Humanity inherits the galaxy in The Expanse’s season 3 finale

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The Expanse’s third season ended on June 27th on the Syfy Channel. The final episode, “Abaddon’s Gate,” is the last installment of the show shot for Syfy. Over the course of The Expanse’s latest arc, an expedition involving every faction of Earth’s solar system discovered the true nature of the protomolecule that’s been the series’ major mystery, and confirmed the dangers and potential gains it represents for humanity.

Spoilers ahead for the series, as well as some of the James S.A. Corey novels the show adapts.

Shortly after Syfy announced that it wasn’t renewing the series for another season, the series underwent a soft reboot with the episode ‘Delta-V”, closing out the threat of all-out war depicted in the novel Caliban’s War, and…

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Oppo’s O-Free truly wireless headphones are designed to match the Find X

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Oppo has announced the O-Free, a pair of truly wireless headphones designed to pair up with the company’s recently unveiled sliding-camera equipped Find X smartphone.

The O-Free is built off of Qualcomm’s recently announced QCC3026 chipset, designed to make it easier for manufacturers to make cheaper truly wireless headsets without having to completely build them on their own (as well as being a cheaper option than Qualcomm’s flagship QCC5100 chipset, which it announced earlier in the year at CES.) The O-Free headphones will also feature Qualcomm’s TrueWireless Stereo technology for better power management and connectivity.

Oppo says that the O-Free headphones offer four hours of music off a charge, with the…

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Vergecast: Mojave beta, a culture roundup, and this week in Elon

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The Vergecast starts off this week in a traditional fashion with a talk about dongles — Microsoft’s $80 USB-C dongle to be exact. But there’s a whole bunch of little things that also happened this week that Nilay, Dieter, and Paul discuss. We’ve got Apple acknowledging the problem with its MacBook keyboards, Google demoing demoing Duplex, and Apple releasing the Mojave public beta.

Also this week, we bring you two new rotating segments on the show. First we have transportation reporter Sean O’Kane with “This Week in Elon Musk” — a rundown of the news that happened this week in the Elon Musk canon. Second, culture reporters Megan Farokhmanesh and Bijan Stephen run though their favorite “Culture Headlines” on The Verge this week.

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Enjoy this fitted normal distribution of popcorn popping

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Redditor sp__ace filmed the popping of popcorn and provided a handy analytical study of the outcome, with pops-per-second in a fitted normal distribution to illustrate just how crazy things get on the stove.

The most useless data I’ve ever organized. First I counted 300 kernels into the pot and rolled the camera. All the data was obtained from the sound from video file. I used Audacity to look at the waveform to then manually retype exact time when each kernel popped and repeated that 288 times (never doing this again). I then used Wolfram Mathematica to plot the data and calculate normal distribution parameters.

Legendary Russian guitarist dies from flesh eating infection

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Andrey Suchilin has long been regarded as one of Russia’s best guitarists and the progenitor of rock and roll in his country. It’s a reputation that’s made his face and name famous to one degree or another in most of Eastern Europe. Like many celebrities, Suchilin’s notoriety makes it hard for him to find a quiet spot to wind downin while at home. To have anything resembling a vacation, he’d have to leave the east for a more exotic locale, like Pittsburgh or Gran Canaria, an Island off the coast of Northwest Africa. Last May, he opted for the latter.

After getting himself some sun, Suchilin hopped on a flight from Gran Canaria that’d see him through to Amsterdam where he’d change planes and make for home. There was just one problem: Suchilin had an odor coming off him that could drop a rhino a 50 yards.

Other passengers sitting near him on his flight complained. As his bouquet began to make its way throughout the airplane cabin’s recirculated air, some passengers passed out. Others puked. The commotion being caused by the stench issuing from the guitarist was such that the plane’s cabin crew decided that for everyone’s comfort, it would be best to confine Suchilin in one of the plane’s bathrooms. But, again, recirculated air, so no dice. Eventually, the plane’s captain made the decision request emergency landing privileges in Portugal: It was the only way to get the passengers the hell away from Suchilin. Landing early also afforded Suchilin the opportunity to find out what the hell was going on with his body.

As it turns out, an infection that he’d contracted while on vacation had worsened, significantly, on Suchilin’s flight home. It’s here that things took a turn for the horrific.


One of the passengers, who later spoke to the Daily Mirror, said the smell coming from the unfortunate passenger was “like he hadn’t washed himself for several weeks.”

The passenger identified himself on Facebook as Russian art-rock guitarist, Andrey Suchilin, who had been vacationing on Gran Canaria.

“The tragic and comic component of this whole situation is that I caught a disease, which (let’s not say how and why) makes a person quite stinky. As a result, a group of passengers may demand the captain for you to be removed from the plane,” Suchilin wrote.

The embarrassment soon turned to horror, however. What the doctor on Gran Canaria diagnosed as “a simple beach infection,” curable by antibiotics, turned out to be tissue necrosis.

That’s right: the infection was causing the flesh to die while he was still walking around breathing. Thanks to a misdiagnosis, the rot rapidly progressed through his body, causing the smell encountered on the airplane and doing serious physical harm to Suchilin.

A day after being removed from the plane, Suchilin fell into a coma. Over the past month, doctors fought to save the musicians life. On June 25th, Suchilin’s heart, lungs and kidneys all shut down, killing him at the age of 59 years old.

So yeah, maybe take care of those scrapes, cuts or itches in special places you get while traversing tropical locales. Still not feeling better? GET BACK TO THE DOCTOR. Your body might not be up to the task of fighting off what follows.

