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NASA posts image of ghostly blue objects, deep in the cosmos
When a star is born, a chaotic light show ensues.  NASA's long-lived Hubble Space Telescope captured vivid bright clumps moving through the cosmos at some 1,000 light years from Earth. The space agency called these objects clear "smoking gun" evidence of a newly formed star — as new stars blast colossal amounts of energy-rich matter into space, known as plasma.  Seen as the vivid blue, ephemeral clumps in the top center of the new image below, these are telltale signs of an energy-rich gas, or plasma, colliding with a huge collection of dust and gas in deep space. As NASA says, these blue masses are transient creations in the cosmos, as "they disappear into nothingness within a few tens of thousands of years." Read more...More about Space, Nasa, Science, Hubble Space Telescope, and Nebula
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Don Cheadle stood up for trans kids on 'SNL' and the internet took notice
Don Cheadle, acclaimed actor and true-blue mensch. The man behind Marvel's War Machine mask brought his politics to the Saturday Night Live stage on Feb. 16. He used fashion to make a statement, at one point introducing Gary Clark, Jr., the night's musical guest, while wearing a simple t-shirt adorned with the words "PROTECT TRANS KIDS." It was a well-received fashion choice, to say the least. shit like this is why he survived Infinity War pic.twitter.com/kvBDXQ6NXC — tweeter valentine (@MamoudouNDiaye) February 17, 2019 Sunday morning Twitter is flooded with support for Cheadle under the #ProtectTransKids hashtag.  Read more...More about Entertainment, Tv, Saturday Night Live, Don Cheadle, and Entertainment
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'Saturday Night Live' Weekend Update went in on Trump's wall
At one point during the latest Saturday Night Live, Weekend Update co-host Michael Che stared into the dark heart of the Donald Trump presidency and emerged to voice an immutable truth: "I am so tired of telling Donald Trump jokes." It was the realest moment Saturday Night Live has ever known. Also, there were a bunch of wall jokes. Please enjoy. Read more... More about Entertainment, Tv, Saturday Night Live, Weekend Update, and Entertainment
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A rambling 'SNL' cold open can't make sense of Donald Trump's fake national emergency
For Saturday Night Live's latest cold open, Alec Baldwin put on his Donald Trump mask and spent seven minutes recreating IRL Trump's sham press conference in which he unconvincingly presented his case for a fake national emergency. At least he was honest about it in SNL's version. The sketch is hardly an all-star by the show's standards, but it clearly hit close to home. On Sunday morning, Trump dinged NBC in a tweet and quickly followed it up with a return to his favorite "the media are the enemy of the people" chestnut, in all caps for good measure. Read more... More about Entertainment, Tv, Donald Trump, Saturday Night Live, and Alec Baldwin
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Take an extra 15% off select VPNs this weekend
It's no secret that there are a number of threats you could encounter when you go online — and no, we're not talking about that one weird Reddit thread you wish you could unsee. Malware, viruses, hackers, and other innovative forms of attack all pop up, and if you're like the average person you probably thoughtlessly use unsecured (a.k.a. free) WiFi connections all the time.  Protect your personal data while you browse with a VPN, a tool/service that completely encrypts your location and cloaks your browsing behaviors.  We've rounded up some of our top picks below — plus, plug in coupon code PREZDAY15 at checkout for an extra 15% off the sale price.  Read more...More about Cybersecurity, Vpn, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Stackcommerce, and Tech
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Colin Kaepernick settles collusion case with NFL
Colin Kaepernick and his former teammate, Eric Reid, have reached a settlement in their suit against the NFL.  The players sued the league in 2017, alleging it colluded to keep the players out of league in response to their protests — against police brutality and racial injustice — during the pre-game National Anthem, which drew the ire of President Donald Trump.  SEE ALSO: Colin Kaepernick's Pet Tortoise Is the NFL's Internet MVP Details of the settlement were not disclosed. In fact, it seems like we're destined to know very little about the terms of the deal, unless they leak out at some point. The NFL issued a brief, three sentence joint statement on the matter. Read more...More about Sports, Nfl, Culture, Colin Kaepernick, and Entertainment
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Samsung gives up on Blu-ray players in the U.S.
