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8 Fascinating Things We Learned About The Mind In 2015

Memory erasing is just the beginning.<p>As the New Horizons spacecraft made its historic flight to Pluto and some scientists explored the far reaches of our solar system, others were making some incredible advances in their exploration of the inner workings of the mind.<p>Studies published this year shed …

The Brain

Fallout 4: The Kotaku Review

In the late 20th century, people hoped that the new millennium would usher in an age of promise: hoverboards, flying cars, personal robots, and the …

Top 10 Drones for 2016: The Beginner’s List

Changing Planet<p><i>The latest in the</i> <i>Drones and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Special Series</i><i>, in which Kike profiles interesting information, research and thoughts on using drones, UAVs and remotely piloted vehicles for journalism and photography.</i><p>Shopping for a “drone-obsessed” friend, family member or …

Drones

Here's how often you should have sex in your relationship to be the happiest

Couples having sex more than once a week do not report being any happier, according to a new study published in Social Psychological and Personality Science, but couples having it less than once a week report being less happy.<p>The study was based on an analysis of the results of surveys of more than …

YIFY: The rise and fall of the world's most prolific movie pirate

It's never been hard to pirate movies, but for a long time, one collective has made it easier to watch the latest blockbusters than any other: YIFY. By focusing on speed, better quality rips and small file sizes, the group quickly grew to become the number one source for illegal movies, catering …

Why your phone battery is rubbish

My battery has died – anyone got a spare charger? It’s a cry with which most of us with a phone, laptop, or even an electric car, can sympathise. The mild but persistent irritation of a phone fading to black when you most need it. The never-ending pursuit of plug sockets. The sinking feeling when …

Clean Energy

The newest robot from China’s space agency looks a lot like Iron Man

Have you ever imagined Iron Man landing on the Red Planet? Well of course you have. And it’s likely that many visitors to this week’s China International Industry Fair in Shanghai will too.<p>On Nov. 3 China’s space agency unveiled a model of its home grown Mars probe, which includes an orbiter and a …

Mars Mission

Destiny one year on: Bungie's 12 months at the final frontier of gaming

Last year Bungie set out to unite two completely different gaming audiences inside one seamless online experience. Here’s what happened next ...<p>On 9 September 2014, in a converted multiplex cinema in Bellevue Washington, a team of over 200 people launched a brand new kind of video game. They had …

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Every free Xbox One and Xbox 360 game you can download in September

We’re about to enter the busiest holiday video game release season of the new console generation, but that doesn’t mean that Microsoft is going to …

The scandal of the 89m tonnes of food binned while millions go hungry

Earlier this month, the European parliament urged EU member states to encourage supermarkets to give away the estimated 89m tonnes of unsold food that is otherwise binned.<p>The move comes at a time when public health officials are increasingly concerned about the link between unhealthy eating and …

Sustainability

How Facebook Knows What You Look Like

That woman from that laundry detergent commercial, you’ve seen her before in the yogurt ad. And the clerk at the convenience store you hit up this …

Tips for home A/V cable management

Your home theater system should be a source of joy — both for sound and appearance. If yours looks like an explosion in a spaghetti factory, read on. …

15 best Android tablet games

Tablets seem almost tailor made to play Android games. Their larger screen sizes allow you to enjoy the graphics more. It also lets developers spread out the controls for an easier, better feel. Android tablets aren’t the most popular devices in the world. Many developers are making games that play …

10 Habits That Will Make You Happy Today (Even If Life Isn't Going Your Way)

In 2010, after losing my job and being unable to find another one for close to a year, I fell into a deep depression. During this time I read dozens …

Top 5 most popular Android apps from last week: What's Up, AIDA64

Every week we cover new Android apps with Fresh Meat on Wednesday, followed by Android Gaming on Thursday and Top 10 App Updates on Friday. When …

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 …

Take an incredible drone flight through the world's biggest cave

Equipped with a DJI Phantom 2, a Canon 6D and a GoPro Hero 4 Black, photographer Ryan Deboodt has produced some stunning footage of Hang Sơn Đoòng, the world's biggest cave.<p>At a length of some 9 kilometres (5.6 miles), Hang Sơn Đoòng in Vietnam, near the Laos border, is the largest known cave in …

Drones

7 Things to Remember When You Feel Discouraged and Defeated

<i>The worst enemy to productivity and creativity is self-pity.</i><p>This morning I didn’t feel like doing anything. It’s a combination of exhaustion from a …

Motivation

Why Some Remember Dreams, Others Don't

People who tend to remember their dreams also respond more strongly than others to hearing their name when they're awake, new research …

Mortal Kombat X, Dead or Alive, And The Most Ridiculous Debate In Gaming

“Back in my day,” I say, as I sit rocking on my porch, staring off into the distance, “it was the violence in fighting games people would get riled up over.”<p>Times have changed.<p>Now there’s a weird new debate going on that centers not on blood, guts, and brutality, but the cup size of female …

Feminism

Eyes: The Windows to Your Health

<b>Neal Adams, ophthalmologist:</b><p>You may have heard the saying that the eye is a window to the soul. Well as ophthalmologists, we believe that the eye is a window to the body. It's a window to what we call systemic disorders, like diabetes or high blood pressure.<p>And we can see signs of these when we …

High Blood Pressure

Final 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Trailer Teases Without Spoiling

Well, this is an unexpected surprise. We got word last week that Robert Downey Jr. had some “big news” dropping this Thursday. He released a video on Monday about a charity drive that would culminate in a winner getting flown to LA for the premiere of <i>Avengers: Age of Ultron</i> and then we got word …

Marvel Universe

The best tabletop RPGs of 2014, finalists from Board Game Geek

The folks at BoardGameGeek.com aren't just fans of board games. They're also rabid tabletop role-playing fans. As part of their annual Golden Geek Awards, the community has voted on their picks for the best RPGs of 2014. Fans of video games, and those who make them, should take a look at the exotic …

Marvel delays Thor, Black Panther and Captain Marvel movies to make room for Spider-Man

The arrival of Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is shaking up Marvel's movie slate, resulting in delays for the third Thor movie and its feature films based on Black Panther, Captain Marvel and the Inhumans, Marvel Studios announced today.<p>Sony Pictures' next Spider-Man movie, which will …

BioShock 2 has disappeared digitally

<b>UPDATE 10/02/2015 6.21am:</b> Looks like BioShock 2 will be returning to various digital marketplaces soon, publisher 2K has confirmed.<p>"BioShock 2 has …

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate review: where the wild things are

<i>Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate</i> does more than to simply carry on the tradition of deep, challenging gameplay that Capcom's series has become known for over the last 10 years.<p>When the Monster Hunter games reached best-seller status in Japan, the series settled into a pattern of iteration, the kind that …

Will Microsoft's Windows 10 Win With PC Gamers?

After attending Microsoft’s Windows 10 event in Redmond last month, I’ve written a bit about Microsoft’s Windows 10; for consumers, enterprises and on the Surface Hub and HoloLens. Now it’s time to talk about gamers. To this day, Microsoft still internally struggles at the corporate level in what …

Xbox