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.

NASA’s TESS mission shares massive circular mosaic of the southern sky

NASA’s TESS mission shares massive circular mosaic of the southern sky

NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has produced a giant new image of the southern sky, something constructed from more than 200 images captured during the mission's first year. According to the space agency, the panorama includes 29 of the exoplanets that were discovered by TESS, as well as more than 1,000 candidate planets that may join those 29.

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Rocket League Blueprints system detailed: Converting, Trading, Credits

Rocket League Blueprints system detailed: Converting, Trading, Credits

The Rocket League Blueprints first introduced last month have been detailed by Psyonix, which explains how converting Crates into Blueprints, trading among players, and getting credits will work. Blueprints is the new system that will replace Crates, which are paid and randomized loot boxes. Among other things, Psyonix says players who still have Crates will see them converted into Blueprints.

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YouTube Super Stickers are a new way for creators to make money

YouTube Super Stickers are a new way for creators to make money

YouTube has introduced Super Stickers, a new way it says its creators can make money from fans who want to support them. The stickers will be made available to eligible creators starting today in 60 countries -- viewers will need to buy them, making them similar to the Super Chats feature already available during live streams. The release is kicking off with a total of eight sticker packs, including ones that are animated.

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Netflix reveals new original movie Unforgiven starring Sandra Bullock

Netflix reveals new original movie Unforgiven starring Sandra Bullock

Actress Sandra Bullock will star in another Netflix original movie, the company has announced. Netflix is planning an original movie adaption of the British mini-series Unforgiven, a show about a woman who has been released from prison. Bullock previously starred in Netflix's hit original Bird Box, one of the most successful feature films for the streaming service.

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UPS starts delivering CVS prescriptions to customers using drones

UPS starts delivering CVS prescriptions to customers using drones

Under the partnership the two announced late last month, UPS was revealed that it is now delivering prescription drugs to customers using its drone delivery service. The first two prescription deliveries under the program took place on November 1, according to UPS, which used an M2 delivery drone from Matternet. The service kicked off only a couple of weeks after Alphabet's Wing started delivering goods for Walgreens.

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Study identifies the sneaky ‘hyper-palatable’ foods that fuel cravings

Study identifies the sneaky ‘hyper-palatable’ foods that fuel cravings

It's no secret that many food companies have deliberately engineered their processed food products to be 'hyper-palatable,' meaning they light up the reward centers in the brain, fueling overconsumption and cravings. Many foods fall into this category, but it has remained unclear exactly how many, as well as the precise definition of a hyper-palatable product. Here with the solution -- as well as some surprising discoveries -- is a new study from the University of Kansas.

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Control4 unveils Neeo Remote with touchscreen for smart home control

Control4 unveils Neeo Remote with touchscreen for smart home control

Control4, the company that acquired NEEO earlier this year, has taken the wraps off its new Neeo Remote for Control4. As with the version we saw years ago at CES, the new Neeo Remote for Control4 features a sleek, modern design that pairs physical controls with a small touchscreen, giving users direct access to their favorite service and smart home control capabilities.

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Fortnite bug threatens innocent players with account bans over teaming

Fortnite bug threatens innocent players with account bans over teaming

A new Fortnite bug may come with serious consequences for some players, at least according to new reports from gamers who have been impacted by it. A game issue has resulted in innocent players being warned for 'teaming,' with the advisory noting that the player may experience an account ban if they continue to violate the game's rules. It's unclear whether anyone has actually had their account suspended as a result, however.

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Astronauts on the ISS can bake cookies in space for the first time

Astronauts on the ISS can bake cookies in space for the first time

NASA says the Cygnus cargo spacecraft launched over the weekend has successfully docked with the International Space Station. Amid the cargo contained on this vessel is a special oven and cookie dough that brings a special new capability to the ISS: the ability to bake chocolate chip cookies. The experiment comes from DoubleTree by Hilton and Zero G Kitchen.

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Netflix will add a button to skip Trump jokes in new comedy special

Netflix will add a button to skip Trump jokes in new comedy special

If you're thoroughly burned out on political commentary -- even if it comes in the form of a simple joke -- Netflix has some good news for you: a special skip button. The new Seth Meyers comedy special that'll debut on the streaming service tomorrow will include a button that lets viewers skip over jokes about President Trump, a frequent topic on Late Night.

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Google Play Points rewards program launches in the US

Google Play Points rewards program launches in the US

Google is rolling out its Play Points reward program in the United States, the company has announced. The program has already been available in South Korea and Japan over the past year where it has millions of people who are participating. The program is free to join, offering points that can be used for discounts, special items, and more.

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Firefox will soon block annoying notification permission prompts

Firefox will soon block annoying notification permission prompts

Earlier this year, Mozilla revealed that it will be tackling the issue of annoying notification permission prompts that appear on many websites as soon as they load. In an update on the matter published on Monday, Mozilla detailed the results of its experiment on how best to deal with these notifications and explained how it will change its browser's way of handling them starting with a future version of the software.

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