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StarCraft makes you smarter, according to research

A new study claims that playing real-time strategy video games can help people become faster thinkers.<p>It's widely understood that people who play twitch games, like shooters, improve their non-gaming perceptual processes. But researchers at Queen Mary University and University College London wanted …

10 Heartbreaking Photos That Might Reduce You To Tears

They say a photo speaks a thousand words, so with the greatest respect to these heartbreaking moments from our history & the photographers that have …

One of the coolest GIFs we've ever seen: a rotating, 3D nebula

Things that GIFs are good for, in no particular order:<br>1. Cats. This one, specifically.<br>2. IWDRM<br>3. Absolutely jaw-dropping 3D renderings of …

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

If you’re a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and infographics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make …

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READ: British Censors’ Incredibly Thorough Letter to Edgar Wright About the C-Word

Here in the good ol’ United States of Truck Nutz, film ratings are controlled by a secretive, shady puppet of the major studios called the MPAA. Meaning that if you make a film with a big studio, they’ll work closely with you on whatever you need to get the rating you desire. And if you’re …

GCSE results 'influenced by children's genes, not teaching'

Children’s exam results are largely a product of their genes and not standards of teaching in schools, according to a new study that could have a major bearing on future education policy.<p>Research shows that inherited intelligence may account for almost 60 per cent of teenagers’ scores in GCSEs …

Comic-Con 2013: this year's best costumes - in pictures

Will These Guys Kill The Computer Interface As We Know It?

How two grade-school friends created Leap Motion, a company that wants to turn mouse-clicks into waves of the hand.<p>David Holz took the main stage at this year's South by Southwest Interactive, the annual innovation conference in Austin, Texas, looking like a hobbit on casual Friday. He wore an …

The Wrap Up: The Greatest Comic-Con Panels of All Time

<i>ScreenCrush wraps up the latest in movies and TV you might have missed. Today, relive the greatest Comic-Con panels of all time, watch a new teaser</i> …

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Dutch Officials Set to Open 11 iPad-Only 'Steve Jobs Schools' for Children

Last year, we reported on a Dutch proposal to launch so-called "Steve Jobs schools" for children, offering a peek at of Jobs' vision of how the iPad could help remake the educational experience.<p><i>Spiegel</i> now follows up (via <i>AppleInsider</i>) with a new report discussing the country's plans to open 11 such …

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George Takei Responds To "Traditional" Marriage Fans

The legendary George Takei responds in the best way possible to the protesters who gathered during March Prop 8/DOMA hearings outside the Supreme Court. I went there to ask them to express their opinions on a pad of paper; now George is weighing in. Can he be any more amazing?<p>Advertisement

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Yes, Joe Biden, There Is A Legal Reason You Can't Tax Video Games

Joe Biden’s recent remarks on video games are causing a stir on the internet today. According to Politico, he told Franklin Graham, CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, that there would be no legal reason to prevent the government from taxing violent video games. To extrapolate a …

Why publishers stand between us and better games

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>InXile Entertainment’s new isometric computer-role-playing game Torment: Tides of Numera recently finished its Kickstarter campaign, nearly quintupling its …

We cannot afford to keep research results locked away in ivory towers

The UK government is committed to greater transparency across the board. That is partly because, as David Cameron says, sunlight is the best …

7 essential books about comedy by comedians

<b>1. Groucho & Me, Groucho Marx (1959)</b><br>Comedy, it has been said time and time again, is a serious business. Julius Henry “Groucho” Marx echoes that …

28 Incredibly Beautiful Places You Won't Believe Actually Exist

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Jim Carrey: Fox News 'A Media Colostomy Bag That Has Begun To Burst At The Seams'

Jim Carrey has some harsh words for Fox News. Carrey released a statement on Friday blasting the conservative news network as "a media colostomy bag that has begun to burst at the seams."<p>Carrey's issue with Fox News stems from the response to his recent anti-gun lobby video "Cold Dead Hand," …