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The droids of Star Wars might be more realistic than people think

It’s probably not a stretch to say that the droids of <i>Star Wars</i>, like R2-D2 or C-3P0, are some of the most famous robots in science fiction. But how feasible are these iconic droids in real life?<p>Robin R. Murphy, a researcher at Texas A&M University, looked at how realistic some of the <i>Star Wars</i> …

Robotics

’Elite Dangerous: Beyond’ Chapter One arrives on February 27th

If you've been eagerly waiting for the third season of <i>Elite Dangerous</i>, your time has almost come. Today, Frontier Developments announced that the first chapter of the new season of the space MMORPG, called <i>Beyond</i>, will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on February 27th. The company also released a …

Gaming Industry

Three New Xbox One Backwards Compatible Games Now Available

Microsoft has added another new batch of games to Xbox One's backwards compatibility catalogue. Three more Xbox 360 titles are now playable on the current-gen console, including a critically acclaimed shooter from Bayonetta developer Platinum Games.<p>Headlining the newest backwards compatible titles …

Lara Croft

A 'trapped' atom is visible to the naked eye

The tiny dot in the center of the screen, between the two metal electrodes, is the light emitted by a single atom. The photo, <i>Single Atom in an Ion Trap</i>, just won the grand prize in the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) science photo and imaging contest. "The idea of …

Quantum Mechanics

A new 400-player battle royale game has a teaser trailer

<b>An upcoming battle royale game – the genre that launched into the stratosphere since the impact of PUBG – promises 400-player matches.</b>It’s called</i> …

PC Gaming

Anthem May Include Player Titles & Visible Damage on Characters

Looks Like Anthem Will Include Classic MMO Elements<p>Anthem is expected to be a huge, shared-world experience in the vein of <i>Destiny</i>. That said, the …

Gaming Industry

Rainbow Six Siege's Alien Outbreak Mode Is Completely Different To Traditional Siege

Rainbow Six Siege has changed significantly in the two-and-a-bit years since launch. The Operator number and map count have nearly doubled, strategies have evolved, and we no longer all sit in one room, terrified, waiting to be picked off by attackers. But we are essentially still shooting similar …

Rainbow Six Siege

Electronic skin can display a heartbeat on your hand

Electronic skins might not only detect health troubles in the near future, but display them for the world to see. University of Tokyo researchers have developed an e-skin that can measure vital signs like your heartbeat and display them in real time on a skin display. The design blends a breathable …

Nanotech

Someone Made A 3D Game Engine In Microsoft Excel Using Nothing But Formulas

Why bother with Unity, Unreal or even Game Maker, when you can fire up Excel and whip up a game made up of formulas? Sure, you're spending sanity …

Microsoft Excel

Dramatic Whale Hunts Depicted in Ancient Rock Art

The paintings match historical artifacts that suggest hunters set out on small boats with makeshift harpoons.<p>Using makeshift harpoons and rafts, a hunter spears a large whale.<p>It would have been a welcome kill for hunter-gatherers living in one of the world's driest regions, Chile's Atacama Desert, …

Archaeology

I Am The Hero Coming to Consoles Later This Year

Wild Stories and Wilder Combat Await<p>In the fullness of time, all indie games that exist on Earth will make their way to the Nintendo Switch. Indeed, …

Nintendo Switch

The Surge 2 to Have Fully Customizable Characters and Side Quests

Here are some of the New Features Coming to the Surge Sequel<p><i>The Surge 2</i> was announced recently, which has fans of the <i>Souls</i> experience hyped and …

Gaming Industry

Get an Xbox One X working with Kinect in several difficult steps

With adapters running into the hundreds, it may be the only option<p>We don’t vouch for any of this, but for those dead set on getting a Kinect to work with an Xbox One X — the adapter was confirmed to be discontinued in January — someone has posted a DIY guide for pulling it off.<p>The guide-maker says …

Kinect

Code Vein Multiplayer Support Confirmed

Bandai Namco's upcoming action RPG Code Vein will indeed feature multiplayer support.<p>The studio shared the news on Twitter, noting, "you can explore …

