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Playing God: Tools for Crafting Characters

It’s not an easy skill to come up with interesting and compelling characters. My research article exploring reasons why people stop reading a book …

Darth Vader

Russian Router Malware Just Got Much Worse: What to Do

Remember that Russian router malware warning from last week? The situation is even worse than we originally thought, and a whole lot more router …

How robo-callers outwitted the government and completely wrecked the Do Not Call list

On the morning of Oct. 1, 2015, a middle-aged telemarketer arrived at the Washington headquarters of the Federal Trade Commission. His name was Aaron Michael Jones, or possibly Michael Aaron Jones, and in any case, he went by Mike. According to court documents, Mike was a father and widower. He …

Identity Theft

Uranium Company Urged Trump To Carve Up Bears Ears, Then He Did

An energy firm's lobbying team was led by Trump's incoming EPA deputy secretary.<p>Earlier this month Donald Trump hailed his edict slashing Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument by some 85 percent as a great move for American citizens. But another interest was likely far more delighted: a mining …

To Some Zionist Christians And Jews, The Bible Says Jerusalem Is Israel's Capital

Those Jews and evangelical Christians who say an undivided Jerusalem should be the eternal capital of Israel have a ready answer for anyone who questions that claim: The Bible says so.<p>The most often-cited text is 2 Chronicles 6:5-6, wherein King Solomon quotes God as saying, "Since the day that I …

Copper, Brass, Mahogany, and Glass Combine in Clock with a Vintage Look

No two words can turn off the average Hackaday reader faster than “Nixie” and “Steampunk.” But you’re not the average Hackaday reader, so if you’re …

FCC's next step on net neutrality: Blocking the states

Chairman Ajit Pai seeks to keep states from stepping in to regulate the internet.<p>The Obama administration’s net neutrality rules met their all-but-certain demise Tuesday as Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai outlined a plan to repeal them — while making sure states can't impose …

Net Neutrality

Security Breach and Spilled Secrets Have Shaken the N.S.A. to Its Core

WASHINGTON — Jake Williams awoke last April in an Orlando, Fla., hotel where he was leading a training session. Checking Twitter, Mr. Williams, a cybersecurity expert, was dismayed to discover that he had been thrust into the middle of one of the worst security debacles ever to befall American …

Surveillance

Relaxing video on awe-inspiring stellar nebulae

Teun van der Zalm developed an algorithm for creating nebulae in games, VR, and film. This showcase of the results, set to a lovely free track by Lee …

Email spam is about to get way worse, and you can blame MailChimp

Do you have a problem with spam?<p>I do, but perhaps not the one that you imagine.<p>You see, the anti-spam system I have in place <i>does</i> do a pretty good job …

4K gaming or data caps: Something’s gotta give

The Remedy Entertainment sci-fi adventure Quantum Break is 178.1 GB on the Xbox One X. If, like me, you have a 1TB data cap with your internet service provider, downloading that one game will consume more than one-sixth of your total for the month. With games at these sizes, consumers now have to …

Transparent Solar Cells Like This Could Deliver 40% of America's Power

Here's how they work.<p>Solar energy is off the charts. Not only is uptake skyrocketing, but solar is now the cheapest form of new energy in dozens of …

Now we know why Xbox One backward compatibility took so long

Response to "always on" Internet fiasco put "back compat" on the backburner.<p>Anyone who followed Microsoft's gaming plans in 2013 knows how much the …

Dungeon

<b>Dungeon tiles</b><br>I'm writing an old school fantasy campaign for my games group, returning to fantasy role playing after a long eighteen year gap where …

Woodworking

The tabletop RPG that kept Star Wars alive returns this year

The classic rulebook and sourcebook from 1987 get a new paint job<p>In 1987, Star Wars was all but dead; There were no new films or books on the horizon, Kenner had ceased production on its iconic action figures and the whole thing seemed to be just another passing fad.<p>The only thing keeping the …

How to Make Gorgeous Tabletop Terrain for Less than $15

<i>On The Geek & Sundry Painters Guild, host Will Friedle (who is new to the hobby) is joined by veteran hobbyists who show him the ins and outs of</i> …

What 13 highly successful people read every morning

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett, for example, spends 80% of his day reading.<p>So what is the first source that highly influential people check when they wake up?<p>Here are some resources leaders across industries use to sustain their morning reading habits:

Cherenkov Radiation Is the Beautiful Blue Result of Superluminal Speeds

<i>Our editors delve into Curiosity's top stories every day on a podcast that's shorter than your commute. Click here to listen and learn — in just a</i> …

Physics

The obscure religion that shaped the West

It has influenced Star Wars and Game of Thrones – and characters as diverse as Voltaire, Nietzsche and Freddie Mercury have cited it as an inspiration. So what is Zoroastrianism? Joobin Bekhrad finds out.<p>Talk of ‘us’ and ‘them’ has long dominated Iran-related politics in the West. At the same time, …

Ancient History

Why Warp Speed Will Never Happen

Sometimes the pendulum of our belief swings too far. For example, our perspective on what’s possible.<p>Before the Renaissance, there were plenty of things that were deemed absurd. If you told Henry the Eighth his descendants would one day carry a device allowing near-instant communication with anyone …

Physics

Renowned sci-fi author Ursula K. Le Guin explains that facts have no alternative

On Feb. 2, Kellyanne Conway fabricated a historical event she calls the “Bowling Green Massacre.” Conway, a close counselor to US president Donald Trump, also claimed that former president Barack Obama banned Iraqi refugees for six months as a result. Neither of these are true.<p>But they’re no …

Donald Trump

Why Immortality Is Overrated

Helen was 82. She'd survived both breast cancer and outlived her husband.<p>One summer day she began bleeding from her colon and was admitted to the hospital. We assumed the worst — another cancer. But after she endured a series of scans and being poked with scopes, we figured out that she had an …

Medicine

Federal Investigators Spot Flaws in SpaceX Falcon 9 Rockets (Updated)

The Government Accountability Office identified persistent cracking in turbofans that pump fuel to the rocket engines.<p><b>Update, 2/18:</b> The final Government Accountability Office report has been released, titled, "NASA Commercial Crew Program: Schedule Pressure Increases as Contractors Delay Key …

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The world’s most reviled financial product may save your retirement

Most people hate annuities. Hardly anyone buys them (pdf) and they’ve become synonymous with bad financial advice. But economists—who are also people—love annuities and can’t understand why others don’t. The number crunchers have even dubbed this vexing fact “the annuity puzzle,” and expend a lot …

Retirement

A large house at dusk with lights glowing. Woodland. A footbridge.

Aerial view of frozen land in the North Pole

Mission to Mars