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.

Mysterious ozone-depleting CFC emissions source finally discovered

Mysterious ozone-depleting CFC emissions source finally discovered

Around this time last year, a study was published revealing that at least one entity somewhere in the world was likely engaging in the production of a banned ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbon gas called CFC-11. Scientists had discovered that CFC-11 levels were rising despite its ban in 2010, indicating that it was still being used somewhere in the world, though no one could definitely point toward the source at that time.

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Eating unhealthy meals at work puts long-term health at risk

Eating unhealthy meals at work puts long-term health at risk

Making poor dietary decisions during the work day may put one's long-term health at risk, according to a new study. Low-quality meals sourced from cafeterias, snacks acquired from vending machines, and frequently ordered fast food items can fuel a generally unhealthy lifestyle, the research reveals, including an increased likelihood of making poor food choices outside of work.

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Apple launches backlight service program for 2016 13-inch MacBook Pros

Apple launches backlight service program for 2016 13-inch MacBook Pros

Apple has announced a new Backlight Service Program for the 2016 13-inch MacBook Pro model. The program addresses the 'very small percentage' of MacBook Pro laptops that experience one of two display issues: complete backlight loss or intermittent/continuous vertical bright spots across the bottom of the display. Laptops covered by the program were sold from October 2016 through February 2018; these units can be serviced for free at Apple Stores and authorized service providers.

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Lyft panic button gives riders a way to directly dial 911

Lyft panic button gives riders a way to directly dial 911

Lyft has started rolling out an updated app that adds new safety features designed for riders. Most notable in the update is a new in-app panic button that gives riders the ability to directly call 911 from within the Lyft app. As well, the company will make it easier to see a driver's license plate number, provide feedback for poor service, and more.

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Windows 10 May 2019 Update released: What you should know

Windows 10 May 2019 Update released: What you should know

The next major Windows 10 update has been released, Microsoft announced on Tuesday. Users can download the Windows 10 May 2019 update starting today, though Microsoft cautions that it is taking a 'measured and throttled approach' to the release. Users who want the update as soon as possible can manually check for downloads; everyone else can keep tabs on the release through Windows release health dashboard.

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Google targets misleading anti-abortion ads by certifying advertisers

Google targets misleading anti-abortion ads by certifying advertisers

Starting next month, Google will require advertisers to certify whether they provide abortions before they can run advertisements related to the medical procedure. The new Google Ads policy targets misleading advertisements directing women in need of an abortion to anti-abortion groups. Advertisers that don't actually provide abortions will have their advertisements listed with a disclosure revealing this fact to viewers.

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Unchecked climate change may cause 6.5ft ocean rise by 2100

Unchecked climate change may cause 6.5ft ocean rise by 2100

If climate change is allowed to continue at its current rate, the world may face a 6.5ft rise in ocean levels by the year 2100. The warning comes from nearly two dozen ice sheet experts who were quizzed on plausible sea level rise (SLR) based on anticipated ice sheet melting under global temperature increase projections. Such a drastic ocean level increase would be catastrophic for many coastal cities around the world.

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Half of American kids and teens have high cholesterol levels

Half of American kids and teens have high cholesterol levels

A quarter of children and teenagers in the United States have clinically high cholesterol levels, according to a new study. These high cholesterol levels put the children at greater risk of developing heart disease in adulthood, paving the way for atherosclerosis and heart attacks. Of the more than 26,000 kids and teens evaluated, only half of them had cholesterol levels in the ideal range.

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Eating better and taking probiotics may be key to alleviating anxiety

Eating better and taking probiotics may be key to alleviating anxiety

Anxiety, a common mental health issue that impacts many adults at some point during their lives, may be reduced through a combination of probiotic supplements and improving one's diet. The findings come from a review of existing research performed by a team from Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine's Shanghai Mental Health Center. The results build upon an existing body of evidence hinting at a profound gut-brain link.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Review: A slim business laptop for road warriors

Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Review: A slim business laptop for road warriors

Lenovo's latest and greater business laptops are in and there's something for everyone. Among the company's 2019 wares is the new ThinkPad X390, a consumer laptop targeted at professionals who need a combination of durability, high performance, and portability. The company has made a number of improvements over the previous model, including a lighter, thinner body paired with updated Intel hardware.

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Here’s how to access your personal Fortnite Season 8 recap video

Here’s how to access your personal Fortnite Season 8 recap video

If you're already nostalgic over your Fortnite history, good news: Epic has a new account tool that gives players a private, customized recap of their Season 8 gameplay. The recap comes in the form of a shareable video that breaks down different aspects of a player's Season 8 experience, including the friend they played with the most, the creator they supported, their favorite emote, and more.

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Huawei can issue phone updates for 90 days under temporary extension

Huawei can issue phone updates for 90 days under temporary extension

The U.S. Commerce Department has granted Huawei Technologies a 90-day extension during which time it is allowed to issue software updates to existing phones and purchase goods made in America. The extension period will be effective starting today, May 20, and last through August 19, 2019. Huawei Technologies is one of 69 total non-U.S. affiliates granted the 90-day temporary general license.

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