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 Mars Express snaps stunning image of Red Planet’s icy cap

ESA’s Mars Express snaps stunning image of Red Planet’s icy cap

The European Space Agency has shared a new image of Mars captured using the camera on its Mars Express spacecraft. In the photo, we see Mars' north pole covered with large sheets of snowy white ice surrounded by otherwise reddish and dusty landscape. The image is surprisingly clear and smooth, resembling something one may capture with a 4K drone camera or DSLR.

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Samsung Galaxy S20+ leak details camera hardware and features

Samsung Galaxy S20+ leak details camera hardware and features

A new report details the alleged cameras and related features that will be offered by the Galaxy S20+ smartphone Samsung is expected to launch at an event in February. The handset will reportedly feature a total of five cameras, including the front-facing selfie camera, as well as the ability to record video at up to an 8K/30fps resolution.

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Google Home speakers quietly lose Guest Mode feature

Google Home speakers quietly lose Guest Mode feature

It appears that Google has quietly removed the Guest Mode feature from its Google Home speakers. Users have noticed that the feature is no longer available for the speakers within the Google Home app, though it remains available for Chromecast devices (for now). Seemingly underscoring the permanent nature of this change is Google's removal of its Support pages related to the now-defunct feature.

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Scientists create lightweight 18-carat gold using ordinary plastic

Scientists create lightweight 18-carat gold using ordinary plastic

Researchers with ETHzurich have successfully used plastic to create lightweight gold that retains its purity, according to a recent announcement from the institution. The lightweight gold is ideally suited for products like jewelry and watches -- things that would benefit from a reduction in weight without a loss in gold purity or beauty.

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NBC orders Debris, a new sci-fi drama from ‘Fringe’ showrunner

NBC orders Debris, a new sci-fi drama from ‘Fringe’ showrunner

NBC has greenlit a new science fiction drama described as similar to Men in Black and The X-Files. Called Debris, the new show comes from Legendary Television and J.H. Wyman; it involves a destroyed alien ship that has 'mysterious effects' on humanity. Debris is one of several scripts to get some attention at NBC, according to recent reports, with others include Adam and Eva and Echo.

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Slimmer tongues may be key to alleviating obstructive sleep apnea

Slimmer tongues may be key to alleviating obstructive sleep apnea

A common and potentially serious sleep disorder called obstructive sleep apnea may be alleviated by a slimmer tongue, according to a new study out of the University of Pennsylvania's School of Medicine. Slimming down one's tongue size was found to be a 'primary factor' in reducing how severe one's obstructive sleep apnea symptoms are, helping improve sleep quality and reduce the potential health consequences associated with this disorder.

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Resident Evil 3 remake detailed: Some original elements will be removed

Resident Evil 3 remake detailed: Some original elements will be removed

Last month, Sony announced that Resident Evil 3 would be remade for the PlayStation 4, though Capcom confirmed that the updated version will also be released for the Xbox One and PC. Ahead of the remake's expected April 2020 release date, Sony has revealed more details about the updated version of the game, including which original elements will be removed.

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Spectrum will make its home security gear useless in early February

Spectrum will make its home security gear useless in early February

Internet service provider Spectrum has announced that it is no longer offering its Home Security plan to new customers and that it will drop its existing security subscribers in early February. The news is an unwelcome surprise for customers who paid out hefty amounts for proprietary home security equipment that can't be used with any other platforms.

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Hulu reveals when it will get FX’s massive content library

Hulu reveals when it will get FX’s massive content library

In November, Disney revealed that it is bringing the vast FX catalog to its streaming service Hulu. Though some FX shows have already been available to stream on Hulu, this new transition will bring the network's back catalog to the platform -- what amounts to around 1,600 episodes across a few dozen shows. Now we finally know when those episodes will arrive on the streaming service.

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Apex Legends Grand Soirée Arcade event kicks off on January 14

Apex Legends Grand Soirée Arcade event kicks off on January 14

Starting next week, Respawn and EA will kick off a new Apex Legends event called the Grand Soirée Arcade. The event will last from January 14 through January 28, offering players a chance at getting prizes while playing several limited-time modes. New game modes will be rolled out every two days during the event, which is hosted by the character Pathfinder.

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Apple will replace some iPhone XS and XR Smart Battery Cases

Apple will replace some iPhone XS and XR Smart Battery Cases

Apple has announced that due to 'charging issues,' it will replace some Smart Battery Cases made for the iPhone XR and the iPhone XS / XS Max models. There are two particular behaviors these faulty cases may experience that potentially make them eligible for the replacement program, including intermittent charging of the iPhone or failure to charge the iPhone, as well as cases that don't charge or only sometimes charge while plugged into a wall.

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Low-fat diets may be risky for men, but many questions remain

Low-fat diets may be risky for men, but many questions remain

A study recently published in the Journal of Urology reports that low-fat diets may cause a decrease in testosterone levels in men. The findings were based on an analysis of data on 3,100 men who participated in the NHANES study. After accounting for other factors, the study found that low-fat diets in particular were 'significantly' linked to low serum testosterone levels.

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