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Researchers identify key RNA ‘gatekeeper’ in gene expression, pointing to possible new drug targets

Researchers have identified the first non-coding RNA that controls formation of chromosome loops, which govern gene expression. Jpx RNA was previously thought to be involved only in X chromosome inactivation, a necessary step in development of female embryos. This discovery could create new targets for drug developers. …read more

Fortnite’s new ‘Party Worlds’ put the focus firmly on socializing

Walnut World is one of the two debut Party Worlds. | Image: Epic

“Party Worlds” are new spaces coming to Fortnite which are designed to focus on socializing over combat, the game’s developer Epic Games has announced. “These are experiences that are designed as places for players to hang out, play fun mini-games, and make new friends,” the developer says, adding that Party Worlds cannot be centered on “combat or damage.”

To kick off the initiative, Epic has collaborated with community members fivewalnut and TreyJTH on a pair of example Party Worlds. One is an amusement park called Walnut World, and the second is called Late Night Lounge and has more of a nightclub vibe. The developer says it’s taking submissions for more community-made spaces. Just use the tag “Party World” for an island, and submit…

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The Morning After: DJI’s newest drone is all about the cameras

DJI’s newest, technically impressive (and expensive) drone is here. It addresses issues with visual quality, short flight time and a simplified flying experience. Judging by Associate Editor Steve Dent’s review, it’s an incredible drone, even if some features were missing at launch. The Mavic 3 is peerless when it comes to image quality — so that speaks to who it’s aimed at. It’s definitely not for the beginner drone dilettante, like me. Read our full review here and make sure to watch our (gorgeous) review, too.

— Mat Smith

Bethesda shows off more ‘Starfield’

Take a look at some concept art and footage from the sci-fi RPG.

There’s still roughly a year to go before Starfield launches on PC and Xbox Series X/S, but Bethesda has released a seven-minute Into the Starfield: The Endless Pursuit featurette to show off a lot of concept art and work-in-progress assets. Game director Todd Howard also offered a tease. He said Starfield has “two step-out moments.” Many other games typically only have one of those, in which the player sees the expanse of an open-world environment for the first time. Expect a leap from a planet to a galaxy to a universe. Or …read more

Nothing’s debut earbuds now come in black

The Ear 1 earbuds and case, now in black. | Image: Nothing

Nothing’s Ear 1 earbuds, which launched earlier this year in a fetching white and transparent plastic color scheme, will soon come in black. The new Nothing Ear 1 black edition still features transparent plastic in its construction, but now it’s accompanied by matte black plastic. The new color scheme will be widely available from December 13th at the same price as the original white versions: $99 / £99.

Aside from the new design, these earbuds are functionally identical to what Nothing released earlier this year. You still get up to 5.7 hours of battery life from the earbuds with noise canceling turned off, dropping to four hours if you turn it on. Alongside the case, you get a maximum of 34 hours. The earbuds are also IPX4 water…

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