Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston

Brittany Roston is SlashGear's Entertainment, Health, and Science Editor. She has over a decade of experience writing about entertainment, health, and science for many media outlets.

Dementia isn’t inevitable: Study finds which healthy habits offset risk

Dementia isn’t inevitable: Study finds which healthy habits offset risk

It's easy to fall into the trap of believing dementia and Alzheimer's disease are the inevitable outcome of growing old, but a new study says that isn't the case. Despite having a genetic risk for the diseases, a newly published study found that certain healthy habits offset the risk, indicating that how you live life has a huge influence on whether dementia will ultimately be a part of it.

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Fortnite’s massive robot grows, hinting at season 9 finale

Fortnite’s massive robot grows, hinting at season 9 finale

In recent weeks, Fortnite's Pressure Plant (the new destination inside of the volcanic crater) opened to reveal the previously leaked Robot Factory. Though the opening didn't do anything significant at the time, players were presented with the legs of a huge robot currently under construction. As of the most recent update, the robot is almost complete.

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Space Invaders movie tipped in the pipeline at New Line Cinema

Space Invaders movie tipped in the pipeline at New Line Cinema

For some reason, New Line has decided to turn the classic 70s arcade game Space Invaders into a movie, according to a new report. The production studio, which is owned by Warner Bros., has reportedly tapped Greg Russo to write a script for the alleged movie, potentially ushering in the latest theatrical release revolving around an old video game.

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Overwatch will automatically end matches when it detects cheaters

Overwatch will automatically end matches when it detects cheaters

Blizzard plans to take its anti-cheating efforts to a new level and will start automatically ending matches where a cheater is detected. The change was revealed in Blizzard's July 2019 developer update, where the game's director Jeff Kaplan explained how the new anti-cheating effort will work. Though game matches will automatically end, regular players who weren't cheating won't be penalized.

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Impossible Foods is working on a plant-based fish product

Impossible Foods is working on a plant-based fish product

Impossible Foods, the company behind the Impossible Burger, is using its food technology to create a new fish product. The project involves heme protein, the same used for the company's existing 'meat' product, and it aims to introduce a meatless alternative to existing fish products on the market. Questions remain over whether consumers are interested in vegetarian fish alternatives, however.

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Dota Underlords beta testers get access to prototype battle pass

Dota Underlords beta testers get access to prototype battle pass

Valve has announced the free availability of 'Proto Pass' for its Dota Underlords strategy battle game. The title was released for everyone across multiple platforms last month, offering a standalone version of the Dota 2 Auto Chess mod for desktop and mobile. In the most recent update on the game, Valve has released the 'Proto Pass' for current beta testers, giving them a chance to try -- and critique -- the game's own battle pass.

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Star Wars: The Mandalorian season two already in pre-production

Star Wars: The Mandalorian season two already in pre-production

Later this year, Disney will finally opens the doors to its Disney+ streaming service, enabling the public to subscribe to the service and enjoy both existing and original content. Among the original content that will be available at the time of its launch is the first season of Star Wars: The Mandalorian, and though it hasn't premiered yet, Disney already has work underway on the second season.

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Florida issues rabies alert covering part of Walt Disney World

Florida issues rabies alert covering part of Walt Disney World

The Florida Department of Health in Orange County issued a rabies alert on July 9 that will remain in effect for 60 days. The alert covers a two-mile radius around the region's Interstate 4 and Epcot Center Drive, the road leading into Walt Disney World's Epcot theme park. The warning was issued after a feral cat that scratched two park employees tested positive for rabies (the employees, however, were fine).

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FX Plus streaming video subscription service will end under Disney

FX Plus streaming video subscription service will end under Disney

FX Plus (FX+), a streaming video subscription service that provided customers with access to FX content, has been shut down. Existing customers will retain access to their plan until August 20, but the service is no longer accepting new customers. The decision was made by Disney following its acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets.

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YouTube Premium can now automatically download recent videos

YouTube Premium can now automatically download recent videos

YouTube Premium, the subscription service offered by YouTube for users who want access to more features, has added the ability to save videos from favorite channels and recent topics for offline viewing. The new feature, which is only available to subscribers, helps users ensure they always have access to the videos that interest them the most.

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Calorie restriction ‘significantly’ improves health in thin adults

Calorie restriction ‘significantly’ improves health in thin adults

A study out of Duke Health has found that eliminating approximately 300 calories from one's daily diet has a significant protective effect on health. This beneficial effect was found in adults who were a healthy weight or who had 'a few pounds' to lose, according to the researchers, spurring an improvement in health markers like blood pressure and blood sugar that were already in the 'good' range.

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Fortnite Trios Cash Cup tournament will include new spectating option

Fortnite Trios Cash Cup tournament will include new spectating option

This weekend will bring the Fortnite Trios Cash Cup, a tournament taking place on July 13 and July 14 that was first teased in late June. The top teams will win cash prizes from the global prize pool and all signs point toward another fun Fortnite esports event. As the clock ticks down to the start of the Semi-Finals, Epic has announced that one particularly controversial item will not be available in the tournament and that fans will have a new way to watch.

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