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December 19, 2018 - 7:00am
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doctor who
Doctor Who Christmas Specials, Ranked By Their Festivity

For the past 13 years—well, apparently not this yearDoctor Who has been an integral part of Christmas TV with its annual Christmas special. Now that it’s taking a year off, we decided it was the perfect time to look back at its prior festive adventures in Time and Space, and judge them not by their quality, but their Christmas spirit. Read More >>

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science
Ancient Flying Reptiles Featured Distinctly Dino-Like Feathers

Feathers were common among dinosaurs, but scientists aren’t certain if the fur-like coverings of pterosaurs—a group of flying reptiles—were of the same sort seen on dinos and birds or something completely different. The discovery of two exquisite fossils in China now suggests pterosaurs were very much covered in feathers, potentially pushing back the origin of this critically important evolutionary feature by 70 million years. Read More >>

movies
You Can Now Stream Both of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’s Sensational Soundtracks

Update your playlists, people—there’s some hot new Spider-Jams in town. Read More >>

technology
An Old-School Phone Phreak Has Been Making NYC Wifi Kiosks Play Creepy Music

In May, the Gothamist reported that a slowed-down version of the Mister Softee ice cream jingle had been blaring from some LinkNYC wifi kiosks. These 9.5 foot tall monoliths, scattered throughout New York City, provide New Yorkers and tourists with free wifi, but they’ve also raised privacy concerns among watchdogs because of their weak privacy protections and the possibility they’re being used to track user data. So they’re already kind of creepy. But they’re especially creepy when they’re playing a nightmare clown soundtrack. Read More >>

internet
Why You’ll Still Need Wifi When 5G Is Everywhere, According to the Wi-Fi Alliance

Good news for fans of getting stuff fast—all of us, then—because a new version of wifi is just around the corner. Wi-Fi 6 is going to be better than current wifi in every regard, and the body behind it just published a paper extolling its virtues, emphasising that, yes, we will still need good old wifi internet connections even after 5G arrives. Read More >>

movies
New Glass Trailer Brings the Movie’s Heroes and Villains Together in an Epic Way

Considering that M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass is meant to be the climax of one of his strongest, most fascinating narratives, it makes sense that the movie’s going to bring its characters together in a way that makes them all feel larger than life. Read More >>

tv
The Women of Netflix’s GLOW Are Getting a New Comic Book Series

According to The Hollywood Reporter, IDW has announced a new comics miniseries based on Netflix’s hit reimagining of GLOW that’s to be written by Tini Howard (Hack/Slash) and illustrated by Hannah Templer (Jem and the Holograms). GLOW co-creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch are also attached as executive producers for the four-part series. Read More >>

robots
Delivery Robot Engulfed in Flames, Honoured on Campus With Candlelight Vigil

The University of California, Berkeley, lost a beloved member of their campus last week, when a delivery robot was engulfed in flames outside the student union. Read More >>

climate change
The Unbearable Maleness of the UN Climate Talks

Women are underrepresented at UN climate conferences, and this year was no exception. With COP24 concluding on Saturday, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that yet another major round of global decision-making was conducted largely by men. Read More >>

apple
It’s 2018, and the iPhone Is Still Super Annoying

Lording atop its portfolio like some kind of £1,000 crown jewel, the iPhone is undoubtedly the Apple’s most important product. And for years, people have droned on about how the phone that Jobs built is the most innovative and user-friendly device out there. But is it really? Read More >>

crime
Sting Operations Are Yet Another Reason You Shouldn’t Steal People’s Amazon Packages

One of the more annoying realities of ordering online is that if your package is left somewhere conspicuous before you’re able to grab it, there’s a good possibility some opportunistic bandit will nab it. This certainly goes for Amazon packages, for which reports of theft are a dime a dozen. And anyone who’s ever lost a package to theft can attest to the fact that it’s not only a huge bummer but can be a giant headache to report. Read More >>

space
Astronomers Just Discovered ‘Farout,’ the Most Distant Known Object in the Solar System

A team of astronomers has discovered the most extreme trans-Neptunian object in the outer reaches of the Solar System. Dubbed “Farout,” the object is more than 120 times farther from the Sun than Earth is. Excitingly, given preliminary estimates about its size, it could actually be a dwarf planet—but it’s still too small to qualify as the elusive Planet X. Read More >>

oneplus
OnePlus Warp Charge 30 Works With the Old Cables, But Not the Old Phones

Last week when OnePlus announced the McLaren Edition 6T, with its 10GB of RAM, the company also unveiled its brand new fast charging system - Warp Charge 30. Using the 30W  Warp charger means the special edition phone can regain 50 per cent of its battery in 20 minutes, which is 10 minutes faster than the old fast charging system. Now the phone is out in the world we're learning a bit more about Warp Charge and how it works. Read More >>

security
Protesters Picket London Police’s Facial Recognition Van

This very out of place, unmarked, bright green, coned-off van bang in the middle of London's tourist and shopping district is rightly arousing suspicions, not because people think it might be packed with terrorists psyching themselves up enough to leap out and make everyone spill their festive lattes in shock, but because we know it's the Met Police testing mass surveillance/facial recognition technology on the ruddy-cheeked festive passers-by. Read More >>

gift guide
The Best Gifts for Handling Cold Snaps

So what's happened here is that it's turned cold like the Daily Express said it would back in June, and you're looking on the internet for something to fix it and make you warm. That's beyond current technology, sadly, as Elon Musk cannot yet locally direct warming heat rays from space for 99 cents (92 pence) a shot, but we do have the next best thing; items to buy that make the cold fun, or at least more bearable and doable. Read More >>

health
Drone Delivers Vaccines for Baby in Island-Nation of Vanuatu in Historic Flight

A 1-month-old named Joy Nowai became the first person to ever get inoculated by vaccines delivered via drone yesterday. The baby lives on the island-nation of Vanuatu, where 1 in 5 children aren’t fully immunised and delivering vaccines can be difficult due to the terrain. Vanuatu’s Ministry of Health partnered with UNICEF to get the ambitious drone project underway Read More >>