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Census Bureau: Poverty Rate Down, Median Incomes Up

More Americans are making more money.<p>The U.S. Census Bureau released new numbers on Tuesday showing that, after a brutal economic recession and years of stagnation, real median household incomes rose from $53,718 in 2014 to $56,516 last year. That's a 5.2 percent rise — the first statistically …

Demographics

Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers 4 mark a new start for Marvel Cinematic Universe

According to the directors of <i>Avengers: Infinity War</i>, the upcoming Marvel event film and its sequel are only the beginning of something new for the …

How Jellyfish, Nanobots and Naked Mole Rats Could Make Humans Immortal

We spoke to the world's leading experts in the field of human life extension to get an update on how close we are to living forever.<p>Dr Chris Faulkes is standing in his laboratory, tenderly caressing what looks like a penis. It's not his penis, nor mine, and it's definitely not that of the only …

Stellaris smashes every Paradox day-one record

Sprawling 4X-grand strategy mash-up Stellaris released yesterday and promptly broke every day-one record at Paradox. It smashed through the 200,000 …

PC Gaming

Witcher 3: Blood and Wine is "a graphics upgrade from the base game"

A year ago I sat in a room with a downcast Adam Badowski, studio head of CD Projekt Red, and we talked about The Witcher 3 'graphics downgrade'. He …

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The Wheel of Time Is Officially Coming to Television

Among the top tier fantasy authors is Robert Jordan, creator of <i>The Wheel of Time</i> series. If you thought Tolkien and Martin wrote epic fantasy series, …

Ronald D. Moore and Bryan Cranston announce Philip K. Dick anthology series

One of science fiction's most mind-bending authors is coming to television in a new series called <i>Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K. Dick,</i> announced today by Sony Pictures and the UK's Channel 4. The 10-part anthology series will focus on Dick's short stories, which also served as inspiration …

Watch the trailer for Fallout 4’s first big expansion

Far Harbor launches on May 19th<p>Downloadable content has been rolling out for <i>Fallout 4</i> since the "Automatron" add-on in March, but later this month comes the biggest so far: "Far Harbor," the game's first proper expansion. "Far Harbor" introduces a brand-new location — which developer Bethesda …

Wot I Think – Fallout 4: Automatron

<i>It’s the first Fallout 4 [official site] DLC, in which you get to build your own robot army and turn another Wastelander’s into just so much scrap</i> …

PC Gaming

Review: 'Daredevil' Season 2 Continues Marvel Mastery Of Superhero TV

The first season of <i>Daredevil</i> on Netflix was like nothing we’d seen before on superhero television, and certainly a different approach for Marvel’s live-action shared universe of heroes. The potent combination of Marvel’s and Netflix’s domination of their respective entertainment fields has made …

Comics

The Best VR headsets

Back in 2016, the world of consumer virtual reality changed forever with the launch of the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift VR headsets. While both were …

5 free games to try when you get your Oculus Rift

Today, Oculus VR cofounder and chief executive Palmer Luckey made the first delivery of the consumer version of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. Many more will be shipping soon.<p>For the past few months, I’ve been using an Oculus DK2, a version of the headset intended for developers, while I …

Lights Out: Horror Film Shines in WonderCon Trailer

Hitting theaters July 22.<p>New Line Cinema's new horror film Lights Out, from The Conjuring 2 producer James Wan and first-time director David F. …

Horror

Why Destroying The Death Star Was A Major Mistake

A new academic paper argues the Rebels' actions would have led to economic collapse.<p>You don't necessarily have to wait for the Dec. 18 release of "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" to find out what happened after the Rebel Alliance destroyed the second Death Star. You just have to read an …

Star Wars

I’ve Got Issues: Why Jessica Jones Will (Probably) Be Better Than Daredevil

She drinks, curses, and fights crime - what's not to love?<p>Marvel’s Daredevil show on Netflix enjoyed quite a bit of praise from fans and critics when …

