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RuneScape developer reflects on 15 years of making games

Few games from the turn of the century are still around. Sure, the Mario and Halo franchises are doing just fine, but they have done so through multiple sequels and expensive marketing budgets. The massively multiplayer online role-playing game RuneScape, however, has survived and thrived by …


Why It’s No Longer Possible for Any Country to Win a War

The last few decades have been the most peaceful era in human history. For the first time ever, fewer people die today from human violence than from …

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Dutch households will use servers to heat their showers for free

A small trial for a clever idea<p>You know just from using a laptop that computers give off a lot of excess heat. For data centers containing tens of thousands of servers, this is a big problem, wasting energy and money. To try and mitigate this, companies have experimented with moving facilities to …


Pixel-morphing technology can improve display resolutions by 200%

Researchers at the University of Central Florida have come up with a technique to squeeze three times the resolution out of a standard LCD monitor. …


Why Saudi Women Are Literally Living ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

CAIRO — Just over a week after Dina Ali Lasloom, a 24-year-old Saudi Arabian, was dragged onto a plane from Manila to Riyadh with her mouth taped shut and her arms and legs bound, the United Nations voted to appoint Saudi Arabia to a four-year term on its Commission on the Status of Women. So much …

Germany is quietly building a European army under its command

Every few years, the idea of a European Union army finds its way back into the news, causing a kerfuffle. The concept is both fantasy and bogeyman: For every federalist in Brussels who thinks a common-defense force is what Europe needs to boost its standing in the world, there are those in London …


Simple math is why Elon Musk’s companies keep doing what others don’t even consider possible

Physicist Richard Feynman returned over and over to an idea that drove his groundbreaking discoveries. His approach was documentedby his Caltech colleague David Goodstein in the book <i>Feynman’s Lost Lecture</i> about physics classes Feynman taught in the 1960s:<p>Once, I said to him, “Dick, explain to me, …

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