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Niantic poised to settle Pokémon Go trespassing complaints
A proposed settlement filed last week could give homeowners some control over whether or not 's augmented-reality attractions show up in and around their property. Further ReadingSome public places want more —but the Holocaust Museum does not [Updated]Shortly after its launch in the summer of 2016, developer Niantic started fielding numerouscomplaints about players trespassing on private property to access location-dependent…

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The wrath of grapes: A tale of 12 dead microwaves and plasma-spewing grapes
DIY science enthusiasts know that, if you put a halved grape into a microwave with just a bit of skin connecting the halves, it'll produce sparks and a fiery plume of ionized gas known as a plasma. There are thousands of YouTube videos documenting the effect. But the standard explanation offered for why this occurs isn't quite right, according to …

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Dealmaster: All the best Presidents’ Day tech deals we can find
Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another holiday deals roundup. This time we're coming at you with a wide range of Presidents' Day sales, because George Washington was definitely thinking of what 4K TV deals he could score as he was crossing the Delaware. Kidding. But Presidents' Day—or Washington's Birthday, which, fun fact, does not occur on Washington's actual…

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HP Elitebook x360 1040 G5 review: A little bit bigger, a little bit better
The battle of the business notebooks is in full swing as HP tries to one-up Lenovo—and itself—all in one go. HP scored a winner with an updated 13-inch Elitebook x360 it released last year. Now it's full-speed ahead with the new Elitebook x360 1040 G5, the newest version of HP's 14-inch business notebook.

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A 5km asteroid may briefly occult the brightest star in the night sky
Sirius, a binary system, is the brightest star in the night sky. The larger of the two stars, Sirius A, is about 25 times more luminous than the Sun, and Sirius is relatively nearby, at less than 9 light years from our Solar System. On Monday night, for a few areas of South and Central America, as well as the…

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Electric truck startup announces $700 million funding round led by Amazon
On Friday, electric truck startup Rivian announced a $700 million funding round led by Amazon. The announcement is notable not just for the size of the investment but also due to Amazon's involvement. Further ReadingRivian debuts new US-made electric truck and SUV with 400-mile rangeThe e-commerce giant has made a variety of investments in mobility, and electric trucks and SUVs…

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Quirky sci-fi farce Mega Time Squad sends up all those time-travel tropes
A magic bracelet doubles as a time-traveling device for a down-on-his-luck small-time criminal in the 2018 New Zealand sci-fi comedy . A favorite of the festival circuit, this quirky twist on the time travel genre is finally available in select theaters and on VOD in the United States. (Mild spoilers below.

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Georgia Tech scientists figured out how maggots can eat so much, so fast
How do the larvae of black soldier flies eat so much, so fast, despite their tiny size? Scientists at Georgia Tech have been studying this "collective feeding" behavior and found that one strategy for maximizing the larvae's feeding rate involves forming maggot "fountains." The scientists described the results in a recent paper in the , along with an entertaining video…

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The Samsung Galaxy S10 is coming! Here’s what to expect
On February 20, Samsung is throwing a huge party in San Francisco, where it will take the wraps off its flagship smartphone lineup for 2019. Given the unbelievable amount of leaks that poured forth, we know just about everything Samsung is planning to show off. We're going to learn all about the Galaxy S10.