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Dan Pearce: from dreaming of video game design to doing it for real

‘Castles in the Sky evokes the awe and energy of being a kid. In a way, it helped me let go of childhood’<p>When Dan Pearce was in primary school, he told his friends that he had won a competition to have one of his ideas made into a video game by an international video game publisher. It was a lie, …

Microsoft Simulator Brings Quantum Computing One Step Closer to the Masses

On Friday, Microsoft is releasing simulation software that it says will let academics, scientists, or even do-it-yourself eggheads simulate quantum …

Google just released powerful new artificial intelligence software — and it's open source

On Monday, the tech giant released TensorFlow, a new AI system that's used in everything from recognizing speech on a noisy sidewalk to finding photos of your pet dog Fluffy.<p>And in a rare move for Google, it's making its software open source, meaning anyone can access and edit the code.<p>The software …

Artificial Intelligence

Marie Curie radioactive papers

Marie Curie. Screen grab/Biography.com<p>Marie Curie, known as the "mother of modern physics," died from aplastic anemia, a rare condition linked to high levels of exposure to her famed discoveries, the radioactive elements polonium and radium.<p>Curie, the only woman to win a Nobel Prize in two …

World's Largest Fusion Reactor is About to Switch On

If “The Stellarator” sounds like an energy source of comic book legend to you, you’re not that far off. It’s the largest nuclear fusion reactor in …

MaxPlay's new game engine aims to be 'Google Docs for game devs'

A new challenger steps into the game engine arena today: MaxPlay, a game technology company split between San Francisco and Austin that aims to …

The Math Problem That 1,000 Math Teachers Couldn’t Solve

I spent a year working on Dandy Candies with around 1,000 educators.<p>In my workshops, once I stop learning through a particular problem, either …

Mathematics

Can you solve it? Are you smarter than an Uzbek in 3D?

This geometric woodblock puzzle will twist and draw your brain into another dimension – but in a good way!<p>Hello guzzlers!<p>I do my best to bring you the best puzzles I can source from around the world. So far I have brought you puzzles from Japan, Vietnam, Israel and the US.

8 Ways You Can See Einstein's Theory of Relativity in Real Life

1 of 8<p>Profound implications<p>Relativity is one of the most famous scientific theories of the 20th century, but how well does it explain the things we …

Physics

The Neptune Hub is a Canadian smartwatch that aims to replace your phone

A five-person startup from Montreal is betting some of the wealthiest technology companies in the world have got the wearable technology paradigm backwards, and on Tuesday made public its latest idea on how to fix it.<p>The Hub is the successor to Neptune's 2013 wearable, a bulky Android-based …

Why an Apple Car would make sense

By now, you've likely heard the latest Apple rumor. No, it's not about the Apple Watch or the much vaunted Apple TV set or even the strange-sounding …