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Welcome to the cyber world: The real-world tech behind Alita: Battle Angel
The CGI-heavy cinematic world of is chock-full of the kinds of cyberpunk toys most of us only dream about. But while much of the technology in is futuristic, it's deliberately grounded in the real-world technology of today, per producer James Cameron's vision. (Mildest of spoilers for below. You can read Sam Machkovech's largely spoiler-free review here.

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Private cabins, flying bars, and hundreds of seats—farewell, Airbus A380
On Valentine's Day, Airbus confirmed that production of the massive A380 airliner will come to an end, breaking some plane nerds' hearts. When it was unveiled to the world in 2005, Airbus touted its efficiency over twin-engined long-haul planes, but this mighty carbon-fiber double-decker never lived up to expectations. Not all airports could accommodate its physical size, and getting the…

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Starz‘ Counterpart has been canceled—which is bad, because the show is good
Warning: This story contains minor spoilers for S2. This week, genre TV fans received a bit of bad news. , the JK Simmons-led Starz drama combining sci-fi realism with pseudo-Cold War spy thrills, would not be getting a third season. Further ReadingRealizing you can’t have enough JK Simmons, new sci-fi spy series doubles him

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The replication crisis may also be a theory crisis
A replication crisis has called into question results from behavioral (and other) sciences. Complaints have focused on poor statistical methods, the burying of negative results, and other “questionable research practices” that undermine the quality of individual studies. But methods are only part of the problem, as Michael Muthukrishna and Joseph Henrich argue in a paper in this week.

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Facebook, Google, CDC under pressure to stop anti-vax garbage from spreading
With five measles outbreaks ongoing in the US, lawmakers are questioning both health officials and tech giants on their efforts to combat the noxious anti-vaccine misinformation fueling the spread of disease. Last week, Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate health committee, along with ranking member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) sent a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

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Researchers, scared by their own work, hold back “deepfakes for text” AI
OpenAI, a non-profit research company investigating "the path to safe artificial intelligence," has developed a machine learning system called Generative Pre-trained Transformer-2 (GPT-2 ), capable of generating text based on brief writing prompts. The result comes so close to mimicking human writing that it could potentially be used for "deepfake" content.

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Shell buys Sonnen, Tesla’s competitor in the home battery business
On Friday, oil major Royal Dutch Shell and German energy storage company Sonnen announced that Shell would acquire Sonnen for an undisclosed amount. Further ReadingSonnen’s new battery for solar self-consumption could succeed in USSonnen has been one of the top competitors with Tesla's Powerwall in the US home battery market.

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Aquaman, Khal Drogo actor may play Duncan Idaho in new Dune film
Deadline Hollywood reports that star Jason Momoa—who immortalized Dothraki warlord Khal Drogo in the first season of —is in negotiations to portray another science-fiction warrior, Duncan Idaho from , Frank Herbert's beloved 1965 science fiction novel. Directed by Denis Villeneuve, this new film adaptation is expected to begin shooting this year. (Mild spoilers for original novel below.

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Microsoft shaking up how Windows feature updates are rolled out—again
Customers using Windows Update for Business will lose some ability to delay the deployment of each new Windows feature release once version 1903 goes live. When Microsoft first started delivering Windows 10 "as a Service" with a regular flow of feature updates, the company planned to have two release tracks: a "Current Branch" (CB) that was consumer-oriented and "Current Branch…