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Here's how to beat Dark Souls 2 in under an hour (without cheating)

Speedrunners beating <i>Dark Souls 2</i> in less than an hour is nothing new. Players have found ways to complete the game in 20 minutes or so, using a combination of speed-boosting glitches and clipping through levels. But one speedrunner has managed to defeat <i>Dark Souls 2</i> in under an hour fair and …

Russian convoy vanishes on road to Ukraine

Uncertainty surrounded a 262-truck “aid convoy” on Wednesday that appeared to grind to a halt before reaching the border<p>Ukraine accused Moscow of mounting a cynical attempt to incite a pro-Russian rebellion on Wednesday, as uncertainty surrounded a 262-truck "aid convoy" that appeared to grind to a …

Hacker Group Releases Supposed St. Louis Police Audio Tapes From The Day Of Ferguson Teen's Fatal Shooting

Hacker group Anonymous has released purported audio tapes of the St. Louis Police Department's dispatch from Saturday, the day of Michael Brown's fatal shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.<p>The relevant audio starts around 9:30 in the YouTube video.<p>The dispatcher tells a St. Louis officer that "Ferguson …

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Man Diagnosed 'Comatose' For 23 Years Was Actually Conscious All Along

In what can only be described as a harrowing instance of misdiagnosis, a Belgian man presumed comatose for 23 years after a near-fatal car crash was actually conscious and paralyzed the entire time. Rom Houben, whose real state was discovered three years ago but only now made public, could be one …

NASA's Voyager I hit by third solar 'tsunami'

NASA's Voyager I spacecraft has been steadily journeying away from the sun to the outer reaches of the solar system since its 1977 launch. As it travels farther out and enters a different region of the solar system, it's occasionally affected by coronal mass ejections -- shock waves caused from …

Scientists discover one of the most Earthlike planets yet

Can Gliese 832c support life, or is it just a super-Venus?<p><i>Sci News</i> is reporting that astronomers at the University of New South Wales have discovered an Earthlike planet just 16 light-years away. The planet, dubbed Gliese 832c, is orbiting a red dwarf star half the mass and radius of our own sun. …

Chile's stunning fossil whale graveyard explained

<b>It is one of the most astonishing fossil discoveries of recent years - a graveyard of whales found beside the Pan-American Highway in Chile.</b><p>And now scientists think they can explain how so many of the animals came to be preserved in one location more than five million years ago.<p>It was the result of …

Violent video games leave teens 'morally immature'

<b>Playing violent video games for long periods of time can hold back the "moral maturity" of teenagers, according to a study in Canada.</b><p>In-depth research into the behaviour of about 100 13- and 14-year-olds found over-exposure to violent games weakened empathy for others.<p>More than half were found to …

Remembering The Brightest Lessons From NASA’s Darkest Days

NASA's three worst tragedies all happened this week--46, 27 and 10 years ago.<p>The days between January 27 and February 1 are the most difficult week of the year for NASA. The annual space program shiva, honoring the three disasters that claimed 17 astronauts' lives, is always fraught with emotion …

America’s health craze for fish oil is wiping out the world’s rarest sharks

Another day, another round of headlines about China’s butchering of rare species. Today’s bloodbath bulletin concerns whale sharks, which feed on plankton and can grow up to 40 feet (12 meters)—about the length of four station wagons. The shark is so vulnerable to extinction that most countries …

25 fantastic free Android games

Fun doesn’t have to require funding. Got an Android phone or tablet? Then these are the greatest games… gratis!<p>There are hundreds of fantastic games …

Jamaican Dancehall Artists are Blinding Themselves by Getting Eyeball Tattoos

Two young Jamaican artists have done it, and it's disgusting.<p>If the government is right about one thing, it’s that the internet is a disgusting cesspool of brain-riddling filth that will demonise children and end the world. Underneath the beautified layers of Videos That Will Really Change Your …

AT&T starts forgiving contracts to lure customers to its Next upgrade plans

You would figure once AT&T(s t) has you locked down to a contract it would want to keep you there, but that turns not to be the case. Ma Bell said …

Rusty-spotted Cats: Not Your Average Kitties

With big golden eyes and striped fur, this Rusty-spotted Cat looks like your average house cat. But there's nothing average about Jaipur and Rashna, …

Burnout studio founders leave Electronic Arts to 'start afresh' with new game company

The top two people at Burnout developer Criterion Games have left to form their own company.<p>Criterion creative director Alex Ward and studio director Fiona Sperry exited the studio this morning (as first spotted by Polygon). The pair will continue working together at a new, unnamed gaming …

Colorado: 'Not just pot adventures'

Hours away from when the sale of recreational marijuana will be legal in Colorado — the first state in the nation to do so — Denver’s City Council president says there will be more to the state than “pot adventures.”<p>“There’s a lot of reasons to come to Colorado and we hope people will continue to …

What if Call of Duty: Ghosts were a text adventure?

