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Ka-ching! Scholarships for slaying video game foes

CHICAGO (AP) — Note to parents: All those hours your kids spend blazing a trail of destruction in video games may not be a complete waste of time, …

Obama gets first 3D-printed presidential portrait

To his list of firsts, Barack Obama can add that he was the first U.S. President to have himself scanned and 3D printed.<p>Obama's 3D-printed bust and mold of his face were on display Wednesday (June 18) at the first-ever White House Maker Faire, a celebration of students and entrepreneurs who are …

Watch GLaDOS from 'Portal' explain the difference between fission and fusion

Do you know the difference between nuclear fission and nuclear fusion? Here's a teacher guaranteed to hold your attention in class. GLaDOS, the hilarious homicidal artificial intelligence from the <i>Portal</i> games, explains the two nuclear reactions in a new video produced by NASA. While she isn't …

Nuclear fusion: The ‘most complex machine ever built’

Our pick of the week from around the web, including the quest for nuclear fusion, the invasion of the taxi snatchers and new uses for Bitcoin.<p>Cognitive science explained<br>Jason Shepherd | The Conversation | 27 February 2014<br>Brisk tour of current research. There may be effective treatments for …

Why Bitcoin Needs More Women

There's really no such thing as an average Bitcoin user.<p>That's according to Lui Smyth, a London-based Bitcoin researcher who surveyed more than 1,000 Bitcoin users last year to get a demographic picture of the community. (He’s doing another survey this year.)<p>Smyth found Bitcoin users are atheists …

WitStar self-driving car aims to prove safety with goldfish

We can <i>almost</i> see the logic: if you had any fear a car was going to crash, would you build a fish tank into the rear armrest?<p>This is how the Guanzhou …

The secret Hong Kong facility that uses boiling goo to mine Bitcoins

A single bitcoin is now worth over $1,000, but the process of mining for the digital currency — in which people devote computing power to facilitate global Bitcoin transactions and secure the currency's network — is growing increasingly expensive. Serious miners have started to build dedicated …

A 60-Year-Old Technology Offers A Solution To A Modern Problem

Tape is the oldest computer storage medium still in use. It was first put to work on a UNIVAC computer in 1951. But although tape sales have been falling since 2008 and dropped by 14% in 2012, according to the Santa Clara Consulting Group, tape's decline has now gone into reverse: sales grew by 1% …

Consumer drones are coming, and they will change everything

Advertisement<p>30 Comments<p>I recently spent a week flying the DJI Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter. It’s a 2.5 pound drone with an attached camera and easy …

Meat Mummies: How Ancient Egyptians Prepared Feasts For Afterlife

Meat mummies.<p>It's a word pairing that is, I dare say, pretty rare. Who among us has heard those two words together? What, indeed, could a "meat mummy" be?<p>Indiana Jones, of course, would have known the answer right away. A meat mummy is a section of animal prepared as if for eating, then bandaged …

Can Organisms Evolve The Ability To Evolve?

A new study finds that natural selection selected for flexibility in one bacteria species.<p>Can things evolve to evolve? Okay, so that sounds like a cheesy line from a self-help book, but what I'm talking about here is actual biological evolution. Depending on the situation, evolution is obviously …

We must become a multi-planet species

The technology to reach nearby planets is possible, and one astronaut thinks we must colonise other worlds for our long-term survival.<p>One person who would like to see humans living outside the Earth in our lifetime is former astronaut Jeff Hoffman. The technology to reach nearby planets is …

Carbon Dioxide

Baby born 92 days after mother is declared brain dead

Hungarian doctors kept a baby alive in its mother's womb 92 days after she had been declared brain dead<p>Doctors at a <b>Hungarian</b> hospital have delivered a premature but healthy baby 92 days after the child’s mother was declared brain dead.<p>The 32-year-old mother had suffered a catastrophic stroke during …

Can games create an education fit for the future?

