
Fallout 76 is online and lonelier than ever
Out of the gate, real people somehow make Fallout feel a little emptier.
Sony is skipping E3 2019
Sony: "We are exploring new and familiar ways to engage our community in 2019."
Former NASA administrator says Lunar Gateway is “a stupid architecture”
"We should be, with all deliberate speed, returning to the Moon."
FCC tells SpaceX it can deploy up to 11,943 broadband satellites
Initial launch of 4,425 satellites to be followed by 7,518 closer to the ground.
New anti-gonorrhea drug called “metal as f–k”
Multi-drug resistant gonorrhea is a rapidly growing threat.
SpaceX ties its record for most launches in a year [Updated]
Another mission success for SpaceX.
Dealmaster: Get a 27-inch Dell UltraSharp 1440p monitor for $300
Plus $10 off a NES or SNES Classic, $40 off an Nvidia Shield TV, and more.
Wireless throttling: Senators ask four major carriers about video slowdowns
Research found throttling of YouTube, Netflix, Amazon, and Skype.
This video shows just how much quicker the new Formula E car is
The new car doesn't just look better, it goes better, too.
When a network intel provider’s domain serves fraudulent content, something is wrong
ThousandEyes falls prey to the type of DNS goof it helps customers avoid.
Why aren’t chip credit cards stopping “card present” fraud in the US?
Fraud is on the rise despite a move to chip cards.
Facebook drops PR firm after revelation of anti-Soros campaign
A New York Times expose reveals how Facebook sought to discredit critics.
New trailer for Disney’s live-action Dumbo captures magic of original
Director Tim Burton brings his signature style to a classic animated tale.
Open mind, wide open throttle: We go to our first NASCAR race
F-15s, Impossible Burgers, and plenty of attention to detail stand out.
Quietly, Japan has established itself as a power in the aerospace industry
On SpaceX: "We are very much confident to compete against them.”
Sun’s closest solo star may have company
A large planet appears to be orbiting out near the system's snow line.
US travel ban blocking students from presenting their research
Dampening international collaboration is damaging to everyone, scientists say.
A powerful NASA telescope looked for ‘Oumuamua and didn’t find it
No, it's not aliens. It's probably not ever going to be aliens.
Imminent Bitcoin Cash schism triggers cryptocurrency selloff
Bitcoin's value falls below $5,500 for the first time since 2017.