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Skyrim players are taking screenshots to dramatic new heights

One of the most popular RPGs ever released, <i>The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim</i>, is on sale right now for $4.99 through Steam. Even though it was released in 2011, the game's graphics still hold up, which has led to a flurry of artistic screenshots scrambling up the ranks on Reddit.<p>While none of them came …

Chromecast can now turn your smartphone or tablet into a family game controller

Google is adding more ways to use its Chromecast TV dongle today, as many Android gaming apps can now also be streamed and played on a big screen …

Chromecast

If The Characters Of Pride And Prejudice Could Text

<i>This is an excerpt from Mallory Ortberg's new book Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters which is available on Nov. 4.</i><p>Below are imagined text conversations between Elizabeth Bennet, Jane Bennet and their mother, three of the central characters from</i> …

Books

Richarizard Nixon And Other U.S. Presidents As Pokémon

Now that's an unexpected combination. And if the drawings weren't enough, artist Brandon Dayton added new pun names too for these Pokémon …

Pokémon

Making gaming's most obnoxious robot

Early on in the first <i>Borderlands</i>, players get off of a bus and are greeted by a robot named Claptrap who serves as a part of the initial tutorial, easing you into the first-person shooter's unique sci-fi world. He wasn't much to look at, just a rusting metal box rolling around on one wheel. "I …

The Flash, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Suicide Squad are getting their own movies

Warner Bros. just confirmed a slew of DC Comics super hero movies, including team-based films based on Justice League and Suicide Squad and individual movies for characters The Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg and Wonder Woman, stretching into 2020.<p>DC has 10 movies planned to hit theaters between 2016 and …

The 21 games that should be installed on every iPhone

The iPhone is home to some of the best portable video games ever made. Unfortunately, they must be downloaded from one of the worst digital marketplaces. Farming simulations and clones too often dominate the App Store's best selling list. Unusual and inspired games are left to fight for short …

This Year’s Winner of the One Minute Film Festival Will Give You Goosebumps

Ignacio F. Rodó’s <i>‘Tuck Me In’</i> has been selected by this year’s jury as the Winner of the International One-Minute Film Festival, Filminute. The …

Why do women who have anal sex get more orgasms?

Last week, I tried to figure out why more women are having anal sex and why it correlates so highly with orgasms. Since 1992, the percentage of women …

How "Arrow" Finally Got Superhero Television Right

In Season 3, Oliver Queen's alter ego, Arrow, will face Ra's al Ghul as the Big Bad. But for fans and The CW, he's already won.<p>On the Vancouver set of <i>Arrow</i>, during an uncharacteristically sweltering August day in the usually cool city, Stephen Amell was bewigged. The star of <i>Arrow</i> was shooting a …

Why Saying Is Believing — The Science Of Self-Talk

From the self-affirmations of Stuart Smalley on <i>Saturday Night Live</i> to countless videos on YouTube, saying nice things to your reflection in the mirror is a self-help trope that's been around for decades, and seems most often aimed at women. The practice, we're told, can help us like ourselves and …

Cannabis can be highly addictive, major study finds

Research conducted over 20 years links long-term cannabis use with mental illness, lower academic attainment and lower birth-weight of children<p>Cannabis can be highly addictive, cause mental health problems and lead to hard drug use, according to a major study led by a leading British expert on …

Raspberry Pi and Android become Steam Machines with Limelight

Cutting-edge gaming doesn't require a console or a bag of cash. With Limelight, you can turn your Raspberry Pi or your phone or tablet into a Steam …

You Have to Play This 1,600-Year-Old Viking War Game

Especially if you’re a diplomat, soldier or spy, says one ex-spook<p>by ROBERT BECKHUSEN<p>Viking warriors storm into the torch-lit camp of a rival clan. …

The Woman Who Could Write, But Couldn't Read

A recent stroke left one 40-year-old woman with some unusual symptoms.<p>One morning, a kindergarten teacher was about to take attendance for her class when she realized she couldn't read the paper in her hands. She tried looking over her lesson plans, but like the attendance sheet, they seemed to be …

