Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston

Senior editor at SlashGear, and a member of the team since 2012, Brittany A. Roston combines a deep knowledge of technology with the bleeding-edge in science and health. Whether reviewing the latest laptops and PCs, or distilling the insights from the vanguard of global research, Brittany's talent lies in her ability to communicate the complex in a way that's both clear and entertaining. Email

Analysis of 100 million tweets finds sources behind early pandemic fake news

Analysis of 100 million tweets finds sources behind early pandemic fake news

An analysis of more than 100 million tweets published in the early months of the pandemic reveals the sources of misinformation and disinformation that have since plagued society and driven mistrust in the COVID-19 vaccines. Misguided medical professionals, conspiracy theorists, and fact-checking the wrong people were all cited as contributing factors.

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Twitter test makes it loud and clear when you’ve made a mistake

Twitter test makes it loud and clear when you’ve made a mistake

Twitter has revealed yet another test, this one that makes it very easy to tell when you've done something that has jeopardized your account. Those who are part of this test may see a new banner above their account's feed if they've had their account locked or suspended, as well as what the penalty means and how the user can proceed in light of it.

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Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine update has good news for parents of young kids

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine update has good news for parents of young kids

Pfizer has published its Q2 2021 financial report, which includes some tidbits about how ongoing efforts are expected to play out in the near future. Among other things, the company brought up its COVID-19 vaccine study involving young children and toddlers, noting that we may only be weeks away from authorization for this age group.

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Fortnite’s latest update fixed the game’s annoying alien parasite problem

Fortnite’s latest update fixed the game’s annoying alien parasite problem

The Fortnite universe has been overtaken by aliens, though they're mostly hanging around in UFOs to abduct people. With the aliens' arrival came one particularly annoying addition to the game: alien parasites, which are exactly what they sound like. While the parasites add a fantastical quality to the story, they're also incredibly annoying for players.

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Netflix’s next cartoon for adults is based on a popular Twitter account

Netflix’s next cartoon for adults is based on a popular Twitter account

A popular Twitter account will debut on Netflix in September as a new animated series for adult viewers. Called Chicago Party Aunt, the series will revolve around the character Diane Dunbrowski voiced by Lauren Ash. Though we don't yet have a trailer for the upcoming show, Netflix has revealed a still image of the animation.

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NASA says CubeSat with plasma thrusters may set new deep space record

NASA says CubeSat with plasma thrusters may set new deep space record

Multiple payloads will be launched into space with the Orion spacecraft using the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. Two of these secondary payloads will be CubeSats designed for deep space, including one equipped with plasma thrusters. According to the space agency, this small satellite will use electromagnetic waves to propel itself in space...and it may set a new record in the process.

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Chucky goes to school in dramatic first trailer for Syfy’s TV horror series

Chucky goes to school in dramatic first trailer for Syfy’s TV horror series

Syfy network has published the reveal trailer for its upcoming Chucky television show, one based on the classic horror doll with a tendency for stabbing people. Horror fans won't need to wait long to watch the series, which Syfy says will debut just ahead of Halloween this year. This time around, Chucky resurfaces to cause mayhem through a yard sale.

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Pay attention to this meat seasoning recall if you’re grilling this summer

Pay attention to this meat seasoning recall if you’re grilling this summer

Some recent food recalls have popped up at the CDC recently, including ones involving leafy greens and supplements. One of the recalls published in recent days may be particularly important to note in light of grilling season: it involves a meat seasoning that can be used for things like beef. According to the recall, these items may be contaminated with a risky pathogen called Listeria.

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CDC: Vaccinated people should wear masks again – with a big exception

CDC: Vaccinated people should wear masks again – with a big exception

In a new media briefing today, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave its latest update on the COVID-19 pandemic, including the current state of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the United States, the vaccination program, and the ways in which the two intersect. As expected, the update also includes the CDC's latest information about its face mask guidance.

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Fortnite survey hints at SpongeBob, Witcher, Matrix, and Among Us crossovers

Fortnite survey hints at SpongeBob, Witcher, Matrix, and Among Us crossovers

Epic Games has sent out another survey to Fortnite players to evaluate their interest in potential future crossovers, shedding light on some of the IP that may be in the pipeline for consideration. This isn't the first time we've seen a survey like this, but it's hard to guess what comes next.

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Intel details ambitious roadmap with big plans for the next few years

Intel details ambitious roadmap with big plans for the next few years

Intel has detailed what it says is one of its most detailed roadmaps for its process and packaging technology ever published -- one that sets the stage for its ambitious goal of "process performance leadership" over the next few years. Among other things, the company is launching a new naming structure for its process nodes in order to present "a clear and consistent framework" for customers.

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Merely trusting science can lead to falling for pseudoscience, study warns

Merely trusting science can lead to falling for pseudoscience, study warns

It's trendy at the moment to say 'trust the science,' but a new study warns that doing so isn't necessarily enough to avoid falling for pseudoscience claims. That's according to new research from the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Public Policy Center, which found that merely reminding someone to trust science doesn't reduce the number of false claims someone may fall for.

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