Samsung is throwing in the towel on Blu-ray players, in the U.S. at least. "Samsung will no longer introduce new Blu-ray or 4K Blu-ray player models in the US market," the company told CNET, in response to an earlier report in Forbes.  SEE ALSO: Welp, we now know almost everything about Samsung's Galaxy S10 lineup That doesn't mean you can't still get your hands on a Samsung Blu-ray player — retailers have plenty of older models in stock by the look of it — but if you were holding out for a new high-end player you'll have to go with another brand. As Engadget points out, there were already good reasons to opt for one of Samsung's competitors, anyway. Namely, that Samsung doesn't support Dolby Vision (it uses a different HDR standard). Read more...More about Tech, Gadgets, Samsung, Tech, and Consumer Tech
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Amazon invites Ocasio-Cortez to visit and see for herself how workers don’t pee in bottles
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been one of the most outspoken critics of Amazon's now-abandoned HQ2 plan for New York City, and now the online mega-retailer is hitting back... nicely. After the young congresswoman criticized Amazon over reports of the inhumane conditions faced by the company's warehouse workers, an Amazon exec responded with a denial and an offer: come visit our facilities and see for yourself. SEE ALSO: Amazon abandons HQ2 plan in New York City "Is that culture of 'strict performance why Amazon workers have to urinate in bottles & work while on food stamps to meet targets?'" Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. "'Performance' shouldn’t come at the cost of dehumanizing conditions. That’s why we got rid of sweatshops." Read more...More about Amazon, Politicians, Warehouses, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, and Tech
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Twitter still keeps archives of your DMs years after you deleted them
Uh-oh, this doesn't look good. You know how when you delete a Twitter DM and you're expecting it to, like, be erased and non-retrievable ever again? Turns out Twitter's still keeping archives of deleted DMs according to a security researcher who shared his discovery with TechCrunch. SEE ALSO: Brand Twitter, please stay away from the 2020 election Speaking with TechCrunch, security researcher Karan Saini discovered he was able to retrieve old Twitter DMs he had deleted years ago.  Saini says he found his old deleted Twitter messages from recipient archive folders belonging to Twitter accounts that were deleted. Twitter lets senders delete their DM messages, but the messages are only deleted from their end and not the recipient's (and vice versa). Read more...More about Twitter, Privacy, Security, Direct Messages, and Tech
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Save 60% off tons of online courses in honor of Presidents Day weekend
Oh Presidents' Day, the one day of the year when you can score mattresses at rock-bottom prices. We've decided to shake things up for 2019 and swap sleepy time for brain fuel: online courses, bundles, and e-learning packages.  Take your pick from this selection of hot courses and learn something new before Memorial Day comes around. Machine Learning and Data Science Certification Training Bundle ($1,600 value) Haven't you heard? The world revolves around machine learning and big data now. If you want to get in on the fun, this bundle breaks down the most head-scratch-inducing concepts into digestible lectures, allowing you to gain a deeper understanding of things like TensorFlow, Neural Networks, Clustering In R, and a whole lot more. Lost already? Read more...More about Presidents Day, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Stackcommerce, Shopping Onlinelearning, and Onlinelearning
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Apple's 'AirPods 2' might come in a stealthier black color
Since AirPods launched in late 2016, people have begged Apple to release them in a color other than white. After years, Apple might finally cave in to everyone's wishes. The latest rumor suggests Apple launch the second generation of its AirPods, tentatively called "AirPods 2," in black. SEE ALSO: Genius woman turns her AirPods into earrings so they won't get lost According to the Economic Daily News (via AppleInsider), Apple's supply chain has already started mass producing AirPods 2 in black as well as the AirPower wireless charging mat that has been delayed several times because of engineering challenges. Read more...More about Apple, Rumors, Wireless Earbuds, Airpods, and Airpods 2
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Out Magazine's latest issue celebrates women and non-binary femmes, and it's a blessing
This is One Good Thing, a weekly column where we tell you about one of the few nice things that happened this week. Between the loss of queer publication Into and the partial closing of AfterEllen, it's been a crushing few years for queer people in media. So it was downright uplifting to see Out Magazine feature the women and non-binary femmes otherwise known as the "Mothers and Daughters of the Movement" in its latest issue.  It's so rare to see this community represented in media, forget gracing a cover.  SEE ALSO: Miss Spain is the first-ever trans woman to compete in Miss Universe Here's how the editors of the magazine describe the "Mothers and Daughters:" Read more...More about Women, Culture, Lgbtq, Out Magazine, and Culture
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These are the Netflix shows Gen-Z thinks actually represent them
When it comes to entertainment, diversity has become one of those words repeated so often that it sometimes seems to have lost all of its meaning. Diversity in programming is often lauded as a goal for networks and, in the case of the world's most-watched streaming platform, Netflix, but as audiences grow more connected it's hard to pinpoint which shows are actually getting it right.  Generation Z, those who were born after 1996 and have barely known a world without WiFi and bingeable shows, experience an overabundance of choice when it comes to their entertainment needs. In coming years, theirs are the opinions that will be most important when determining which shows sink or fail. Read more...More about Netflix, Netflix Originals, Gen Z Tv, Entertainment, and Movies Tv Shows
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10 adorable videos of turtles eating strawberries
There is nothing quite as pure as watching animals try to eat cumbersome people food. Dogs and peanut butter, hamsters and crackers — it's a match made in viral video heaven.  But our personal favorite physical manifestation of cuteness comes in the form of turtles trying to eat strawberries. Their mouths are just too small to wrap completely around the strawberry, and their bodies too slow to chow down on the fruit. Adorable. SEE ALSO: 2018: The Year Humans Called Animals Hot If you need to purify your internet browsing experience, take a moment to watch these turtles take some fantastic nibbles.  Read more...More about Youtube, Animals, Culture, Viral Videos, and Turtles
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You absolutely must play 'Far Cry 5' before touching 'Far Cry: New Dawn'. Seriously, it's worth it.
