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.

NASA InSight lander may have detected the first ‘marsquake’

NASA InSight lander may have detected the first ‘marsquake’

NASA's InSight lander may have detected its first quake on Mars, the space agency has announced. The 'marsquake' was recorded as a faint seismic signal by the rover's Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS) instrument on April 6. This is the first time humans have recorded quaking that originates from within the planet rather than from something on the surface.

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Don’t blame the measles vaccine for global outbreaks

Don’t blame the measles vaccine for global outbreaks

The measles, a disease that was declared eradicated in the United States nearly 20 years ago, is seeing a massive resurgence across the nation. The CDC issued an advisory earlier this week that warned the US is about to exceed its post-eradication record number of measles cases per year...and it'll probably happen within weeks, not months. Following its lead is the FDA, which has issued a statement emphasizing one important point: the vaccination is not to blame for these outbreaks.

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Apple’s keyboard plan to pacify angry MacBook owners just leaked

Apple’s keyboard plan to pacify angry MacBook owners just leaked

A leaked Apple memo reportedly reveals that the company is prioritizing MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboard repairs. 'Until further notice,' the alleged memo tells Genius Bar technicians, the majority of keyboard-related repairs will need to be performed in the Apple Store with the goal of providing next-day turnaround. It's unclear how long this policy will stay in place.

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Study finds most people choose junk food to satisfy the munchies

Study finds most people choose junk food to satisfy the munchies

There's a certain stereotype associated with 'the munchies,' one that describes a person who, after getting suitably high, gravitates toward junk food to satisfy their increased appetite. A new study looked at whether there's an element of truth to this trope and the results are anything but surprising: most people experiencing 'the munchies' choose junk food over healthy alternatives.

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2019 Lenovo Legion gaming laptop lineup pricing, availability revealed

2019 Lenovo Legion gaming laptop lineup pricing, availability revealed

Lenovo is gearing up to launch the newest lineup of Legion gaming laptops it first unveiled at CES 2019, the Legion Y540 and Y740 models, as well as the refreshed Legion Y7000 and Y7000p models. Gamers are offered the latest 9th-generation Intel Core processors alongside NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 / 1660 Ti and RTX 2060 / 2080 GPUs.

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Razer Blade Pro 17 (2019) gaming laptop debuts with NVIDIA RTX 2080

Razer Blade Pro 17 (2019) gaming laptop debuts with NVIDIA RTX 2080

Razer has launched its new Razer Blade Pro 17 (2019) model, a flagship gaming laptop that packs high performance into a relatively small shell. Razer says it redesigned the new Blade Pro 17 from the ground up; buyers can expect 'the most powerful and versatile Razer laptop ever,' according to company CEO Min-Liang Tan.

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CDC warns measles cases will reach new record high within weeks

CDC warns measles cases will reach new record high within weeks

Following last week's report from the World Health Organization comes an advisory on measles cases from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the agency, the United States is expected to break its current all-time record number of measles cases -- and the new record high may happen within weeks, not months. The news comes amid deadly measles outbreaks in multiple countries.

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The CIA plans to launch its own official Instagram account

The CIA plans to launch its own official Instagram account

The Central Intelligence Agency plans to launch its own presence on Instagram, the intelligence service revealed late last week. The agency hasn't provided many details about its plans for the upcoming Instagram account, but the new presence will join the CIA's existing Twitter account. Instagram has released a statement on the plan, revealing that it assisted the CIA with this launch.

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FDA approves nerve stimulation device to treat kids with ADHD

FDA approves nerve stimulation device to treat kids with ADHD

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first device designed to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children. The device is only available as a prescription, offering the public a non-drug alternative to treat the condition. Key to the device is technology that delivers mild stimulation to the patient's trigeminal nerve.

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Lime launches electric scooter reservation feature in three cities

Lime launches electric scooter reservation feature in three cities

Electric scooter rental company Lime has announced a new feature test that enables riders to reserve a scooter before they're ready to take it. The new reservation option is limited to customers in certain locations for now, but will be more widely deployed in the future as a convenience feature for riders concerned about scooter availability. The feature requires riders to have an iPhone.

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Fire extinguisher made for space works by sucking in flames

Fire extinguisher made for space works by sucking in flames

Increasing human activity in space will result in unique situations and open the door for new related innovations. Fire-related accidents are one example of potential space-related issues and researchers with Toyohashi University of Technology in Japan are here with a solution. The team's new fire extinguisher works in reverse, sucking in flames rather than blowing them out.

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Popular pesticide leaves honey bees vulnerable to deadly mites

Popular pesticide leaves honey bees vulnerable to deadly mites

A commonly used class of pesticides may be preventing bees from properly grooming themselves, leaving them vulnerable to deadly mites, according to a new study out of the University of Guelph. This milestone research is the first to associate the behavioral change with neonicotinoid pesticides, highlighting yet another concerning issue that may influence future limitations on the product's use.

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