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.

ESA’s new Mars image shows the Red Planet bathed in blue

ESA’s new Mars image shows the Red Planet bathed in blue

The European Space Agency has published a new image showing a 'slice' of Mars, one that ranges from the planet's white cloud-covered north pole down through a band of pocked orange landscape to dark blue southern terrain. The image results from observations made by the ESA's Mars Express spacecraft, offering a unique, colorful, and highly detailed look at the barren planet.

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FOX is bringing Thursday Night Football streams in 4K this year

FOX is bringing Thursday Night Football streams in 4K this year

FOX Sports is about to give its Thursday Night Football broadcasts a huge quality boost, offering them in 4K Ultra HD resolution for the first time starting with the upcoming football season. The broadcasts will offer improved quality over the Full HD broadcasts, bringing the option to fans who have compatible displays and either the FOX streaming apps or a pay-TV plan.

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FDA proposed rule shows it’s serious about banning e-cigarettes

FDA proposed rule shows it’s serious about banning e-cigarettes

As anticipated, the FDA has proposed a new rule detailing the steps tobacco companies will be required to take in order to sell electronic cigarettes and similar vaping products. The FDA will evaluate applications for marketing approval across a variety of categories, including the product's potential impact on public health. The agency aims to 'clear the market' of all unauthorized flavored electronic cigarettes.

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NASA’s new Mars image shows sandy ‘steps’ in a big impact crater

NASA’s new Mars image shows sandy ‘steps’ in a big impact crater

Southwest of Mars' Arabia Terra region lies a landmark called Danielson Crater, an impact crater that has existed on the planet for 'millions or billions' of years, according to NASA. At some point after the crater formed, sediment began to settle into the large hole in layers, slowly becoming cemented into place. Eons of formation and erosion have resulted in a striking landscape, one recently shared by NASA in a new image.

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Apex Legends Season 3 detailed: Release date, new Legend and rewards

Apex Legends Season 3 detailed: Release date, new Legend and rewards

Respawn Entertainment is gearing up to release the third season for its free battle royale game Apex Legends, the company announced today. The third season will bring a new battle pass, as well as a new Legend recently teased in the game, a new firearm, and more. The game remains free to download and play; the battle pass, as with Fortnite before it, offers fans a little extra if they're willing to pay.

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YouTube is making it much harder for channels to get verified

YouTube is making it much harder for channels to get verified

As with certain social media platforms, YouTube makes it possible for some users to become 'verified,' a status that is meant to ensure that viewers can tell the channel they're looking for from others that may be impersonating it. Channel verification isn't going away, but YouTube has revealed big criteria changes related to it, ones that will cause some users to lose their 'verified' status.

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Impossible Burger will arrive in grocery stores starting tomorrow

Impossible Burger will arrive in grocery stores starting tomorrow

Meat alternative company Impossible Foods is bringing the ground version of its Impossible Burger to grocery stores in the United States, the company has announced. Consumers will be able to purchase the faux ground beef starting in California, with it later arriving in other stores across the nation. The company has provided all the details ahead of the release, including package size and cost.

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FDA reveals criminal probe into vaping-related lung condition

FDA reveals criminal probe into vaping-related lung condition

The CDC has published its latest update on the vaping lung injury outbreak, revealing that the number of cases has increased to at least 530 people, the majority of whom are between the ages of 18 and 34. In addition to the new numbers, officials have also revealed that the FDA's Office of Criminal Investigations has been probing the matter alongside the ongoing public health investigation.

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Alphabet’s Wing brings drone deliveries to Walgreens and FedEx

Alphabet’s Wing brings drone deliveries to Walgreens and FedEx

Alphabet subsidiary Wing, a company that developed a drone system capable of delivering small packages, has announced an upcoming pilot program that will conduct some deliveries for Walgreens and FedEx. The pilot program will start next month in Christiansburg, Virginia, where Wing says it will use this opportunity to 'explore' things like offering better access to health care products, opening new doors for local businesses, and presenting a last-mile delivery option.

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‘Safe’ tap water contaminant levels in US may still lead to cancer

‘Safe’ tap water contaminant levels in US may still lead to cancer

Environmental Working Group, a research and advocacy activist group, has published a new peer-reviewed study that looked at the combined cancer risk associated with nearly two dozen contaminants found in tap water. According to the findings, these contaminants may be responsible for thousands of cancer cases in the United States every year. The work is unique because it looks at the cumulative effect of these contaminants instead of assessing them individually.

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Fortnite bug makes certain common skins immune to Junk Rifts

Fortnite bug makes certain common skins immune to Junk Rifts

Another Fornite bug has been discovered that grants players a slightly indestructible nature. A video recently highlighted the issue, revealing that certain game skins -- the ones available to literally every single player -- are immune from damage issued by certain weapons, including ones that ordinarily cause devastating damage.

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The Boondocks will return with new seasons on HBO Max

The Boondocks will return with new seasons on HBO Max

HBO Max has announced plans to offer another two new seasons of The Boondocks, an animated sitcom that aired from 2005 to 2014. The new episodes will be made available exclusively on the upcoming HBO Max video service starting next year. The show's creator Aaron McGruder will return to the series as showrunner for the upcoming new seasons.

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