Richard Bigg

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Is It Time to Rethink How We Search for Alien Life?

WASHINGTON — From the lovable, candy-munching E.T. to the deadly Xenomorphs from the "Alien" movies, science-fiction stories are bursting with all …

Microsoft announces mixed reality coming to Xbox One and Project Scorpio in 2018

At the Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco today, Microsoft announced a couple of important steps in its push toward mixing the real world with the virtual.<p>First off, the company confirmed mixed reality experiences are coming to the Xbox family in 2018, including the next-gen Project …

Augmented Reality

Scientists have confirmed a brand new phase of matter: time crystals

For months now, there's been speculation that researchers might have finally created time crystals — strange crystals that have an atomic structure that repeats not just in space, but in time, putting them in constant oscillation without energy.<p>Now it's official — researchers have just reported in …

Your Cat Can Grasp Some Basic Laws of Physics

Every doting cat owner will attest to the innate intelligence of their beloved pet, and now Japanese scientists say they have evidence that felines …

Learn a New Climate Change Phrase: ‘Heat Dome’

As the Southwest faces scorching temperatures, this phrase is dominating weather discussions.<p>An extreme heat warning in Death Valley. (Photo: Graeme …

Climate Change

Do snails hold the secret to AI?

A new study from the UK shows that snails use only two neurons in their brains to make decisions, which is an extremely simple process, and yet they …

Science can’t totally explain consciousness, and it never will

There are several major scientific theories that attempt to explain how exactly how our brains have consciousness. But all of them, argues Lisa Miracchi, an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, have the effect of reducing consciousness to neural processes.<p>While some …

Consciousness

Things video games need to learn from board games

Video games (single-player ones, at least) teach you that you are the best, you are the only one who matters, you will always get more powerful, that …

Review: Greedy, Greedy Goblins delves deep for chaotic board game fun

Richard Garfield's latest has no turns—but does have goblins.<p>Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete …

Board Games

Why Do Humans Have An Innate Desire To Get High?

It’s easy to explain the appeal of drugs like heroin and cocaine, which directly stimulate the brain’s reward centres. What’s less easy to explain is …

Psychedelia

My First Journey With Psilocybin Mushrooms

/ Jun 18, 2016<p>In May 2013, my whole world shifted. At the time, I was living in Amsterdam and I began to feel the call to the Peruvian Amazon to work …

Ray Kurzweil’s Four Big Insights for Predicting the Future

Self-driving cars, virtual reality games, bioprinting human organs, human gene editing, AI personalities, 3D printing in space, three billion people …

Board Games That Are Super Fun To Play Solo

There's something about the sound of dice rolling, the feeling of moving pieces around a board, and the feel of cards in your hand that make board …

Freddy Krueger Meets Dejarik In This Forgotten Miniatures Game

In 2006 Wizards of the Coast launched a seemingly bizarre product that was actually<br>expertly positioned and far ahead of its time. <i>Dreamblade</i> was …

Board Games

Top 7 Tips When Editing Your Rulebook

http://bit.ly/1UQ3tdm<p>Good Day Internet!<p>Today we’re going to discuss our top 7 tips on editing your rulebook. We’ve tried to tailor this list to focus …

What it’s like ... to live with off-the-charts chronic pain

We like things to make sense. If we're depressed, we look for a cause. If we get sick, we want someone with answers to tell us what to do. If we injure ourselves, healing is supposed to follow a natural progression; when things go wrong, we want there to be an explanation.<p>But things don't make …

Not even a saving throw can stop the drama in this D&D-themed short film

To the outside observer, the idea of a bunch of adults huddled around a kitchen table making notations on legal pads, rolling colorful dice, and …

Robot escapes testing grounds, disturbs traffic in Russia

<i>“The robot was learning automatic movement algorithms on the testing ground, these functions will feature in the latest version of the Promobot.”</i> The …

8 Creative Ways Cities Are Combating Rising Temperatures

It is, undeniably, getting hotter: In India, temperatures recently reached 123.8 degrees and more than 2,400 people died of heat-related illnesses …

Urban Design

Peer Behind the Curtain of How Board Games Are Made

What happens when the makers of our favourite games put up videos on how to make them? The answer is simple: we watch in awe. We’ve dug up a couple …

Geek

GPS tracks cats all night, Japanese internet shocked by the results: "Do cats fly or something?"

If you’ve never seen how far cats stray from home at night, then prepare to be just as shocked.<p>Cats are notorious for being, well, scaredy-cats, but …

Genius

These dystopian cityscapes were all designed by a computer program

The London-based programmer and designer is the mastermind behind a newly released series of computer-generated cityscapes that look straight out of the movie "Inception."<p>"I was interested in the idea of 'creating' a virtual city, but realised I could never design such an amount of detail," Brown …

According To DARPA, This Is What The World Will Look Like In 2045

The U.S. military’s scientific and technological wing, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is essentially tasked with constructing …

Singularity

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Old-fashioned board games, not tech, are attracting the most money on Kickstarter

Kickstarter has become less about Oculus Rift and more about Cards Against Humanity. The “games” category on the crowd-funding platform has attracted $495 million since Kickstarter’s inception in 2009, making it the richest segment of the site. The runners up are technology and design.<p>The games …

Kickstarter

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through May 14th)

<b>ROBOTICS: This Silicon Valley Billionaire Wants to Give Us All Robot Bodies</b> <i><br>Mark Mann | Motherboard</i> <br>“It’s easy to envision Beam-like devices with more …

Can Dead Brains Be Brought Back to Life? First Human Study to Find Out

Last month, a Philadelphia-based biotech company kicked off a clinical trial that pushes the envelope of what it means to be dead.<p>Armed with ethical …

Google's plans for VR are even more ambitious than we thought

In 2014, Google introduced Cardboard. It was literally just a cut-out piece of cardboard outfitted with Velcro strips, a pair of lenses and magnets. Insert your smartphone and <i>voila</i>, you got your very own VR View-Master. Though it seemed pretty silly at the time, Cardboard was Google's very first …

Virtual Reality

How Google's New A.I. Microchips Take A Page From Bitcoin Miners

Low power specialization, but lots of questions remain...<p>Yesterday at Google’s I/O developers conference, CEO Sundar Pichai briefly spoke about a custom-built chip that helps give Google its edge in machine learning and artificial intelligence. The chip, dubbed a TPU or Tensor Processing Unit (in …

Machine Learning