NASA OSIRIS-REx mission has one last step before asteroid touchdown

NASA has announced that its OSIRIS-REx mission has one final step to complete before it can perform its planned touchdown on asteroid Bennu. The space agency plans to perform this final step — a second rehearsal of the entire touchdown sequence — on August 11, this one similar to the Checkpoint rehearsal it performed back in April. This upcoming rehearsal … Continue reading Source: slashgear gaming

Quibi short-form video service just launched an ad-supported free tier

Short-form video streaming service Quibi — one that is designed to watch during short moments of free time using a smartphone — has had a bit of rocky start. Though millions of people downloaded the app shortly after it launched in early April, the service hasn’t caught on in any sort of significant way, raising questions over its viability in … Continue reading Source: slashgear gaming

Placebos can have a powerful effect even if they’re not a secret

The potential for placebos — ‘medications’ that don’t have an active ingredient, that is — is well-known, though the exact reasons for their effectiveness remains a mystery. Generally speaking, a placebo is kept a secret; the idea is that if the recipient knows they’re receiving a sugar pill or some other faux intervention, the positive effects will disappear. A new … Continue reading Source: slashgear gaming

Obesity has a terrifying effect on brain health and function, study warns

Being overweight or obese has a noticeable, alarming impact on brain health that impacts its function and paves the way for mental health issues and dementia, a new study warns. The research was based on brain scans from more than 17,000 people; the results were published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Key to the disruption is a change in … Continue reading Source: slashgear gaming

Twitter security bug on Android left some private messages exposed

Twitter has disclosed the discovery of a security bug that impacted only a small percentage of users, according to a brief note detailing the matter. According to the company, it has already fixed the bug, as expected, one that potentially left some private messages exposed to malicious actors who may have been aware of how to exploit the security issue. … Continue reading Source: slashgear gaming

DoorDash launches virtual DashMart convenience stores in select cities

A handful of big cities are the first markets to offer DashMart, a new type of virtual convenience store from online delivery service DoorDash. The company describes DashMart as a sort of general store for many smaller, common items from brands and restaurants that you may otherwise have to order individually elsewhere, or as part of a larger multi-store order … Continue reading Source: slashgear gaming

TikTok bans deepfakes over concerns about election interference

Controversial video-based social media platform TikTok has banned deepfakes from its platform, citing concerns about the use of the technology to interfere with elections and otherwise spread misinformation. The move comes amid concerns about TikTok and its alleged potential impact on national security, as well as the general vulnerability of social media platforms to manipulation and election interference. Deepfakes are, … Continue reading Source: slashgear gaming

American Heart Association warns marijuana is a ‘substantial’ health risk

The American Heart Association has published a new scientific statement warning that cannabis (“marijuana”) is not without health risks — and that some of them may be ‘substantial.’ The advisory comes at a time when a number of states and countries have legalized cannabis to various degrees, offering the opportunity to study the drug and its potential health benefits and … Continue reading Source: slashgear gaming

Canada just gave some people permission to use magic mushrooms

For the first time in decades, Canada has granted special permission that allows some people to consume psilocybin, the active ingredient found in magic mushrooms. This psychedelic has been increasingly studied for its potential to help resolve anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. One study, in fact, found that psilocybin helped terminal patients accept their mortality. Psychedelic compounds are … Continue reading Source: slashgear gaming