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How online gamers are solving science's biggest problems

For all their virtual accomplishments, gamers aren't feted for their real-world usefulness. But that perception might be about to change, thanks to a new wave of games that let players with little or no scientific knowledge tackle some of science's biggest problems. And gamers are already proving …

New Half-Life 2 Mod Is So Spooky I Can't Even Aim Anymore

<i>Estranged: Act I</i>, a free mod for <i>Half-Life 2,</i> recently made its way to Steam. I turned out the lights and plugged in my headphones to try and answer …

Half-Life (Video Game)

Now On Twitter: More Than 300 Australian Sharks

Forget the retweet, meet the shark-tweet.<p>Besides donning swimwear and slathering on sun lotion, visitors to Australian beaches may also want to check Twitter to see if there are any sharks nearby. The government in the state of Western Australia has now fitted 338 sharks, including great whites, …

Emospark is an emotionally-aware AI console for the home

Emospark is a cube-shaped "artificial intelligence console" that uses face-tracking and language analysis to assess human emotion and deliver …

It's Amazing What Modders Can Do with the 15-Year-Old Half-Life

Watching <i>The Core</i>'s trailer makes you forget you're looking at a mod for a game that came out in <i>1998</i>. It's just gorgeous.<p><i>The Core</i> is an in-development …

Half-Life (Video Game)

This column will change your life: don't blame the lazy. It may not be their fault

As we stumble again into the season of overindulgence – that sacred time of year when wine, carbs and sofas replace brisk walks for all but the most virtuous – a headline in the (excellent) new online science magazine Nautilus catches my eye: "What If Obesity Is Nobody's Fault?" The article …

Micro Python: more powerful than Arduino, simpler than the Raspberry Pi

University of Cambridge theoretical physicist Damien George has built a tiny microcontroller that is more powerful than Arduino and far simpler than …

Extreme science: out of a watery grave to flesh-eating bacteria

After spotting an unexpected beetle, the taxonomist Kipling Will found himself fighting for his life<p>• Read about more scientists who go to extremes lengths<p>I've done fieldwork on every continent except Antarctica. My area of research at the University of Berkeley, California, is the taxonomy and …

Which? attacks 'exaggerated' food supplement health claims

Boots among manufacturers 'using clever language to imply unproven benefits', says consumer group<p>Consumers are wasting money on food supplements that use "exaggerated, misleading and sometimes unauthorised" claims to promote their alleged health benefits, a highly critical report has warned.<p>Some …

Patton Oswalt Trolls The World, Wins Twitter

If you were watching Twitter this past weekend, you might have seen comedian Patton Oswalt saying some surprising things. Offensive things. <i>Hateful</i>, …

Comedy

Genetic map of cancer reveals trails of mutation that lead to disease

The first detailed map of genetic faults that cause cancers is published today, offering profound insights into the disease.<p>The map describes more than 20 "genetic signatures", or patterns of mutation, that alone or in combination drive 30 different types of cancer, including brain, lung, pancreas …

Study: family killers are usually men and fit one of four distinct profiles

A study has been published that analyses three decades of criminal records of British murder cases, drawing up psychological profiles of the four …

Schrödinger’s Cat explained

We all think we know Schrödinger’s Cat is both dead and alive when inside the box. But what does this famous thought experiment really mean?<p>Erwin Schrödinger, the Austrian quantum physicist, has been celebrated in a Google Doodle which depicts his most widely-known contribution to the field: the …

Thor: synthesizer for iPad - make music, play keyboard | Propellerhead

Polysonic synthesizer app for iPad<p>A playable iPad version of Reason’s massive Thor synthesizer, with all of its features—and then some.<p>Thor for iPad …

I've had my eye on the mind-bending exploration game Mirror Moon since I first saw its creators

I've had my eye on the mind-bending exploration game <i>Mirror Moon</i> since I first saw its creators demonstrating it at the Game Developers Conference a …

GDC

Henrietta Lacks formally recognised as source of HeLa research cells

Descendants of woman whose cells were the first cultivated in a laboratory welcome National Institutes of Health announcement<p>For decades, scientists have used the cells of a woman who died young to conduct research that has prolonged innumerable lives. Now, for the first time, her contribution is …

GMail for Python

A Pythonic interface to Google's GMail, with all the tools you'll need. Search, read and send multipart emails, archive, mark as read/unread, delete …

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Why the Incas offered up child sacrifices

As it tried to ward off disasters on the Pacific ring of fire, this advanced culture showed its dark side, explains leading anthropologist Kim MacQuarrie<p><i>These children [to be sacrificed to the mountain and other gods] would be collected from all over the land and would be carried in litters</i> …

Creator of xkcd Reveals Secret Backstory of His Epic 3,099-Panel Comic

Author: Laura Hudson. Laura Hudson Culture<p>Date of Publication: 08.02.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>When <i>xkcd</i> creator Randall Munroe first …

Fermat's Last Theorem by Simon Singh – review

A boast in the margin of a book is the starting point for a wonderful journey through the history of mathematics, number theory and logic<p>Simon Singh likes to work against the grain. He decides to write about a mathematical problem that gained iconic status because of a teasing, 300-year-old note in …

Beat

<b>Beat</b> or <b>beats</b> may refer to:<p>Strike (attack), repeatedly striking a person or object<p>Victory to win, outdo, outfox or otherwise achieve a victory over …

8 Keys to Creating a Loving, Joyful Relationship

Do you believe that if you have to work on a relationship, it's not the right relationship for you? Having worked with couples for 45 years, I can tell you without a doubt that this is NOT true!<p>However, "working on a relationship," doesn't mean that it has to be hard. It primarily means that you …

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This Documentary About A Microsoft Paint Artist Is Incredible

If the story of 97-year-old Hal Lesko doesn't make you tear up, you are soulless.<p>Hal Lasko is a 97-year-old retired typographer who goes by the nickname Grandpa. (Not for the reason you'd expect; you should watch the video to find out why.) After he was diagnosed with an eye defect, Lasko's family …