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Russia’s War on Ukraine Chills Arctic Climate Science

CLIMATEWIRE | For much of his career, Alaska-based scientist Vladimir Romanovsky has collaborated with colleagues back home in his native Russia on one of the most important — and enigmatic — aspects of Earth’s climate system.They’ve been monitoring gradual shifts in Arctic permafrost, a type of carbon-rich frozen soil common in the chilliest parts of the world.But in the last two years, these collaborations have grown cold.On supporting science journalismIf you're enjoying this article, consider supporting our…

BYD launches new Dolphin EV priced at $14K sparking price war

BYD launched the new Dolphin Honor Edition with more performance, an improved design, and an even lower price tag. The new BYD Dolphin EV starts at $13,900 (99,800 yuan), fueling the automaker’s declared price war on ICE cars. Meet the new BYD Dolphin EV Honor Edition After declaring a price war with gas-powered vehicles earlier this week, BYD is launching what could be its most important EV yet. The new model is BYD’s cheapest Dolphin so far, starting under $14,000 (99,800 yuan). Since…

Battlefront’s New Classic Collection Is a Chance to Return to the Deadliest Bridge in Star Wars History

What is the most brutal battlefront in Star Wars history—the sands of Geonosis? The harsh icewinds of Hoth? The teddy bear-infused terror of Endor’s forests? The dark nights of Umbara? The answer we’re looking for was delivered 20 years ago in one of the all-time classic Star Wars games: this bridge.This week Lucasfilm and Aspyr confirmed that the 2004-2005 shooters Battlefront and Battlefront II—not to be confused with Battlefront (2015) and Battlefront II (2017), the reboot of the franchise by Battlefield developer…

‘Final Fantasy VII Rebirth’ Is a Beautiful Idea at War With Itself

In the luddite days of the Nineties, there were a handful of ways to discover a new video game: You could hear about it in the schoolyard from that one kid who swore that their older brother got a copy straight from Japan. You could read about it from a more legitimate source, like a magazine you picked up at Borders. Or you could inevitably stumble across a commercial on TV. That last one, that’s how I discovered the original Final Fantasy VII. But unlike other game commercials that relied on near-traumatic, Nine Inch…

PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan names God of War Ragnarök his favorite PS5 game – Destructoid

In September 2023, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan announced his departure. He will be succeeded by Sony’s current chief operating officer Hiroki Totoki, who Ryan expresses full confidence in. In an interview with Variety, he lists his favorite titles from each PlayStation generation for a little fun. Can’t say it’s a question that doesn’t pique my curiosity. God of War Ragnarok gets the thumbs up from him for the PS5 era. Not a bad choice from Ryan, though Ragnarok is one of those titles I keep getting…

U.S. Charges Yakuza Leader Over Alleged Plot to Send Nuclear Materials to Iran

Takeshi Ebisawa, a purported leader in Japan’s Yakuza crime syndicate, was charged on Wednesday with trying to sell undercover DEA agents nuclear materials that he believed would eventually make their way to Iran. Why was it the DEA who nabbed Ebisawa? The Yakuza leader first tried to sell them drugs and surface-to-air missiles.What Drew Noomi Rapace to Constellation?The news comes from the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, who alleges Ebisawa started sending photos of “rocky substances” along…

The New Civil War Trailer Sets Lincoln’s Legacy on Fire

We’ve already gotten one scary look at Civil War, and the new trailer for Alex Garland’s near-future action thriller is just as chilling—it’s light on fresh plot details, but heavy on disturbing atmosphere. America has splintered into factions at war with each other, with civilians, cities, and even beloved national monuments in the crosshairs.Happy, uh, Presidents Day? Along with Kirsten Dunst (as a journalist on the front lines) and Nick Offerman (as the President of the United States, such as they are), the cast…

Masters of the Air is the best series launch Apple TV Plus has ever had and it hasn’t even finished airing yet — Steven Spielberg-produced…

Despite launching only a few weeks ago, Masters of the Air is already Apple TV Plus’ biggest show ever and it’s not even close. As reported by Variety, Masters of the Air received more viewers in the opening weekend than any other show on Apple TV Plus has received in their entire first season. This places it above hits like Ted Lasso, Slow Horses, Severance, Invasion, and Hijack. Also in that report, it was revealed that “viewership across all of Apple TV Plus climbed by 65% worldwide when compared to the previous…

Drones have changed the face of war in Ukraine—but not outcomes

Drone warfare in UkraineThe drone war in Ukraine is evolving in ways that differ from how other countries, especially the United States, use UAVs.First, the U.S. uses drones globally, and often in conflict zones that are not recognized by the United Nations or do not have U.S. troops on the ground. Unlike this pattern of “over-the-horizon” strikes, Ukraine and Russia use drones during an internationally recognized conflict that is bounded by their borders.Second, the U.S. operates armed and networked drones, such as the …