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NASA shows us what a Pluto landing would look like

NASA shows us what a Pluto landing would look like

We’ve been on the receiving end of many Pluto photos thanks to NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, but we haven’t actually landed on the dwarf planet yet. That hasn’t stopped the space agency from imagining what such a landing may look like, and it has shared that vision with everyone else via a new photo. Rather than using a computer to generate it, NASA utilized more than 100 photos snapped by New Horizons during its mission.

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House of Cards Season 5 release date revealed

House of Cards Season 5 release date revealed

Netflix had some good news last year — House of Cards was coming back for a fifth season — and then some bad news: that season’s launch was delayed and no firm release date was provided. We initially expected to see Season 5 drop in the first quarter of this year, but Netflix revealed a couple days ago that fans will have to wait until some time between April and June before they get the next season. That has now been clarified with a hard launch date.

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Meitu explains its controversial anime photo app permissions

Meitu explains its controversial anime photo app permissions

The anime-themed photo makeover app Meitu recently went viral, with loads of people downloading it to transform their selfies using adorable filters. The spike in popularity quickly drew attention to the app’s questionable permissions and data practices, however, and users were soon advised to uninstall the app rather than risk compromising their personal data. Now the company behind the app, Meitu Inc., has issued a final statement on the matter, detailing how it uses the data and the reason behind its app permissions.

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Injustice 2 beta registration goes live

Injustice 2 beta registration goes live

If you can’t wait for Injustice 2 to launch this upcoming May, you may get the chance to try it out early. NetherRealm and Warner Bros. Games have officially launched registration for the game’s beta; those who signup will be in the pipeline to get a beta code. This beta registration is for North America, and comes ahead of the game’s May 16 launch date. You’ll need a PlayStation 4 or an Xbox One to play the game.

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Antarctic ice shelf rift grows as massive chunk tries to break free

Antarctic ice shelf rift grows as massive chunk tries to break free

The UK-based Antarctic research project MIDAS has issued an update about the Larsen C ice shelf rift, saying it grew by 10 kilometers (6.21 miles) over the course of January. The expansion was determined using the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-1 satellites, and it brings the total rift size up to a scary 175 kilometers. Only 20 kilometers of ice connect the iceberg with the ice shelf’s edge.

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NASA ‘Psyche’ mission will investigate nearly all-metal asteroid

NASA ‘Psyche’ mission will investigate nearly all-metal asteroid

NASA has announced a pair of new space missions called “Lucy” and “Psyche,” the latter of which will investigate a never-before-studied asteroid that may be composed almost entirely of nickel and iron. That asteroid — described as being giant in size as well as heavily metallic — is named 16 Psyche, and is thought to have a composition not unlike that of the Earth’s core.

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Samsung #SeeColors app helps the colorblind adjust their TVs

Samsung #SeeColors app helps the colorblind adjust their TVs

Samsung has announced the development of a new app that helps colorblind individuals determine the severity of their colorblindness and adjust their televisions to compensate. Called #SeeColors, the app was made in partnership with Hungarian company Colorlite. The app supports both smartphones and Tizen-based televisions.

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PlayStation VR gets YouTube 360 support

PlayStation VR gets YouTube 360 support

Sony has announced that its PlayStation VR headset can now be used to watch YouTube’s 360-degree videos. The videos are exactly what they sound like — the 360-degree videos that have been available for watching via Cardboard and other headsets. Following its launch in October, PlayStation VR now finally supports those videos, bringing another element of entertainment to the platform.

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The Division DLC ‘The Last Stand’ brings new game mode

The Division DLC ‘The Last Stand’ brings new game mode

Ubisoft has detailed the third expansion for Tom Clancy’s The Division. With “The Last Stand” DLC, gamers will get access to a new game mode with ‘clear objectives,’ though it’ll also include elements presently existing in the Dark Zone. That’s only a sliver of everything coming to the game with “Last Stand,” however, and there’s more good news beyond the new game mode: the DLC will be available on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 at the same time.

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Tidal ‘Track Edit’ feature lets users change song speed and length

Tidal ‘Track Edit’ feature lets users change song speed and length

Streaming music service Tidal has introduced a pair of new features that enable some users to channel their inner DJs. With the features, users are able to adjust the length and speed of some songs to better suit their tastes (speed up the tempo for your exercising sessions, perhaps), then save those edited tracks to a playlist for enjoyment later on.

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Crew to spend 8 months living in remote Mars simulation dome

Crew to spend 8 months living in remote Mars simulation dome

The University of Hawaii has announced that half a dozen “astronaut-like crewmembers” have entered into a geodesic dome located on Mauna Loa in Hawaii as part of a study on Mars habitability. In this case, the crew will live in the dome for eight months, providing vital data on both performance and human behavior that’ll help NASA prepare for future missions to the Red Planet. NASA funded the project.

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Twitter exceeded its diversity hiring goals in 2016

Twitter exceeded its diversity hiring goals in 2016

Twitter has previously stated goal related to improving company diversity, and its latest report about the matter indicates it made great strides toward that goal last year, including exceeding its workforce hiring goals in many categories. Though the company didn’t hire as many women into technical roles as it had hoped to, it did increase the overall number of women and underrepresented minorities it employed in 2016, among (many) other things.

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