Key Data For NASA's Ice-Monitoring Satellite in Trouble Thanks to Shutdown

Last month, NASA researchers were gleefully sharing the early returns from their recently launched ice-monitoring satellite, ICESat-2, at the world’s largest annual meeting of Earth scientists. This month, many of those same researchers are furloughed as a vital airborne campaign needed to calibrate the satellite…

The 2020 GMC Sierra HD Lets You See Straight Through the Trailer You're Hauling

As we learned on Tuesday night, the 2020 GMC Sierra HD is significantly less ugly than its fraternal twin at Chevrolet, the 2020 Silverado HD, and has more cameras on board than a crowd at a Justin Timberlake concert. The cameras are fancy, too, with one letting a driver see right through whatever they’re hauling.

People in Red and Blue States May Use Weed Very Differently—and Not Just Due to Legalization

A U.S. state’s politics could be influencing how people use cannabis, suggests a new study out Wednesday from Columbia University. It found that liberal states had higher rates of pot use than conservative states, but conservative states had higher rates of harmful, addictive use. These differences could be seen among…

Microsoft Thought It'd Be a Good Idea to Add a 'Fake News' Tracker in the Edge Browser

NewsGuard is a startup organization that aims to evaluate the reliability of news organizations and give web users a quick rating for how much they should trust what they’re reading. As of this week, the company’s plug-in now comes packaged in Microsoft’s mobile Edge browser. It’s a development that everyone should…

Play Life-Sized Air Hockey With This $15 Hover Ball

Unlearn everything you thought you knew about playing ball in the house. This hovering soccer “ball” is essentially a giant air hockey puck that floats along any flat surface. It’s lightweight (obviously) and has padded sides to avoid scuffing walls and furniture, and its built-in LED lights make it a great nighttime…

How Shazam Will Use Childlike Wonder to Set It Apart From the Superhero Pack

If you want to know how Shazam is going to be different from the DC Entertainment films that preceded it, you need only reference two scenes: One in which the hero fights the bad guy in a toy store filled with DC superhero merch, and another where a big fight takes place at a festive winter carnival, complete with a…

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