Scientists Are Racing to Save These Sea Stars From Extinction

Photo: Dennis Wise/University of WashingtonSince 2013, a disease exacerbated by overheating oceans has been decimating sea star populations, especially those of one particularly striking variety: sunflower sea stars. Over the course of three years, the illness killed off nearly 91% of the sunflower species’ global population. Now, scientists are fighting to restore the beautiful creatures…

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Movie Theater Chains Allowing Vaccinated Patrons to Go Maskless

Screenshot: AMC theatersFollowing Center of Disease Control guidelines, movie theater chains will no longer require fully vaccinated guests to wear masks. Reduced capacity, social distancing, and heavy sanitization will be followed in compliance with CDC safety measures.Variety reports non-vaccinated individuals can remove their masks when eating or drinking only, and all AMC, Regal, and Cinemark…

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You’ll Have to Wait Until June for Apple’s Paid Podcast Subscription Service

Image: AppleApple’s pushing back the launch of its podcast subscription marketplace until June to ensure it’s “delivering the best experience for creator and listeners,” according to a company email to podcasters first spotted by 9to5Mac. Apparently, its new service still needs a few tweaks before it’s ready to see the light of day.Unveiled in April,…

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Robert Palmer Watkins Gets Recurring Role On The Walking Dead: World Beyond

Robert Palmer Watkins on General Hospital.Screenshot: ABCActor Robert Palmer Watkins has landed a recurring role in The Walking Dead universe.Deadline reports Watkins will reprise his role as Lieutenant Frank Newton in the second season of AMC’s The Walking Dead: The World Beyond after making an excellent first impression. Watkins’ acting credits include the role of…

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Years Later, Venmo Finally Gives Users the Option to Make Friends List Private

Photo: Patrick Semansky (AP)Two weeks after Buzzfeed News purportedly found President Joe Biden’s Venmo account using the app’s search tool and public friends feature, promptly setting off cybersecurity and national security alarm bells, Venmo has given users the ability to make their friends list private.The change to one of Venmo’s most criticized features over the…

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Black Panther Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates Wants Better for Creators Bringing These Stories to Life

T’Challa and his allies.Image: Daniel Acuña, Brian Stelfreeze/MarvelWith Black Panther #25 bringing Ta-Nehisi Coates’ run on the Marvel comic—which transformed Wakanda into a time-traveling, intergalactic empire—to a close, the writer’s moving on to tell the next chapter of another comics icon’s story, with Warner Bros.’ upcoming Superman movie about a Black Kal-El. Though Coates is…

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U.S. Soldiers Accidentally Leaked Nuclear Weapons Secrets Online: Report

Photo: Peter Macdiarmid (Getty Images)U.S. soldiers stationed at various bases in Europe accidentally exposed sensitive data related to America’s nuclear weapons stockpile via poorly secured flashcard apps they were using to memorize said secrets, according to a stunning new report.In what seems like a mind-boggling mishandling of America’s most sensitive national security information, the soldiers…

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Backpedaling, WhatsApp Says It Won’t Lobotomize Accounts That Refuse Privacy Policy Update

Photo: Lionel Bonaventure / AFP (Getty Images)WhatsApp initially threatened to revoke core functions for users that refused to accept its controversial new privacy policy, only to walk back the severity of those consequences earlier this month amid international backlash, and now, it’s doing away with them altogether (for the time being, at least). In a…

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I’m Not Sure Why Evangelion’s Opening Was Used in This Olympics Documentary, But It’s Sick

Rise up, young boy, and make yourself a (hockey) legend!Gif: Ondřej Hudeček/Olympic CommitteeTo be a director requires a lot of things, but also, sometimes it just means following your heart. Especially when your heart says “You know what this documentary needs? Neon Genesis Evangelion’s A Cruel Angel’s Thesis.”Three years ago, director Ondřej Hudeček released The…

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Twitter’s App Store Listing Shows Rumored ‘Twitter Blue’ Subscription Service for $2.99 Per Month

