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The Best Map Yet of Northeast Syrtis, a Promising Landing Site for NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover

On the night of November 28, 1659, a Dutch astronomer named Christiaan Huygens aimed toward the sky a 22-foot telescope of his own invention, peered …

Space

A 130,000-Year-Old Mastodon Threatens to Upend Human History

In 1993, construction workers building a new freeway in San Diego made a fantastic discovery. A backhoe operator scraped up a fossil, and scientists …

Anthropology

Kirby creator coded the original game with a trackball instead of a keyboard

Sora Ltd. founder Masahiro Sakurai appeared onstage at a recent <i>Kirby</i> music performance in Tokyo, which is maybe not a huge surprise given that he …

Game Design

Google becomes first foreign internet company to go live in Cuba

After former President Obama reopened America's diplomatic relations with Cuba, businesses started looking for opportunities to make inroads to the island nation. Google was one of these, with Obama himself announcing it would come to help set up WiFi and broadband access there. Cuba's national …

Cuba

NASA inspector says agency wasted $80 million on an inferior spacesuit

The space agency seems to be running out of usable suits for space station operations.<p>When NASA began developing a rocket and spacecraft to return …

NASA

A vigilante is putting a huge amount of work into infecting IoT devices

When it comes to features and robustness, Hajime surpasses its blackhat rivals.<p>Last week, Ars introduced readers to Hajime, the vigilante botnet that …

Infosec

David Fincher Close to Deal to Direct ‘World War Z 2’

After previously taking the film off its calendar, Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions look to be moving forward with a “World War Z” sequel, …

Hollywood

Watch Adam Savage Geek Out on the Set of Alien: Covenant

In the pantheon of cool movie sets, a Ridley Scott <i>Alien</i> set is right near the top. Here is the man who directed one of the most iconic genre films …

Science Fiction

Scientists Are Already Planning the Next Mission to Pluto

The Pluto-shaped void in our hearts has yet to be filled by Planet 9, copious amounts of Ben & Jerry’s, or anything. Ever since the summer of 2015, …

Solar System

Watch Elizabeth Shaw Return in a Short Film Linking Prometheus and Alien: Covenant

What happened after <i>Prometheus</i>? How does that lead into <i>Alien: Covenant</i>? We won’t know for sure until the new film opens on May 19 but a new short film …

Science Fiction

(Don't) Stop Asking Neil Gaiman How You Can Watch American Gods

All Neil Gaiman wanted was to help fans watch the upcoming TV adaptation of his book <i>American Gods</i>. So he took steps to make sure they knew where they …

American Gods

Shyamalan confirms his next film, Glass, is a sequel to Unbreakable

Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson will return<p>M. Night Shyamalan confirmed today what fans have speculated for months: His next film will be a sequel to both <i>Unbreakable</i> and <i>Split</i>, his movies set in a world where mundane people develop supernatural abilities, not unlike they do in superhero comic …

Movies

Prison Architect Creators' New Game Lets You Paint Caves With Light

There is nothing but darkness surrounding you. You raise your scanner and paint droplets of iridescent light that cling to the walls, guiding your …

Gaming

A Game About Hiding Porn From Your Parents

My heart pounds in perfect rhythm with the oscillating clicks of the timepiece behind me. The modem connects with its familiar sequence of chirps and …

PC Gaming

The 1979 Alien trailer has influenced countless horror trailers — because it’s a microcosm of horror itself

The Alien: Covenant trailer calls back to the franchise’s classic horror roots<p>April 26, dubbed #AlienDay by Fox, sees a one-night-only re-release of both the oldest and the most recent installments in the <i>Alien</i> franchise: <i>Alien</i> and <i>Prometheus</i>. That these films are so different in tone speak to how …

Trailers

Picture this: Senate staffers’ ID cards have photo of smart chip, no security

Senate employees just use passwords, and their badges sport a picture of an alternative.<p>When Congress held hearings following the breach of the …

Security

MPC's visual feast for <em>Ghost in the Shell</em

Directed by Rupert Sanders, <i>Ghost in the Shell</i> is a spectacular, action-packed visual feast, with some deep AI messages from the future. Certain shots …

Anime

Burnout creators spin off Crash Mode into its own game, Danger Zone

Coming to PC, PS4 in May<p><i>Danger Zone</i> is the next project from the co-founders of the studio that created the Burnout franchise, and it’s a game based on the beloved Crash Mode in that series, developer Three Fields Entertainment announced today.<p>This will be the third game from Three Fields …

Gaming

Jonathan Demme, Oscar-Winning Director of ‘Silence of the Lambs,’ Dies At 73

From "Rachel Getting Married" to "Philadelphia" and more, Demme left his mark on the industry with one of the most varied directing careers …

Entertainment

Life in the Broken Places with Jeff VanderMeer

Jeff VanderMeer’s New Novel Makes Dystopia Seem Almost Fun

Why is water wet? Is it important to be nice? How do you know if you’re a person, or a fox? Toddlers ask the darndest things—especially when said …

Science Fiction

Robots are getting easier to control

A new interface by researchers at Georgia Tech makes controlling a robot arm as easy as tapping a touchscreen.<p>If robots are ever going to make their way into our homes, they’re going to have to be easy to control. At the moment, the interfaces designed to control robots aren’t super intuitive, …

Robotics

Scientists successfully grew fetal lambs inside 'uterus-like' bags

Doctors at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia have developed a new artificial womb that could benefit the tens of thousands of critically preterm (younger than 26 weeks) births in the US each year. According to a new paper published in the journal <i>Nature Communications</i>, the research physicians …

Medicine

"One price to all" has been the default since 1840, but online retail is sneakily killing it off

Since the earliest days of ecommerce, analysts have predicted that retailers would use their estimations of their customers' willingness to pay to …

eCommerce

Scientists create negative-mass fluid that flows against the force

If you push an ordinary ball, it moves away from your hand. No surprise there. But if you pushed a ball with negative mass, it would actually …

Physics

Is Every Speed Limit Too Low?

Photo Credit: NDF<p>When Lieutenant Gary Megge of the Michigan State Police attends a meeting, he sometimes asks, “How many of you broke the speed limit …

Transportation

Lawsuit: Mylan’s epic EpiPen price hike wasn’t about greed—it’s worse

With higher prices, Mylan allegedly dangled deep discounts—if buyers excluded rival.<p>When Mylan dramatically increased the price of its life-saving …

Pharma

Cory Doctorow’s Walkaway: Hardware hackers face the climate apocalypse

The future is open source in this optimistic sci-fi disaster epic full of big ideas.<p>Science fiction has long served as a platform for the hashing out …

Science Fiction

Jeff Goldblum Joins 'Jurassic World' Sequel (Exclusive)

Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are returning for the follow-up, which will be directed by J.A. Bayona.<p>Jeff Goldblum is returning to the land of …

Hollywood