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Google reveals gaming platform Stadia

Google reveals gaming platform Stadia

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Google has unveiled a new digital gaming platform called Stadia which will stream better-than-console-quality games that have traditionally had to be either downloaded or purchased on disk.At launch it will work on existing desktops, laptops, TVs and phones, said the firm's Phil Harrison.Google also revealed a controller.It looks like a traditional console gamepad but the Stadia version has a button for capturing and sharing gaming directly to YouTube.It was also announced that id Software's major title Doom Eternal will be one of the first games available.No pricing was revealed at the event in San Francisco but the firm did say Stadia would launch in 2019 in the US, UK, Canada and Europe.Google experimented with streaming data-...
NASA issues warning about space herpes

NASA issues warning about space herpes

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By Alexander J Martin, technology reporter NASA has issued a warning about space herpes after a study found the virus was reactivating in crew aboard Space Shuttle and International Space Station missions.According to the agency, while only a small proportion of the astronauts develop symptoms as a result of the dormant virus awakening, it could spell danger for longer spaceflight missions - for instance to Mars. "NASA astronauts endure weeks or even months exposed to microgravity and cosmic radiation - not to mention the extreme G forces of take-off and re-entry," said Dr Satish Mehta."This physical challenge is compounded by more familiar stressors like social separation, confinement and an altered sleep-wake cycle," added Dr Mehta, senior author of the...
YouTube removes videos celebrating New Zealand attacks

YouTube removes videos celebrating New Zealand attacks

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By Alexander J Martin, technology reporter YouTube videos celebrating the New Zealand mosque shootings are easily avoiding the platform's moderation efforts, despite a general clampdown across social media platforms.Sky News identified videos made in support of the killings, including one which recreates the attack in the children's game Minecraft alongside others that splice the attacker's comments into other videos. The uploads follow the attacker calling on supporters in an extreme-right web forum to "please do your part by spreading my message, making memes and s***posting as you usually do".Speaking to Sky News after the attack, experts noted how the memes and references made in the attacker's manifesto showed how the extreme-right was using propagan...
NASA spots enormous meteor explosion

NASA spots enormous meteor explosion

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A meteor was the cause of an enormous explosion in the atmosphere last year, NASA has announced.The blast was 10 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. It was the second-largest such explosion in the last century, just behind the meteor which exploded over the Russian region of Chelyabinsk in 2013.The most recent meteor exploded over the Bering Sea, also near Russia.It was just 25.6km (16 miles) above the planet's surface and hurtling down at a steep angle of seven degrees when the friction of the atmosphere caused it to explode. The explosion was detected by US military satellites last year, and subsequently referred to NASA.According to NASA's planetary defence officer Lindley Johnson, the fireball exploded near to a common flight route, and so researchers...
Model Y: Tesla launches 'safest' mid-size SUV

Model Y: Tesla launches 'safest' mid-size SUV

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Tesla has launched its Model Y range, claiming its latest all-electric car will be the "safest mid-size SUV (sport utility vehicle) in the world".The car was shown off at an event in California by chief executive Elon Musk as the company continues to face serious questions over its manufacturing capacity after failing to meet demand for its Model 3. He told an audience comprising staff, customers and reporters that it would remain the priority, with the first Model Y not due to be completed until autumn next year."Because of extreme challenges with the Model 3 production, we have to basically allocate all resources to Model 3 production, because otherwise we're going to die," he said. Image: Elon Musk said he expected production of the Model Y t...