Author Archives: Brittany Hillen


James Bond movie ‘Spectre’ gets first TV trailer

James Bond movie ‘Spectre’ gets first TV trailer

In December 2014, we discovered that the next James Bond movie would be Spectre, marking a 24th installment in the series. More than six months have passed since then, and on Wednesday fans were given another glimpse of the movie — this time in the form of a TV trailer. It is exactly one minute in length, the footage nearly as long, and in it we see everything you’d expect in a James Bond movie…including the quip that he is, “Bond. James Bond.”

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Ancient genomics reveal Bronze Age secrets

Ancient genomics reveal Bronze Age secrets

Trying to glean some details about long gone ages isn't easy, and though there's a wealth of knowledge already discerned, a lot of things are still called into question. Thanks to ancient genomics, though, the practice of sequencing ancient genomes, researchers are learning more about the Eurasian Bronze Age and some of the secrets it has long retained. The time period runs from approximately 3000BC to 1000BC, and was a big transitioning period for many things: culture, technology, and more.

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OPM hack: all federal workers (possibly) had personal data stolen

OPM hack: all federal workers (possibly) had personal data stolen

Last week a massive data breach left the personal data on a reported four million federal employees compromised, but now word has it the hack was far larger in scope than previously revealed. In a recent letter it was stated that the personal data of every federal worker was stolen, as well as a large mass of details on former federal workers. The data taken is believed to be expansive, including things like health/life insurance info, pay data, military records, names, birth dates, and addresses, and more.

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Massive great white shark filmed high-fiving diver

Massive great white shark filmed high-fiving diver

You've seen Jaws, you've probably seen shark skeletons at the museum, and maybe you have even seen a real live shark up close. You've likely not, however, seen one quite this massive. Earlier this week on Facebook, Mauricio Hoyos Padilla posted a video of a diver not in a protective cage casually swatting the fin of a massive great white shark as it circled around. The diver was instead standing on top of what appeared to be a diving cage in which another diver was secured. The shark took a look around and then swam on, presumably, to find something more interesting elsewhere. Video after the jump.

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Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters gets Chris Hemsworth as the receptionist

Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters gets Chris Hemsworth as the receptionist

Paul Feig's all-female rehashing of Ghostbusters is still a work in progress, and newest to the cast is Chris Hemsworth, who will be playing the receptionist. This is a big change up from his usual roles, and keeps in step with Feig's gender reversed roles over the original film. It was Feig himself who confirmed the news yesterday. Official details beyond that aren’t forthcoming, but some sources have cropped up to fill in the greater picture surrounding Hemsworth's casting.

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3D printed guns targeted in new legislative proposal

3D printed guns targeted in new legislative proposal

The introduction of 3D printing brought about a much cheaper -- and "invisible" -- way for individuals to get their hands on a firearm. The Internet is filled with blueprints for such devices, and though the earlier models featured some problems (breakage, namely), enthusiasts have refined the plastic weapons. There are some inherent problems with these guns, at least from the government's point of view. Such weapons can be acquired by anyone with the right technology, and aren't able to be detected by metal detectors -- hence the "invisible" gun label.

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Proposed solar storms alarm could give 24hr advanced warning

Proposed solar storms alarm could give 24hr advanced warning

Solar storms can, at times, present a problem for our planet -- you've likely experienced at one point or another GPS troubles and such due to solar storms. In some cases, though, solar storms could pose larger risks to things like power grids. Advanced warning of these larger, potentially dangerous storms gives people a chance to prepare, but present systems only give up to an hour's warning. A new proposed system, however, would increase that warning time to a day or longer.

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Space Station trio land safe after 199 days in orbit

Space Station trio land safe after 199 days in orbit

A trio of crew members have returned from the International Space Station after 199 days spent in orbit, arriving back on our planet earlier today to mark an all around successful trip. The crew underwent medical tests of various sorts upon returning, including things like performing tasks, taking steps over obstacles, and tasks to test how well they can balance — all of which lends data to the space agency’s researchers regarding the effects of time spent in space on the human body.

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Google Slides gains Chromecast support

Google Slides gains Chromecast support

If you’re enmeshed in Google’s ecosystem, you likely use its Slides offering rather than PowerPoint (they both do basically the same thing, if you’re unfamiliar). It would be handy to present those slides via Chromecast, but until today that has not been possible. With today’s Google Slides iOS and Android update, however, such functionality has been added, as well as the ability to play Slides presentations over AirPlay. It is a welcomed update, and makes the service a bit more appealing over Microsoft’s offering.

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Twitch Whisper tosses private messages into chats

Twitch Whisper tosses private messages into chats

Twitch has announced its new Whisper feature, a way for users to send private chat messages without having to leave the chat they’re currently in. It is called whispering because the chats sent privately between two users will show up in-line with whatever chat is currently going on, but it is only between those two users — as if, you see, they had whispered it amongst themselves. The chat will clearly show, however, that the message was sent from one particular user to another specific user. The feature simply speeds things up.

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