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Open source video player VLC will get a new UI this year with 4.0 launch

Open source video player VLC will get a new UI this...

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Enlarge / An orange traffic cone has long been the logo and symbol for VLC media player. News website Protocol ran an extensive piece on the history and status of the popular open source video player VLC, and the story includes new details about the next major version of the software. Among other things, VLC…
Biomarkers are how cancers give up their secrets

Biomarkers are how cancers give up their secrets

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Animated by Hannah Folz. Click here for transcript. We’re kicking off a new video series focusing on science, and we’re starting with the science of cancer treatment. There are a lot more options for cancer treatment than there used to be, but new treatments are often more effective because they only work in specific situations.…
An extended Blade Runner interview with Westwood co-founder Louis Castle

An extended Blade Runner interview with Westwood co-founder Louis Castle

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Edited by Jeremy Smolik. Click here for transcript. As 2020 draws to a close, we've still got a couple of extended-edition "War Stories" videos to release, and this one's been a while coming. We had a great time last year talking to Westwood's Louis Castle—so much so that we actually got two videos out of…
VIDEO: How To Protect Yourself From Coronavirus That Can Linger In The Air

VIDEO: How To Protect Yourself From Coronavirus That Can Linger In...

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We all know that if someone with the coronavirus coughs or sneezes on you, you're at risk of catching it. But even when we speak or laugh or breathe, particles come out of our noses and mouths. Big bits of spittle can fly out when you're shouting and singing, along with respiratory droplets and tiny…
War Stories: How Diablo was almost a turn-based strategy game

War Stories: How Diablo was almost a turn-based strategy game

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Produced by Justin Wolfson, edited by Jeremy Smolik. Click here for transcript. The year 1997 means a lot of things to me—it's not only the year I met my wife, but it's also the year wherein I sacrificed hundreds of evenings and nights to Diablo, the newly released grandpappy of loot lottery games. No game…
This ‘Stay Calm’ Video Series Is Great for Expectant Moms

This ‘Stay Calm’ Video Series Is Great for Expectant Moms

Photo: AePatt Journey (Shutterstock)Pregnancy can be a time of joy and fear, excitement and stress—sometimes all at once. There are more resources online for pregnant women than ever before, but sometimes it’s nice to actually see and hear someone else’s experiences, especially during a time when we’re all so physically isolated. That’s why Very Well…
NASA video reveals haunting beauty of sunsets on other planets

NASA video reveals haunting beauty of sunsets on other planets

This composite image shows a sunset view from the International Space Station in April 2016. NASA astronaut Jeff Williams snapped the series of photos that went into making this look at the sun reflecting on the ocean with an accompaniment of clouds.  NASA We're all familiar with the glorious glow of sunset on Earth, but…
Boomshakalaka: How the original NBA Jam caught fire through chaos

Boomshakalaka: How the original NBA Jam caught fire through chaos

Directed by Justin Wolfson, edited by Aulistar Mark and Jeremy Smolik. Click here for transcript. How did NBA Jam overcome a rocky launch and become one of the arcade era's all-time biggest hits? How did its developers move past a serious "digitization" screw-up? And where's the legendary original version featuring Michael Jordan and Ken Griffey,…
VIDEO: What Is Contact Tracing And How Does It Stop The Pandemic?

VIDEO: What Is Contact Tracing And How Does It Stop The...

NPR YouTube You may have never heard the phrase "contact tracing" before. Now it's a part of the daily conversation about the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Robert Redfield, the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has said contact tracing is key to halting the spread of the disease. It's not a new…
Generating Game of Thrones characters in Skyrim’s character creator

Generating Game of Thrones characters in Skyrim’s character creator

Directed by Joe Pickard, edited by Brady Jackson. Click here for transcript. Getting creative with the character creator in RPGs is kind of like the game before the game—so much so that often I'll spend more time there than I do actually playing through an RPG's tutorial section. Finding just the right jaw line, just…

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