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Anthem review: BioWare’s sky-high gaming ambition crashes back to Earth
BioWare, the developer responsible for and , has returned with its first new series in over a decade, It's a pretty big departure for the RPG-heavy studio: a jetpack-fueled, action-first online "looter-shooter." And after a disastrous demo launched weeks ago, we wondered whether we'd even get a playable game. The good news is that we did, and at its best,…

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New carbon capture solvent is another stab at optimism in a stagnant industry
Capturing carbon emissions before they enter the atmosphere is a white whale for the fossil fuel industry. In theory, if a power plant or a factory could easily eliminate carbon emissions by filtering them out of flue gas, the plant would be able to pursue business as usual with some simple retrofits—no threat of future regulations mandating lower emissions, no…

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Gene editing still has a few bugs in the system
Gene editing has been in the news lately due to an ethically reckless experiment in which human embryos were subjected to an inefficient form of gene editing. The subjects, now born, gained uncertain protection from HIV in exchange for a big collection of potential risks. A large number of ethicists and scientists agreed that this isn't the sort of thing…

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After nearly $50 billion, NASA’s deep-space plans remain grounded
During the last 15 years, the US Congress has authorized budgets totaling $46 billion for various NASA deep-space exploration plans. By late summer, 2020, that total is likely to exceed $50 billion, most of which has been spent on developing a heavy-lift rocket and deep space capsule that may carry humans into deep space.

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High-tech toilet seat monitors your heart as you sit on the can
If developing heart disease scares the poo out of you, this new monitor may be just the thing. Engineers at Rochester Institute of Technology have designed a high-tech toilet seat that effortlessly flushes out data on the state of your cardiovascular system. The tricked-out porcelain throne measures your blood pressure, blood oxygen level, and the volume of blood your heart…

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Retina resolution headset puts the “reality” into “virtual reality”
Current virtual reality headsets are pretty good at the "virtual" bit but tend to fall down on the "reality" side of things. It's all too obvious that you're looking at a screen, albeit a screen held very close to your face, and a lot of screens just aren't meant to be looked at that close.

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Inside the DNSpionage hacks that hijack domains at an unprecedented scale
Since the beginning of the year, the US government and private security companies have been warning of a sophisticated wave of attacks that’s hijacking domains belonging to multiple governments and private companies at an unprecedented scale. On Monday, a detailed report provided new details that helped explain how and why the widespread DNS hijackings allowed the attackers to siphon huge…

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Another blow to Blu-ray: Samsung will no longer make Blu-ray players for the US
If you didn’t notice any Blu-ray player announcements from Samsung at CES this year, there’s a reason for that: the company has told both Forbes and CNET that it is getting out of the Blu-ray player business in the United States. The large chaebol conglomerate will introduce no new Blu-ray players anywhere, it seems, and will stop making existing players…

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Facebook is a law-breaking “digital gangster,” UK government report says
Facebook yesterday said it is willing to face "meaningful regulation" after UK lawmakers accused the company of acting like a "digital gangster" that has knowingly violated laws and helped spread Russian misinformation during elections. A House of Commons committee that oversees media policy chastised Facebook in a report on "disinformation and 'fake news.