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Whatever you expect from “Robert Pattinson in space sci-fi,” High Life isn’t it

The trailer for Claire Denis’ High Life For space-cinema fans, Spring 2019 has long had two big releases on the schedule unrelated to that big Apollo anniversary. The Brad Pitt-led, James Gray (Lost City of Z)-directed Ad Astra continues to target May, and the Robert Pattinson-starring, Claire Denis-made High Life arrives this week. Before even so much as …

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Two rockets dropped tracers into the northern lights and the result was glorious

Accelerated time-lapse video of AZURE mission lighting up the sky. Late Friday night, two sounding rockets launched from a small spaceport in northern Norway. The two skinny rockets soared to an altitude of 320km, and along the way each released a visible gas to fall through, and illuminate conditions inside the aurora borealis. Some of the …

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I Like Scary Movies interactive horror exhibit is art for the Instagram era

It.”> Enlarge / “Look dead. No, more dead.” Ars writer in a horror playground inspired by 2017 film adaptation of Stephen King’s It. (credit: Rachael Porter) Horror-movie fans are known for their love of immersive “haunts:” special exhibits of events that pay tribute to their favorite films while letting the fans in on a bit …

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You call that EDM? Moritz Simon Geist’s robots make the most technical techno

Electronic engineer/robot-musician conductor Moritz Simon Geist performs at the SXSW Innovation Awards. [credit: Nathan Mattise ] AUSTIN, Texas—If you find Moritz Simon Geist’s “Entropy” on Spotify, you might think nothing of it. The song is built upon repetitive, droning phrases that layer upon each other in ways you can’t help but move your head to. …

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Borderlands review bomb triggers Steam’s “off topic” fix [Updated]

Recent reviews for Borderlands 2 now show a large asterisk indicating the presence of an off-topic review bomb. [Update 10:30 p.m.: In a statement sent to Ars Technica just now, Valve’s Doug Lombardi says that “after a review of current review activity on Borderlands titles, the decision was made to tag the franchise for off-topic …

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Lawsuit: AT&T’s DirecTV Now is a flop and AT&T lied to investors about it

Enlarge / AT&T logo. (credit: Mike Mozart / Flickr) AT&T lied to investors in order to hide the failure of its DirecTV Now streaming TV service, a proposed class action alleges. AT&T told investors that DirecTV Now was succeeding even as its subscriber base fell due to price increases and the discontinuance of promotional discounts, …

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Period drama Warrior brings Bruce Lee’s vision to vivid life after 50 years

Enlarge / Andrew Koji plays Ah Sahm, a master martial artist who comes to San Francisco’s Chinatown and gets drawn in the infamous tong wars. (credit: HBO/David Bloomer) There’s juicy political intrigue, forbidden love, and plenty of kung-fu fighting in Warrior, a new ten-episode series from Cinemax. The series is adapted from a treatment developed …

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A spacious plugin SUV for under $36,000? The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

If you want a plug-in hybrid SUV that can fit a family of five but won’t cost you at least $50,000, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the only game in town. [credit: Jonathan Gitlin ] As you’re no doubt bored of hearing—I know I am—the SUV-slash-crossover has ascended to a position of automotive supremacy. Customers, …

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