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NASA Considers Second ‘Hotfire’ Test of Megarocket After Unexpected Shutdown

The recent hotfire test of NASA’s next-gen megarocket was supposed to go for eight minutes, but it lasted just 67 seconds. The space agency has an explanation for the premature shutdown, saying everything’s swell, but a second test remains a distinct possibility. Read more...
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Building a Working Full-Size Pinball Machine Out of K'Nex Might Be the Best Pandemic Project Yet

K’Nex has been around for less than 30 years but has already become the building toy of choice for elaborate creations that are impossible to build with Lego. Tyler Bower just demonstrated the potential with a 7.5-foot-tall functional pinball machine that even keeps score.Read more...
Tags: Science, Lego Tyler Bower


White House Website Finally Supports Dark Mode

Like many Americans, I’m processing some unfamiliar emotions today, but I believe that I’m genuinely thrilled about the new White House website. The site allows visitors to toggle font sizes. It includes an Easter Egg in the HTML with a job posting for coders. And, perhaps most thrillingly, it supports dark mode. Read more...
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Cats Love Catnip Because It Protects Them From Mosquitoes, New Research Suggests

When exposed to catnip or silver vine, cats engage in some fairly predictable behaviors, such as licking and chewing the leaves, rubbing their heads and faces against the plants, and rolling on the ground. Cats get a real kick out of these plants, but surprising new research points to a more practical purpose than…Read more...
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Apple M1 vs. Intel: Should You Trade in Your Old MacBook for a Slick New Processor?

MacBook Air With Apple M1 Chip | $982 | AmazonMacBook Pro With Apple M1 Chip | $1,400 | AmazonRead more...
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Charter Waves the White Flag on Data Caps as Trump Leaves the Building

Mere days before Donald Trump’s helicopter shrank into the skies, we got a promising early indication that telecom companies’ hog-wild joyride under Trump’s FCC is coming to an end. Last week, Charter Communications, the company behind Spectrum, withdrew its petition to impose data caps: basically its attempt to…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Donald Trump, Spectrum, Trump, Charter Communications


DHS Sued Over Its Social Media Surveillance Tactics

The Department of Homeland Security is being slammed with after spending just over a year failing to respond to repeated attempts at investigating its long-term data hoovering practices. Read more...
Tags: Science, Department Of Homeland Security, Center for Democracy and Technology, United States Department of Homeland Security


Stopping Keystone XL Has to Be Just the Start

President Joe Biden took office on Wednesday, saying he would get right to work on “tackling the crises we face,” including the climate crisis.Read more...
Tags: Science, Joe Biden, Keystone Pipeline, Donald Trump, Indigenous Environmental Network


What Does Mars Sound Like? The Perseverance Rover Is Going to Find Out

Nothing on the hills seems to be alive, so the rocky terrain of Mars will be filled with the sounds of solitude when the NASA’s Perseverance rover lands in Jezero Crater next month. One of the rover’s many tasks will be listening to the Martian environment with microphones—the first effort at acoustic data collection…Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Insight, Mars, Perseverance, Jezero


Engineer Who Compared Tesla Model 3 Quality To 'A Kia In The '90s' Buys Another Model 3. Here's What He Found

Sandy Munro, the manufacturing expert who once said an early Tesla Model 3 had fit and finish issues similar to “a Kia in the ’90s” now has a new Model 3. Munro just gave his company’s new car a once-over, and while he didn’t liken it it to a Korean economy car from three decades ago, he wasn’t thrilled with the flaws…Read more...
Tags: Science, Nikola Tesla, Kia, Munro, Sandy Munro


Scientists Want Pablo Escobar's Cocaine Hippos Dead

I’ve got my eyes on the biggest news of the day. That’s right: the fate of Pablo Escobar’s hippos. Read more...
Tags: Science, Pablo Escobar, Medellin Cartel, Hippos, Hacienda Nápoles


The Expanse Just Pushed Everyone to the Limit and Things Are About to Explode

After last week’s Expanse gave extra space to one of this season’s most devastating farewells, episode eight finds time to see what all the other characters are up to on Earth, Luna, and various points around the Belt. As you might guess, nobody in “Hard Vacuum” is having an easy time of it.Read more...
Tags: Science, Luna


Nvidia Shield Update Brings Support for PS5 and New Xbox Controllers

Put those next-generation controllers to good use on your streaming device.Read more...
Tags: Science, Playstation, Xbox, Nvidia


This Could Be the End for LG Phones

After years of repeated rumors and rumblings, the future of LG’s smartphone division has come under speculation again as LG CEO Kwon Bong-Seok reportedly sent a message to staff on Wednesday suggesting that there could be major changes coming soon. Read more...
Tags: Science, Lg, LG Phones, Kwon Bong seok, Lg G Series