Neurology

Kanye Doesn't Think This Coinye Thing Is Funny At All

Kanye West is not happy about "Coinye," a new digital currency created by anonymous coders that bears his name and face.<p>West's lawyers filed a cease-and-desist letter against Coinye's creators on Monday, arguing that the cryptocurrency represents a trademark infringement, according to the Wall …

Left 4 Dead creators reveal new co-op shooter, Evolve

<i>Evolve</i>, the new co-op shooter from Left 4 Dead creator Turtle Rock Studios, is scheduled to be released this fall on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC, according to the February 2014 issue of Game Informer.<p>The game will be set in a science fiction world with people facing off against aliens. …

Unique Galapogos Island Animals

1. Galápagos Tortoises<p>The Galápagos Giant Tortoise is one of the world’s largest tortoises, weighing up to 500 pounds. During 18th and 19th …

12 Letters That Didn't Make the Alphabet

You know the alphabet. It’s one of the first things you’re taught in school. But did you know that they’re not teaching you <i>all</i> of the alphabet? There …

Literature

Just four months until we can understand dogs! Dog-to-English translator to become a reality

Anxious to know what your dog is thinking? The wait could soon be over as a ‘dog-to-English’ translator is set to become a reality in just four …

The Top 8 Robot Stories Of 2013

Will the robots be our friends or our overlords? With robots learning how to love and imagine, the day of reckoning is getting closer.<p>Editor’s Note<p>Want more of our best stories of 2013? Read all of our end-of-the-year round-ups, in all of these categories:<br>• Top Stories Of The Year<br>• Infographics<br>• …

Meet the Enemy of Killer Fungus That Turns Ants Into Zombies

One of most famous fungi in the world is the “zombie ant fungus”. It takes over the mind of an ant, causing it to climb up a branch and cling to the …

What’s the Difference Between a Mammoth and a Mastodon?

The Woolly Mammoth (<i>Mammuthus primigenius</i>) and the American Mastodon (<i>Mammut americanum</i>) both roamed the North American wilderness until roughly …

16 404 Pages That Are Worth the Error

The poem above is old, but the sentiment is universal. I first saw the verse at Plinko's error page, but the original author is nowhere to be found, …

5 Animals That Look Like Lady Gaga

Wildlife & Wild Places<p><b>So theatrical, so blazing with color, so much larger than life—are we talking about Lady Gaga or a sea slug?</b><p>Despite being one of the most creatively outfitted performers of all time, Lady Gaga has some competition in the animal world. Nature’s show-stoppers include everything …

This game has 14 dinosaurs you can tame and ride

As illustrated in a recent gameplay video, players can tame and mount up to 14 different dinosaur species in <i>The Stomping Land</i>, a dinosaur-centric multiplayer survival game for Windows PC.<p><i>The Stomping Land</i>'s goal is to ultimately become the dominant tribe on the dinosaur-infested island. As …

The Paradoxical Traits Of Resilient People

Resilient people develop a mental capacity that allows them to adapt with ease during adversity. Like bamboo, they bend but rarely break. How resilient are you?<p>Journalist Hara Estroff Marano once wrote in a <i>Psychology Today</i> article “The Art of Resilience”:<p>“Resilience may be an art, the ultimate art …

Self-improvement

National Geographic Photo Contest 2013

National Geographic has once again opened its annual photo contest, with the deadline for submissions coming up on Saturday, November 30. One first-place winner will be chosen from each of the three categories, and the winning photographs will be published in National Geographic magazine. The …

Fossil Find Clears Up Big Cat Origins

Asian bones fill a big gap in the fossil record.<p><b>Don't miss our Google+ Hangout to Cause an Uproar with big cat experts, conservationists, and photographers on Tuesday, December 3 at 12:30 p.m. ET.</b><p><b>Paleontologists have long sought the answer to where and when big cats—mighty predators like lions,</b> …