Astronomers Claim to Spot Multiple Bodies of Liquid Water on Mars

The south pole on Mars.Image: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin/Bill Dunford Two years ago, a team of Italian scientists claimed to have discovered a subglacial lake near the Martian south pole. The same team has collected further evidence to bolster this claim, including the apparent discovery of even more buried bodies of liquid water. The new research speaks…

What we’re listening to: ‘Mockery Manor’

Maybe that’s why I’ve fallen so hard for Mockery Manor, a thriller podcast set in a shitty regional British theme park. It tells the story of JJ and Bette, twin sisters working their first summer job at the eponymous manor at the start of the 1989 season. As well as navigating their own traumas and…

The UK Could Be the First Country to Intentionally Give People Coronavirus to Test Vaccines

A Union Jack flag flutters in front of Big Ben in London, England.Photo: Jack Taylor (Getty Images) The UK is considering a controversial approach to testing potential vaccines for the coronavirus that causes covid-19: intentionally exposing volunteers to the virus, in a strategy known as challenge trials. Advertisement Last week, the Financial Times reported that…

‘FarmVille’ is shutting down for good on December 31st

“We’re aware that many of you have been with us since the very beginning, helping to build an incredible global community of players over the years who’ve enjoyed this game just as much as we have. For that we say thank you,” Zynga wrote. In-app purchases will be available until November 17th, when the game’s…

Xbox Series X first look: Fast, powerful and quiet

That said, the Series X has a few features that deserve extra attention before launch day on November 10th. The Series X is priced at $499, while its all-digital counterpart, the Xbox Series S, will cost $299. Before diving in too deep, let’s lay the ground rules. There are limitations on the scope of the…

Roku’s new $129 soundbar offers Dolby Audio and 4K streaming

In terms of audio hardware, the Streambar has four drivers, two front-facing speakers and two side speakers, and it supports Dolby Audio. You’re able to connect the Streambar to Roku’s other speakers if you want to create a surround-sound system in your space as well. Roku also added Bluetooth input support so you can connect…

‘Yakuza: Like a Dragon’ will be available on November 10th across platforms

Back in May, Microsoft revealed that the upcoming entry to the Yakuza franchise will be an Xbox Series X and Series S launch title. Now, Sega has officially confirmed that Yakuza: Like a Dragon is coming out on November 10th, the same day the next—gen consoles are launching. The game will also be available for…

Roku’s new Ultra player finally supports Dolby Vision

Roku As much as I like the efficiency of Roku’s software, and the breadth of its streaming ecosystem, it’s been tough to recommend the Ultra without Dolby Vision. That’s especially true when the Apple TV 4K and even Amazon’s Fire Stick 4K ($50) both have had the codec for years. It’s a nice feature to…

Dell updated its 13-inch XPS laptops with 11th-gen Intel CPUs

Dell The Linux-based Developer Edition is pre-loaded with Ubuntu 20.04LTS and Dell is targeting a maximum battery life of nearly 19 hours. It also boasts an updated, InfinityEdge FHD+ display. Dell hasn’t revealed pricing as yet. The devices will be available in the US and Canada starting on September 30th, with an exception for one…