Shawn Martel

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PlayStation Plus April Free Games Revealed

The lineup of games available free to PlayStation Plus subscribers in April has been revealed and includes the co-op action title Lovers in a …

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 …

Dark Matter

Star Wars has always been political. Here's why the alt-right is claiming otherwise.

The debate over Rogue One reminds us that alt-right politics defy modern concepts of basic morality.<p>All art is political, but science fiction is perhaps the most conscientiously political genre in all of fiction. So it’s been odd to witness the mini-controversy surrounding the recent <i>Rogue One: A</i> …

Star Wars Anthology Series

Radioactive Diamond Batteries: Making Good Use Of Nuclear Waste

A research team at the University of Bristol has developed a way to use a type of nuclear waste to generate electricity in a nuclear-powered battery that is an actual diamond.<p>Such a battery produces very low power, but has no moving parts, no emissions of any type including radiation, needs no …

Clean Energy

The Robot Economy: A Caution

The science fiction author Isaac Asimov was a prolific writer on the subject of robots, having written numerous short stories addressing the problems …

The Future

Justin Trudeau’s giant corporate giveaway

A privatization spree in Canada could cost regular people billions, erode democracy and undermine the fight against climate change<p>While prime minister Justin Trudeau flogged our public assets last week, he had a soothing message: rest assured, we’ll be well-served by the private sector. Bankers and …

Canada

Rogue One is bucking a Star Wars tradition

The stand-alone anthology film will look a little different<p><i>Rogue One: A Star Wars Story</i> is the first stand-alone anthology movie that Lucasfilm is making, and it’s crucial to the future of the Star Wars franchise. In an attempt to keep it separate from the main series, however, one key component of …

Read This Gorgeous, Heartbreaking Story From the Attack on Titan Anthology Comic

Hajime Isayama’s blockbuster manga about a world beset by giant, naked, human-eating monstrosities is a hit not just in its native Japan, but around …

'Dead is Gone Forever:' The Need for Cryonics Policy

The news that a 14-year-old U.K. girl has undergone cryonic suspension after dying from cancer has created headlines around the world, putting a …

If Animals Have Rights, Should Robots?

We can think of ourselves as an animal’s peer—or its protector. What will robots decide about us?<p>Harambe, a gorilla, was described as “smart,” “curious,” “courageous,” “magnificent.” But it wasn’t until last spring that Harambe became famous, too. On May 28th, a human boy, also curious and …

Fly Fishing

Tube man death match: An indie game 'so stupid' it works

All good indie games should involve a fight to the death...between two wacky waving inflatable arm-flailing tube men.<p>"It's so stupid, but it doesn't know it's stupid. It thinks it's Mortal Kombat!"<p>That's the summary of Inflatality -- a console game that takes the kind of inflatable tube men you …

Mortal Kombat

A Wonderful Webcomic Illuminating the Things in the Shadows That Scare Us the Most

Artist Brian Coldrick’s series <i>Behind You</i> is an ongoing look at the very common fear that someone is lurking just out of your field of vision—perhaps …

Batman’s About to Start Unraveling DC Rebirth’s Watchmen Mystery

Batman’s been showing a broader spectrum of emotions lately, with more trust and genuine attempts at connection coming from Bruce Wayne than he has …

‘Atlanta' aired a fake cereal ad that was actually a shocking satire of police brutality

FX's acclaimed dramedy <i>Atlanta</i> has left hints that it exists in a slightly alternate reality to ours — one where Justin Bieber is black and people …

Donald Glover

10 Easy Tricks to Help You Stop Procrastinating And Get Back to Work

Laziness begets laziness.<p>Why go to the gym tonight? After all, you haven’t gone in a week. Why take out the garbage when your whole apartment is a …

Procrastination

Watch a $300 Comic Turn into a $10 Comic

One of the best things about the weekly Show Me Your Nerd show on Facebook Live is getting to actually touch priceless comics and other nerd …

The new £5 note can play vinyl records

The new £5 note is hard to destroy because it is made of polymer.<p>Because of its strong plastic structure, people have found another surprising use for it.<p>A video of Michael Ridge, from Norwich, has shown he was able to play ABBA's Money, Money, Money on his record player using the new five pound …

A new kind of fake tree has spinning leaves that can generate wind power for your house

But turbines are rarely colorful or aesthetically pleasing — and they're certainly not something many people would want in their front yard. A new kind of fake tree comprised of leaf-shaped mini turbines could change that.<p>The WindTree, created by a french company called NewWind, has 54 spinning …

Renewable Energy

Loneliness is a Social and Health Epidemic. Here’s How We Fight Back

In the United States, 1 in 3 people over the age of 65 live alone; by age 85, 1 in 2 people live alone. Those stats come from <i>The New York Times</i> and …

Earth - We might live in a computer program, but it may not matter

<i>This story is part of BBC Earth's "Best of 2016" list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>Are you real? What about me?<p>These used to be questions that only philosophers worried about. Scientists just got on with figuring out how the world is, and why. But some of the current best …

Singularity

World’s First Flat-Pack Truck Can Be Assembled in 12 Hours

The world's first flat-pack truck doesn’t take much longer to assemble than an IKEA couch. Auto Express reports that the two-wheel drive vehicle, …

Human-Robot Relationships Will Never Make the Leap From Sex to Love

If sex robots could love, would they even be robots at all?<p>Could a robot designed as a sexual companion ever feel something like love for me? And could I, as a human with emotional intelligence, ever feel love for it? These questions challenge our definition of love, but they also challenge our …

Robotics

Internet Ridicules Man Who Mansplained Physics To A Top Female Astronaut

'I forget how everyone gets offended by everything.'<p>Jessica Meir<p>Another day, another man thinking he can tell a professional, highly-qualified woman …

Seals

PC gaming beat consoles a long time ago, so now consoles are becoming more like gaming PCs

Commentary: New Xbox and PlayStation hardware takes an iterative approach, playing the same games but built for different budgets and needs, like what PC gamers have had for decades.<p>The long battle between gaming PCs and game consoles is over, and the PCs won.<p>At least they won the philosophical …

Gaming

Native American Student Punished for Refusing to Say Pledge of Allegiance

Long before 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made national headlines for refusing to stand during playing of the national anthem at NFL games, …

Solar outstrips coal in past six months of UK electricity generation

More power came from solar panels than from Britain’s ageing coal stations from April to September this year, report shows<p>Electricity generated by solar panels on fields and homes outstripped Britain’s ageing coal power stations over the past six months in a historic first.<p>Climate change analysts …

Human Geography