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.

Rocket Lab’s Electron mission failure takes out seven satellites

Rocket Lab’s Electron mission failure takes out seven satellites

Rocket Lab experienced a mission failure on July 4th for reasons that remain unclear, resulting in the loss of both the launch vehicle and the seven satellites carried as payload. The company aims to offer rapid launches for small payloads like CubeSats; it has already had a dozen successful missions and had several launches planned for later this year.

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Eating raspberries daily found to relieve itchy autoimmune skin allergies

Eating raspberries daily found to relieve itchy autoimmune skin allergies

Eating raspberries every day may offer the same level of relief as steroids for people who suffer from an itchy skin allergy called contact hypersensitivity, according to a new study from Ohio State University. With this condition, contact with certain things causes one's skin to become inflamed, red, and itchy -- something black raspberries in particular were able to reduce in mice used for this study.

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PUBG Mobile adds Livik map made specifically for phones and tablets

PUBG Mobile adds Livik map made specifically for phones and tablets

PUBG Mobile players now have access to a new map made specifically for people who play the battle royale game on tablets and smartphones. Called 'Livik,' this is the first time the PUBG team has developed a smaller map exclusive to the mobile version of the game, one that will result in shorter matches across a smaller landscape. The update was released on July 5.

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Disney’s ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ 4K theater re-release plan canceled

Disney’s ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ 4K theater re-release plan canceled

Disney has decided to skip a previously revealed plan to debut a 4K version of the Star Wars movie The Empire Strikes Back in theaters, according to a new report. This would have been a milestone moment for the iconic trilogy, marking the first time a 4K version of the original Star Wars movies were presented in theaters. The big change here is the resolution, however, not the re-release plans.

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Scientists create special nose-swabbing robot to test for COVID-19

Scientists create special nose-swabbing robot to test for COVID-19

In the future, a special robot designed to help protect healthcare workers may test you for the flu, COVID-19, and other pathogens that require a nose swab. The contraption was created by engineers at the Korea Institute of Machinery & Materials (KIMM), which explains that the robot can be also be used to swab a patient's throat for conditions like strep.

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Netflix just released its best UI customization feature to date

Netflix just released its best UI customization feature to date

If you're like the average Netflix subscriber, you've likely started to watch some random show or movie, only to realize that you really don't want to watch it. You exit the show and continue to browse, but there's a problem -- every time you launch the app, that barely-watched and unwanted show reappears in your 'Continue Watching' row where you're forced to ignore it in favor of content you actually care about. That, finally, has changed.

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NASA remembers July 4 Mars milestone that made its rovers possible

NASA remembers July 4 Mars milestone that made its rovers possible

NASA is remembering one of its most notable July 4th events: the arrival of its Sojourner on Mars in 1997. Depending on your age, you may not be familiar with Sojourner, having instead learned about Curiosity, the now-defunct Opportunity, and perhaps even the Spirit rover, which was active on the Red Planet from 2004 to 2010. Lesser known is the space agency's Sojourner, a rover that paved the way for NASA's latest and greatest Mars missions.

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Study warns fireworks can cause long-term lung damage

Study warns fireworks can cause long-term lung damage

Fireworks are a fun way to celebrate a big occasion, but they may have consequences that last beyond an enjoyable evening under the sparkling lights. A newly published study warns that colorful fireworks like the kind often used at public celebrations produce toxic metal particles that persist in the air, potentially causing damage to human cells that come into contact with them.

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Rotating streaming services trend pushes back against rising costs

Rotating streaming services trend pushes back against rising costs

The streaming industry has grown seemingly exponentially over the past couple of years, with a huge variety of major and minor services launching across the already fragmented landscape. Companies are competing to earn subscribers by releasing original shows exclusive to their own platforms, ultimately fueling the biggest complaint from consumers: the costs have gotten too high. A growing trend pushes back against this industry reality, and it involves rotating services.

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Surprising study finds drinking alcohol may protect brain health

Surprising study finds drinking alcohol may protect brain health

Studies over the potential risks and benefits of drinking alcohol are all over the place, with some reporting that light drinking may be relatively health-neutral, while others have found that even small amounts can be harmful -- and, of course, there are the studies linking alcohol to protective benefits. A new study follows that latter line, reporting that up to a certain point, drinking alcohol may help protect brain function as we age.

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Some Verizon customers now get Hulu and Disney+ for free

Some Verizon customers now get Hulu and Disney+ for free

Verizon is offering some of its customers free access to Hulu and Disney+, two of the three streaming services that Disney offers under its own Disney+ streaming bundle for $12.99/month. If someone signed up for Hulu and Disney+ as standalone services, they'd end up paying the same amount. Under this new Verizon promotion, however, the services are added to the subscriber's account at no extra cost.

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Fortnite’s The Authority has a major glitch that is ruining matches

Fortnite’s The Authority has a major glitch that is ruining matches

Epic Games has acknowledged a new bug that manifests in Fortnite's The Authority point of interest, one that has caused players to lose those matches without warning. The issue involves gliders and manifests in all occasions involving them, including times when the player is using items like a Grappler or Launch Pad. Though it's listed as a priority, Epic hasn't yet fixed this issue.

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