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Father.IO Brings First Person Shooter Gaming In Real World Environments

Proxy42, an augmented reality gaming and hardware company headquartered in San Francisco, with additional production facilities in Italy, launched this week the pre-sale for Father.IO a massive multiplayer game, based on AR, to be played in the real world.<p>Gamers worldwide will be able to play via …

The future has arrived: the sci-fi inventions that have become reality

Tractor beams, hoverboards and invisibility cloaks were once just futuristic impossibilities. Not any more<p>Hey, Marty McFly! Hoverboard available on Kickstarter for $10,000<p>They are the inventions and happenings that were once only dreamt up in the pages of fantasy novels and the far-flung corners of …

Navy Demonstrates Swarm Of Armed Robot Boats

No on-board crew members required<p>Call them sea drones, dronaughts, or roboats, the Navy demonstrated a swarm of remotely-controlled boats on the James River in Virginia this August. As if animated by the same mind, the 13 patrol boats all moved in unison, their crewless decks painting a picture of …

Is demoted planet Pluto making a comeback?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Poor Pluto. Is it or isn't it a planet?<p>Ever since astronomer Clyde Tombaugh at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, discovered it on February 18, 1930, we've believed that we live in a solar system with nine planets.<p>Then, along came the International Astronomical Union, the group …

Destiny's troubled launch was the best-case scenario for Halo 5

Few arrivals in gaming history have been ushered into existence with quite the same level of scrutiny as Bungie's <i>Destiny</i>.<p>Apart from Bungie and its anxious paymasters at Activision, no-one will have watched the game's arrival with as much interest as 343 Industries. Located just eight miles from …

Drone Brain Makers Want To Create The DOS Of Flying Robots

Cloud compatibility in the actual clouds.<p>Drones soon may be bound together by a common code. Airware, a commercial drone software company with MIT roots, hopes to unify drones in a shared code architecture. Airware already makes an autopilot, but that’s just the first step to creating a drone …

Odd inventions: meet the man behind the plant pot umbrella

From the xylophone bin to the finger nose stylus, inventor Dominic Wilcox is the master of repurposing everyday objects. The effects, documented in his new book, range from whimsical to surreal to slightly disturbing<p>When Dominic Wilcox left art college, he had a notebook full of sketches – …

Girl accused in 'Slender Man' stabbing found unfit for trial by psychologist

Judge will decide whether 12-year-old Wisconsin girl charged with stabbing a classmate 19 times is mentally healthy enough to stand trial<p>• Miranda rights and minors: a blind spot in US justice • Slender Man: a horror story in Wisconsin<p>A psychologist has determined the second of two 12-year-old …

Hacker tells Bitcoin creator, 'You are not safe. Get out.'

Someone has taken over the email account belonging to the inventor of the Bitcoin cryptocurrency, the fabled Satoshi Nakamoto. The email account is the very same one used to publish Bitcoin's original whitepaper, the document that became both its mission statement and its technical foundation.<p>One …

NASA Plans to Shoot Lasers at the Earth to Study Forests in 3D

Meet the newly approved, ISS-bound probe GEDI, the first probe to systematically study carbon sequestration from space.<p>This week, NASA released details of a newly approved project: the Global Ecosystems Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) lidar. The probe is scheduled for completion in 2018, and will …

Carbon Dioxide

One World Trade Center: as seen from around New York City

Thirteen years on from the tragedy that struck New York, the new landmark of One World Trade Center is ready to open to the public. Already a familiar feature of the skyline, we asked you to show us how you see the building from your local neighbourhood. Here’s a collection of some of your great …

'Destiny' Day One Gameplay

The floodgates have been opened and Destiny is now playable for…media members across the land. While the general public still has to wait 24 hours until launch, the press finally has the chance to boot up their review copies and start playing the game finally not in an “alpha” or “beta” …

What does $150 get you in Destiny's Ghost Edition?