Gaming Industry

7 games with interesting hacking mechanics all devs should study

Games have immense capacity to make us feel cool or smart or highly capable — or all three at the same time. And few things can pull that off quite …

Game Design

Overwatch looks great as a fighting game

Blizzard’s hero-based shooter reimagined as a 2D fighter<p>YouTube channel TGN put together a very convincing video reimagining <i>Overwatch</i> as a 2D fighting game, and the final result is better than it has any right to be. It makes a very convincing argument for a fighting game spinoff.<p>In the video …

Street Fighter

A solar storm is on a collision course with Earth

On 12 February, a mild solar flare erupted from the sun forcing electromagnetic radiation towards Earth<p>A solar storm is striking Earth, and it's set …

Magnetism

Another Sea Of Thieves Beta Begins Today On Xbox One And PC

Sea of Thieves, the upcoming multiplayer pirate game from Rare, will have another beta this weekend. Those that had access to the first closed beta will be able to set sail again from February 16 at 10 AM GMT / 2 AM PST until February 18 at 10 AM GMT / 2 AM PST.<p>According to Rare, this second beta …

Sea of Thieves

Ancient footprints reveal lifestyle of children 700,000 years ago

A site in Ethiopia containing the footprints of ancient human children has provided researchers an insight into parenting styles 700,000 years …

Anthropology

Scientists Discover Fundamental Property of Light

And here's how we can harness it.<p><i>This article was written by Clive Emary from the University of Hull, and was originally published by The</i> …

Quantum Mechanics

Science takes a step toward real-life lightsabers

A new state of matter makes the sci-fi sword seem possible. It could also give us computers nearly as fast as the speed of light.<p>Researchers from MIT and Harvard in 2013 managed to get photons, which are basically particles of light, to play nice with each other and create a new state of matter. …

Quantum Mechanics

Autism Shares Brain Signature with Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder

Gene expression patterns in the brains of people with autism are similar to those of people who have schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, according to …

Neuroscience

Science Is Getting Closer to Explaining The Mystery of Déjà Vu

Like trying to remember a dream that's slipping away.<p>It's one of the oddest sensations. That feeling where you are in a new situation, or a …

The Brain

For The First Time Ever Scientists Have Boosted Human Memory With a Brain Implant

So it begins...<p>With everyone from Elon Musk to MIT to the US Department of Defense researching brain implants, it seems only a matter of time before …

Alzheimer's Disease

This hilarious adult game replaced Cards Against Humanity as Amazon’s top-seller

Before we even discuss this game at all, we have a word of caution: DO NOT play the What Do You Meme? Adult Party Game with young children. Trust us. …

Cards Against Humanity

The hottest trend in gaming is letting you do whatever the hell you want

Open-world game designers have a seemingly impossible task. They have to create beautiful looking, fully functioning games with clear and engaging …

InterAct

Here's The Opening Of PS4/Xbox One/PC Medieval RPG Kingdom Come

Fantasy games are not in short supply by any means, and it seems almost unavoidable that a game set in a medieval-style setting will be accompanied by magic or other unrealistic elements. Kingdom Come: Deliverance aspires to be the answer to those seeking something a little different, providing a …

Gaming

Not Another Dating Sim, Monster Prom, Is Coming This April

Attend High School with Horrors and Date Them<p>Now that Valentine’s day has passed, it’s a good time to discover your monster half. To that end, we …

Relationships

Someone Used Face-Swap To Create Female Versions Of US Presidents, And People Find Obama Surprisingly Hot

By now, we’ve already seen baby face swaps, Disney face swaps, even tattoo face swaps. Giving US presidents such a makeover, however, is something …

Chromosomes

People are mesmerised by this snake's elegant movement along a fence

Snakes move in mysterious ways, but perhaps not always as mesmerisingly as this.<p>A video posted on the Facebook page of Bangor Vineyard Shed in …

Zoology