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Review: Palm Springs is a fresh, slyly self-aware addition to time loop trope

Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti relive the same day over and over in Palm Springs, now streaming on Hulu. Last year gave us two innovative multiverse twists on the well-worn time-loop trope: the Netflix comedy series Russian Doll, and the horror/comedy Happy Death Day 2 U (a sequel to 2018’s Happy Death Day). One would …

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This self-driving startup built a “car without wheels” for remote driving

Enlarge (credit: Voyage) The ideal self-driving car would drive itself all the time, in all situations. But achieving that goal in practice is difficult—so difficult, in fact, that most self-driving companies have provisions for human backup to help cars get out of tricky or confusing situations. But companies are often secretive about exactly how these …

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How small satellites are radically remaking space exploration

Enlarge / An Electron rocket launches in August 2019 from New Zealand. (credit: Sam Toms/Rocket Lab) At the beginning of this year, a group of NASA scientists agonized over which robotic missions they should choose to explore our Solar System. Researchers from around the United States had submitted more than 20 intriguing ideas, such as …

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SpaceX stands down from Starlink launch for the third time [Updated]

After the rain cleared Tuesday, media were permitted an opportunity to visit an LC-39A surrounded by photo-worthy puddles. [credit: Trevor Mahlmann ] 10:15am ET Saturday Update: The third time was not a charm. A little more than an hour before a Falcon 9 rocket was due to launch on Saturday morning from Florida, SpaceX announced …

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WHO still skeptical SARS-CoV-2 lingers in air—despite what the NYT says

Enlarge / World Health Organization (WHO) Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan attends a press conference organized by the Geneva Association of United Nations Correspondents (ACANU) amid the COVID-19 outbreak, caused by the novel coronavirus, on July 3, 2020 at the WHO headquarters in Geneva. (credit: Getty | Fabrice Coffrini) If you happened to read The New …

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Yes, Apple silicon Macs will have Thunderbolt ports

Enlarge / Tim Cook begins his announcement of Apple Silicon. (credit: Apple) Macs with Apple silicon will still support Thunderbolt, according to Apple. The clarification came after Intel’s Thunderbolt 4 announcement led many to speculate that Macs without Intel CPUs would not have Thunderbolt ports. Here’s Apple’s statement, which was provided to The Verge: Over …

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Amazon bans TikTok on employee phones, then calls it a mistake [Updated]

Enlarge / A person using the video-sharing application TikTok on a smartphone in Faridabad in India on June 30, 2020. (credit: AFP) Update at 5:15pm ET: Amazon now says it sent the email announcing a TikTok ban by mistake, according to The Verge. “This morning’s email to some of our employees was sent in error,” an …

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Review: Charlize Theron shines as a world-weary immortal in The Old Guard

Andy (Charlize Theron) and her right-hand man Booker (Matthias Schoenaerts), aka Sebastian le Livre. [credit:Netflix ] Four immortal warriors who have secretly protected humanity for centuries become targeted by a corporate CEO keen on extracting and marketing the key to their mysterious powers—just as a new immortal emerges to join their ranks—in The Old Guard. It’s …

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