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Brittany Roston is 88gadget.info's Entertainment, Health, and Science Editor. She has over a decade of experience writing about entertainment, health, and science for many media outlets.

Depression during pregnancy rewires child’s brain for emotional issues

Depression during pregnancy rewires child’s brain for emotional issues

A large body of research links prenatal depression -- that is, a mother who is depressed while pregnant -- and increased risks of developmental and behavioral issues in the offspring. Though the link has been established, the reasons for it have remained a mystery. A new study from the Society for Neuroscience has changed that, finding distinct brain changes in children born to depressed mothers.

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DARPA virtual dogfight will include battle between AI and human pilot

DARPA virtual dogfight will include battle between AI and human pilot

DARPA has revealed its plans for the final of three AlphaDogfight Trials, a competition that will -- this time around -- take place entirely online. Anyone will be able to register and stream the competition, giving them a chance to see the latest and greatest artificial intelligence algorithms compete against each other in fighter jets, as well as against a human fighter pilot who will use a simulator.

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Fortnite C2S3 may end with major HighTower event: Here’s what we know

Fortnite C2S3 may end with major HighTower event: Here’s what we know

Despite expectations otherwise, it seems that Fortnite's current Chapter 2 Season 3 (C2S3) may actually end on time, making it the first game season this year to hit its deadline. What makes this seem likely? A number of game data-miners, including some with long histories of accurate predictions, claim the next Fortnite update will be the last in the season, and it will pave the way for a major finale event referred to as 'HighTower.' Here's what we know so far.

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CDC has big plans for grapefruit ingredient that repels bloodthirsty bugs

CDC has big plans for grapefruit ingredient that repels bloodthirsty bugs

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced the discovery of a chemical found in grapefruit peels that can effectively repel bloodthirsty insects like ticks and mosquitos. The agency has big plans for this compound, which it has registered with the Environmental Protection Agency for use in insect repellants and insecticides. What's so special about this chemical? It works differently from existing insecticides, effectively killing pests that bite and, as a result, reducing the presence of bloodborne diseases like Lyme disease.

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Google Maps returns to Apple Watch and gets important CarPlay feature

Google Maps returns to Apple Watch and gets important CarPlay feature

Google has announced its latest update for Google Maps on iOS, bringing two important features: support for CarPlay's latest and greatest feature, as well as the return of an Apple Watch app for the navigation platform. The two additions are a welcomed change for users who are firmly within the Apple ecosystem, but who prefer to use Google's mapping app instead of Apple's.

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Nikon cameras can now be used as webcams with new official tool

Nikon cameras can now be used as webcams with new official tool

Nikon is the latest camera company to release software that enables it cameras to function as webcams, a necessity in our new remote-working world. Camera companies began releasing this new functionality several weeks ago as retailers experienced a shortage of high-quality webcams and many people were forced to find alternatives while working remotely.

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CBS may soon get its first comedy series set during the pandemic

CBS may soon get its first comedy series set during the pandemic

In addition to the pandemic's impact on movie and television production, many have speculated over how upcoming seasons and new shows will handle the topic -- will they go on like normal or will they incorporate the pandemic into their storylines? We're still not sure, but a new report claims that CBS will soon release its first show that will be relevant to these times.

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Feel dizzy when you stand up? That may be a dementia red flag

Feel dizzy when you stand up? That may be a dementia red flag

Individuals who experience dizziness when they stand up, as well as people who feel lightened upon standing, may be at significantly greater risk of developing dementia compared to those who don't suffer from this problem, according to a new study. The dizziness is the result of an issue called orthostatic hypotension, which refers to a drop in blood pressure that occurs when one goes from a sitting to standing position.

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Brawlhalla, a free alternative to Super Smash Bros, arrives on mobile

Brawlhalla, a free alternative to Super Smash Bros, arrives on mobile

Brawlhalla, a platform fighting game often compared to Super Smash Bros., has finally arrived on mobile after spending years on console and PC. The game has been available since 2017; it remains free to play and can be downloaded on all major platforms, including the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. As of late last week, the game is also available on iOS and Android -- and yes, it remains free on both platforms.

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ESPN+ is getting more expensive for new subscribers

ESPN+ is getting more expensive for new subscribers

Disney's ESPN+, the streaming version of the popular sports network, is getting a price increase...but only for new customers. Existing subscribers will continue to pay the $4.99/month rate they signed up for, but that will only last for around a year, after which point the price increase will roll their way, as well. ESPN+ remains a bundled option with Disney+ and Hulu, the trio of which cost $12.99/month combined.

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Original Quake game is now free, but only for this weekend

Original Quake game is now free, but only for this weekend

If you're feeling nostalgic, now is a good time to fire up the Bethesda Launcher. During this weekend, the original Quake game is free to download, giving players a chance to own the classic title for free. The promotion comes amid the QuakeCon 2020 event, which is taking place entirely online this year due to the pandemic. Quake was first released in 1996.

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NASA offers startling view of Beirut blast damage using satellite data

NASA offers startling view of Beirut blast damage using satellite data

On August 4, the city of Beirut experienced an enormous, incredibly tragic explosion that claimed numerous lives and caused widespread damage. Many videos of this event show the explosion from different angles, as well as the resulting impact, but it can be hard to comprehend the scope of the damage. Here to help with that is NASA, which has published a map showing the extent of damage caused by the Beirut explosion using satellite data.

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