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Rio 2016 Olympics: Just how Great were Britain?

<b>Great Britain smashed their medal target for the 2016 Olympics, achieved a succession of notable 'firsts' and caused a major stir by finishing second in the table, above global powerhouse China.</b><p>Of the 366 athletes that went to the Rio Games for Team GB, 130 of them - just over 35% - returned with a …

10 things we didn't know last week

<b>1. Australia has a</b> town called Humpty Doo.<p>Find out more (ABC)<p><b>2. Every winter, great</b> white sharks swim for 30 to 40 days to congregate at a particular spot halfway between Mexico and Hawaii. No-one knows why.<p>Find out more (Slate)<p><b>3. People touch their</b> smartphones 2,617 times a day on average.<p>Find out …

This Cyborg Stingray Is the Coolest Thing You'll See All Day

An international team of researchers has developed an eerily realistic robotic stingray that blurs the line between animal and machine. Fueled by …

California city's curb fix disappoints earthquake scientists

HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) — A faulty curb that perfectly illustrated the seismic forces at work underneath a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood has been …

Why do we spend hundreds of hours playing games we don't like?

In this modern world of user reviews, a strange phenomenon has begun to occur. Check out the most damning, angry reviews of games on Steam and you’ll …

PC Gaming

Scientists Have Discovered a Brand New, "Near-Perfect" Shade of Blue

And soon, you'll be able to paint it all over your house!<p>"Serendipitously," in 2009, Oregon State University chemist Mas Subramanian created the gorgeous blue pigment you see above, the university reports. Now, the "near-perfect" pigment has been perfected and will be sold as commercial coatings …

Rare Earth

This Is The Horror Sloths Go Through Every Time They Have to Poop

What did we just watch?<p>A sloth's life seems pretty sweet, right? You get to hang out in trees all day, munching on food, sleeping all the time, and …

You can help stop human trafficking with the TraffickCam app

In a world where the phrase “oh god, not another app” often springs to mind, along with “Yeah, yeah, I’m <i>sure</i> you want to make a world a better place” TraffickCam is a blast of icy-fresh air.<p>TraffickCam is an app developed by the Exchange Initiative, an organization fighting back against sex …

Apps

How Much of the Ocean Is Whale Pee (and Worse)?

If you enjoy swimming, snorkeling, surfing or scuba diving in the ocean, at some point you may have wondered how much of what you were floating in …

Biology

Maps Have Been Lying To You Your Entire Life

The truth is that every map tells a lie, but they don’t all lie about the same thing. For example, Mercator projection maps—one of the most common in …

Geography

Twitch sues viewerbot sellers to curb fake popularity ratings

Twitch has long been the <i>de facto</i> prime source for streaming video game content, but with popularity comes internet crime. Seedy online outlets are selling bot followers in bulk to make accounts look more popular than they really are, which the streaming service monitors and bans where it can. But …

Internet

The new Astro A50 adds customisation to an already great headset

Astro adds some customisation options to its top-of-the-line wireless gaming headset.<p>The popular Astro A50 gaming headset, first released in 2012, is getting an upgrade, with the company bringing the customisation from the A40 to the flagship headphones.<p>The originals were extremely comfortable but …

Special Planes Are En Route To Rescue A Scientist From The South Pole

As we speak<p>The South Pole sits thousands of miles from civilization, atop a 9,000-foot-thick ice sheet. It's night there now, and will stay night until September. The temperatures average around negative 80 degrees Fahrenheit. And a scientist with a medical emergency needs to be rescued, in the …

Why The YouTube Community Never Rallied Behind The 'Videogames' Channel

If there’s one thing the YouTube community hates, it’s “the man” trying to undermine their space — be it with shady or unfavorable contract deals or false copyright strikes. The big money moving into the ecosystem has put a lot of people on edge. You’d think then, that when the owners of the four …

A Modder Turned a Burger King Toy into a Functioning Game Boy Color

The first Nintendo Game Boy system was released in a variety of models (original, Pocket, the Japan-only Light), and so was the Game Boy Advance …

