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Is The Chinese Game Industry Years Ahead Of The West?

<i>This is a guest post written by Jazy Zhang, the Chief Financial Officer of Giant Interactive Group.</i><p>People in the game industry often say that Chinese game companies are five years ahead of their western counterparts. While western game makers have traditionally led the way in terms of technology, …

Nyko's PS4 Modular Charging Station Looks Like The Cure For Your Ailing DualShock 4 Controllers

Sony's DualShock 4 is unquestionably the most comfortable and ergonomically designed gamepad the company has ever produced. But I frequently imagine my pair of DualShock 4 controllers casting jealous eyes at my Xbox One controller, coveting its marathon battery life. Ok perhaps that’s just me. …

Will Genetic Alterations Modify Human Society?

<i>“Keep in mind, this child is still you. Simply, the best, of you. You could conceive naturally a thousand times and never get such a result.”</i> – Fictional geneticist in the 1997 film Gattaca.<p>As a side effect of science fiction novels, many of us find ourselves with an outlook of the future that’s …

Top iPhone games gone free for

Our daily list of best iPhone games gone free is compiled using our proprietary algorithm to find you the very best apps that have just gone free …

New map shows where the Milky Way galaxy is inside its supercluster

For the first time, scientists have pinpointed where our galaxy stands amongst thousands of other galaxies in our home supercluster. The new map …

Not every house has rooms that turn 90 degrees, but this one does

It would seem that when Iran isn't busy putting the kibosh down on social media, its architects are designing some pretty crazy ways to beat the weather. Case in point: a seven-floor house in Tehran with three rectangular rooms that can rotate up to 90 degrees in accordance with the season. As <i>Slate</i> …

Moto 360 Smartwatch Is Gorgeous, But Wait for Version 2

Motorola’s Moto 360, the most eagerly anticipated Android Wear device, is finally on my wrist. Aside from whatever Apple is building, it may be the …

Leap Motion Dives Into Virtual Reality

Leap Motion has continued to improve the software on its gesture-based controller, which allows you to interact with computers purely through hand …

APOD: NGC 7023: The Iris Nebula (2014 Aug 02) Image Credit & Copyright: Jimmy Walker http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140802.html Explanation: These clouds of interstellar dust and gas have blossomed 1,300 light-years away in the fertile star fields of the constellation Cepheus. Sometimes called the Iris Nebula, NGC 7023 is not the only nebula in the sky to evoke the imagery of flowers, though. Still, this deep telescopic view shows off the Iris Nebula's range of colors and symmetries in impressive detail. Within the Iris, dusty nebular material surrounds a hot, young star. The dominant color of the brighter reflection nebula is blue, characteristic of dust grains reflecting starlight. Central filaments of the dusty clouds glow with a faint reddish photoluminesence as some dust grains effectively convert the star's invisible ultraviolet radiation to visible red light. Infrared observations indicate that this nebula may contain complex carbon molecules known as PAHs. The pretty blue petals of the Iris Nebula span about six light-years. http://jwalk.smugmug.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140802 #APOD

Guess Who's Been Waiting In The Lobby For A Hundred Million Years?

Sometimes the quiet ones surprise us.<p>Take moss — those fuzzy green pads you see on the sides of old trees, or hanging onto rocks. Who notices moss? It's just ... there, doing whatever it does — so slowly, so terribly slowly, that nobody bothers to think about it. Moss creeps up tree bark, sits …

Week's Best Space Pictures: Galaxies Stretch, Stars Tilt, and Mars Beckons

Secrets of a frozen moon, gravity playing tricks on galaxies, and the watery past of a desert world are spotlighted in this week's best space pictures.

