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Nintendo released Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s seventh major update Wednesday night. The patch added Byleth from Fire Emblem: Three Houses to the list of fighters, but also brought some of the most controversial balance changes to the game since its December 2018 release.

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Mind and Body

DNA tests can amplify racist views, new study shows

Scientists argue for better genetic knowledge.

In 2018, 26 million people bought genetic ancestry tests in an effort to illuminate their family history. In turn, they were emailed percentages and pie charts — tools that morph complicated population genetics into bite-sized takeaways. The presentation of consumer genetics is simple. What's complicated is what comes after that genetic knowledge is filed into an inbox.

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Devs release date, trailer, cast of Alex Garland's chilling sci-fi show

The series finds Nick Offerman at the center of a mind-boggling conspiracy.

Devs marks Alex Garland’s television debut and the upcoming drama will delve into a mystery centered on advanced technology's effects on mankind. The imaginative writer-director behind Ex Machina and Annihilation, Garland's next foray into sci-fi looks trippy.

Garland conceived and wrote the series long before it went into production. With a cast led by Nick Offerman, Devs aims to be both chilling and thought-provoking. Here’s everything we know about the upcoming series:

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Captain's Log

Here's exactly when you can watch 'Star Trek: Picard' Episode 2 on CBS All Access

What's next for Jean-Luc after his unforgettable encounter with Dahj?

The premiere episode of Star Trek: Picard, "Remembrance," kicked off in dramatic style, revealing that Patrick Stewart's storied Admiral left Starfleet in protest after an android rebellion on Mars. He's not quite the doddering retiree we saw in the far-future segments of the Next Generation finale, "All Good Things," though he's definitely got a sizeable chip on his shoulder. The arrival of a young woman named Dahj, who bears a striking resemblance to an old painting made by Data, shakes Jean-Luc out of his humdrum existence at Chateau Picard.

In the second episode, Jean-Luc begins his search for an old "friend" of Data's named Bruce Maddox, along with Dahj's sister, Soji. Wondering when you can tune in to Picard episode 2, "Maps and Legends"? We've got you covered.

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Tough AF

Dinosaurs literally walked on fire — study

Fossilized footprints reveal dinosaurs thrived in the Karoo Basin, a region in South Africa — despite the fact that it was full of lava.

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From what we know about early Earth, dinosaurs put up with some wild circumstances — toxic plants, underwater magma, and that's before the asteroid that ultimately wiped them out. And to thrive in these intense conditions, they evolved some nifty skills — like the ability to walk on fire.

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Drip

Soft, flesh-like robots are better than you at sweating.

It's slightly gross and one of humanity's best evolutionary traits. Robots are catching on.

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Hard to swallow

A common elementary school infection is evolving dangerous new abilities

The bacteria that cause strep throat are on the road to antibiotic resistance.

Strep throat is so common that pathologist Dr. James Musser calls it an "occupational hazard of attending elementary school." But while it's a familiar illness, it's also morphing into something new. Around the world, slowly but surely, it's becoming harder to cure. That's a problem when you consider how there are about 616 million new cases of strep throat every year.

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To get a sense of just how chaotic the Sun truly is, scientists have released the most detailed images of the Sun ever taken. Our host star is wild.