Warning: One absolutely unavoidable (and major) spoiler for Far Cry 5 is below, but chances are you've already heard about it. Ah, the "standalone sequel." It's a tricky beast. Of course players want it to work. Heaven knows studios want it to work. Unfortunately, it rarely works.  Far Cry: New Dawn is no exception – but that is far from a bad thing. The latest Far Cry spinoff takes us back to Hope County, Montana, the setting for all of the events in its fifth main game. While we're dealing with a completely new story line, (almost) entirely different characters, and an elaborately re-skinned environment, newcomers shouldn't plan on enjoying this chapter sans Far Cry 5 knowledge. Note that I'm saying "shouldn't" and not "couldn't." Read more...More about Entertainment, Review, Sequel, Far Cry 5, and Far Cry New Dawn
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10 home essentials we're putting on sale for Presidents Day
No matter how you feel about the current leader of the free world on this here Presidents Day, we can all agree on this: There's no better way to honor George Washington, Abe Lincoln, Barack Obama, and company than by taking advantage of some stellar holiday sales. (After all, what's more inherently American than some good old-fashioned consumerism?) For a limited time, you can take an extra 15% off the following already-discounted household items in the Mashable Shop when you enter the coupon code PREZDAY15 at checkout: 1. Aquasonic PRO Toothbrush (with accessories) Plaque and odor-producing germs don't stand a chance against the Aquasonic PRO whitening toothbrush, which runs at 40,000 vibrations per minute and features four different working modes: clean, soft, whiten, and massage. Each ultrasonic toothbrush comes with six adaptive brush heads, a wireless charging glass (which doubles as a rinsing glass), and a convenient travel case. It's their most advanced toothbrush yet. Read more...More about Home, Presidents Day, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Stackcommerce, and Lifestyle
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How to save money: A step-by-step guide for millennials
Put down the latte and listen up: If you're like the millions of Americans living paycheck to paycheck, saving money needs to be on the top of your to-do list. Like, stat.  Understanding personal finance can be intimidating. You know how much money you make and you’re trying to save a little bit here and there, but the reality of mounting student loan bills and other living expenses can weigh heavily on millennials — which is why it’s difficult to think of the bigger picture. Listen: a personal finance app (or two or three) can be your best friend in terms of getting smarter about how you save — and spend — your money. (We recommending starting with YNAB, but more on that later.) Read more...More about Personal Finance, Millennials, Apps And Software, Mashable Shopping, and Tech
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Save an additional 15% off these CBD-infused gummies for Presidents Day
As we celebrate Presidents Day, we have a fun little trivia for you: did you know that George Washington grew hemp? We know what you're thinking, and nope, it's not that kind. The American Cincinnatus grew the type of hemp that turns into a rope, not the type you smoke. But now that we have your attention, allow us to direct you to something that is also (technically) made from hemp: CBD-infused gummies. SEE ALSO: What is CBD and where can you buy it? Here's everything you need to know. In case you haven't noticed, CBD (cannabidiol) is all the rage right now. Unlike its trippy cousin THC, CBD is believed to promote a sense of calm and overall wellness, and it's now found in a laundry list of items of varying levels of weirdness — from topical oil to sparkling water to scented candles to even mascara. Read more...More about Cbd, Presidents Day, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Stackcommerce, and Cbd Oil
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Why the Tesla Model 3 isn't branded as a Model 3
Look at the back of your car or the next car passing by. Unless it's an ultraluxury Lamborghini or something similar, you likely just saw which car company made the car (maybe a Honda) as well as which model it is (probably a Civic).  Now look at the backside of a Tesla Model 3, the electric car company's newest sedan. It's almost entirely bare, save for the Tesla logo above the license plate. (The dual motor version is badged and says "Dual Motor," so there are exceptions.) Its predecessors, Models X and S, out in 2015 and 2012, respectively, didn't get this same treatment — their names were prominently displayed on the backs of the car. But when the new Model 3s first started appearing out of factories and on roads in 2017 the only clue a car was the Model 3 was a Model 3 license plate frame from the dealership. Now that the cars are more abundant, the frames are coming off, and there's little to indicate which car it is. Read more...More about Design, Tesla, Model 3, Tech, and Transportation
