Matthew J. Swartz

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E3 2014: Five Things Nintendo Has To Do At The Show

This year’s E3 is going to be a crucially important one. All the major console makers have launched their new machines, and so far things aren’t playing out according to plan for any of them. The Wii U is bordering on disaster, Microsoft can’t go a week without changing their Xbox One strategy and …

Tupac’s Final Words Revealed by Police Officer on Scene of Murder

The first police officer at the scene of Tupac Shakur’s 1996 drive-by murder has revealed the last words spoken by the late rap legend. And they’re …

Lookalikes Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith Engage in Drum Off on "Fallon"

In the world of celebrity doppelgangers, it's hard to imagine a pair looking as similar as Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith. Watching their joint appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon", it's really surreal how much they resemble each other when wearing the …

Pearl Jam Plot Fall U.S. Tour

Pearl Jam have announced a 12-city October U.S. tour, following a summer trek to Europe, that includes their appearance at Austin City Limits Music …

Dave Grohl Says Foo Fighters Album Has ‘Stadium Anthems That Startle’

With 2011’s <i>Wasting Light</i> becoming Foo Fighters‘ first Number One album, frontman Dave Grohl knew the band earned the capital to go into more …

The Game That Conquered the World

What is the appeal of Minecraft? It’s the limitless creation of one’s own reality.<p>For lack of anything better to do, I tear up a vegetable patch. Thrash, thrash, goes my club of a right arm: green matter flies, satisfyingly. With a <i>pop!</i> a large carrot appears in my hand––so now I’m armed. I mount …

Best Towns Tournament 2014: Results

Well, here it is. The moment you've all been waiting for. Duluth, MN, took down Provo, UT, Sunday night to earn the title of <i>Outside</i>'s Best Town 2014. We'll be following up with coverage of both towns in print and online this September, so look out for our Best Towns special—and maybe start planning …

The Medical and Microbiological Consequences of Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol consumption has been a part of human activity for millennia though not everyone does so responsibly. Back in the 1800s, public health officials first took note of the issue of alcohol abuse, which was known then as intemperance. They were keenly aware there was a link between the amount of …

A Wooden Canoe Built By Nick Offerman

Channel your inner Ron Swanson<p>The hustle of Hollywood isn’t exactly conducive to hobbies, especially not a mastery of woodworking. Yet actor and comedian Nick Offerman, known for his role as Ron Swanson on <i>Parks and Recreation</i>, snuck in the time to build this 18 foot-long canoe called Lucky Boy. …

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NASA is go for 2016 Mars lander

New Mars InSight mission is focused downward and inward, on Mars’ core, mantle and crust. It’ll even probe Mars’ interior.<p>NASA and its international …

Space

World's tiniest motor can fit inside a cell and spin as fast as a jet engine

Developed by researchers at the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas, a microscopically tiny motor is the smallest, fastest, and longest-running nanomotor to date.<p>At under one micrometer in size -- 500 times smaller than a grain of salt -- the motor is small enough to fit …

54 years of space exploration: an updated map that you must see – Franck Marchis Blog

National Geographic asked 5W Infographics to update its 50 Years of Exploration graphic, a classic that I use often in my talks to illustrate our …

5 Apps For A Citizen Science Summer

With summer just around the corner in the northern hemisphere (and that nasty winter not quite a distant-enough memory), a lot of us are looking for any excuse we can to go outside. Here are five citizen science apps that will give you all the reasons you need to get some fresh air.<p><b>Noise …

The Life Cycle Of Ideas

How scientific concepts rise and fall<p>Every scientific idea has its day. Theories are born and experiments are designed; results are put to the test, then disproved or accepted as canon. As scientists discuss an idea, they cite the paper that proposed it in their own work. Then, as the conversation …

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New meteor shower could make for heavenly viewing

Night skywatchers are anticipating a rare debut of a never-before-seen meteor shower this Friday and Saturday evening. The cosmic premiere of the May Camelopardalids could even rival the prolific Perseid shower in August, according to NASA.<p>"Some forecasters have predicted a meteor storm of more …

Desert Blocked Spread of Early Dinosaurs

Global warming created a broad desert that for millions of years barred dinosaurs from spreading into what is now North America.<p>A huge desert created by global warming likely prevented early dinosaurs from migrating out of South America for millions of years, suggests an analysis of ancient rocks. …

Space station's flying droids embrace Google smartphone tech

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--Imagine you're an astronaut who has just arrived at the International Space Station. You need to assess the supplies on hand, but counting everything demands so much of your limited time.<p>That's exactly why NASA originally turned to Spheres, autonomous, free-flying robots that …

Are We Totally Screwed? What Antarctica's 'Collapsing' Ice Sheet Means for Us

The past two weeks have brought one disturbing story after another about the future of the largest ice sheet on the planet — the vast frozen expanse …

Supernova discovery reveals how the biggest, brightest stars die

The most massive and luminous stars were long suspected to explode when they die, and astronomers now have the most direct evidence yet that these cosmic behemoths go out with a bang.<p>These findings shed light on the star explosions that provide the universe with the ingredients for planets and …

Official Tickets and Your Source for Live Entertainment

Aug<p>19<p>Sun<p>Tall Heights<p>Virginia Credit Union LIVE! at Richmond Raceway, Richmond, VA<p>Aug<p>19<p>Sun<p>Chris Hennessee<p>Rams Head Live!, Baltimore, …

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Batman: Arkham Knight trailer takes the Batmobile for a spin

<i>Batman: Arkham Knight</i>'s first gameplay trailer, released today by publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, focuses on the villains who send Gotham into mass panic, and Batman's most iconic piece of kit: the Batmobile.<p>"What are you doing?" asks a disembodied voice on the radio. "Evening the …

Hyrule Warriors to Have Two-Player Support, Will be Playable at E3

Famitsu has unveiled several new details about the upcoming Wii U title <i>Hyrule Warriors</i>, which will be playable at E3 next month.<p>Link, an in-training …

What New PS4 Features Do You Want? Share Your Ideas with Sony

I mentioned this in the forums. I'd love the ability to put my downloaded/indie titles in alphabetical order. Personally I think it would make …

Destiny PS4 pre-orders now open with beta access, first PS4 title to support pre-loading

Bungie's <i>Destiny</i> on PlayStation 4 is now available to pre-order on the PlayStation Store for $59.99 and, according to the PlayStation Knowledge Center, will be the first PS4 title to support pre-loading.<p>PS4's 1.70 update that rolled out in late April introduced the ability to pre-load pre-ordered …

Saying It Was Hacked, EBay Urges Users To Change Passwords

Online marketplace eBay says it was the target of a cyberattack in which hackers accessed a database of its encrypted passwords. The auction site says no financial data were revealed — but it's urging its users to update the passwords on their accounts.<p>EBay says that it hasn't seen any sign of …

9 Epic Hard-Boiled Egg Sandwiches

Here, nine incredible sandwiches that move hard-boiled eggs to center stage.<p>After mastering the art of peeling hard-boiled eggs with a spoon, you’ll …

How to Survive on Bacon

Seattle chef Josh Henderson is used to cooking on the go.<p><i>F&W asked chefs around the country how they would prepare for an apocalyptic situation, à la</i> …

6 Dishes Improved with a Poached Egg

Here, six things made better with the addition of a poached egg.<p>In this week’s edition of Mad Genius Tips, F&W Test Kitchen poaching pro Justin …