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10 Things We're Obsessed With In August

Some things are just ... better<p><i>This article was originally published in the August 2015 issue of</i> Popular Science, <i>under the title "Obsessed.”</i>

Penguin Random House

Rain is sizzling bacon, cars are lions roaring: the art of sound in movies

Skip Lievsay is one of the most talented men in Hollywood. He has created audioscapes for Martin Scorsese and is the only sound man the Coen brothers go to. But the key to this work is more than clever effects, it is understanding the human mind<p>Skip Lievsay, an unassuming-looking guy in his mid-60s …

New Jersey

Nano-Sized Synthetic Coral Could Suck Up Ocean's Pollutants

Absorbing more heavy metal than Scandinavia<p>Corals are great at absorbing toxic heavy metals, which is one of the many reasons they are dying off. Now researchers have created synthetic corals that use these same properties to soak up the pollutants instead.<p>Industrial and manufacturing processes …

This Skateboard Folds In Half To Stow In A Backpack

Thanks to the power of air pressure<p>For their final engineering-class project, a team of students at the University of Colorado at Boulder decided to create a jammable material, a flexible substance that acts solid when put under pressure. Juniors Fai Al Mulla, Seth Zegelstein, Sam Oliver, and …

Science Seeks to Unlock Marijuana Secrets

As the once-vilified drug becomes more accepted, researchers around the world are trying to understand how it works and how it might fight disease.<p>There’s nothing new about cannabis, of course. It’s been around humankind pretty much forever.<p>In Siberia charred seeds have been found inside burial …

How to see a green flash

The green flash image at the top of this post was taken by Jim Grant, our friend on Facebook. He captured it off the coast of Ocean Beach, …

San Diego

Screening for jurors in 'American Sniper' slaying starts

DALLAS (AP) — Nearly 40 potential jurors were dismissed Thursday from the trial of a man accused of fatally shooting the former Navy SEAL who's the subject of the blockbuster film "American Sniper," according to the Erath County district court, where the trial is scheduled to begin next week.<p>The …

American Sniper

Japanese Army Builds Gigantic Star Wars Snow Sculpture

May the force be with you! The 66th annual Sapporo Snow Festival kicked off today and the most impressive snow sculpture of all features Darth Vader, his three stormtroopers and TIE fighters. This Star Wars snow sculpture was created by Japan's army troopers, or the 11th Brigade of the Ground …

Star Wars

Fascinating Video Shows Women's Ideal Body Types Over 3000 Years

Female standards of beauty change over time, and what was considered attractive only 10 or 20 years ago might not be anymore. But how have these ideals shifted over a much longer period of 3,000 years? Buzzfeed Video created a short, fascinating feature that examines the different body types seen …

Trends

How Paleontologists Uncovered the World’s Biggest Rhino

Standing 16 feet tall at the shoulder and weighing 20 tons, <i>Paraceratherium</i> was one of the largest mammals to ever walk the Earth. That may seem pretty puny by dinosaurian standards, but, at the American Museum of Natural History and other institutions that house reconstructions of the 34-23 million …

5 fun multiplayer games for your Google Chromecast

You can do more with Google's HDMI dongle than just stream audio and video. Here are a few games that play nice with this low-cost media device.<p>Introduced nearly 18 months ago, Google's Chromecast has become a top-selling media streaming device. Thanks to its low price point ($35, £30, AU$50) and …

Board Games

Fan rewrites the ending to The Last of Us, creator approves

<i>The Last of Us</i> was one of 2013's finest games, in its story, acting and play. It'd take brass balls to just swagger in and rewrite the ending, but someone did, and the game's creative director himself gave the redo a thumbs up,<p>NeoGAF, in one of its classic rainy-day thought exercises, yesterday …

Check out This Man's Badass Beard Sculptures

His motto: "Growing a beard is like growing a baby on your face."<p><b>While on the surface</b>, 30-year-old Isaiah Webb might look like a <i>Portlandia</i> extra, the San Francisco-based Sony employee is in fact the superhero "Incredibeard"—a remarkable man who can shape his facial fuzz into veritable works of art, …

Sculpture

In the Heart of Intimacy: 30 Photographers - Photographs courtesy of Paris Mois de la Photo | LensCulture

<i>Intimacy is one of three central themes of the 2014 Paris Month of Photography. Thirty photographers who focus on intimacy are exhibited at venues throughout the city. Here is a preview, with an introduction by curator</i> <i>Jean-Louis Pinte.</i><p>We live in an age where images are everywhere, and where they …

Track Down

Rihanna Challenges Instagram's No Nudity Rule (Again)

Bad Gal Riri is living up to her Instagram name.<p>Bad Gal Riri made her triumphant return to Instagram a mere three days ago and already she's back to posting boundary-pushing pics. After being kicked off Instagram this past May for posting a risque, nipple-baring photo from a shoot with Lui …

What is happening with YouPorn's eSports team?

Earlier this year, pornographic website YouPorn announced plans to sponsor a professional eSports team. Now, marketing director Braden Burns tells Polygon that the video-sharing site is close to sealing the deal with a team, with plans to go public very soon.<p>YouPorn made waves in the eSports …

WikiLeaks is winning over Gamergate with a confusing Twitter campaign

Gaming's culture wars are getting even more surreal<p>It's far from an organized protest movement, but Gamergate — which ostensibly opposes unethical journalism and "social justice warriors" in video games — has managed to launch an undeniably political internet culture war. Its most outspoken …

Halo: Nightfall Exclusive Clip - IGN First - IGN Video

Get an exclusive look at the digital series that leads into the story of Halo 5.

Pokémon's Creators Pick The Best Starters

The age-old question for many <i>Pokémon</i> fans has always been: Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle? Everyone has an opinion on this, and we’ve even used …

Pokémon

Destiny: The Mythoclast Got Nerfed! - IGN Plays - IGN Video

Alfredo and Destin are back to talk about the hotfix. What got a buff, and what got nerfed. Also, no more easy Templar! Sorry folks.

Borderlands in 5 Minutes - IGN Video

Before you play The Pre-Sequel, catch up on the story of Borderlands 1 and 2. Handsome Jack compels you to.

How unsettling can The Evil Within get in its first chapter? See for yourself

Since it's a modern horror title, you'd be safe to assume that <i>The Evil Within</i> is a pretty bloody game. But <i>how</i> bloody? And how quickly can it get there? Depending on your appreciation for gore, you may be impressed by those answers.<p>You can watch the first chapter from our playthrough for yourself …

Player Beats Smash Bros.' Hardest Boss Without Taking Any Damage

Cripes. I haven't even been able to defeat Master Core on <i>Smash Bros.'</i> harder difficulties at all yet, so watching this Ganondorf defeat a level 9 …

Retrogaming

First Public Pre-Alpha For Fan-Made MMORPG Pokémon Planet Released

<b>By Chris Priestman</b> . October 8, 2014 . 11:00am<p>Members from the PokeGen community have been working on a freeware Pokémon MMORPG called <i>Pokémon Planet</i>, …