Photo: Alastair Pike / AFP (Getty Images)Twitter may have accidentally spilled the beans on its rumored subscription service Twitter Blue thanks to an update to its App Store listing. As you can see in the screenshot below, “Twitter Blue” is now listed as Twitter’s sole in-app purchase for $2.99 per month, though the feature doesn’t…

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Werewolves Within’s New Trailer Brings Big Furry Frights to Small Town Goofs

Sleepovers with guns are unequivocally proven to hold back lycanthropic threats.Screenshot: IFC FilmsTrailer FrenzyA special place to find the newest trailers for movies and TV shows you’re craving.That’s the problem with a lycanthrope outbreak in small towns: everyone’s got a lot of guns to fight back against the furry threat.Directed by Josh Ruben (Scare Me)…

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Lemonade: JK, JK, We Don’t Use Facial Recognition to Reject Your Insurance Claims

Image: LemonadeLess than a day after Lemonade tweeted about its facial recognition-powered fraud-detection systems, the insurance startup has fully backtracked. On Wednesday, the company put out a formal apology about what it’s saying were “poorly worded” claims, and took down what it’s now calling an “awful thread.”For those that have never filed a claim using…

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Ron Watkins Is Done With Q and Has Moved On to Aliens

Photo: Win McNamee (Getty Images)Ron Watkins, conspiracy-peddler extraordinaire, has found his next gig: leaking “disclosures” about extraterrestrials, Julian Assange-style. Yes, do yourself a favor and check out “AlienLeaks,” a new website Watkins just launched that he claims will be a destination for secret “never before seen” documents and disclosures involving extraterrestrials. In an insult to…

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The ‘Sea Snot’ Invasion Has Arrived

Photo: Ozan Kose (Getty Images)The climate crisis is making Earth more dangerous with increasingly severe and frequent fires, storms, and droughts. It’s also making the world grosser. Case in point: It’s responsible for a sludgy substance spreading across waters in Turkey. Ew.The stuff, unofficially and disgustingly known as “sea snot,” was first recorded on the…

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Apple Changes Its Mind, Says HomePod and HomePod Mini Will Support Lossless Audio With Software Update

An Apple HomePod speaker.Photo: Noah Berger/AFP (Getty Images)Apple’s recent hifi audio streaming launch for Apple Music was received with enthusiasm, but also all sorts of confusion when it comes to lossless audio. Today, Apple tried to clear up user questions about lossless audio and also announced that the HomePod and HomePod mini would support the…

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Twitch Finally Adds Content Tags for Transgender, Black, and Other Communities

Photo: Martin Bureau (Getty Images)Starting next week, Twitch is adding more than 350 new community tags to its streaming platform related to gender, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ability, mental health, and other categories, the company said in a blog post Friday. The list of new tags includes transgender, Black, disabled, veteran, and Vtuber, among others,…

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In Nod to Dystopian Fiction, Citizen Wants to Send Private Security Teams to Your Neighborhood

Photo: Justin Sullivan (Getty Images)In what truly seems like a dystopian nightmare come to life, the public safety alert app Citizen apparently has plans to hire teams of security contractors to respond to app users’ incident response requests—a sort of Blackwater-ification of local public safety that can surely only lead to good things.When it started…

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Snap Doubles Down on Smart Glasses Line, Buys AR Display Supplier for More Than $500 Million

Photo: SnapSnap is going all-in on its augmented reality smart glasses whether consumers want them or not. Right after announcing the latest generation of its Spectacles line, news surfaced that Snap has agreed to acquire WaveOptics, which supplies the AR displays powering its frames, for more than $500 million, the Verge reported Friday.In an emailed…

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Netflix’s Halston Pulls No Punches About Joel Schumacher’s Brilliance or His Demons

Rory Culkin as Joel Schumacher in Halston.Screenshot: NetflixThough Netflix’s Halston primarily focuses on the life of its titular fashion designer, who built an empire on minimalist silhouettes and Ultrasuede, the miniseries also spotlights a number of important figures who came into Halston’s orbit while they were on their own journeys to stardom. One of particular…

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