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This 302 neuron Lego robot might be alive

Kate Knibbs over at our parent site shared this original article, which describes the way that artificial intelligence researchers at the OpenWorm …

Lego

Working nights or odd hours can sap mental function, study finds

Working an irregular schedule that includes afternoon and night shifts can seriously sap your brain power, new research shows.<p>For people who spent more than a decade on this type of rotating shift schedule, the effects were equivalent to 6.5 years of normal age-related cognitive decline, according …

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Why Popular Video Game 'League Of Legends' Is Bringing In $1 Billion

Riot Games, the company behind "League of Legends," has a very unconventional business model.<p>"League of Legends" — which is basically like a more-complicated video game version of capture the flag— is huge in the e-sports world. In January it boasted a staggering 27 million daily active players. …

League of Legends

How to quickly unsubscribe from 'liked' Facebook pages

I think one reason people get so fed up with Facebook is that their feeds get so cluttered with junk, they rarely see the things they actually care about -- you know, baby pictures, ice-bucket videos, and friendship-threatening political comments.<p>That clutter is usually the result of excessive …

League of Legends has an adorable new champion, and a reworked veteran

<i>League of Legends</i> developer Riot Games made two champion announcements today, revealing the cute but deadly Gnar and a rework of the songstress Sona.<p>Gnar, a fuzzy yordle born thousands of years ago (but then trapped in ice), comes in two forms: Mini Gnar, in which he is mobile and kites well, but …

Here's advice for League of Legends first-timers from the people who make it

We asked Riot Games employees — all of whom are required to play the company's game, <i>League of Legends</i> — the best advice they can give first-timers diving into the MOBA. Here's what they said:<p><b>Davin Pavlas, researcher:</b> "Above all else, <i>League</i> is a team game. Team play is the key to victory: Use wards …

Top 10 S Pen stylus apps for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2

The Note 2 is an unmissable phone, both in the sense of being ridiculously fully featured, and also being the size of a small cottage. Personally, I don't think I could go back to a normal-sized mobile.<p>Still, one common complaint among Note 2 users is how little their S Pen gets used. The S Pen is …

Watching this video makes you hallucinate without any drugs

The Illusion Lab created a fun illusion video that can cause some serious hallucinogenic effects just from watching the video. It only lasts for a …

Drugs

How to Brew Cannabis Tinctures (Eyedroppers Full of Happiness)

Now that you're good and deafened from last night's Independence Day celebrations, it's time to do something productive with your recovery day—like, …

You can now stream Steam from your PC to other, crappier computers in your home

It’s great to have a powerful PC gaming rig, but what if you want that same, high-fidelity experience on your crappy laptop? Well, with Steam In-Home Streaming, you now can.<p>Basically, Steam In-Home Streaming enables you to play games on one device while another handles all the computing. Right now, …

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If you've ever festered in iMessage purgatory, it might not have been for naught. An ex-Apple user is currently seeking a class action lawsuit for …

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Spurious Correlations finds the hidden, totally pointless connections between everything

Spurious Correlations is the virtual embodiment of a useful rhetorical cudgel: correlation does not equal causation. Sift through its data sets, and you'll find all sorts of statistics that can be mapped onto each other — margarine consumption and the divorce rate, crude oil imports and number of …

The Solar-Powered Fridge of 1937 Made Sunbeams Into Ice Cubes In 2 Hours

We often think of solar-powered devices as pretty new. But we’ve been harnessing the sun since long before the first practical solar cell was …

Da Vinci's String Organ Must Be Heard To Be Believed

The man who painted the Mona Lisa, and was the first to sketch out the helicopter and the submarine, also dabbled in music. So here's the question: What musical instrument did Leonardo da Vinci design?<p>There isn't an easy answer. His 15th-century sketches indicate something between a harpsichord and …

Riot outlines League of Legends Season 4 gameplay changes

Riot has began outlining <i>League of Legends</i> gameplay changes that will be expected before the start of Season 4, according to the game's Reddit forum.<p>The post, the first in the series to discuss the changes, goes over vision such as how sight-granting Wards will be overhauled and the addition of free …

17 Cover Songs That Are Way Better Than The Original

Among the most affecting songs out right now is Willie Nelson's cover of Coldplay's "The Scientist" for that wildly popular Chipotle commercial about sustainable food.<p>It got us thinking: what other cover songs are actually better than the original recording?<p>We wanted to gather 17 examples where an …

Stream Everything To Your Chromecast With This Clever Workaround

People are greedy. We just are. What we want is all the content. All the content streaming to our Chromecasts. And as the dog days of summer have …

Media Players

A Time Cloak Made from Lasers Can Erase Data from History

Time cloaks are so much cooler than invisibility cloaks because they use freaking time to hide things, not silly dumb vision tricks. This new method …

Compress

Some of Japan's Coolest Tech Innovations, by Dentsu's Kei Shimada

Think Japan’s not quite as innovative as it used to be? Kei Shimada, director of business development at advertising and PR firm Dentsu disagrees. At The Next Web Conference Europe 2013, he took to the stage to talk us through some of the innovations being worked on by his team and others in the …

How Wearable Computing Will Change Everything, Including Apple

Listen, you tech-savvy, trend-resisting cynic you. I want you to stop dismissing wearable computing as a pointless, narcissistic fad.<p>Wearable computing is not for people too lazy to look at their phones. It’s not a trendy toy for wealthy yuppies. And it’s not about joining Robert Scoble in the …

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