Gas Cloud Wrapped in Dark Matter Is Like a Speeding Cosmic Burrito

Wrapped in dark matter, an object known as the Smith Cloud is hurtling toward the Milky Way at more than 150 miles per second. Now 8,000 light-years away, the gassy clump of hydrogen is expected to smash into the galaxy in about 30 million years.<p>But that won’t be the first time this blob of gas has …

The Gift Of Graft: New York Artist's Tree To Grow 40 Kinds Of Fruit

It sounds like something out of Dr. Seuss, but artist Sam Van Aken is developing a tree that blooms in pink, fuchsia, purple and red in the spring — and that is capable of bearing 40 different kinds of fruit.<p>No, it's not genetic engineering. Van Aken, an associate professor in Syracuse University's …

Nasa Mars Makers Competition: Beautiful 3D-Printed Martian Base Designs

Nasa and 3D printer company MakerBot set up an unusual competition in June, inviting MakerBot users to design a 3D-printable model of a Martian base …

NASA successfully tests microwave thruster, paving the way for speedier space travel

As with airplanes and many other self-powered machines, the fuel a shuttle engine requires can weigh nearly as much as the object it's propelling, increasing costs while significantly limiting range. It's a challenge we're going to need to overcome before launching long-distance treks through …

Gaia Online creators launch NSFW spinoff Tentacl

The creators of the popular online community Gaia Online have decided to grow up along with their audience. The result is Tentacl, "an uncensored, …

Console gaming is approaching an evolutionary dead end

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>The “next gen” consoles are now current generation, and sales have been fairly disappointing. The largest problem is a two pronged attack from the worlds of …

Crave Ep. 168: Man-made leaf could breathe air into buildings, spaceships

<b>Subscribe to Crave:</b><p>This week on Crave we are road trippin' with the Lechal haptic shoe, which guides you in the right direction. We dream about traveling where no man has gone before with the help of a man-made leaf that converts carbon dioxide to oxygen. And we check out the "Guardians of the …

The Only Guide to PS4 vs Xbox One You'll Ever Need

<i>This post is in partnership with Trusted Reviews. The article below was originally published at TrustedReviews.com.</i><p>With both the Xbox One and PS4 now …

The Incoherent Fight Against Videogame Piracy

I was 18 the first time I gave up on videogames. It wasn’t that I stopped caring about them or didn’t play them anymore, but I had gradually found myself outside the culture and economy that propelled them forward. The Sony PlayStation had just been released at a price of $299, and the SEGA Saturn …

EmDrive Is an Engine That Breaks the Laws of Physics and Could Take Us to Mars

An experimental engine is gaining acceptance among scientists, and could introduce a new era of space travel — it only had to break a law of physics …

NASA says puzzling new space drive can generate thrust without propellant

A NASA study has recently concluded that the "Cannae Drive," a disruptive new method of space propulsion, can produce small amounts of thrust without …

Space Travel

Google Reportedly Working On A Cases Customization Tool Called Workshop

According to a new report, Google is working on a new customization tool known as Workshop, which will give users the ability to create customized …

9 Ways Google Is Changing The World

When asked if Microsoft could learn a thing or two from X Labs, Nadella retorted that there's always something to learn from "from people who market themselves well."<p>He was right to some degree. Project X creates a lot of hype for Google even though most of those projects aren't quite ready for the …

Google Search

Totem VR creator True Player Gear changes name | PC Invasion

True Player Gear continue to work on their VR headset but there’s a name change.<p>No longer called True Player Gear, the company has decided to change …

Foldable, Bendable And Bright: The Future Of Displays

The desire for better display technology is insatiable. Foldable, bendable displays have been in our collective conscious for nearly a decade, but things are heating up and speeding up. A few months ago Apple acquired a stealth-mode startup called LuxVue that is working on new types of information …

Sony Reveals Playstation Outselling Xbox 3:1

Sony’s financial report for Q1 2014 is in, and there are some impressive numbers coming out of the beleaguered tech giant. The company posted a net income of 26.8 billion yen ($261 million), with “Amazing Spiderman” and the PS4 emerging as big drivers. The company sold 3.5 million combined PS4 and …