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One Simple, Cheap Trick To Make Cities Better: Plant More Trees

Trees are one of the best dollar-for-dollar investments a city can make.<p>When cities plant trees, they do more than make the place look nice. They also help cut energy use (by reducing the need for air conditioning), store carbon dioxide, trap airborne pollutants, and intercept rainfall. Oh, and …


How to write a 3D game for Android using Unreal Engine: Part 2

In part 1 of this tutorial, we talked about the basic overview of Unreal Engine and getting a first person shooter game started, in part 2 we will go in depth with “graphs” along with blueprints, level design and much more. If you have not read part 1, do so now so you will have the base game setup …

Game Development

The visual secrets behind some of Pixar’s most emotional moments

<b>LAST YEAR,</b> I was talking with “Inside Out” director Pete Docter about an animation cel that dated back to the days of early Disney. Docter was immediately able to surmise details from its history, and I was reminded in that moment that the “brain trust” filmmakers at Pixar have a deep and nearly …


ISS installs networking tech that may soon connect the whole Solar System

When you really need to get a signal in from Pluto, a direct connection isn’t always possible. Oh sure, when it’s a big project like New Horizons, you can make sure the line is clear and someone’s listening — but for routine updates from a Neptune orbiter or power-starved comet lander, there’s …