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Here's why we're often attracted to people with qualities that will drive us nuts down the road

There's a sentence toward the end of Gretchen Rubin's new book, "The Four Tendencies," that struck me as perhaps her greatest insight.<p>"When we first meet someone," Rubin writes, "we're often attracted to the very qualities that, over time, will drive us nuts."<p><i>Preach</i>, Gretchen. How many of us have …

Meet the Italian Artists Inking Museum-Worthy Tattoos

Venetian lace and Victorian jewelry inspire the works of Marco Manzo and Francesca Boni.<p>Tattoos may be more socially acceptable than they once were, but a nice sleeve hasn't yet become a marker of taste and refinement quite like, say, a collection of art on your wall. Italian tattoo artist Marco …

Final Fantasy XV's Multiplayer Has A Ridiculously Detailed Character Creator

<i>Final Fantasy XV</i>’s multiplayer beta went live today, and in it, you can hack-and-slash through a few short quests. You can also spend hours creating …

Effects of ketamine appear to mirror the neurological changes identified in schizophrenia

Ketamine increases the level of glutamate in the hippocampus and decreases the connectivity between specific brain areas, according to a study …

How Lara Croft's changing face illustrates Moore's law

Lara Croft is one of the most recognizable female characters in video gaming, having starred in a dozen editions of <i>Tomb Raider</i> since the series debuted in 1996. And that makes her a perfect window into the rapid pace of progress in 3D graphics over the last two decades:<p>At the left is the Lara Croft …

Your Brain Doesn't Contain Memories. It Is Memories

Recall your favorite memory: the big game you won; the moment you first saw your child's face; the day you realized you had fallen in love. It's not …

Kingdom Hearts 3 Director Hints at Second Playable Character

Tetsuya Nomura hints that someone besides Sora will be playable.<p>Kingdom Hearts games have made a habit out of featuring multiple playable characters, …

What goes on inside the brain of a psychopath?

It is well known that psychopaths can commit violent, and often criminal, acts. But the precise neural mechanisms that underlie this behavior have …

Neuroscience

Joan Lee, inspiration behind Spider-Man's Gwen Stacy and wife of Marvel mastermind Stan Lee, dies aged 93

Sympathy and tributes have been made following the news that Joan Lee, wife of Marvel Comics founder Stan Lee, has died. She was 93.<p>A spokesperson for Stan Lee and his family released a statement saying: "I can confirm the sad news that Joan Lee passed away this morning quietly and surrounded by …

Comics

National Gallery to stage blockbuster Monet show - and no, you haven't seen it before

Claude Monet’s water lilies are the nation’s favourite paintings, and his last retrospective the most popular art exhibition in British history.<p>Yet we have yet to reach “peak Monet”, according to the director of the National Gallery, as he announced next year’s blockbuster show will be devoted to …

Art

The Thing Injustice 2 Gets Right About Harley Quinn That Suicide Squad Got Wrong

Much of <i>Injustice 2</i>'s charm stems from how it gives players the ability to make their favorite DC comic book characters beat the crap out of each …

Harley Quinn

A neuroscientist explains the radical theory that our free will is just an illusion

Dean Buonomano, a professor at UCLA and author of "Your Brain Is a Time Machine: The Neuroscience and Physics of Time", gives a simple explanation of the theory of eternalism. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><i>It seems that everything in the universe has already happened under eternalism.</i><p><i>In</i> …

Release Date Rumors Circulate around Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Rumor – Shadow of the Tomb Raider Gets a Launch Window, and It’s Not Too Far Away<p>The latest issue of the Official PlayStation Magazine UK revealed a …

Horizon: Zero Dawn Graphics Are the New Standard, Says Naughty Dog

“This is The Bar Now” According to Naughty Dog Creative Director<p>In a recent interview between Hermen Hulst and Neil Druckmann, the Naughty Dog …

Are We Living in a Computer Simulation? Elon Musk Thinks So.

Simulation Hypothesis<p>While many people take reality at face value, others believe the far more intriguing theory that we are living in a computer …

Bruce Timm and Sam Liu Will Join Forces to Bring You Batman and Harley Quinn

Timm co-wrote the script with Jim Krieg.<p>We now know the creative team that will be bringing you the DC animated movie Batman and Harley Quinn this …

Kingdom Hearts’ toughest decision still haunts me

15 years later, I still can’t answer this game’s first questions<p><i>Kingdom Hearts</i> was a magical game, and it still is, 15 years later. But in its very first scene, you have to make what felt like a monumental decision — and the lack of context stopped me dead in my tracks for an embarassingly long …

This week sees the opening of the first Camille Claudel museum, showcasing works by this often misunderstood artist

Art

Move over Angelina Jolie: The secret British history of tattoos

In July 1938, an article in <i>American Weekly</i> proclaimed that one of Britain’s most celebrated political hostesses, “the stately Marchioness of Londonderry” had been spotted at a committee of the War Office bearing the most startling of accessories. Rising skirts and the onset of transparent hose had …

Body Art

Muslim Artist's Dreamy Nude Self-Portraits Show The Power Of Self-Love

“I think I’ve spent like 90% of my life trying to accept that I’m a female and that’s OK."<p>Growing up in Pakistan, it was virtually impossible for artist Hiba Schahbaz to find a woman to pose nude as her subject. And so she took on the job herself.<p>As a preteen, Schahbaz stood naked before her …

Watch how Portal would work in the real world thanks to Microsoft HoloLens

Valve’s Portal series is one of the more beloved in PC gaming, thanks to its debut of unique puzzle mechanics to inject some fresh life in the tired first-person action genre. The game looks even more interesting when you’re using its unique mechanics overlaid on the real world, with virtual …

Theory claims to offer the first 'evidence' our Universe is a hologram

Despite how extreme the idea sounds, theories about the Universe being an illusion or a hologram aren't new. Now, researchers claim to have found …

Long Seen As Victim, 17th Century Italian Painter Emerges As Feminist Icon

She was one of the great female protagonists of the late-Renaissance art world. Forgotten in the 18th and 19th centuries, she was rediscovered in the 20th as a feminist icon.<p>Thirty paintings by Artemisia Gentileschi are on view at Rome's Palazzo Braschi, in a major new exhibit running through May …

Edvard Munch's The Scream Is Infinitely More Horrific as an Action Figure

The latest masterpiece to get the action figure treatment in Figma’s Table Museum series is the tortured soul featured in Edvard Munch’s famous <i>The</i> …

Art

Sexuality Prefrences of Comic Characters Causing Controversy? | Comics Amino

I think they should introduce new characters, which can be lgbt+ from the beginning on, that wouldn't cause so many discussions. Because it does not …

Bethesda Won't Comment on Fallout: New Orleans Rumours

Last month, we reported on a trademark for something called Fallout: New Orleans. Almost as soon as the news got out, the 'net was awash in …

Michelangelo hid female anatomy symbols in Sistine Chapel ceiling painting, researchers claim

Over 500 years later and secrets hidden within the Sistine Chapel are only just being discovered today. A team of academics analysing the artwork …

Art