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Star Wars Han Solo movie taps director Ron Howard to replace Lord/Miller duo

Star Wars Han Solo movie taps director Ron Howard to replace Lord/Miller duo

Lucasfilm recently issued a brief statement revealing that the unnamed Han Solo movie slated for 2018 had lost its two directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The reason for the departure was cited as 'creative differences,' though reports have since claimed that the duo were fired over repeatedly clashing with others on the project including producer Kathleen Kennedy. Considering the movie's rapidly approaching premiere, Lucasfilm had to move fast to find a replacement, and now we know who it selected.

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This medieval sword was found in a bog, and a knight’s remains may follow

This medieval sword was found in a bog, and a knight’s remains may follow

A notable archaeological discovery is coming out of Poland, where researchers have recovered a medieval-era sword from a peat bog. The sword is still in good shape, at least for something as old as it is, bearing all of its components minus the hilt padding. Researchers say the preservation is excellent enough that even a small marking -- likely the blacksmith's mark -- is still visible on the sword.

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Logitech Circle 2 video can now be viewed on Amazon Echo Show

Logitech Circle 2 video can now be viewed on Amazon Echo Show

Logitech has announced that its soon-to-launch Circle 2 home security camera can now be used with the Amazon Echo Show device, enabling users to view their security video feeds on Amazon's latest IoT product. This is thanks to Logitech's newly announced support for the latest Alexa camera API on the Echo Show. Logitech Circle 2 owners will be able to take full advantage of the Echo's Alexa abilities, including using voice to pull up a camera's video feed.

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NASA will make sure you see this year’s major total solar eclipse

NASA will make sure you see this year’s major total solar eclipse

As we've previously reported, this year will bring a major total eclipse and many people in the United States will be able to see it. For everyone who doesn't live in the viewing path, though, or at least those who can't make the trip to see it in person, NASA has you covered. The space agency has announced big plans for livestreaming the event, enabling everyone in the world to watch it live.

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Supreme Court says laws can’t ban people from social media

Supreme Court says laws can’t ban people from social media

The Supreme Court has ruled that groups of people cannot be hit with blanket social media bans, doing so in response to a North Carolina law prohibiting sex offenders from using any websites that minors may also use. The entire matter started when one North Carolina resident reportedly ran afoul of the law by posting a Facebook status. In its analysis of the issue, the Supreme Court judges found that wholesale social media bans applied to certain groups is a First Amendment violation.

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‘Watchmen’ may be HBO’s next hit series

‘Watchmen’ may be HBO’s next hit series

HBO has no shortage of hits in its history, and one day an episodic Watchmen adaption may be among them. The company entertained the development of its own Watchmen series a couple years ago, and now it is reportedly back with new plans, ones that are entirely independent of its previous Watchmen ambitions. The network is said to be in talks with Damon Lindelof who is known for his work on The Leftovers, Lost and more.

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Airbus ‘Racer’ helicopter concept has wings and 250MPH cruise speed

Airbus ‘Racer’ helicopter concept has wings and 250MPH cruise speed

Airbus has introduced a new helicopter concept that adds a pair of futuristic wings, enabling it to travel at fast speeds while also providing excellent efficiency and cost. The company calls this new helicopter 'Racer' and says it features an aerodynamic configuration capable of cruise speeds up to 400kmh / 250mph. The concept design was showcased as part of the Clean Sky 2 European research program yesterday, with Airbus explaining that its concept offers the best mixture of sustainability, speed, cost-efficiency, and performance.

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Ketamine study finds how controversial drug stops depression

Ketamine study finds how controversial drug stops depression

Ketamine, a drug with its fair share of recreational users, is also a controversial hit when it comes to treating severe depression. The drug is finding increased use in some clinics as a way to deal with treatment-resistant depression, giving patients a possible solution to the damaging condition. Ketamine itself isn't without its own side-effects, though, and that has led some to investigate how its anti-depressant qualities come about, potentially opening the door for new treatments with less side effects.

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Gear VR may soon identify you based on your head and face shape

Gear VR may soon identify you based on your head and face shape

Imagine putting on a virtual reality headset, only for it to personally recognize you, no interaction necessary. Such functionality may be making its way to Samsung's Gear VR headset, at least according to a patent that recently surfaced. This new patent details a means by which the Gear VR headset could know who is wearing it by analyzing the pressure points on the surfaces in contact with the wearer's face and head.

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NASA’s Mars telescope spied Curiosity rover on planet’s rocky surface

NASA’s Mars telescope spied Curiosity rover on planet’s rocky surface

A new NASA photo shows a small blue dot in the middle of a bumpy, rocky brown landscape. That landscape, the space agency says, is Mars, and the small blue dot? That's the Mars Curiosity rover as seen by NASA's own Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The photo was taken last month by the space agency's super powerful Mars telescope, which only takes photos a handful of times a year. The capturing of Curiosity, it seems, was a happy coincidence.

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Unicode 10 arrives with bitcoin, hijab, Colbert emoji and more

Unicode 10 arrives with bitcoin, hijab, Colbert emoji and more

Unicode Standard version 10.0 has been unveiled by the Unicode Consortium, which says emoji fans can expect to find such notable things as the 'Colbert' emoji face, a bitcoin character, and more. There are a total of 56 new emoji characters, as well as four new scripts that bring the total number of scripts to 139. Unicode 10 is also bringing with it support for some of the 'lesser-used languages and unique written requirements worldwide.'

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Star Wars Han Solo movie loses directors over ‘creative differences’

Star Wars Han Solo movie loses directors over ‘creative differences’

Lucasfilm has reported a disturbance in the force, saying it has lost untitled Han Solo movie directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller over unspecified 'creative differences.' Though the movie will still be launching next year when planned, the company says that it was unable to reconcile its creative vision with that of the directors, forcing the company to seek a last-minute 'directorial change.'

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