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You can finally drive a lowrider in Grand Theft Auto Online

Ever since it launched, <i>GTA Online</i> — the multiplayer portion of <i>Grand Theft Auto V</i> — has been constantly updated with new content, letting you get behind the wheel of all kinds of vehicles. You can even fly a solid gold plane if you want. But there's been one conspicuous absence: it's a game set in a …

Rise of the Tomb Raider, and the Writer Behind it All

<i>This week GameSpot shared a set of special features on Rise of the Tomb Raider. In the last of these stories, we speak to Rhianna Pratchett, the game's writer, about the creative process that brought--and is bringing--Lara to life. Head over to our Rise of the Tomb Raider page for more of our</i> …

Tomb Raider

Your PS Vita deserves to live again

There's no PS Vita 2 on the horizon. So now what? There are a whole bunch of reasons why the now three year-old handheld may not be the mega-hit that Sony hoped for. As <i>Kotaku's</i> elaborated on already, the company isn't completely blameless, but that isn't to say there aren't plenty of reasons to …

Laser light toggles mice into deep, dreamy sleep

Neuroscientists can make a sleeping mouse start dreaming at the flip of a switch.<p>The researchers inserted an optogenetic switch into a group of nerve …

Fake skin sends pressure signals to brain cells

A new plastic “skin” can detect how hard it is being pressed and generate an electric signal to deliver sensory input directly to a living brain cell.<p>…

U.S. military’s ‘golden hour’ mandate is saving lives

The first hour after a medical trauma has long been viewed as the difference between life and death. Now, a new study confirms it.<p>Receiving trauma …

This cheap camera gets under the skin

Computer scientists and electrical engineers have developed an affordable hyperspectral camera that uses both visible and invisible near-infrared …

Viruses Can Be Genetically Modified To Transmit Energy

Viral solar panels could be most efficient ever<p>Plants absorb sunlight and convert it to energy with nearly perfect efficiency—none of the energy goes to waste. Electrical engineers are always striving for that kind of efficiency, but nowhere is it more pronounced than in solar panels. Even the best …

Solar Panels

Only 5 Percent Of People Wash Their Hands Correctly

And 23 percent don't even use soap. That's messed up, people.<p>"Many people do not wash their hands when the behavior in which they engage would warrant it," begins a recent study from Michigan State University, and I'm sorry to say it only gets grosser from there. Researchers sneakily observed 3,749 …

Have Scientists Discovered An Alien Civilization? Not So Fast

Could new findings around a distant star point to an advanced alien civilization?<p>While it's a possibility that some scientists are considering, the chances are very high that we haven't stumbled upon extraterrestrials.<p>Researchers might be striking a note of caution, but buzz over the story went …

What caused this weird mound on the moon?

A huge mound near the moon’s south pole appears to be a volcanic structure unlike any other found on the lunar surface.<p>Mafic Mound stands about 800 …

Why it’s so hard for astronomers to discuss the possibility of alien life

The internet went crazy this week over a strange star observed by NASA's Kepler spacecraft<p>The internet has been abuzz this week over the possibility of intelligent alien life somewhere in our galaxy. This time, an article published by <i>The Atlantic</i> set off the storm. The story details how NASA's …

Koko The Gorilla Gets Two Kittens For Her 44th Birthday

Nothing's cuter than feline companions for an ape<p>Koko, the gorilla famous for her sign language skills, turned 44 this year, and got (at least in this author's opinion) the greatest possible present to celebrate: two new kittens. Koko took a shine to a little grey fuzzball named Ms. Gray, and …