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Never mind, the Oscars will air all the categories live after all
Just days after unveiling a plan to hand out certain Oscars during commercial breaks, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has decided it will air every Oscars category live after all.  "The Academy has heard the feedback from its membership regarding the Oscar presentation of four awards – Cinematography, Film Editing, Live Action Short, and Makeup and Hairstyling," said the organization in a statement. "All Academy Awards will be presented without edits, in our traditional format." SEE ALSO: 4 categories will be cut from Oscars broadcast This news comes after a meeting between Academy leadership, including president John Bailey, and "top cinematographers," reports Variety. Read more...More about Oscars 2019, Entertainment, and Movies Tv Shows
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Theranos HBO documentary trailer drops, and wow
Lies, paranoia, billions in alleged fraud, and potential jail time all hidden behind a Steve Jobs-style black turtleneck. You'd be forgiven for thinking the latest documentary from HBO, The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, was more fiction that fact.  But the film, which promises to chronicle the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes and her failed blood-testing company Theranos, is very much the latter.  The documentary premieres March 18 on HBO, and, if the intense trailer that dropped is any indication, is going to pack quite the punch. Get your popcorn ready.  Read more... More about Hbo, Trailers, Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes, and Tech
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Apple, Google pressured to drop Saudi app that lets men track and control women
Google and Apple are under pressure from human rights groups and a U.S. senator to remove from their stores an app called Absher. The app was created by the Saudi government and includes a feature that helps men monitor and control women who are under their guardianship, including wives and unmarried daughters. Saudi men have this right thanks to the country's oppressive guardianship laws, which mandate every woman has a male guardian to make critical life decisions on her behalf. That guardian can be a father, brother, husband, or son, according to Human Rights Watch. So men get the power to approve things like whether a woman applies for a passport, studies abroad, travels outside the country, or gets married. That system was already well in place before Absher'’s debut, but the app makes controlling women much more efficient.  Read more...More about Tech, Google, Apple, Saudi Arabia, and Apps And Software
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Guy scams his way into a free Outback steak by pretending his Valentine stood him up
A lonely guy pretended to get stood up on a romantic Valentine's Day dinner at Outback, wasted hours of a well-meaning but clueless server's night, and went home with a free meal. Outback even offered him another free meal — provided he bring a real date.  27-year-old Stephen Bosner spent Feb. 14 on a mission: To bring home a free steak. He made a reservation for two at America's favorite Australian-ish fast casual steakhouse, donned a suit jacket, and packed some tissue paper into plastic bag as a makeshift "gift." He walked in, dateless, and told the host that the 10-minute wait was fine because "she said she was running a bit late anyway.” Read more...More about Twitter, Valentine S Day, Scam, Culture, and Web Culture
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NBA Reddit is rightfully obsessed with Carly Rae Jepsen
The NBA fans of Reddit are a lighthearted bunch. Extremely internet meme-dom peppers the typical talk of games and trades and stats. But the r/NBA subreddit recently took the discussion in a surprising — and delightful — direction, concerning pop star, queer icon, and internet queen Carly Rae Jepsen. On Jan. 30, Reddit user u/NAD_83 shared the news that Jepsen would be singing the Canadian National Anthem at the NBA All Star game, which takes place this weekend, on Feb. 17. The news itself is not that surprising: Jepsen, who is Canadian, rose to fame after placing third on Canadian Idol in 2007. Read more...More about Reddit, Nba, Basketball, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Tech
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Sweet 'Star Wars: Episode IX' wrap photo is out-of-this-galaxy adorable
