author_name|Mariella Moon

Watch Cassie the bipedal robot run a 5K

Cassie, a bipedal robot that’s all legs, has successfully ran five kilometers without having a tether and on a single charge. The machine serves as the basis for Agility Robotics’ delivery robot Digit, as TechCrunch notes, though you may also remember it for “blindly” navigating a set of stairs. Oregon State University engineers were able …

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Lucasfilm hires YouTuber who used deepfake to improve ‘The Mandalorian’

Luke Skywalker’s CGI face in the character’s The Mandalorian cameo was met with a lot of criticism, and fans even tried to fix the scene with various tools and programs. One of those fans did so well, Lucasfilm has hired him to help it ensure its upcoming projects won’t feature underwhelming de-aging and facial visual …

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‘Blade Runner: Black Lotus’ anime trailer reveals a replicant on the run

Adult Swim and Crunchyroll has released the first trailer for Blade Runner: Black Lotus, the anime series they’re co-producing, at San Diego Comic-Con this year. The show is set in Los Angeles in the year 2032, putting its events in between the original Harrison Ford movie set in 2019 and the sequel film starring Ryan …

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SpaceX will launch NASA’s Europa Clipper mission to Jupiter’s moon

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will be launching NASA’s long-awaited mission to Europa, Jupiter’s icy moon that may have the conditions to support life. The agency has been planning to send a probe to the Jovian moon for years and finalized its plans in 2019. In its announcement, NASA said the Europa Clipper spacecraft is …

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Astronomers spot possible moon-forming region for the first time

While scientists have found plenty of exoplanets over the years, they’ve yet to spot to moons orbiting those worlds outside our solar system. Now, a group of astronomers has discovered (PDF) what’s believed to be a region with exomoons-in-the-making for the first time. Myriam Benisty and team from the University of Grenoble found the disk …

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Slack is now officially part of Salesforce

Salesforce has completed its $27.7 billion acquisition — its biggest one to date — of business messaging app Slack. When the companies first announced the purchase back in December 2020, they said Slack founder and CEO Stewart Butterfield will continue to lead the messaging service as a unit within its new parent organization. They also …

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Tokyo Olympics staff will be given ear-worn devices to reduce the risk of heatstroke

Summers in Tokyo are not only hot, they’re also extremely humid — together, those two elements are a recipe for heat-related illness. According to The Guardian, there are concerns that the upcoming Tokyo Olympics would lead to a rise in heatstroke cases, which is definitely a huge issue when medical services are already stretched too …

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GM announces third electric pickup after the Hummer and Silverado EVs

GM is working on another electric pickup truck in addition to GMC’s Hummer EV and the electrified Chevrolet Silverado it confirmed back in April. The automotive giant has made the announcement at a media event, according to CNBC and CNET Roadshow. It didn’t reveal a lot of details about the project and only showed a …

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Security researchers fool Microsoft’s Windows Hello authentication system

Microsoft designed Windows Hello to be compatible with webcams across multiple brands, but that feature designed for ease of adoption could also make the technology vulnerable to bad actors. As reported by Wired, researchers from the security firm CyberArk managed to fool the Hello facial recognition system using images of the computer owner’s face.  Windows …

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Malaysian authorities crush 1,069 crypto mining rigs with a steamroller

How do authorities dispose of confiscated cryptocurrency mining rigs? In a city in Sarawak, Malaysia, authorities got rid of 1,069 rigs at once by crushing them with a steamroller, Vice reports. According to Malaysian publication Dayak Daily, the PCs were confiscated over six raids conducted between February and April this year. Sarawak Energy Berhad, the …

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