Month: September 2021

Rocket Report: Virgin Galactic delays flight, Falcon Heavy nets NASA mission

Enlarge / Inspiration4 reflected in the shores of the St. Johns River on the space coast of Florida. (credit: Trevor Mahlmann / Ars Technica) Welcome to Edition 4.16 of the Rocket Report! We’ve experienced an inspiring week of spaceflight thanks to the launch of the Inspiration4 mission on Wednesday, but there is much more happening …

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Study confirms superior sound of a Stradivari is due to the varnish

Enlarge / A 1729 Stradivari known as the “Solomon, Ex-Lambert” on display at Christie’s in New York in March 2007. (credit: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images) Along with Andrea Amati and Andrea Guarneri, Antonio Stradivari dominated the so-called Golden Age of Violins (roughly 1660 to 1750), and the instruments they crafted remain the gold standard today in …

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Billionaire Sacklers’ immunity threatened as DOJ moves to block opioid deal

Enlarge / PURDUE PHARMA, STAMFORD, Conn. – 2019/09/12: Members of P.A.I.N. (Prescription Addiction Intervention Now) and Truth Pharm staged a protest outside Purdue Pharma headquarters over the recent, controversial opioid settlement. (credit: Getty | Erik McGregor) The Department of Justice is fighting to strip the billionaire Sackler family of the sweeping legal immunity granted as part …

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Nintendo’s “thing after the Switch”: How an overheard convo sent me reeling

Enlarge / Today’s very brief hint of the gaming future comes wrapped in a Nintendo bow. (credit: Aurich Lawson) SEATTLE—It’s not every day I hear about unannounced Nintendo products over guac. Thanks to a chance encounter last month, I’ve been sitting on one of the weirder scoops in my 25-year writing career—one that will simultaneously …

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Battlefield 2042 joins recent game-delay frenzy, moves to November

Enlarge / This looks fun. (credit: EA) Battlefield 2042 has been delayed from its initial October 22 release date, though it will still launch this year, EA announced today. The multiplayer-only shooter will now hit stores on November 19, the publisher said in a statement. Citing the complications of developing games in a work-from-home environment …

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Man once called world’s “largest facilitator of child porn” sentenced to 27 years

Enlarge / Eric Eoin Marques led away from the High Court in Dublin in August 2013 after US authorities formally requested his extradition. (credit: Getty Images | Niall Carson | PA Images ) A man who operated a dark web service that hosted millions of child-sexual-abuse images was sentenced to 27 years in federal prison …

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Office 2021 will be available for non-Microsoft 365 subscribers on October 5

Enlarge (credit: Microsoft) New versions of Microsoft Office aren’t as big a deal as they used to be, thanks to the continuously updated (and continuously paid for) versions of the apps that come with a Microsoft 365 subscription. But for everyone else, there’s still Office 2021, an upgrade to Office 2019 that’s coming to both …

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Lost Judgment impressions: 15 wild hours in Yokohama

Lost Judgment‘s action detective, Takayuki Yagami. At a glance, Lost Judgment may seem intimidating to anyone who hasn’t graduated from Sega’s school of hard Yakuza knocks. To start, it’s a spinoff of Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio’s long-running crime series, which is saddled with a truckload of backstory. On top of that, it’s a direct follow-up to 2019’s …

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Hospital staff must swear off Tylenol, Tums to get religious vaccine exemption

Enlarge (credit: Getty | Jeff Greenberg) A hospital system in Arkansas is making it a bit more difficult for staff to receive a religious exemption from its COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The hospital is now requiring staff to also swear off extremely common medicines, such as Tylenol, Tums, and even Preparation H, to get the exemption. …

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