The release of Star Wars: Episode IX on Dec. 20 is still far, far away, but director J.J. Abrams is reassuring everyone that the last chapter in the Skywalker saga is well on its way towards theaters. In a tweet Friday morning, Abrams posted a photo of stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac in character, seemingly hugging it out. After months of filming, the image's caption announced the official end of photography for the project.  SEE ALSO: 10 movies we can't wait for in 2019 "It feels impossible, but today wrapped photography on Episode IX," reads the post. "There is no adequate way to thank this truly magical crew and cast. I'm forever indebted to you all."  Read more...More about Star Wars, Oscar Isaac, Daisy Ridley, J.J. Abrams, and John Boyega
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Trump shares SOTU parody which turns Democrats into cry babies like a very real president
Donald Trump is back at it again with the extremely un-presidential tweets. On Friday afternoon, hours after he held a press conference outside the White House to announce he was declaring a national emergency (even though he didn't need to) the president tweeted a parody State of the Union video in an effort to mock Democrats. The video, originally created by @carpedonktum, shows clips of Democratic members of Congress at Trump's State of the Union address set to that super emo R.E.M. song, "Everybody Hurts." The 2:20 video was posted to YouTube earlier this month and received more than 50,000 views, but it seems Trump just noticed — and it must have really spoken to him. Read more...More about Politics, Donald Trump, Democrats, R.E.M., and State Of The Union
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Mars looks dead, but don't count it out just yet
Mars' surface is a lifeless, unwelcoming desert. But beneath its red soil the planet still might be alive — geologically. Big space news broke in 2018: Using a ground-penetrating radar aboard a Mars satellite, a group of scientists detected a thin 12-mile lake thousands of feet beneath the Martian south pole. Now, researchers have put forward a paper arguing that if there is indeed a sizable briny-lake underneath this ice cap, hot molten rock (magma) must have oozed up near the surface and melted the ice.  Such underground volcanism would have happened in geologically recent time, perhaps a few hundred thousand years ago, or less.  Read more...More about Space, Science, Mars, Geology, and Volcanoes
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Amazon backs Rivian, the Tesla rival behind a new electric truck and SUV
Amazon is on a spending spree. Last week the online retailer invested in self-driving vehicle startup Aurora. On Friday, it announced it was the main investor in an upcoming all-electric truck and SUV company, Rivian. Amazon leads a group investing $700 million in the company, which debuted its R1T pickup and R1S SUV at the LA Auto Show in November. Amazon wants better delivery and logistics, making the electric technology that gives Rivian vehicles more than 400 miles of range very appealing. In a statement, Jeff Wilke, Amazon CEO of Worldwide Consumer, said, "We’re inspired by Rivian’s vision for the future of electric transportation." Read more...More about Amazon, Electric Vehicles, Pickup Truck, Rivian, and Tech
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We attended an AI's first art exhibit in NYC — Future Blink
Scientist Ahmed Elgammal went from doing artificial intelligence research to attending his first art exhibit in Chelsea. How? With the help of his creative partner AICAN, an nearly autonomous AI artist. Together they made stunning art that is molding the field of AI art and the art scene in general. We stopped by the Chelsea gallery to talk to Elgammal about how AICAN works, and of course, see the art. Read more...More about Art, Mashable Video, Future Blink, Ai Art, and Rutgers University
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Need a VPN to watch Netflix? TorGuard is ace and 50% off with this promo code.
Net Neutrality has been a corpse for nearly a year now, but we've gotten lucky: The shit storm we expected with internet providers slowing our speed or screwing with torrenting hasn't really hit us. Though there's a slight glimmer of hope, we aren't in the clear yet. And with the volatility of the current political climate, having a VPN to back you up is still a really good idea. SEE ALSO: How to unblock Netflix with a VPN Protect yourself on the cheap: TorGuard VPN is offering 50% off all of their subscriptions with code techbargains, dropping prices to as low as $4.99 per month or $29.99 for the year. Considering TorGuard gets some hate for being too expensive, so a half-off deal is super sweet. [Editor's note: Techbargains and Mashable are both owned by Ziff Davis.] Read more...More about Privacy, Net Neutrality, Vpn, Mashable Shopping, and Shopping Solo
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