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Gravitational waves explained

A century after Albert Einstein rewrote our understanding of space and time, physicists have confirmed one of the most elusive predictions of his …

'Hover Junkers' Is An Ingenious Approach To The FPS Genre For Room Scale VR

I crouch down to take cover, my opponent firing wildly in my direction. I’m able to see a sliver of her avatar through the cracks in her defense. I …

A research team has an unsettling explanation for why we haven't found aliens

Given the size and age of the universe, he said, and the statistical probability of life emerging in other solar systems, why is it that humanity has not seen any indications of intelligent life in the cosmos?<p>This query, known as the Fermi Paradox, continues to haunt us to this day.<p>If there are …

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Best PS4 games for new owners

Must-have PlayStation 4 games and a few hidden gems<p>Congrats! You are now the owner of a beautiful, hopefully not bouncing PlayStation 4. You might have a few must-have games in mind, or you might not — the point is, you don't have to worry. We've put together a healthy mix of console titles, from …

What is it like to have never felt an emotion?

Some people seem to lack the capacity to feel joy, sorrow or love. David Robson discovers the challenges and surprising advantages of “alexithymia”.<p>Caleb is telling me about the birth of his son, now eight months old. “You know you hear parents say that the first time they looked at their kid, they …

Watch a pro racer do real-world drifting wearing an Oculus Rift

"I love gaming, and I hate the idea of sitting in my room for months playing the same game," says Glenn Snyder, one of two designers that oil company Castrol hired to create its Rift drifting sim. "I really want to go out in the real world and just modify the visuals a little bit, you know? Just …

20 French Phrases You Should Be Using

As much as 30 percent of the English language—or roughly one in three English words—is believed to be derived directly from French. It’s a …

There will be sex in space: Mars, science and “the dictates of biology and human culture”

<b>(CSA-Plastock via iStock)</b><p>Zero-gravity sex presents many challenges. But on Mars, the science of getting it on could be with us<p>Chris Impey<p>April 12, 2015 4:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Beyond: Our Future in Space”<p>Let’s start by stating the obvious: It’s far easier and cheaper to fix the problems of this …