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The Suicide Squad’s Polka-Dot Man Has Absolutely Horrific Powers
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The Suicide Squad’s Polka-Dot Man Has Absolutely Horrific Powers

David Dastmalchian as the Polka Dot Man.Screenshot: Warner Bros. In James Gunn’s upcoming The Suicide Squad, a bevy of classic DC villains—like Bloodsport, Peacemaker, and King Shark—all make make their big-screen debuts as part of the latest incarnation of Amanda Waller’s morally suspect black ops team. Most everyone on the squad has skills that make...

NASA Identifies ‘Possible Cause’ of Hubble Glitch
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NASA Identifies ‘Possible Cause’ of Hubble Glitch

The Hubble Space Telescope.Image: NASA The Hubble recovery team thinks it’s finally tracked down a problem that’s kept the space telescope out of commission for over a month. Advertisement The problem started on June 13, when an onboard computer suddenly ground to a halt. All science instruments on Hubble went into safe mode as a...

It’s Beluga Cam Time
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It’s Beluga Cam Time

Belugas!Photo: Barbara Nielsen/Polar Bears International Beluga cam is back, baby. That means you can once again catch a glimpse of the estimated 57,000 Beluga whales that migrate from the Arctic to the warmer waters of Manitoba’s Churchill River every summer. You can check it out here, and you should do so right now. Advertisement Two...

Casio Is Re-issuing the Futuristic Digital Watch Ripley Wore In Alien
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Casio Is Re-issuing the Futuristic Digital Watch Ripley Wore In Alien

Image: Casio When people think of iconic timepieces used as movie props, the Seiko Giugiaro 7A28-7000 worn by Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley in James Cameron’s Aliens always comes to mind. But the character wore another vintage timepiece in Ridley Scott’s original Alien too, which Casio is now re-issuing just like Seiko did. Advertisement It might...

Man in China Hospitalized After Contracting Bird Flu
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Man in China Hospitalized After Contracting Bird Flu

Image by Futurism A man in China was hospitalized after contracting the H5N6 strain of avian flu, The New York Times reports, a reminder that SARS-CoV-2 isn’t the only virus that can pose a threat to human health. The 55-year-old man, from a city in the southwestern province of Sichuan, experienced a fever and tested positive...

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SPACs keep rolling as autonomous vehicle startup Aurora targets blank-check debut with $13B valuation

Aurora Innovation, the autonomous vehicle startup that acquired Uber’s self-driving unit in December, is going public via a merger with special purpose acquisition company Reinvent Technology Partners Y. The deal announced Thursday confirms TechCrunch’s reporting in June that the startup was in final talks with the SPAC launched by LinkedIn co-founder and investor Reid Hoffman,...