Your Guide to 2021's Biggest TV, Part 2

Early on into our prep for all the television our readers might like to watch in 2021, we realized there was a lot. Like, a lot a lot. That’s not even accounting for the fact that io9 typically only covers sci-fi, fantasy, and horror creations. So we broke up our recommendations into three parts; yesterday was focused…Read more...
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I Miss the Game Boy Camera, My First Digital Camera

Unless you grew up in a time after cameraphones arrived, there’s a very good chance your first digital camera was a weird Game Boy accessory. The Game Boy Camera was definitely my first digital snapper, and while its technical capabilities were extremely limited, it still managed to excel at other things, like making…Read more...
Tags: Science, First Digital Camera


This Is Not Fiction

In different ways, some of Marvel’s superheroes like Captain America and the Punisher, and Lucasfilm’s infamous Galactic Empire, have all been in the news as of late for reasons that have little to do with the stories we’re used to seeing them in. Instead, they’ve become part of the odd and often irresponsible way…Read more...
Tags: Science, America, Lucasfilm, Donald Trump, Galactic Empire, Jon Ossoff, Stacey Abrams


Scientists Have Finally Made Quieter Velcro

Velcro is great when you need to open stuff fast or with ease, but Velcro is not so great when you’re trying to discreetly open your shoulder bag to grab your headphones. Researchers from Wageningen University in the Netherlands have come up with a new design for Velcro, inspired by mushrooms, that doesn’t shred…Read more...
Tags: Science, Netherlands, Velcro, Wageningen University


Meth-Related Deaths in America Are Skyrocketing

Drug overdose deaths caused by methamphetamine use in the U.S. have increased sharply over the past decade, according to a new government report released Wednesday. Since 2011, the report found, annual rates of methamphetamine overdose deaths have risen across every demographic group in America and are especially high…Read more...
Tags: Science, America, Substance Abuse, Opioid, Sackler Family, Euphoriants




If the Computer Accessory of 2020 Wasn't a Webcam We Don't Know What Is. Grab This Aukey One for Just $28

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Save $90 on the ‘Incredible’ Anker Nebula Mars II Pro Portable Projector

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How to Take Your Messages With You When Leaving Facebook, Instagram, or WhatsApp

The latest WhatsApp privacy kerfuffle once again has us wondering whether it’s a good idea to be giving so much of our data to a company with Facebook’s track record. Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Facebook Instagram


Trump's Extremist Fansite 'The Donald' Is Going Through Some Stuff

Pennsylvania’s presidency is taking its last shallow, ragged breaths, with President-elect Joe Biden set to take office today—the best efforts of Trump’s incompetent campaign legal team and the disastrously failed insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6 in vain. What’s a Trump supporter to do?Read more...
Tags: Science, Brands, Joe Biden, Pennsylvania, Trump, Capitol, Rthe Donald, Doomer


Could a Batman: The Animated Series Continuation Be in the Works at Warner Bros?

Another Guardian of the Galaxy is confirmed for Thor: Love and Thunder. She-Hulk’s cast expands. There’s good news for more Snowpiercer. Plus, what’s to come on The Expanse, and get a new look at Netflix’s Winx Club reboot. Spoilers now!Read more...
Tags: Science, Netflix, Jurassic Park, Warner Bros, Star Trek Beyond, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Winx Club, Imax Films, Batman In Film


Eufy RoboVac G30 Hybrid Vacuums and Mops, But Leaves Little Treats for Your Feet to Find

The Eufy RoboVac G30 Hybrid vacuum/mop is, prima facie, a clear upgrade over the Roomba 650 that raptly held my attention when I bought it five years ago. But while the Eufy might do a lot more for a great price, but you don’t really want a vacuum that just does more You want one that also does it all really well.…Read more...
Tags: Science, Roomba, Irobot, Mop


Pikachu Makes Everything Better, Even Casio Watches

Casio’s line of Baby-G watches are great. Know how to make the timepieces even better? Add Pikachu, that’s how.Read more...
Tags: Science, Casio, Pikachu, Casio Watches


Trump Pardons Ex-Google Engineer Convicted of Stealing Trade Secrets

President Donald Trump issued a full pardon for former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski early Wednesday, one of 143 people who received pardons and commutations during Trump’s last 12 hours in office.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Donald Trump, Trump, Anthony Levandowski, Trump Pardons Ex Google


How to Watch Joe Biden's Inauguration on YouTube, Facebook, and More

Joe Biden will become the 46th President of the United States at noon on Wednesday, finally bringing the Trump era to a close. And if you’re looking for an easy way to watch the inauguration streaming live on YouTube, Facebook, and more, we’ve got you covered.Read more...
Tags: Science, Joe Biden, United States, Trump, YouTube Facebook


Here's What Google Didn't Say In Its Promises About Our Privacy

Roughly a month after being hit with a pretty damning antitrust suit led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Google issued its response on Sunday via a public blog post tackling some of the more “misleading” allegations. Read more...
Tags: Science, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Google