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A LIDAR Scanner Build in Glorious Detail

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LIDAR is a very exciting technology that is only just now starting to become accessible to the DIY market. Think radar, but with lasers. There’s a few different modules starting to pop up for just a few hundred dollars. But what is one to do with a LIDAR module? Well, [David] decided to build a room scanner with his Garmin LIDAR Lite, and it’s a wonderful sight to behold.

The scanner consists of a rotating platform, which is driven by a stepper motor. The platform then contains a second motor which runs a tilt axis, upon which the LIDAR is …read more

Box Joint Jig Does Barcodes

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Woodworking is the fine art of turning dead tree carcasses into precision instruments. That means breaking out the saws and chisels and making many, many precise cuts over and over. If you have a table saw, every problem becomes a piece of wood, or something like that, and we’ve seen some fantastic jigs that make these precision cuts even easier. We’ve never seen something like this, though. It’s a box joint jig for a table saw, it’s automated, and it puts barcodes on boxes.

[Ben] built this box joint jig a few years ago as a computer-controlled device that slowly …read more

Carousel of Cereals Mixes and Matches Custom Breakfast Blends

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There are those who reckon the humble bowl of breakfast cereal to be the height of culinary achievement. Look askance if you must, but cereal junkies are a thing, and they have a point. The magic comes not from just filling a bowl and adding a splash of milk, but by knowing which cereals to mix together.

Who needs all that fussy mixing, though, when you can automate and customize your cereal dispensing chores? That’s the approach [Kevin Obermann] and [Adrian Bernhart] took with their Cereal Dispensing Machine, even if they went a little further than necessary. Laser-cut plywood forms …read more

ASP.NET Core Identity Scaffolding

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ASP.NET Core 2.1 introduces Razor UI class libraries that allow us to share UI artifacts with libraries and NuGet packages. One of the first official packages delivered with UI pieces is ASP.NET Core Identity. This blog post shows how to override default views of ASP.NET Core Identity by using scaffolding.

Let’s start with ASP.NET Core 2.1 application that uses individual accounts for users.

Vlogging With Vintage 1980s Equipment

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[Dan Mace] decided to try vlogging 1980s style. To do this, he built Pram Cam — a one-man mobile video recording setup using vintage gear. [Dan] is a YouTuber from Cape Town, South Africa. His goal for this project was to motivate people to get out there and make videos. Smartphones, action cams, and modern video equipment all have made it incredibly easy to create content.

[Dan] reminds us of this by grabbing a vintage 1984 video camera – a Grundig vs150 VHS recorder. He couples the camera with a sturdy video tripod, blimp microphone, CRT TV as a monitor, …read more

Wolfenstein II on the Switch is the best way to kill Nazis on the go

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When the Nintendo Switch first debuted, I marveled at the ability to play a vast open world like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild both in my living room and on the go. Sixteen months into the console’s life and the novelty still hasn’t worn off. The latest such game to inspire those feelings of awe in me is Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, Machine Games’ gleefully vicious take on the joys of murdering Nazis. Of course, the Switch port isn’t as technically impressive as its counterparts on the PC, Xbox One, or PlayStation 4. It doesn’t look as good nor run as smoothly. But it works. And once again, I find myself surprised at just how good it feels to carry a blockbuster game with me wherever I want.

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Microsoft Removes ‘Sets’ Tabbed Windows Feature From Next Release

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The much-anticipated Sets feature has been pulled from the newest Windows 10 Redstone 5 build and there’s no word when it will return. As groovyPost reports, “The Sets feature is a tabbed-windows experience that lets you group together different apps on your desktop.” It’s like having different tabs open in your browser, but for apps and File Explorer. From the report: Details on why it was removed and when it will come back have been vague. Microsoft made the announcement about Sets in [yesterday’s] blog post about preview build 17704: “Thank you for your continued support of testing Sets. We continue to receive valuable feedback from you as we develop this feature helping to ensure we deliver the best possible experience once it’s ready for release. Starting with this build, we’re taking Sets offline to continue making it great. Based on your feedback, some of the things we’re focusing on include improvements to the visual design and continuing to better integrate Office and Microsoft Edge into Sets to enhance workflow. If you have been testing Sets, you will no longer see it as of today’s build, however, Sets will return in a future WIP flight. Thanks again for your feedback.”

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This flying ‘dragon’ drone can change shape in midair

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Researchers at the University of Tokyo’s JSK Lab have developed a “dragon drone,” made up of several small drones and capable of transforming on the fly, as reported by IEEE. Not only can the drone change into different shapes, like a square or curved line, it can also autonomously decide what shape it needs to change into depending on the space it requires to navigate.

The name of the drone is actually an acronym, standing for “Dual-rotor embedded multilink Robot with the Ability of multi-deGree-of-freedom aerial transformatiON,” or DRAGON for short. Its design was modeled off of traditional dragon kites, where the tail is made up of a series of smaller, interlinked kites.

The small drones are each powered by a pair of ducted fans that…

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Verizon is shutting down its original video app Go90

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Verizon is shutting down its original video app Go90 on July 31st, according to a report from Variety. The app derived its name from the process of turning a smartphone from the vertical orientation to a horizontal one, presumably to watch longer-form video content like television shows and shorts that Verizon hoped would make its platform appealing to younger audiences.

It offered a mix of original short-form videos in the vein of web series, live sports, and licensed programming from official networks, all for free. The goal was to subsidize the app with pricey advertising, with the hope that marketers would be eager to reach Go90’s lucrative Snapchat-loving demographic.

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Researchers train bipedal robots to step lightly over rough terrain

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Researchers at the Hybrid Robotics Group at UC Berkeley and CMU are hard at work making sure their robots don’t fall over when tiptoeing through rough terrain. Using machine learning and ATRIAS robots, the teams are able to “teach” robots to traverse stepping stones they’ve never seen before. Their robots, described here, are unique in […]

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