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Seconds from death: student photographs bear moments before it killed him

A series of newly released photographs reveal the final moments of a New Jersey student’s life before he was killed by a bear.<p>Darsh Patel, a 22-year-old Rutgers University student, was hiking with four friends in the Apshawa Preserve in West Milford, New Jersey, in September when he was mauled to …

Modders rejoice: Saints Row 4's development kit will be made public

As if <i>Saints Row 4</i> wasn't open-endedly bizarre enough, developing studio Volition announced at PAX 2014 that they will release the official software development kit for the game on PC, which is music to the ears of modders.<p>Volition, as announced earlier, also is reconditioning the game with Saints …

PAX 2014: Mortal Kombat X’s Gross Fatalities Will Make You Squirm

Get ready for new moves, new fighting styles, and more gore than ever before.<p>I don’t consider myself the squeamish type, yet I couldn’t help but …

The Warsaw Uprising: How a forgotten chapter of WWII is inspiring Polish game devs

I have been to many war memorials around the world, but only one has ever moved me to tears.<p>It has stood on a corner of Bonifraterska Street, next to Poland’s Supreme Court, since 1989. The imposing, 30 ft. tall black bronze sculpture takes up a city block. It is dedicated to a battle I’d never …

9-year-old girl dies from brain-eating amoeba in water

A brain-eating amoeba that lurks in fresh water has prompted warnings from Kansas officials after it killed a 9-year-old girl.<p>Hally Yust was an avid water skier and spent the past few weeks swimming in several bodies of fresh water. She died last week from Naegleria fowleri, a brain-eating parasite …

Four-winged flying dinosaur unearthed in China

A new species of prehistoric, four-winged dinosaur discovered in China may be the largest flying reptile of its kind.<p>The well-preserved, complete skeleton of the dinosaur <i>Changyuraptor yangi</i> features a long tail with feathers 30cm in length – the longest ever seen on a dinosaur fossil. The feathers …

A New Kind of Lift: UK Targets Eight Spaceport Sites for 2018

The British government says it wants to open up its own spaceport by 2018, and on Tuesday it listed eight coastal airfields that are under consideration for the role. Six of them are in Scotland, which could be an independent state by then. The Scottish sites are Campbeltown Airport, Glasgow …

Virgin Galactic

SpaceX chooses Texas for its futuristic launch complex

SpaceX has been launching rockets in Florida or California for quite some time, but Texas will likely see most of the action once the company finishes building its new spaceport in Cameron County. While SpaceX CEO Elon Musk hasn't made an official announcement yet, a Florida official (who's …

What's for Dinner? Ancient Paleo Diet Included Elephant Ancestor

There's a new mega-mammal on the menu of America's first hunters.<p>On a ranch in northwestern Sonora, Mexico, archaeologists have discovered 13,400-year-old weapons mingled with bones from an extinct elephant relative called the gomphothere. The animal was smaller than mastodons and mammoths, but …

Microsoft won't let you set Google as default search on some new Lumias

Microsoft has disabled an option to set Google as the default search engine on some of its latest Lumia Windows Phones. The option is currently supported on the majority of Nokia's Lumia devices, thanks to an advanced setting in Internet Explorer on Windows Phone 8.0. Microsoft acquired Nokia’s …

Google strikes smart contact lens deal to track diabetes and cure far-sightedness

With Glass and Android Wear, Google has already invested a lot of time and resources into developing the next-generation of wearables, but it's another of its eye-focused projects that has today received its first major boost. The search giant's secret Google[x] team has confirmed that it's …

Nest and Samsung launch Thread, a wireless mesh standard for the smart home

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>Samsung, ARM, Nest and four other companies have gotten together to build a new radio standard for the smart home. Dubbed …

Apple is refused Touch ID trademark by USPTO – has six months to respond

<i>Patently Apple</i> reports that the US Patent & Trademark Office has refused Apple’s application for a trademark in Touch ID. The decision – made in May but only now made public – is because another company already holds a trademark for Kronos Touch ID, and there is a “likelihood of confusion” given …

Microsoft Reportedly Planning Massive Job Cuts

Microsoft completed the acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services business in April at a price slightly higher than $7.2 billion, and now to integrate the unit, Bloomberg reports that the company is planning the biggest round of job cuts in five years.<p>This means the number this time round would …

Teenage girl allegedly en route to Syria is arrested in French airport

A teenage girl planning to go to Syria was arrested at an airport in southern France this weekend, and a man accused of recruiting her was arrested hours later, a French government official said.<p>Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve did not explicitly say the 16-year-old girl was connecting with …

Terrorism

Jubilant Iraqi forces break two-month siege of Amerli: officials | Reuters

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces backed by Shi’ite militias on Sunday broke the two-month siege of Amerli by Islamic State militants and entered the northern town, officials said.<p>The mayor of Amerli and army officers said troops backed by militias defeated fighters from the Islamic State …

Six dead in Paris suburb building explosion

At least two children among the dead after suspected gas explosion at four-storey house<p>Six people were killed on Sunday when an explosion ripped through an apartment building outside Paris, reducing half a residential block to rubble, emergency services said.<p>The bodies of a child described as …

Ukraine warns of return to 'full-scale war'

A U.S. lawmaker is calling for the arming of Ukrainian forces engaged in fighting Russian troops along the nation's eastern border with Russia.<p>Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, is in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, on a fact-finding mission into the monthslong conflict there between pro-Russian …