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Ray tracing explained: The future of hyper-realistic graphics

Ray tracing has long been gaming's holy grail. A method of creating hyper-realistic lighting and graphics, for years ray tracing has been promised as the technology that will take games the next step closer to total realism. Ray tracing has perennially been just on the horizon, but at GDC 2018, …

Google Knows Literally Everything About You - Here's How To Delete That Data

Take back control of your information with these easy steps.<p>Google, just like Facebook, collects a lot of personal data about its users. While many …

7 games with interesting hacking mechanics all devs should study

Games have immense capacity to make us feel cool or smart or highly capable — or all three at the same time. And few things can pull that off quite …

Blockchain Explained: How It Works, Who Cares and What Its Future May Hold

Best known as the immutable database that runs underneath cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum, blockchain is poised to play a critical role in …

8 Body Weight Exercises You Can Do Anywhere

Are you worried you don’t have the right gear for a good workout? Don’t be, says Michele Olson, Ph.D., professor of exercise science at Auburn …

What’s killing America’s new mothers?

Elizabeth “Liz” Logelin was a young, fit woman with a promising career in operations management at Disney. On March 24, 2008, after a complicated pregnancy that saw her bedridden for nearly two months (three weeks of which were in the hospital), she delivered her daughter Madeline (“Maddie”) …

Can American soil be brought back to life?

A new idea: If we revive the tiny creatures that make dirt healthy, we can bring back the great American topsoil. But farming culture — and government — aren't making it easy.<p>Four generations of Jonathan Cobb’s family tended the same farm in Rogers, Texas, growing row upon row of corn and cotton on …

Farming

​Is Poop Doping the Next Big Thing?

With recent advancements in studies on the gut biomes of elite athletes, the answer could be yes.<p>Lauren Petersen, a scientist at The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington, Connecticut, is one of an elite group of scientists looking at the gut microbiology of athletes. Petersen, who …

Fill your new iPhone with some of the App Store's best 'buy once, play forever' indie games

With the holiday season here, you might find yourself with a little more free time than you're allotted during the rest of the year. AppleInsider has …

Indie Gaming

We Played Apple’s New Game That Teaches Kids How To Code

One recent evening, I spent my 40-minute commute guiding a friendly cyclops around a maze in search of gems. After moving the creature with a series …

Animation software used by Studio Ghibli is going open source

Toonz, the software that animators at Studio Ghibli used for classics like <i>Princess Mononoke</i>, is going open source. Italian studio Digital Video made a deal with Japanese media company Dwango, enabling Dwango to produce and release a free version of the tool, called OpenToonz, for the international …

Sleeping forest

Heck Yeah, Ears: Cat Head Motorcycle Helmets

These are the Neko Helmets designed and made by Russian based Nitrinos motostudio. Prices range from $495 to $590 depending on the design, and are …

56,224 hard drives later, Western Digital fails most often

Backblaze offers a great cloud backup service for $5 a month, but you might not know it’s one of few large companies that refuses to use “enterprise grade” hard drives in its datacenters — instead opting for the kind of drives you or I might buy.<p>The company provides regular detailed reports on the …

'Operator' is a font designed to make coding easier

While many of us bristle at the sight of Comic Sans (this writer included), coders have an altogether different view of typefaces and how they're presented. Thus, Operator Mono, the new font from one of the highest-regarded typeface-creators that was forged to make life easier for the folks who …

Yes: Guy Builds Functional Flamethrowing Lightsaber

This is the flame-powered lightsaber built by electrical engineer Allen Pan. It even makes authentic sound effects when turned on and off. The blade …

Neato: Pouring Molten Aluminum Into An Aquarium Full Of Water Beads

This is a video from the Backyard Scientist demonstrating the shapes made when you pour molten aluminum into an aquarium full of water polymer beads. …

These new leggings designed by a full-time college student solve an annoying part of exercise

Lume Lifestyle is a small athletic apparel company that developed a smart pocket for leggings.<p>The smart pocket is made of a touch-responsive, mesh fabric. This allows the wearer to slip the phone into a pocket on the front thigh and use it without taking it out.<p>"I wanted to create a product that …

Proof Positive: An Eight Minute Video Explaining Why Jar Jar Binks Is A Sith Lord

This is an eight minute video (text version HERE) detailing Redditor Lumpawarroo's theory that Jar Jar Binks is actually a trained Force user, a Sith …

Jar Jar Binks

Illustrated Video Of Every Star Wars Vehicle From The Original Trilogy Drawn To Scale

This is a video created using the illustrations of artist Scott Park, featuring all the vehicles from the original Star Wars trilogy in order from …

I Call The Death Star: Star Wars Planets Glassware Set

This is the $40 Star Wars Planetary Glassware Set available from ThinkGeek. It comes with six 10-ounce glasses including four planets, one moon …

Luke Skywalker

Oh Right, This Is The Internet: Movie Clips Edited Together To Sing Adele's 'Hello'

Because what good would the internet be without stuff like this (basically just Amazon and p0rn as far as I can tell), this is a video of a bunch of …

Final Fantasy VII Remake Turns A Cult Classic Into An Action RPG

After announcing it at E3 2015, Square Enix unveiled the first gameplay trailer for one of its most anticipated games, Final Fantasy VII. And it looks like it’s more than just a remake with better graphics.<p>As you can see in the trailer below, the new game looks gorgeous. There are a few shots of …

Why an Artist is Growing Space Lettuce

Suzanne Anker grows greens like an astronaut to demo the future of healthy eating<p>In the back chapel of the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, an artist is growing space lettuce. Light filters through the stained glass windows, mixes with the glow of LEDs, and bathes trays of peas, beans, …

Aquaponics

Udemy has a piracy problem and it's relying on users to figure it out

What would you do if you saw someone had copied one your projects entirely and just removed your name? And even worse, what would you do if this person was then making money from your work?<p>Well, that’s exactly what’s happened to Troy Hunt, a security expert and author, who regularly posts courses …

Microsoft let off a software pirate if he made an anti-piracy video that got 200,000 views

A hacker named Jakub was found guilty of pirating Windows and other software. He was handed a three-year suspended sentence and a hefty fine—5.7 million koruna ($223,200)—by a Czech court. He couldn’t afford to pay it, so the companies suing him—including Microsoft, HBO, Sony Music, and 21st …

Sony Music

'Everest VR' will take gamers up a CGI mountain next year

Along with a "mobile supercomputer," NVIDIA dropped off this teaser for Everest VR at its event earlier this week. Made by Sólfar Studios and RVX, it used NVIDIA's GPU to mash up over 300,000 high res pictures of the mountain range to create a 3D mesh and textures that is claimed to be the …

Virtual Reality

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