<i>Call of Duty: Ghosts</i> and the entire Call of Duty series are known for offering aggressively linear single-player campaigns, a fact that's lampooned in PC Gamer's piece pondering what <i>Ghosts</i> would be like as a Zork-style text adventure.<p>Call of Duty campaigns aren't just laid out in a linear fashion; …

Report: Half of all supermarket chicken harbors drug-resistant bacteria

A Consumer Reports investigation found potentially dangerous pathogens in nearly all of the chicken it tested<p>Lindsay Abrams<p>December 19, 2013 2:08pm (UTC)<p>Dangerous bacteria, including antibiotic-resistant "superbugs," lurk in nearly all supermarket chicken, an investigation by Consumer Reports …

Wi-fried: do wireless routers really kill plants?

You may have seen in the Daily Mail on Monday (well, you MAY read the Daily Mail, who am I to judge?) the headline "What’s wifi doing to us? Experiment finds that shrubs die when placed next to wireless routers".<p>Really? This is a bit worrying if so. What shrubs? Well, read a bit further down and …

NASA orders urgent spacewalk to repair space station

Science News<p>NASA has ordered up a series of urgent spacewalks to fix a broken cooling line at the International Space Station, a massive repair job that could stretch to Christmas Day.<p>Station managers decided Tuesday to send two American astronauts out as soon as possible to replace a pump with a …

How to Take a Picture of a Single, Ultra-Magnified Snow Flake

You—yes, you!—can help prove that no two flurries are alike. All you need is a good camera, a plastic bag, and some tape.<p>No two snowflakes are alike, they say. And yet: We rarely get proof of that. Our eyes perceive snow not as individual, idiosyncratic crystals ... but rather as uniformly fluffy …

A 3-D Printer That Uses the Sun to Create Glass Objects Out of Sand

Marcus Kayser's Solar Sinter project turns the desert's resources into bowls<p>When design student Markus Kayser wanted to test his sun-powered, sand-fed 3-D printer, he knew the gray skies outside his London apartment wouldn't do. So he shipped the 200-plus-pound contraption to Cairo, Egypt, flew …

Autopsy results for 'Fast & Furious' star Walker may come Tuesday

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Autopsy results for “Fast & Furious” actor Paul Walker could be released as early as Tuesday, as medical examiners wait for dental records to formally identify the actor’s body, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner said on Monday.<p>Walker, 40, who became a symbol of …

Paul Walker, 1973–2013: A Retrospective in Filmic Sheetmetal

<i>The Fast and the Furious</i> star and noted enthusiast Paul Walker died Saturday afternoon in Santa Clarita, California, after the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT in which he was a passenger crashed and caught fire. The driver and owner of the Porsche was Roger Rodas, Walker’s longtime friend, racing partner, …

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Analysis: 2014 Toyota Corolla “Style Never Goes Out of Style” Commercial – Feature

Toyota has sold a boatload—make that many thousands of boatloads—of Corollas in America, and it’s no mystery why. For the most part, each generation has provided reasonable, reliable, affordable transportation for the masses since the humble 1.1-liter E10 arrived on our shores in the summer of ’68. …

Microsoft on Valve's move into consoles: 'It's not an easy transition'

Valve has done a great job keeping PC gaming strong at a time when there is a growing focus on the console market, according to Microsoft Studios vice president Phil Spencer in an interview with Games Beat. But when it comes to venturing into the console space, the company might face an uphill …

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Google Autocompletes The World’s Opinion Of Women–And It’s Not Pretty

Here’s one easy way to determine how rampant sexism is across the globe: run a Google search. To prove that masses of Internet users have worrying opinions on what women should–or cannot–do, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) tested the search …