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Mind-blowing Pluto has ice mountains and water

<b>Laurel, Maryland (CNN) —</b> It had been downgraded to a dwarf planet. It looked like a fuzzy blob in our best telescopes. And it was often referred to as just an icy orb. Even scientists working on the first mission to Pluto expected to find an old, pockmarked world.<p>But Pluto is turning out to be full …

Solar System

A five-year-old forum post led to one of the most amazing moments of Fanfest history

Around five years ago, an Eve Online fan posted the following request on the game's forums. There would be an eclipse in 2015, maybe that year's Fanfest could be timed to take advantage of the celestial event?<p>CCP CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson showed this image during the show's keynote; he liked the …

Global internet authority ICANN has been hacked

ICANN — the organization responsible for allocating IP addresses and domain names for the internet — has been hacked. The US-administered non-profit has said that its internal systems were breached following a spear phishing attack in late November. Employees were tricked into giving up their …

Nintendo games turn pulp fiction in these magnificient fake book covers

Illustrator and painter Astor Alexander turned three iconic Nintendo games into pulp fiction book covers this month.<p>The works seem to be a return to something he played around with last year when he turned Ken Levine's "Burial at Sea," the downloadable content for <i>BioShock Infinite</i>, into a pulp …

Solving laser puzzles and the meaning of life in The Talos Principle

<i>The Talos Principle</i> demands that you dig into some pretty heady stuff, whether it's philosophical ponderings on the nature of consciousness and artificial intelligence, or a super tricky laser puzzle. In the Overview video above, we dive headfirst into both. It's all very erudite, until, …

Wikipedia Reflects on 2014 in Its First-ever Annual Video

After Twitter, Facebook, Google and YouTube chronicled the year gone by in videos, it’s now Wikipedia’s turn.<p>The crowdsourced online encyclopedia takes you through major events from 2014, from the FIFA World Cup to the Indian general elections, and the Ice Bucket Challenge to Ebola in West Africa …

Whatever Happened to Overtime?

It’s one reason we’re poorer than our parents. And Obama could fix it—without Congress.<p>If you’re in the American middle class—or what’s left of it—here’s how you probably feel. You feel like you’re struggling harder than your parents did, working longer hours than ever before, and yet falling …

Space Combat Won't Look At All Like 'Star Wars'

PBS explains the physics of space skirmishes<p>If humanity brings war into space, what will those battles look like? Well, if our understanding of physics is anything close to correct, they won’t look at all like <i>Star Wars</i>. In this six minute clip by PBS Digital Studios, host Joe Hanson explores the …

World War II

Destiny Player Reaches Level 30

He even has a Legendary cape.<p>American gamer N3AC3Y has reached rank 30 in Destiny.<p>According to Destinydb, the player has sunk over 107 hours into the …

PewDiePie 'more influential' among teens than Katy Perry and Hollywood elite

A survey commissioned by Variety shows that the top five "most influential figures among Americans ages 13-18" are personalities from YouTube.<p>Coming in at number three, edging out Jennifer Lawrence, Katy Perry and Betty White, was a young Swedish man named PewDiePie. Other top names from YouTube …

The truth about Internet slang: It goes way back

<b>Zosia Mamet in "Girls," William Shakespeare (HBO/Mark Schafer/Stocksnapper via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>The English language wouldn’t be what it is today if not for a long history of abbreviations and alternate spelling<p>Cameron Hunt McNabb<p>August 3, 2014 8:30pm (UTC)<p>In 2007, BBC reporter and presenter John …

Apple Fans Are Going Bonkers Because A Chinese Startup Appears To Be Copying Everything Apple Does

The Mi4 dominated the news cycle for much of the morning: A smartphone with a sharp 5-inch screen and powerful specs that you can buy for just $320. That's quite a deal.<p>But the glow didn't last long. By the time the Western press got ahold of Xiaomi's announcement, the inevitable cries that yet …

iPhone

Comcast Confessions: why the cable guy is always late

The recording of the “Comcast Rep from Hell” has now been listened to more than 5 million times, sparking a conversation about the largest player in the nation’s cable industry. That debate is a timely one: Comcast is in the process of acquiring the second-largest cable provider, Time Warner Cable, …

Halo 3: ODST was Bungie's grand experiment that paved the way for Destiny

Some video game developers could make for great architects, just as some architects would have made great developers. I yearn for a Call of Duty map …

The Good, The Bad And The In-Between Of Bungie's 'Destiny' Beta

For those following along, you’ll realize that yes, this is a follow-up to my lengthy article on Destiny’s alpha I posted earlier this summer under a nearly identical name. I thought that format was effective for analysis, and so I figured I’d repeat it here. Though this probably won’t be nearly as …

Inside the Secret World of Gamestop Dumpster Diving

One company's trash...<p>For those of us who have cast away the shame of scouring through bags of trash – colloquially known as dumpster diving – there …