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Jess Weatherbed

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Jess Weatherbed is a news writer, and part of The Verge UK-based team. While passionate about the future of technology, she originally trained as a prosthetics makeup and wig-making technician, fuelled by a love of animatronics and practical movie effects.

Jess started her career at TechRadar, covering news and hardware reviews across computing, PC gaming and streaming. Additional bylines can be found at GamesRadar, PCGamer, Creative Bloq and Space.com.

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Delta is offering a special flight for solar eclipse fans.

The flight on April 8th has been adjusted for the next total solar eclipse to spend as much time as possible within the path of totality — the duration in which the Moon completely blocks out the sun.

Delta flight 1218 will be specifically operated on an A220-300, which will offer especially premium viewing due to the aircraft’s extra-large windows. The flight will depart from Austin at 12:15 p.m. CT and land in Detroit at 4:20 p.m. ET — timed to give those on board the best chance of safely viewing the solar eclipse at its peak.

Roundtrip tickets are currently priced at $1,357 in the main cabin, which is more than double the usual fare. Still, that might be worth it since according to NASA it’ll be the last total eclipse visible from North America until 2044.


Is “Adrian Dittmann” actually Elon Musk?

Dittmann has found media attention before due to sounding almost identical to the Tesla CEO, but after appearing on Alex Jones’s Infowars podcast, people now suspect that he may actually be Musk masquerading under a false name.

It's an uncanny vocal likeness, and it’s not like Musk doesn’t have a history of allegedly using burner accounts.


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US grants $1.5 billion to help make advanced chips in New York.

The Biden administration announced that GlobalFoundries — the only US-based company out of the five largest global chipmakers — has been awarded funding via the $52 billion CHIPS and Science Act.

GlobalFoundries will use the grant to upgrade its current facilities and help build a new fabrication plant at its headquarters in Malta, New York that will produce advanced chips that are typically made overseas.


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Scientists are extremely concerned about this rat's “dck.”

And for good reason — this, and several other nonsensical AI-generated images were openly credited to Midjourney in a peer-reviewed science paper published by the Frontiers Journal this week. The gibberish annotations and grotesquely inaccurate images it included are one example of the risks that generative AI poses to the accuracy of academic research.

Frontiers has responded and removed the offending paper:

Our investigation revealed that one of the reviewers raised valid concerns about the figures and requested author revisions. The authors failed to respond to these requests. We are investigating how our processes failed to act on the lack of author compliance with the reviewers’ requirements.


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Baldur’s Gate 3 just dropped its belated Valentine's Day gift.

As Larian promised, this latest patch is absolutely crammed full of new content and bug fixes for the game. The new companion smooches will hopefully appease fans who were collectively trolled by the studio earlier this week for assuming the patch would arrive on Wednesday.


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Ponder this (shiny) orb on the Vision Pro.

XR designer Greg Madison has created this chrome ball as a fun way to visualize how Apple’s headset can reflect lighting in augmented reality based on your real environment.

Reflection mapping is hardly new or unique to the Vision Pro, but Madison’s experiment is commendably easy to play with — just open the file in this Google Drive link while you’re wearing the headset.


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