We're still a few days away from the release of Bungie's new online-focused shooter <i>Destiny</i>, but Activision shipped out copies to press yesterday. One of the copies we received was the Ghost Edition, which costs a steep $149.99 and is currently sold out at GameStop, Amazon and Best Buy, among other …

What does it feel like when everyone else finds the Higgs, and you don't?

A short film on the ups, but mainly downs, of a difficult search.<p>A couple of weeks ago we hosted a small-ish meeting at UCL, the sixth “Boost” workshop. I’ve written about these before and I enjoy them a lot. It was great to welcome lots of friends and colleagues to my own university this time (and …

Brain-to-brain 'telepathic' communication achieved for first time

Team of US-led researchers successfully achieves brain-to-brain communication between humans from India to France<p>For the first time, scientists have been able to send a simple mental message from one person to another without any contact between the two, thousands of miles apart in India and France.<p>…

Pregnant Mascarene petrel shows off ginormous egg bump as she soars over open seas: picture

A critically endangered Mascarene petrel, <i>Pseudobulweria aterrima,</i> with a very pregnant egg bump is taking centre stage by storm in the ornithological world on Thursday. This mysterious seabird was expected to lay her egg – and she lays only one egg per season – within hours after being photographed …

IBM wants to kill the hard drive it invented

Saving files to memory is something that's supposed to be mostly invisible for the end user. We don't need to think about it; it just has to work. But whether it's a solid-state or hard disk drive, conventional storage solutions have their limitations -- namely, speed, rewritability and durability. …

Could We Build a Ringworld?

In our cosmic megastructures series, PopMech explores some of the key engineering and design challenges in constructing gigantic structures for use by humankind in space. Today: a Niven Ring or Ringworld, an enormous slice of real estate encircling a star.<p><b>Name:</b> Niven Ring, or Ringworld<p><b>Named for:</b> …

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Before there were none

What was it like to witness a flock of passenger pigeons flying overhead? What did this spectacle look and sound like? Start by imagining a murmuration of starlings multiplied by a thousand times ...<p>The passenger pigeon was driven to extinction (by people, of course) one hundred years and two days …

P.T. photos depict your everyday haunted house

<i>P.T.</i>, the playable teaser for upcoming horror game <i>Silent Hills</i>, has inspired plenty of fan reactions since its free release on Aug. 12. There have been reaction videos, deep-dives into the Kojima-inspired rabbit hole that was the final puzzle in the game, and now, fans are editing screenshots to …

Inside the Lego factory in Billund, Denmark - in pictures

The Guardian was given exclusive access to the the heart of the Lego empire to see how the Danish company produces the enduring plastic building blocks<p>Photographs by Alicia Canter for the Guardian

Inside Google's Secret Drone-Delivery Program

For two years, the company has been working to build flying robots that can deliver products across a city in a minute or two. An Atlantic exclusive.<p>A zipping comes across the sky.<p>A man named Neil Parfitt is standing in a field on a cattle ranch outside Warwick, Australia. A white vehicle appears …

Don't wait! Trade in your old iPhone now

Eagerly awaiting the new iPhone? Then sell your old one now.<p>The trade-in value of an old iPhone declines sharply before the launch of each new one, and Apple (AAPL) is expected to unveil the iPhone 6 in just a couple of weeks -- on Sept. 9.<p>In the past, prices for old iPhones have dropped 20% a …

This Asus smartwatch actually looks stylish

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Asus has already teased a shadowing image of its first smartwatch in advance of next week’s IFA event in Berlin. SlashGear …

Minecraft players build working hard drives

Players of the pixelated building block game have taken its virtual simulation tools to an unprecedented level: building functioning hard drives that can read and write data.<p>Players of the popular open-world building game Minecraft, created by Markus "Notch" Persson in 2009, continue to push the …

Computer Science

A Satellite Took Pictures of Another Satellite and Now It's a GIF

A series of pictures provided to TIME by DigitalGlobe shows what kind of fun you can have when you own multiple satellites.<p>The images captured the …

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