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Which gaming PCs are worth buying?

If you're serious about your computer gaming, you're going to want a desktop made for it. Many gamers choose to build their own, selecting the parts that best suit their needs. But to do that, you need the time and money, and it also generally helps to know what you're doing. For those of you …

2015 Subaru WRX vs. 2015 Volkswagen GTI | Comparison Test

You have heard plenty over the years about Subaru’s rally-inspired WRX. And, owing to its longer life span, you have probably heard even more about Volkswagen’s genre-defining hot hatch, the GTI. It’s now in its seventh generation.<p>Goodness knows, you’ve also heard plenty from us about the southern …

The 15 Greatest Toyota Vehicles of All Time – Feature

The storied rise of Toyota Motor Corporation from a maker of automatic textile looms to the largest and most profitable automaker in the world has been well documented. With hundreds of millions of durable, reliable workaday cars and trucks produced over a span of almost 80 years, distilling the 15 …

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Are We Living In the Event Horizon Of A 4D Black Hole?

The Big Bang has a lot of problems. For one, the usual laws of physics break down in a singularity. It’s bizarre and chaotic; anything could happen. Which makes cosmologists wonder why it would evolve into something as well-ordered as the universe we see around us. As Niayesh Afshordi put it in</i> …

World-record 43 Tbps data transfer speed set by Danish researchers

Using a new type of optical fiber, researchers at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) have transmitted data over a single optical fiber at a …

Nvidia's Shield Tablet wants to be the ultimate gaming device

Nvidia wasn't able to get its graphics chips into either the Xbox One or the PlayStation 4, so it's doing the next best thing by trying to obviate home consoles altogether. Today the company introduces its new $299 Shield Tablet: an 8-inch Android device designed to sate all your gaming needs at …

Former dictator Manuel Noriega sues Call of Duty creator

Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega is the latest public figure to take legal arms against a company for using his likeness in a video game, taking Activision to court for the publisher's portrayal of him in 2012 shooter <i>Call of Duty: Black Ops 2,</i> Courthouse News reports.<p>Following a route …

The Last of Us Remastered is a stunning visual masterpiece

<i>The Last of Us</i> stands as perhaps the best-looking game ever released on the PlayStation 3. You might have spent a lot of time during your playthrough standing still and moving the camera around, simply admiring the stunning environment that Naughty Dog crafted. You'll probably do something similar …

Nasa's Curiosity rover finds large iron meteorite on Mars

The iron meteorite discovered by the Curiosity rover must once have been at the heart of a growing planet that was shattered aeons ago<p>The meteorite is made of iron and about 2 metres long, which is about the width of the Nasa rover that found it. It is the first meteorite that Curiosity has found …

How Pikachu Has Changed Over the Years

You might know that Pikachu in the <i>Pocket Monster</i> anime now looks, well, like a changed Pokémon. But this isn’t the only instance of different …

Anime

Hands on with Dragon Age: Inquisition: The importance of dying

I killed a dragon today, and it was upsetting.<p>He guides us through the brush, past the camp, along a wooded path.<p>As we walk around a bend, the canopy of trees suddenly part, revealing slate grey skies. The narrow path opens to become a valley of jutting rock and the occasional copse of trees.<p>In the …

Halo 3 'easter egg' found after seven years

Obscure hidden feature in the classic sci-fi shooter is discovered at last by YouTube gamer<p>Game designers love to hide things in their virtual worlds. An in-joke, a weird object, a strange play mode – whatever it is, they're usually all discovered within weeks of release. But YouTube gamer Lord …

Non Sequitur: The Pallet Hack to End All Pallet Hacks

Well, you could always take a cue from our favorite IKEA hack of all time and use them to fuel a fire... but not only does burning pallets lack the …

United Kingdom

Shocking but true: students prefer jolt of pain to being made to sit and think

Report from psychologists at Virginia and Harvard Universities tackles question of why most of us find it so hard to do nothing<p>It was not so much how hard people found the challenge, but how far they would go to avoid it that left researchers gobsmacked. The task? To sit in a chair and do nothing …

This Chart Explains Every Culture In The World

Cultures are complicated, and anyone attempting to explain or group them will struggle to avoid giving offense.<p>Political scientists Ronald Inglehart of the University of Michigan and Christian Welzel of Luephana University in Germany put forth their best effort by analyzing data and plotting …

Religion

The Surprisingly Strong Case for Colonizing Venus

Science fiction writers have come up with a plausible scenario for a floating city above the fiery planet.<p>Why worry about building a colony on Mars when instead you could float one high above the surface of Venus? Science fiction writer Charles Stross recently revived the idea of building a …

Scientists simulate time travel using light particles

We may never see practical time travel in our lifetimes, if it's possible at all. However, a team at the University of Queensland has given the Doc Browns of the world a faint glimmer of hope by simulating time travel on a very, very small scale. Their study used individual photons to replicate a …

Volkswagen Beetle GRC: 544 hp, 0–60 in 2.1 Seconds!

The hottest Volkswagen Beetle on sale today is the GSR, which gets 210 horsepower from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four. Cute, right? But when prepped for Global Rallycross duty, the Beetle ditches its love bug image for one that’s a bit more . . . blood-spitting fire ant. Or is it vein-collapsing …

Volkswagen Beetle

We could travel to new worlds in NASA's starship Enterprise

NASA announced in 2012 that it was working to build a "warp drive" that could enable "faster-than-light" travel. Two years later and the space agency hasn't built a spaceship capable of such speeds yet — but thanks to artist Mark Rademaker, we now know what one could look like. The result is the …

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …

Creativity

Singapore Is Planning The World’s Largest Floating Solar Farm

A tiny country with little space to spare looks to its water reservoirs to expand its use of renewable energy.<p>There isn’t much extra space in Singapore, since the entire country is smaller than New York City and fully developed. So when the government decided to install more solar power to help …

England Is Suffering a World Cup Cocaine Shortage

We spoke to some dealers who aren't happy at all.<p><i>Photo by Giorgi Nieberidze</i><p>If there's one thing English people love more than cocaine, it's football. However, fans up and down the country might have a tough time getting a buzz on during the World Cup, due to an unprecedented coke drought. …

Crime

Minecraft: here's one I made earlier

It's been dubbed virtual Lego, a place where people build fantasy worlds and drop in on past creations. As Minecraft turns five and tops 50m users, Tom Lamont assembles his dream construction team and steps into a land of opportunity, love and painful memories<p>"Let your surroundings load a bit," …

In pictures: Europe's stealth drone Neuron

Stunning pictures of Europe's stealth drone Neuron (or "nEUROn" if you want to emphasise the punnage) have been released by Dassault Aviation.<p>The …

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AT&T customer data compromised in scheme to unlock smartphones

Customer Social Security numbers and call records are exposed in a bid to get smartphone "unlock" codes from AT&T.<p>Personal information of an unknown number of AT&T Mobility customers was compromised by employees of a third-party vendor seeking to unlock phones, AT&T has confirmed.<p>Accounts were …

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