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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 says 2019 was the second warmest year ever recorded

NASA says 2019 was the second warmest year ever recorded

Last year was the second warmest recorded year since humans started keeping track of global temperatures in the late 1800s, according to a joint release from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The space agency says that it and NOAA conducted independent analyses of the data and both came to the same conclusion. At this point in time, the only hotter year on record is 2016, meaning the last half-decade has officially been the warmest in 140 years.

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Mystery China coronavirus may have just hit an ominous milestone

Mystery China coronavirus may have just hit an ominous milestone

An update on the new coronavirus causing an outbreak of pneumonia in China indicates that the condition may be transmittable from one person to another, according to a new report. Officials say that until now, almost all of the outbreak cases have been linked to a fish market in Wuhan, China. A new case, however, has appeared in a woman who never visited the market, indicating she may have been infected directly from someone who was already ill.

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Beoplay E8 3rd Gen true wireless earbuds boost battery life

Beoplay E8 3rd Gen true wireless earbuds boost battery life

Bang and Olfusen has introduced the third-generation version of its Beoplay E8, a pair of true wireless earbuds offering longer battery life over the previous generation. Depending on how often they're used, the company says that some users can go up to 'several' weeks recharging the earbuds with the battery case before they'll need to recharge the case itself.

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Google ‘nowcast’ AI can accurately predict the weather in minutes

Google ‘nowcast’ AI can accurately predict the weather in minutes

Researchers with Google have published a research paper detailing the machine learning technology behind their newly developed 'nowcast' capabilities. The tech works to predict the weather for the immediate future -- as soon as a single hour in the future, according to the study -- so that people know what to expect and how to arrange their plans. Google claims this technology can make accurate predictions in only minutes.

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Marvel original audiobooks arrive with more to come later this year

Marvel original audiobooks arrive with more to come later this year

The first batch of previously announced Marvel audiobooks has arrived for fans to enjoy. The new titles include both traditional audiobooks and multi-voice versions, which are essentially dramatizations that include sound effects and music. This is only the start -- another, though smaller, batch of Marvel audiobooks will arrive later on this year.

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Sugar on the brain: Study finds food addiction may be real

Sugar on the brain: Study finds food addiction may be real

A new study from Aarhus University in Denmark sheds light on the controversial idea of 'food addiction,' indicating that it may exist in a way similar to other pleasure-seeking addictions. Rather than using lab rats, the study used pigs given sugar water to determine the effects the sugar had on their brain. It took less than two weeks for the animals' brains to experience changes involving the opioid and dopamine systems.

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FedEx Ground returns as an Amazon Prime shipping option

FedEx Ground returns as an Amazon Prime shipping option

Amazon sent a notice to its sellers in December advising them to use something other than FedEx Ground as a shipping method for Prime orders. The reason, according to reports given at the time, were concerns over whether FedEx could meet the needs of Prime customers during the busy holiday season. Amazon had said at the time that the change would only be temporary if FedEx could restore its faith in its ground service and now that time has come.

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NASA tests VIPER lunar rover to prepare for future water mission

NASA tests VIPER lunar rover to prepare for future water mission

At its Glenn Researcher Center in Cleveland, NASA researchers tested a rover called 'VIPER' that will be used to search for water ice at the Moon's south pole. The robot is officially called the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover; it is around the size of an ordinary golf cart, according to the space agency, and it was designed by engineers with NASA's Johnson Space Center in Texas.

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Instagram test brings DMs to desktop, but only for some users

Instagram test brings DMs to desktop, but only for some users

Though Instagram is available on desktop browsers, the service is limited on the web when compared to the service's mobile apps. You'll need to download the mobile app to access a number of features, including any direct messages you've been sent. That has changed this week, at least for a percentage of users who have been included in a new Instagram test.

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First case of mysterious coronavirus confirmed outside of China

First case of mysterious coronavirus confirmed outside of China

Officials have confirmed the first case involving a mysterious coronavirus that has appeared outside of China. The report comes only days after public health officials in China reported an outbreak that involves a new type of coronavirus causing a pneumonia-like illness that, in some cases, has proven severe. The coronavirus is the same class of viruses behind conditions like SARS.

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GoPro Karma firmware update finally fixes drone flight issues

GoPro Karma firmware update finally fixes drone flight issues

GoPro's Karma drone has never been a massive hit as far as consumer drones are concerned, but its model is owned by a number of enthusiasts...ones who have been unable to fly their drones since around the beginning of the month. The issue is due to some bug that has finally been identified by GoPro and fixed in a newly released firmware update. The problem, according to the company, had to do with the arrival of the new decade.

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CBS reveals Tooning Out the News animated show from Stephen Colbert

CBS reveals Tooning Out the News animated show from Stephen Colbert

ViacomCBS has announced an ambitious and unique new animated series from executive producers Stephen Colbert, formerly of the Colbert Report, and Chris Licht of The Late Show. Despite the fact that it is animated, the new show will cover news topics the same day they happen, something made possible by the magic that is computer animation technology. As you may expect, CBS All Access will be the home for this new series.

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