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Ori and the Blind Forest has the most powerful opening to any game in 2015

It's unforgettable, and not enough of you have experienced it for yourselves<p><i>Every year the Polygon staff chooses 10 excellent games to award our Game of the Year honors, but that means some games we love don't quite make the cut. As with last year, we're running a series of opinion pieces by</i> …

Taylor Swift's Style Evolution in 2015: From Pretty Cute to Runway Edge

It was a huge year for Taylor Swift. She kicked off her 1989 world tour, racked up more Instagram followers than both Beyonce and Kim Kardashian, and—of course—created the ultimate #squadgoals with countless 1989 stage appearances from all her besties.<p>This year was <i>also</i> the year T.Swift officially …

New ‘OpenAI’ Artificial Intelligence Group Formed By Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, And More

A Silicon Valley supergroup has united to keep AI open -- so they say<p>In the last few years, the world of artificial intelligence has mainly been dominated by large internet companies with huge computing infrastructures like Google and Facebook, or research universities like MIT or Stanford.<p>Now, …

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This tiny drone costs $14 and is perfect for beginners

Christmas morning 2015 is going to be terrifying. Up to a million people—many of them children—are going to find drones under the tree, gifted to them by well-intentioned relatives who have no clue how dangerous these flying lawnmowers can be.<p>The thing about drones is that they can be very tricky …

Drones

7 Games That Successfully Transitioned from Console to Mobile

Getting console franchises to work on mobile? A tough task. Here are the games that made the transition best.<p>It isn't always pretty when a huge game …

App Store

This Bike Path Paved With Solar Panels Shows That All Streets Could Double As Power Sources

If we want it, the road could literally be paved to a renewable energy future. A pilot test of the technology turned out a great success.<p>One year after a bike path outside Amsterdam was plastered with custom solar panels, it’s generating more power than predicted–and the designers are convinced …

Why is English so weirdly different from other languages? – John McWhorter

English speakers know that their language is odd. So do people saddled with learning it non-natively. The oddity that we all perceive most readily is …

Language

See the supermoon lunar eclipse rise

A rare cosmic coincidence is happening Sunday in dark skies around the world, and you won't need any special equipment to see it.<p>The moon will be at …

How to Make a Week’s Worth of Dinners for Under $25

College kids, recent grads and busy young professionals seriously don’t have the time (or the money) to splurge on expensive meals. But that doesn’t mean you have to compromise and sink into a fast food or takeout rut. We’ve created a recipe series that is fast, easy, cheap and takes the guesswork …

First kidney of ancient Egyptian mummy was found because the man was diseased

Over the years, scientists have found evidence of cancers, heart disease, starvation, ulcers, smallpox, tuberculosis and other infections in ancient …

Tomb discovered in Pompeii is window into world scientists know little about

A 4th century B.C. intact grave, discovered by French archeologists recently, provides clues about an ancient society that's a mystery to us.<p>The …

Our Broken Patent System at Work: Patent Owner Insists the “Integers” Do Not Include the Number One

Learn How Neurons Work Through An Autobiographical, Interactive Story

Nicky Case’s Neurotic Neurons is one of the best infographics we’ve ever seen, but it’s so much more than that.<p>Falling somewhere between an infographic, a web comic, and an animated TED talk, Neurotic Neurons, an interactive graphic by artist Nicky Case, is charming, educational, funny, sad, and …

Biographies

RePhone DIY Cellphone Kit: Your Call - Technabob

If you want to make your own cellphone, you can source the parts yourself, or you can support Seeed Studio’s RePhone, a ready to assemble kit.<p>The …

Gear & Gadgets

How to Make an In-N-Out Burger at Home from Scratch

At last, a Double Double without having to buy a plane ticket.<p>As convenient as the fast food drive-thru window is, it’s not as convenient as not …

Taco Bell

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Shrimp Soup Dumplings Recipe on Food52

<b>Author Notes:</b> Despite burning the roof of my mouth every time I slurp up that first soup dumpling, I am still blown away by the magic of being able to put boiling soup into such a delicate edible wrapper.<p>It's always fun for me to ask students at the beginning of my soup dumpling class at Brooklyn …

Skreens puts all your content in a single display

People are more connected than ever. Entertainment is anywhere we go – we have game consoles, cable, mobile devices, computers and more, but so far you can pretty much only enjoy one or two at a time. Picture-in-picture is available, but it is quite limited and Skreens wants to take things a step …

The Syrian War Has Prompted the First Ever Withdrawal From the Doomsday Seed Vault

The devastating impact of the conflict in Syria has forced a doomsday seed vault buried deep in the Arctic to allow withdrawal of seed deposits for …

Syrian Civil War

Where And How To Sift For Your Own Fossils

A simple tool you can make yourself, and 27 great locations to try it out<p>You don’t need to be a paleontologist or travel through remote canyons to find exquisite fossils. The teeth, shells, and bones of ancient animals could lurk in a creek, quarry, or on a beach near you. Once you find a good …

‘Ingredients’ Book Casts an Artist’s Eye on Food Additives

As 21st century consumers, many of us have resigned ourselves to the fact that there are chemicals in our food which will forever remain unpronounceable mysteries. Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, for example, might as well be the name of an Icelandic volcano.<p>But we don’t have to stay in the dark …

'For the King' is a hard, cute co-op game that needs your help

At first blush, it's easy to dismiss a game based on its marketing bullet points: persistent choices; rougelike, online co-op. But sometimes it takes actually <i>seeing</i> it in motion for the cynicism to fall away. That's what happened to me with <i>For the King</i>, a gorgeous little game that hit Kickstarter …

Get ready for virtual reality coasters to become a real-world reality

The next generation of thrill rides will blend the physical world of steel roller coasters with the digital universe of virtual reality to take riders on a real-life journey through a fictional fantasy realm.<p>In hopes of turning the virtual into reality, Cedar Fair is testing a VR headset on the …

Nextbit's cloud-first smartphone will work on Verizon after raising $1M on Kickstarter

Earlier this month, US startup Nextbit unveiled the Robin: a smartphone built by former Android and HTC employees that uses the power of the cloud to ensure it never runs out of storage. The company took to Kickstarter to sell the device directly to consumers, and has since racked up more than $1 …

Are Bosses Necessary?

A radical experiment at Zappos may herald the emergence of a new, more democratic kind of organization.<p>Deeply strange reports have been emerging from the Las Vegas headquarters of Zappos, until recently the world’s happiest shoe store. This spring, by order of the CEO, Tony Hsieh, the company …

Scientists are working on new technology that could beam unlimited energy to Earth from space

Luckily for the Earth, the world's supply of fossil fuels is limited. And for the past several decades, researchers have been looking for renewable energy resources to provide power to everyone without poisoning the Earth with atmospheric carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels like oil and …

'Something's wrong': The ISIS intelligence scandal just hit Obama's inner circle

James Clapper, America's top spy, is reportedly in "frequent and unusual contact" with the military officer who is suspected of allowing US reports on ISIS to be altered to fit the administration's official line, Spencer Ackerman at The Guardian reports.<p>"In communications, Clapper, who is far more …

Ancient finds, modern laws: U.S. investigates doctor over 30,000 artifacts

In one photograph, Dr. Jonathan Bourne crouches over an ancient wooden bow sticking out of a melting glacier in the High Sierra. In another picture, he is digging the bow out of the ice with a rock.<p>The photos of Bourne, an anesthesiologist at Mammoth Hospital, appeared on a hiking-club website — …