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E-sports catching up with the Majors

SAN FRANCISCO -- The prize pool for the annual championship for the battle-arena video game <i>Dota</i> 2 hit $10 million this week, making it by far the largest e-sports event and moving it ahead of the Masters golf tournament.<p><i>Dota 2</i> is an online game pitting two teams of five players against each other. …

Fan-funded video game tournament reaches insane $10 million prize pool

Dota 2 is free to play, yet making a ton of money<p>Coming this July, The International 4 will be the biggest and most lucrative e-sports tournament the world's ever witnessed. The annual <i>Dota 2</i> championship already surpassed all previous records when its prize pool crossed the $6 million mark in May, …

Power Rangers movie to be developed by Hunger Games studio

Power Rangers, the hyperactive, high-kicking troupe of crusaders that have been an enduring part of kids' TV for over twenty years, have been earmarked by production company Lionsgate as a potential new film franchise.<p>They've partnered with the Rangers' creators Saban to develop a live-action …

Lionsgate To Reboot 'Mighty Morphin Power Rangers' As Movie Franchise

Of course you would. That's why the <b>Power Rangers</b> are so popular, and have been for two decades. Now on the franchise's 21st birthday, creator Haim Saban has announced that he's partnering with <b>Lionsgate</b> to make a feature film with the karate chopping team that combines their individual battle …

Barack Obama vows United States will do 'everything we can' to help Nigerian schoolgirls

President Obama describes kidnap of more than 200 girls by Boko Haram Islamic group as ‘outrageous’<p>President Barack Obama has promised that the United States will do "everything we can" to help Nigeria in its search for more than 200 girls kidnapped by the Boko Haram Islamist militant group.<p>In an …

Nanowires three atoms wide could lead to paper-thin gadgets

What's that odd shape, you ask? That's the world's thinnest nanowire -- and it could be the key to a future wave of flexible devices. In blasting single-layered, semiconducting materials with an electron beam, Vanderbilt University student Junhao Lin has created wires that measure just three atoms …

The 5 Brightest Planets in May's Night Sky: How to See Them (and When)

This month, stargazers have a chance to see the five brightest planets in the sky, weather permitting, as they make appearances in the evening after …

Astronomy

Bullied Students Sneak Thousands of Guns Into Schools

Bullying victims are sneaking hundreds of thousands of firearms, knives and clubs into U.S. high schools, according to a chilling new analysis that carries the eerie echoes of one recent mass school assault and two potential near misses.<p>Extrapolating from a survey of American high school students …

High School

220 schoolgirls haven't been 'abducted' by Boko Haram, they have been enslaved

Boko Haram is a vile manifestation, yet the liberal press stays silent, fearful of 'demonising the other'<p>Terrorists from a religious cult so reactionary you don't have to stretch the language too far to describe it as fascistic attack a school. The assault on a civilian target, filled with …

Sitting all day is bad for your brain, too

We know that spending all day hunched over laptops is shortening our lifespan and expanding our waistlines. Still, the threat of never growing up to be an Anderson Cooper-caliber silver fox may not be enough to motivate young tech workers to switch to a treadmill desk and sign up for some daily …

Virtually perfect: The past, present, and future of VR - ExtremeTech

By on May 2, 2014 at 2:52 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Virtual reality is currently the hot …

Virtual Reality

'The Amazing Spider-Man 2:' Six things to know

By now you either know a lot about “The Amazing Spider-Man2,” have seen “<p>The Amazing Spider-Man 2” or are one of the few who don’t care much about “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” in the first place. Still, there are some tidbits, both about the film and about how director Marc Webb made it, that are …

Marvel Universe

Assad Government Air Raid Kills Children in Syrian School

At least 18 people, 10 of them children, were killed when Syrian government bombs hit a school in the northern city of Aleppo on Wednesday, according to a Syrian rights group.<p>The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network of on-the-ground volunteers, said it had …

Middle East

Syria chemical weapons: Britain calls for urgent investigation

Foreign Secretary says new use of chemical weapons by Assad regime, revealed by The Telegraph, is "sickening"<p>Britain has called for an urgent investigation into chemical weapons attacks by the <b>Syrian</b> regime after a Telegraph investigation showed chlorine bombs are being used to kill</b> …

Nigerians fear kidnapped school girls have been taken abroad

Imagine your daughter heads off to school one day. You think she's safe. But later you find out that she and hundreds of her classmates were loaded onto vehicles and abducted.<p>That's what happened to some 230 schoolgirls in northeast Nigeria two weeks ago.<p>They're believed to have been kidnapped by …

First case of MERS virus reported in Egypt

Egypt has reported its first case of the potentially fatal Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus, first detected in Saudi Arabia in 2012.<p>A 27-year-old man who recently arrived from Saudi Arabia had tested positive for the virus and is being treated in a Cairo hospital.<p>MERS, which is related …