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Consoles Aren't Going Anywhere But Big Budget Games Are Dying

With hundreds of millions of console gamers across the globe, the console approach still has a valid market. Yet with news that Alien: Isolation’s 2.11 million sales were deemed “weak” by their publisher, it’s clear that the era of big budget games has had its day.<p>Alien: Isolation (shown above) is …

Tomb Raider

India’s preference for sons has created a nation of tiny people

<i>Update: The working paper Quartz wrote about in 2015 was published in the September 2017 issue of American Economic Review.</i><p>Indian children are among the shortest in the world, and the country’s preference for sons might be to blame.<p>Globally, one in four children under the age of five is …

Demographics

Towards the birth of a ‘new’ Islam?

As the global civil war tearing the Islamic world apart intensifies, there’s understandably deep pessimism over the future of Islam. Will it survive …

Why do we laugh inappropriately?

We often find ourselves laughing at the strangest of moments. As psychologists are discovering, those helpless giggles might be one of our most important and profound behaviours, says David Robson.<p>My conversation with Sophie Scott is nearly over when she spins round in her chair to show me a video …

Psychology

The Science of Near-Death Experiences

Empirically investigating brushes with the afterlife<p>Near-death experiences have gotten a lot of attention lately. The 2014 movie <i>Heaven Is for Real</i>, about a young boy who told his parents he had visited heaven while he was having emergency surgery, grossed a respectable $91 million in the United …

Super Sikh: a superhero in a turban fighting injustice and ignorance

When a group of Sikh children were asked who their favourite superheroes are, the answers were barely surprising: Iron Man, Batman, Superman and the usual list of DC and Marvel old-hands.<p>But when they were asked if they knew of a Sikh comic book superhero, their response was unanimous: an emphatic …

Religion

2015 Cadillac Escalade with 8-Speed Automatic

Caddy's big SUV doubles up on eights.<p>Now in its fourth generation since its 1999 introduction, the Cadillac Escalade remains one of the automotive world’s patron saints of conspicuous consumption. Checking in 1.5 inches wider, 1.4 inches longer, and about 100 pounds heavier than the model it …

GMC Sierra

India Adopting First-Ever Crash Standards, Major Automakers Fail

Here’s an advancement that we all can agree will save thousands of lives each year: India’s first-ever crash standards for new vehicles.<p>The government of the world’s second-most-populous country has concluded that its 1.2-billion people deserve airbags and other critical safety features we here in …

Automotive Industry