Amir Karou

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Why Destiny Was The Best And Worst Game Of 2014

Bungie’s <i>Destiny</i> has inspired some of the most ambivalent thoughts I’ve ever had while clutching a gamepad.<p>Some people have said it’s the sort of game you either love or you hate. For me it’s much more of a love-hate relationship. It’s exactly what I want out of a video game, and yet its pieces are …

Game of Thrones

The Year in Fear: From Ebola to street violence to Comrade Kim

Superpower — ha! America spent 2014 scared of ISIS, Ebola, unarmed black men and North Korea’s Supreme Critic<p>There a lot of things about the Sony Pictures hack attack and the resulting cancellation of the Seth Rogen-James Franco movie “The Interview” that don’t make sense. It isn’t just that the …

New, controversial genetic engineering boosted in S.F. incubator

Color-changing flowers and cow-free milk may sound straight out of science fiction, but one venture capital firm is betting they’ll be the future of biotechnology before long.<p>Those are the kinds of quirky, yet potentially useful inventions that the Irish firm SOSventures wants to encourage by …

Biotechnology

Study Will Test Ebola Survivors' Blood to Treat Virus

A coalition of companies and aid groups announced plans Tuesday to test experimental drugs and collect blood plasma from Ebola survivors to treat new victims of the disease in West Africa. Plasma from survivors contains antibodies, substances the immune system makes to fight the virus. Several …

Disease

Remembering the Fall of the Berlin Wall: A Firsthand Account From a Flipboard Curator

<i>Flipboard’s curator for Germany, Stefanie Bastian, remembers the night the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 and suggests magazines to flip through in honor</i> …

How to make a diamond from scratch - with peanut butter

Understanding the way diamonds are formed deep in the Earth could explain how life evolved on our planet. So a team in Germany are attempting to forge the gemstones themselves, from carbon dioxide – and peanut butter. David Robson reports.<p>Every so often, Dan Frost hears a dull thud and his office …

Geology

Who Shot Bin Laden? A Tale of Two SEALs

Two different alumni of SEAL Team Six, the secretive group of highly trained warriors that killed Osama bin Laden three years ago, have been profiting off their role in the terror leader’s death since leaving the military.<p>Former Team Six member Matt Bissonnette, who wrote a bestseller under a …

National Security

FDA officials defend use of placebos during Ebola drug trials

FDAofficials speaking at a tropical medicine conference Wednesday said experimentalEboladrugs should be tested in randomized controlled trials -- a "gold standard" form of drug assessment that involves giving some ill patients a sham treatment, or placebo.<p>Addressing reporters at a session of the …

Disease

DOD Civilians Can Opt Out of the Ebola Quarantine

<b>Unlike military service members</b>, Defense civilian employees fighting Ebola abroad can opt out of a 21-day quarantine when they leave West Africa, …