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.

Ketamine treatment for major depression: Study finds serotonin is key

Ketamine treatment for major depression: Study finds serotonin is key

There's a growing interest in using the anesthetic drug ketamine as a treatment for major depression that doesn't respond to therapy and other pharmaceutical drugs. In past studies, ketamine has been found to improve depression symptoms in a large percentage of participants, sometimes after a single treatment. Questions have remained over how the drug helps this condition and a new study may have the answer.

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Targus Galaxy Tab S6 Lite case promises laptop-like tablet experience

Targus Galaxy Tab S6 Lite case promises laptop-like tablet experience

Accessories company Targus has teamed with Samsung to launch a keyboard case for its new Galaxy Tab S6 Lite tablet. The model was launched in April as a mid-range offering, one that can be used for ordinary tablet activities in addition to sketching. That tablet doesn't ship with a cover, but Samsung is offering a standalone option from Targus.

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Nest gets the Google Advanced Protection Program and that’s a big deal

Nest gets the Google Advanced Protection Program and that’s a big deal

Google has announced that its Advanced Protection Program is now available for Nest. With this new support, Nest device owners can use the same Google accounts on both the Nest devices and Advanced Protection. This is a change from the previous restriction that allowed a Google account to only be used with one or the other, but not both at the same time.

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WHO: New Ebola outbreak appears in DRC alongside COVID-19 and measles

WHO: New Ebola outbreak appears in DRC alongside COVID-19 and measles

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is facing a new Ebola outbreak as the previous one enters its final phase, the World Health Organization has revealed. The new outbreak comes amid multiple other outbreaks in the region, including ones involving COVID-19 and the measles. A total of six new Ebola cases have been identified; four of those patients have died.

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Sennheiser is surprising some HD 25 buyers with limited edition model

Sennheiser is surprising some HD 25 buyers with limited edition model

Sennheiser is celebrating its 75th anniversary by discounting its iconic HD 25 headphones and surprising some buyers with a special limited edition version of the model. Buyers will know if they've received the special edition because of the retro box it ships in; among other things, the limited version of the HD 25 features bright yellow earpads styled after the HD 414.

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BenQ TK810 4K HDR projector is made for streaming entertainment

BenQ TK810 4K HDR projector is made for streaming entertainment

BenQ is back with another 4K HDR projector made for home theaters. The TK810 focuses heavily on streaming platforms and casting; it provides direct access to popular streaming services like YouTube and Netflix, as well as WiFi streaming from everything from smartphones to the Chrome browser. The company also managed to pack in its own voice assistant and Bluetooth audio streaming.

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Netflix acquires Hollywood’s historic Egyptian Theatre built in 1922

Netflix acquires Hollywood’s historic Egyptian Theatre built in 1922

Netflix has officially acquired Hollywood's iconic Egyptian Theatre following reports of its interest in the business nearly a year ago. Netflix will renovate the theater and use it for special screenings, among other things, breathing new life into the facility. American Cinematheque, the nonprofit organization that reopened Egyptian Theatre in 1998, will reportedly work alongside Netflix.

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Microsoft tipped to replace dozens of news contractors with AI

Microsoft tipped to replace dozens of news contractors with AI

Multiple reports over the weekend have claimed that Microsoft has decided to replace all of its contract news writers and editors with artificial intelligence. The company won't renew the contracts for these news workers when their current contracts expire, sources claim, instead choosing to use AI to take over their workload for its MSN website.

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Activision talks winning strategies for Warzone’s newest Duos mode

Activision talks winning strategies for Warzone’s newest Duos mode

Due to popular request, the latest hit battle royale game Call of Duty: Warzone has finally added a Duos mode. With this new mode, teams of two players can drop into Verdansk and battle it out with other teams of two, adding a new option to the Solos, Trios, and Quads options. Activision details some strategies for Duos players to help them get the win despite the disadvantage of having fewer players.

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Moderna’s COVID-19 mRNA vaccine enters Phase 2 with human testing

Moderna’s COVID-19 mRNA vaccine enters Phase 2 with human testing

On Friday, Moderna announced that its mRNA vaccine targeting the novel coronavirus behind COVID-19 has been given to the initial round of humans participating in its Phase 2 trial. The announcement comes only two weeks after Moderna detailed the results from its Phase 1 testing, which involved dosing people ages 18 to 55. If all goes as planned, the Phase 3 trial will start in July.

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Google delays Android 11 event and beta release amid US protests

Google delays Android 11 event and beta release amid US protests

Earlier this month, Google said that it would announce the first Android 11 public beta on June 3 in a live stream. The live stream was officially announced on the Android developer site soon after, but things have changed. In a brief update on the matter today, the Android team said that Google is postponing the event and the Android 11 beta release.

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NASA reveals 8 US companies that will make its COVID-19 ventilator

NASA reveals 8 US companies that will make its COVID-19 ventilator

Weeks ago, NASA revealed that it was working on a special ventilator designed specifically for COVID-19 patients. The prototype was created by NASA engineers in a little over a month and soon after was granted an Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA. Now, only a couple of weeks later, the space agency is back with an update: it has selected eight US companies to make the ventilators.

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