Dell Inspiron 14 (7420) 2-in-1 Touchscreen Laptop Review

Dell Inspiron 14 (7420) 2-in-1 Touchscreen Laptop Review

Dell's Inspiron 14 (7420) touchscreen laptop is a well-optioned 2-in-1 system based on Intel's 12th Gen U-Series. Join us as we see how it performs.

Scientists find black frogs at Chernobyl that show evolution in action

Adam Hunt | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Sep 30, 2022 4:01 AM CDT

A study on the black frogs titled "Ionizing radiation and melanism in Chornobyl tree frogs" has been published in the journal Evolutionary Applications.

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Since the nuclear disaster at the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986, the surrounding environment has been cordoned off and dubbed the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone, forbidding unauthorized human entry. The area has become one of the largest nature reserves in Europe, and many endangered species are now found there. However, the amount of radioactive material released by the disaster means these species have had to contend with radiation in their lives.

Researchers identified several Eastern tree frogs, or Hyla orientalis, that were found with an unusually black tint instead of their usual bright green coloration. Higher levels of melanin are responsible for the darker color of the frogs and other organisms and protect animals from ultraviolet radiation from the sun. However, melanin can also protect against ionizing radiation that the Chornobyl disaster released.

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Anonymous hacking group declares war on NFT project over Nazi symbols

Jak Connor | Hacking, Security & Privacy | Sep 30, 2022 2:33 AM CDT

The hacking collective Anonymous has taken to YouTube to announce that its declaring war against the creators of one of the most popular NFT projects, the Bored Ape Yacht Club.

Anonymous released the above video onto its YouTube channel on September 27, and in the almost 9-minute long video, the hacking collective accuses the creators of the Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT project, Yuga Labs, of including "esoteric" Nazi, white supremacist, and pedophilic symbolism throughout its designs. These accusations aren't necessarily surprising, as Yuga Labs has previously denied any intentional inclusion of artistry that represents the aforementioned groups or ideologies.

Futurism reports that the accusations originally began with digital artist Ryder Ripps who published a website that connected symbols within some of the Bored Ape Yacht Club designs with Nazi symbolism. These allegations were seemingly picked up by Anonymous, which the hacking collective states in the above video it has found proof "beyond a shadow of a doubt" that Yuga Labs intentionally includes elusive Nazi symbolism within its digital art projects.

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Elon Musk's texts with rich celebrities about buying Twitter go public

Jak Connor | Business, Financial & Legal | Sep 30, 2022 2:03 AM CDT

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is currently engaged in a lawsuit with Twitter over his decision to back out of the $44 billion acquisition.

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Leading up to the trial date, Twitter's lawyers requested that Musk provide the court with all his text messages with anyone that related to the purchasing of Twitter, and part of the lawsuit just released hundreds of those text messages.

As you can probably imagine, Musk's phone was swamped with messages from multiple prominent figures looking to get involved in the Twitter deal as soon as he revealed he was looking for financial backing, and among the hundreds of messages are conversations between Musk and former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison and celebrities such as Joe Rogan, Just Roiland, co-creator of Rick and Morty, and Gayle King. Notably, Musk also had extensive conversations with Twitter executives, including current Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal.

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Mars helicopter completes flight following rover breaking its sample

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Sep 30, 2022 1:33 AM CDT

NASA has taken to its blog to give an update on the recent flight by the helicopter Ingenuity and sample activities being conducted by Perseverance.

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory took to Twitter on September 28 to announce that the Mars helicopter Ingenuity has completed its 33rd flight, soaring 365 feet over the Martian surface at an altitude of 33 feet. Ingenuity completed its relocation in 55.2 seconds, nearly being airborne for an entire minute. For those that don't know, Ingenuity is acting as NASA's newest Mars rover, Perseverance's scout, with the Ingenuity team using the small helicopter to look for prime locations to explore with the rover.

Ingenuity is used to look for locations and map strategic pathways for Perseverance to travel to and inspect. If determined to be a viable sample location, the rover will collect a sample which will eventually be transported back to Earth sometime in the late 2020s. For now, many samples are being taken, with NASA recently announcing a failure at sample collection with a rock nicknamed Chiniak. As explained on the NASA Mars website, Perseverance attempted an abrasion on the target rock and discovered that the target broke apart, preventing any future science operations.

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A spacecraft detective will investigate NASA's crash site on asteroid

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Sep 30, 2022 1:02 AM CDT

NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft collided with asteroid Dimorphos on September 26, marking the very first planetary defense mission.

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NASA's DART spacecraft successfully collided with the asteroid Dimorphos of the binary asteroid system. Dimorphos is a moonlet that orbits its larger companion asteroid Didymos. NASA's plan was to demonstrate that a human-made spacecraft is capable of altering the orbit of the smaller asteroid Dimorphos by colliding a high-speed spacecraft into its surface. The test was a success in terms of collision, and now dozens of telescopes are pointed at Dimorphos to measure the impact and to see if the asteroid's orbit was changed.

