Enlarge / This is a Mu'Kay, and they really, really like fish. They do not, however, like protracted litigation. (credit: Stardock) The ongoing legal battle between original Star Control creators Fred Ford and Paul Reiche III and Star Control: Origins developer Stardock escalated significantly on the last day of 2018." /> Enlarge / This is a Mu'Kay, and they really, really like fish. They do not, however, like protracted litigation. (credit: Stardock) The ongoing legal battle between original Star Control creators Fred Ford and Paul Reiche III and Star Control: Origins developer Stardock escalated significantly on the last day of 2018." />

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Original Star Control creators deploy nuclear option against Stardock

really like fish. They do not, however, like protracted litigation.”> Enlarge / This is a Mu’Kay, and they really, really like fish. They do not, however, like protracted litigation. (credit: Stardock) The ongoing legal battle between original Star Control creators Fred Ford and Paul Reiche III and Star Control: Origins developer Stardock escalated significantly on …

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Roku Channel now lets users sign up for new streaming services with one click

(credit: Casey Johnston) Roku’s latest update to The Roku Channel makes it easier for users to now find and subscribe to streaming services. The new feature (dubbed “Premium Subscriptions”) adds a carousel of subscription partners to The Roku Channel, all of which allow users to sign up for their services directly through Roku’s on-screen interface. …

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New Horizons has a successful flyby of the Kuiper Belt’s bowling pin

Enlarge (credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI; sketch courtesy of James Tuttle Keane) While people around the world were celebrating the arrival of 2019, people at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Maryland were hard at work. Billions of miles away, the New Horizons probe was flying past Ultima Thule, a small object in the Kuiper Belt. By …

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Netflix welcomes 2019 with Stranger Things 3 release date: July 4

Netflix/YouTube Netlfix bestowed a New Year’s gift to all Stranger Things fans last night: the release date of the show’s third season. Stranger Things 3 will debut on July 4, 2019. Just before 2018 ended, Netflix tweeted out another trailer for Stranger Things 3 (the above video is a shortened version from Netflix’s YouTube channel). …

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Mickey Mouse and Batman will soon be public domain—here’s what that means

The Great Gatsby—the 1925 novel, not the 2013 movie starring Leonardo di Caprio—will expire two years from today.”> Enlarge / The copyright to The Great Gatsby—the 1925 novel, not the 2013 movie starring Leonardo di Caprio—will expire two years from today. (credit: Warner Bros. Picture) As the ball dropped over Times Square last night, all …

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Let’s kick off 2019 by pondering the dismal future prospects for humanity

Enlarge / Astronomer Royal Lord Martin Rees speaks at Stephen Hawking’s memorial service at Westminster Abbey on June 15, 2018 in London, England. (credit: Ben Stansall/WPA Pool /Getty Images) Human kind has long harnessed the fruits of scientific research into revolutionary technologies, with a few tradeoffs along the way. The benefits have generally outweighed the …

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What could have wiped 3km of rock off the entire Earth?

Enlarge / Antarctica today. (credit: Eli Duke) Believe it or not, the geology at the bottom of the Grand Canyon is extraordinarily common. There, layers of sedimentary rock lie flat atop angled layers of significantly more ancient metamorphic rock. The gap there is enormous—if Earth’s rocks constitute a book of the planet’s history, there are …

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