Comics

The 15 most compelling scientific findings that suggest aliens are real

Over billions of years, these ingredients condense to form gas clouds, new stars, and planets, which means that the ingredients, and therefore the potential, for life beyond Earth are scattered across the universe.<p>What's more, a number of recent discoveries also strongly suggest that alien life …

New Marvel's Jessica Jones Teaser Trailer Released

Netflix and Marvel Television have released a new teaser trailer for their forthcoming <i>Defenders</i> lead-in, <i>Marvel’s Jessica Jones</i>.<p>You can see the video …

Comics

Building the ultimate X99 gaming and benchmarking PC

Ars UK needed a big, fast rig for all our various PC needs. Here's how we built our own.<p>There are all sorts of reasons why you might want to get into …

Windows 10

Nasa finds WATER on Mars: Red Planet once had 1-mile deep oceans and STILL remains moist

GETTYThe eagerly awaited announcement will be made by NASA headquarters on Monday<p>Jim Green, Nasa planetary science division director, added: "Two …

Bullet Train’s virtual reality made me feel like Neo from ‘The Matrix’

LOS ANGELES — Bullet Train is the closest we’ve ever come to stepping into Neo’s shoes.<p>The latest virtual reality demo from developer Epic Games captures the awesome slow-motion fight scenes from <i>The Matrix</i> in a way no other game has done before. At this week’s Oculus Connect 2 conference in …

Virtual Reality

Fallout 4's script dwarfs Skyrim and Fallout 3's combined

<i>Fallout 4'</i>s dialogue library is greater than that of <i>Fallout 3</i> and <i>The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim</i>, combined, Bethesda Game Studios boasted on Twitter.<p>It would stand to reason that the number of spoken lines in <i>Fallout 4</i> are vastly greater, considering the main playable character — who can be of either …

Will 'Fear the Walking Dead' Sacrifice One Of Its Leads For A Shocking Finale?

<i>Fear the Walking Dead</i> has two Rick Grimes.<p>Well, technically it has none. Rick was a sauntering, cowboy sheriff badass from day one, and no one from <i>Fear the Walking Dead</i> even remotely fits that description. But in terms of the general leads of the show, <i>Fear the Walking Dead</i> very clearly has two.<p>That …

The Walking Dead

Comic-Con Cosplay Catastrophe Animated Short with Joss Whedon

Experience bullet time in Epic's crazy VR demo

Experience bullet time in Epic’s crazy VR demo<p><b>Game-tech powerhouse Epic Games and its Unreal Engine are capable of some seriously impressive stuff,</b> …

Official Fallout Monopoly Board Game Revealed

A special Fallout themed Monopoly set has been officially announced by Bethesda, and its release is expected to coincide with the Fallout 4 launch date in November.<p>Details of the board game first emerged when a Shacknews journalist published on Instagram a picture of its contents box. In the …

North America

Astronomers suggest that the Milky Way is not the most friendly place for life

However, the cosmos is vast and we don't really have any idea which bits of it are actually habitable.<p>But what if we could target the search? We have built the first-ever "cosmobiological" model mapping the galaxies in our local universe to help us understand which ones are habitable.<p>Surprisingly, …

Durham University

The latest ROG laptop comes with a giant water cooler

ASUS is one of a rare few companies that's both a mainstream PC manufacturer and a respected name among the gaming community. Its ROG (Republic Of Gamers) line is a favorite, with giant laptops like the G751 earning top marks from gamers and reviewers alike. We're looking forward to its …

The New ‘Attack On Titan’ Trailer Is Here To Feed Your Nightmares

It was only a couple of weeks ago that the first full length trailer for the <i>Attack on Titan</i> live action movies — that’s right, it comes in two parts — hit the internet. Here, audiences were treated to a bevy of naked sinewy giants hunting down and devouring people. Now, a second trailer is now upon …

Anime