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What Is QAnon And Why Did Facebook Ban One Of Its Largest Groups?

Facebook has banned one of the largest groups devoted to the far-right, rabidly pro-Trump QAnon conspiracy theory, Business Insider reported on Friday. Read More >>

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Chiss Names Are Some of Star Wars’ Coolest Bullshit

Star Wars is full of cool bullshit which is, in many ways, why we love such an absurd behemoth in the first place. Space wizards with laser swords? Extremely bullshit, and very cool (some of the time). Blaster pistols? They go pew pew, what’s not to love. Starfighters? They go pew pew and fly in space, what’s not to love!? Anyway, screw all of them. The coolest Star Wars bullshit is xenolinguistics. Read More >>

One of the Best Film Twitter Accounts Is Becoming Ava DuVernay’s Next TV Series

One Perfect Shot is one of the best follows on Twitter to lighten up your doomscroll with gorgeous shots and gifs from beloved films from all sorts of genres. And now, it’s basically becoming a TV show – with a little help from director Ava DuVernay. Read More >>

Remember When Toys Were Fun? Hasbro’s £440 Unicron Figure Takes Almost an Entire Hour to Transform

A year ago, Hasbro revealed a massive 27-inch tall Unicron figure that, despite an equally gigantic $575 (£440) price tag, still managed to find 8,000 backers to help officially put it into production. The figure is impressively detailed, but in a recent blog post sharing the progress on Unicron’s development, it was revealed the figure takes almost an hour to completely transform. Read More >>

Mauritius Faces Environmental Crisis as Stranded Ship Leaks Oil

Mauritius has declared a “state of environmental emergency” after a Japanese bulk carrier that wrecked on its shores in late July began leaking tonnes of oil into the Indian Ocean. The environmentalist group Greenpeace says the spill is likely to be one of the worst ecological crises the island nation has ever seen and could seriously threaten local coral, fish, and other marine life species. Read More >>

Watch This Classic Ghostbusters Special Effect Come to (After)Life

I don’t often think of Ghostbusters as a pioneering special effects film. But it did include a lot of neat effects as it took its madcap scientists and made them paranormal protectors, and seeing those effects make their way onto the screen is pretty impressive. Read More >>

Only J-Pop Can Save Aggretsuko Now

Poor Retsuko has spent two seasons of her hilarious and occasionally heartfelt anime series expelling her existential rage via the medium of heavy metal karaoke. But in the third season, it seems like not even that can help her cope with all the new problems she’s facing. She needs J-pop bops. Read More >>

Goodbye Toshiba Laptops. It’s Been Good Knowing Ya

Toshiba will officially no longer be making PCs. To be fair, in recent years it had taken a step back from making laptops, but this goes beyond that. It’s a complete exit. Read More >>

Paramount’s New President Is Trying to Figure Out What to Do About the Star Trek Movies

While Star Trek’s TV offerings are flourishing, the films are stuck in somewhat of a rut. After the plans for a fourth Abrams-helmed Trek fell apart, the studio hasn’t had a lot of clarity over what to do with the property, with several film ideas, including one famously pushed by Quentin Tarantino, being floated, tentatively put into production, and then lost into the ether of production hell. Read More >>

The ’80s Called, and They Want This PC Back

Manhattan, 2020: You step out of your taxi minutes after the rain stops. Your square and heavy roller briefcase plops down into a small puddle by the curb. Don’t worry, the leather doesn’t get too wet, and the awesome piece of high-tech equipment inside isn’t damaged at all. Read More >>

A Game of Thrones Animated Movie Could’ve Happened But Fate Intervened

No, the final season of Game of Thrones was not great. For seven seasons, though, fans got probably as impressive a literary adaptation as one could imagine thanks to HBO. What you may not know, though, is that if one executive hadn’t stood up George R.R. Martin for lunch, things could’ve taken a completely different path. Read More >>

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon is Soaring

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon is up. Way up. Read More >>

Millions of Android Phones Are at Risk Due to “Achilles” Flaw in Qualcomm Chips

When you’re on the hunt for a new smartphone, it’s likely that you’re focused on price, design, and features first – and probably not the silicon inside powering it. However, researchers have found that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chip, one of the most widely used in Android phones, has hundreds of bits of vulnerable code that leaves millions of Android users at risk. Read More >>

10 TV Shows Where the First Season Was the Best Season

Television shows often take a bit of time to find their footing, with series like The Expanse, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Steven Universe only getting better with each passing season. Then there are the shows that peaked early. Like, really early. Read More >>

This Little AI-Powered Robot Pet Is So Cute It Hurts

I’m not sure if Moflin is supposed to be a robotic hamster, guinea pig, baby bunny, or some alternate take on a Tribble, but goddamn this robo-pet is cute. Read More >>

At Night, the Martian Sky Pulses and Glows When Viewed in Ultraviolet Light

New ultraviolet observations of the Red Planet highlight complex circulation patterns in the Martian atmosphere, including eerily regular nightglow pulses invisible to the unaided eye. Read More >>