Famous telescopes such as the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and the Hubble Space Telescope have been used to observe just before the impact and the following minutes/hours after. Despite the multiple telescopes pointed at the Didymos-Dimorphos system, scientists argue that the study on DART's impact can't be completed without a close-up inspection that would provide accurate data.

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Webb and Hubble showcase NASA's spacecraft smashing into an asteroid

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Sep 30, 2022 12:31 AM CDT

The James Webb Space Telescope and the famous Hubble Space Telescope have teamed up provide two unique views of NASA's DART spacecraft colliding with an asteroid.

NASA has taken to its social channels to showcase the differences between the two famous telescopes, with the space agency posting on the Hubble Twitter account "after" shots from the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) impact. The images shown above in a GIF showcase NASA's spacecraft that intentionally collided with the asteroid Dimorphos in the very planetary defense mission.

As explained in NASA's recent blog post, the space agency decided to crash a spacecraft into the asteroid to see if the impact was able to change the orbit of the asteroid. If proven effective, NASA will have unlocked Earth's first planetary weapon used to protect our planet from dangerous asteroids. Observations were conducted with Webb and Hubble, marking the first time the telescopes have simultaneously captured imagery from the same target, according to NASA administrator Bill Nelson.

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Elon Musk reveals the new Tesla Cybertruck will double as a boat

Jak Connor | Electric Vehicles & Cars | Sep 30, 2022 12:02 AM CDT

Tesla has been developing its highly anticipated Cybertruck since it was revealed back in 2019, and now Tesla CEO Elon Musk has revealed a new unique feature.

SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has taken to his personal Twitter account to announce that Tesla's Cybertruck, that's currently in development, will have a level of waterproof that will enable it to serve as a boat briefly. This new feature, previously mentioned by Musk in 2020, where he said that the Cybertruck is able to "float for awhile", has seemingly been expanded upon and further developed as Musk is now stating that Cybertruck can temporarily double as a boat.

Musk explains in the above tweet that Cybertruck will be capable of traversing rivers, lakes, and even seas that "aren't too choppy", with the Tesla CEO further explaining that the new feature came from the requirement of Cybertruck being able to get from Starbase spaceport, located at Boca Chica, Texas to South Padre Island.

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ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 4090 retail box is ridiculously HUGE

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards & GPUs | Sep 29, 2022 8:41 PM CDT

Well, I guess it's confirmed: ASUS is really upgrading things across the board for NVIDIA's new flagship GeForce RTX 4090, with its custom ROG Strix RTX 4090 retail packaging teased... and it's way more than a handful.

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The new ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 4090 OC Edition graphics card has arrived in the hands of the folks of Chiphell, with a shot of the retail packaging and man... there are just no words. It's absolutely huge, and from the photo alone it looks far bigger than the retail packaging for the ASUS ROG Strix LC GeForce RTX 3090 Ti OC Edition graphics card that I reviewed not too long ago now. The packaging for that I said was absolutely huge, and would command a large portion of your shelf.

The photos of the comically huge RTX 4090 were tweeted by Hassan Mujtaba from Wccftech, with an all-caps tweet of "WHAT THE, THE SIZE OF THE FRICKIN BOX ALONE IS 🤯". Hassan followed it up with some other photos sourced from Chiphell, showing just how much of a handful the new custom ASUS ROG Strix RTX 4090 graphics card really is.

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Intel Arc A770 and A750 graphics cards now with some reviewers

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards & GPUs | Sep 29, 2022 7:41 PM CDT

Intel is now shipping out its Arc A770 Limited Edition and Arc A750 Limited Edition review samples to tech media, ready for the review embargo on October 5... just days away from now.

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Intel's new Arc A750 Gold Edition graphics card, available in China only

The new Intel Arc A770 graphics card review embargo lifts on October 5 while the cards will be officially launched on October 12 -- the very same day NVIDIA's new flagship Ada Lovelace-powered GeForce RTX 4090 graphics card launches -- so it's going to be a busy few months for GPU reviewers, that's for sure.

Intel hasn't been clear with a full list of partners and retailers that will be selling Arc A-series desktop GPUs at launch, even though the promised Q3 2022 launch window has been missed, we STILL don't know which partners + retailers are participating in the launch with Intel. But don't worry, special communication is being done with China as there is a slick Intel Arc A750 Gold Edition graphics card teased.

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Police to hit the streets in electric 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV PPV

Michael Hatamoto | Electric Vehicles & Cars | Sep 29, 2022 6:52 PM CDT

Chevrolet has more than 60 years of experience manufacturing vehicles for law enforcement, but last month introduced its first all-electric vehicle for police use. The 2024 Blazer EV Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV), based off the Chevy Blazer EV SS, will include police-grade tires, underbody skid plates, emergency medical supplies, and other features that make it ideal for police use.

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The interior is customized to support officers inside the vehicle, including front seats designed to accommodate an officer's duty belts and wearable gear. Final specifications and complete range information will be made available closer to the vehicle's launch for law enforcement.

The civilian Blazer EV features 557 horsepower and has a range of around 250 miles up to 320 miles on a single charge. Pricing starts at $44,995 for the standard version, and the SS has a starting price of $65,995.

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