Retrogaming

Here’s when the Sony, Microsoft, and Ubisoft E3 press briefings start

It’s time to start planning for next month’s Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show in Los Angeles, and we’re here to help. You can watch all of the livestreams here and find out when they start below:<p>Microsoft, Sony, and most of the other major gaming companies have announced the details of …

Now Sony, Microsoft And Nintendo May All Have New Consoles In 2017

A few months ago, the rumors were that the Nintendo NX would be out before the end of the year, Sony’s PS4.5 might be out in the fall, and Microsoft would probably wait until the following year for its Scorpio console.<p>Times have changed.<p>Recent reveals have entirely mixed up that theoretical …

Eve Online’s world war, explained | Polygon

Gaming’s best stories are written by the people who play, and World War Bee is no exception<p>Over the last several months tens of thousands of players in <i>Eve Online</i> banded together to wage war against the largest ruling faction in the game. The result was the single most deadly engagement in the …

The mystery of the 'legal name fraud' billboards

<b>Scores of posters have appeared around the UK warning of "legal name fraud". What does this mean and who is paying for the adverts?</b><p>The message is spelled out in bold capital letters. "LEGAL NAME FRAUD," it says. Then below: "THE TRUTH." And finally: "IT'S ILLEGAL TO USE A LEGAL NAME."<p>The first time …

May’s self-driving car report details how Google teaches its cars to honk

Every month, Google puts out a report for its self-driving car project. There’s not that much new this month besides the usual updated running totals (miles driven, number of vehicles on the road, etc.), but the Mountain View company did take some time to detail something that many may not have …

This is now the second best-selling videogame of all time

Image: TeamMojang/YouTube<p>Image: TeamMojang/YouTube<p>MINECRAFT IS NOW the second best-selling video game of all time, having sold 106 million to …

Google Play

Top 10 Hardest Grand Theft Auto Missions Of All Time

“I got most of the way through it, but I got stuck on this one mission…”<p>Welcome to Thegamefreakshow, and today we’re counting down our picks for the …

Minecraft will no longer allow companies to promote products in-game

Minecraft developer Mojang is cracking down on the sorts of creations people erect in its procedurally-generated sandbox. The gist is that people can …

The most accurate clock in the world is redefining the second

<b>(CNN) —</b> What if everything you knew about time was wrong, and time actually moved at a different rate from what your watch or your phone is telling you right now?<p>A study released Wednesday in Optica, the Optical Society's research journal, is putting the pieces together about how to get an even …

Physics

Street Fighter 2 finally names the dudes who duked it out in the arcade game's opening

They're Scott and Max, not Joe and Mike<p>Anyone who's stepped foot in a bowling alley or mini-golf course's arcade knows <i>Street Fighter 2</i>'s attract mode. The theme comes up and then BLAMMO, one guy in a white t-shirt drops a shirtless dude with a lightning right hook to the kisser. The camera tilts up …

Street Fighter

Stringray phone tracker use in the UK admitted for the first time

Stingray devices that can intercept mobile calls, track users and block signals are definitely being used in the UK, it's come to light. The first official confirmation that these "IMSI catchers" are out in the wild comes from the Scottish Prison Service (SPS), by way of a freedom of information …

Surveillance

Yes, The Pentagon Still Uses Floppy Disks For Nuclear Launches

And they're probably safer than newer technologies<p>A weird and totally true thing about the modern world is that whoever gets to be President of the United States has 7,100 nuclear warheads at their command. Theorized in the 1930s and first built and used in the 1940s, these weapons shape the outer …

10 Crazy Scientific Proposals That Make You Question Scientists

Academically, science exists to help us understand our humanity, our environment, our world, and our universe. Pragmatically, it exists to help us …

VW fixed the problem of dirty backup cameras with this simple technology

The car is loads of fun, has an amazing audio system, and is pretty cheap, at less than $25,000.<p>But it also has a nifty feature that no driver is ever going to see — although he or she might <i>hear</i> it, and it solves a problem that every driver with a backup camera has faced when the weather gets rough.<p>…

Secret WW2 wireless station in Norwich gets heritage protection

<b>An underground wireless station set up in 1940 by Winston Churchill to counteract a feared German invasion has been given heritage protection.</b><p>The secret station was manned by civilian volunteers who would send and receive messages for the Army.<p>It was discovered in 2012 at a house just outside …