Imagine a school where playing video games is encouraged during classes and may even replace exams. A new educational programme uses SimCity to test children on vital problem-solving skills.<p>Video games usually get in the way of homework. GlassLab, however, is a collaboration between educators and …

Education

A Rare New Bacterium Thrives In Spacecraft Cleanrooms

A recently discovered bacterium thrives in the cleanest places on Earth—where spacecraft are assembled.<p><i>Tersicoccus phoenicis</i> is no ordinary microbe. This rare bacterium can withstand chemical cleaning, ultraviolet rays, and a dearth of nutrients to live in some of the most sterile places around: …

Microbiology

Nvidia Launches GTX 780 Ti -- Faster Than Titan For $300 Less

The vicious tug of war for dominance between graphics card manufacturers AMD and Nvidia continues today with the launch of Nvidia’s GTX 780 Ti, a $699 card billed as “the best gaming GPU on the planet.” Thus begins a series of articles determining if enthusiast gamers can put their faith in that …

Google Employees Confess The Worst Things About Working At Google

Well, take a look at this Quora thread, which is being used by current and former Google employees to dish the dirt on working for Big G.<p>We've edited some of the standout comments into this excerpt.<p><b>Everyone is awesome, so they can hire the very best people to do even the most mundane jobs.</b><p>"The …

Scientists Prove God Exists? German Scientists Say They Have

Two scientists believe that they have proven that God exists.<p>Analyzing a theorem from the late Austrian mathematician Kurt Gödel with a Macbook has …

Ozone hole 2013

The ozone hole over the South Pole on September 16, 2013. The ozone hole was slightly smaller in 2013 than the average for recent decades.<p>The ozone …

This Portable Blowtorch Uses Only Water As Fuel

UK-based researchers say their new system is safer and cooler than other gas-fueled metal-melters.<p>Researchers from ITM Power, a UK-based clean energy company, say their new blowtorch prototype produces fire using only water as fuel. The electrolyser system turns hydrogen and oxygen gases from water …

One Step Closer To Dark Matter

The dark universe is out there--and today scientists got a little closer to finding it.<p>Evidence has been building for decades that most of the matter in deep space is invisible. The gravitational pull of unseen dark matter bends light from distant regions of the cosmos. It keeps galaxies like our …

Zombies, cognitive dissonance and you

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a terrible sleeper. I wake up regularly through the night, toss and turn in bed, and generally annoy my wife by inadvertently waking her up. It also means I’m pretty much tired all the time during waking hours. Keeping myself awake and alert so that I can …

A Brief History of Life on Mars

David Bowie is far from the only person to wonder about life on Mars. From microbes to Martians, we examine the topic with all due gravity.<p>David Bowie is far from the only person to wonder about life on Mars. From microbes to Martians, we examine the topic with all due gravity.

David Bowie

Are Oreos really as addictive as cocaine?

No. No, they're not.<p>It seems like everything can make us addicted these days. Our iPhones. The internet. Oreos. But just because something is pleasurable and causes a relevant reward area of your brain to light up does not mean that it is addictive.<p>An addiction is like a compulsion, where you …

Nanotech roundup: electricity from sewage, and self-cleaning solar panels

Poopy power<p>One resource we are never short of is wastewater. It contains plenty of organic matter that could still produce useful energy, but the challenge is to do this efficiently.<p>An attractive way is to enlist the help of microbes, which have already been optimised by natural selection over …

Google's Quantum AI Lab adds quantum physics to Minecraft

There is seemingly no end to the number of things you can do in <i>Minecraft</i> — and the latest thing is experimenting with quantum physics. A new mod called <i>qCraft,</i> built by none other than Google's Quantum AI Lab Team, adds blocks that exhibit quantum entanglement, superposition, and observer-dependency …

Eve: Valkyrie -- The Future Of Immersive Virtual Reality Gaming Experience

I recently spoke via international phone conference with Owen O’Brien, <i>Eve: Valkyrie</i>‘s Executive Producer, and Sigurður Gunnarsson, one of the founders and the game’s senior programmer, about CCP Games’ upcoming virtual reality space dogfight game. O’Brien and Gunnarsson shared their thoughts with …

Duncan Jones presenting BlizzCon panel on World of Warcraft movie

<i>Moon</i> and Source Code director Duncan Jones will present a panel on the World of Warcraft movie at BlizzCon 2013.<p>"Please join the <i>Warcraft</i> movie director, Duncan Jones, along with key Blizzard developers as they discuss the thrilling collaborative process of translating Azeroth's game world to the …

No time to lose (or win): Coping with being an adult gamer

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>Mr. Takahashi’s article about gamers who don’t finish games really hit home. For all of my love of video games, I certainly classify as a lapsed gamer. I am a …

The Panda Cam Is Coming Back [Video]

And here is a video of what you were missing.<p>Oh, wonderful day. The government shutdown ended last night, which means the Smithsonian National Zoo's panda cam, inexcusably deemed "non-essential" and thus turned off, is returning to fill our hours with joy. The organization posted this video of a …