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Cholera Bacteria Kill Each Other With Spears To Steal DNA

The Highlander film series is about a race of immortal warriors who try to behead each other with swords, so they can steal the powers of their fallen rivals.<p>This is basically the same story but instead of badly accented Scotsmen with katanas, we have diarrhoea-causing bacteria with syringes. And …

Biology

Game of Thrones season five kicks off April 12 on HBO

HBO today announced that the new season of <i>Game of Thrones</i>, season five, will kick off on Sunday, April 12.<p>While <i>Game of Thrones</i> always tends to launch around April, the exact date wasn't known until tonight.<p>The launch for season five coincides with the launch of the second season of Silicon Valley …

TV Series

I played Attila: Total War for a few hours and became a war-mongering Dark Age tyrant

Once my time machine is properly operational, you and I are going to jump in and take a little trip.<p>We'll go see a few medieval kings and ask them a simple question, one that they probably haven't heard before: <i>Why the hell can't you guys just chill out and relax and stop invading each other?</i><p>Like, …

Ancient History

Official Tickets and Your Source for Live Entertainment

Events Near You<p>Dec<p>31<p>Sun<p>Rams Head Live!, Baltimore, MD<p>Jan<p>5<p>Fri<p>Rams Head Live!, Baltimore, MD<p>Top Events<p>Feb<p>23<p>Fri<p>The Hippodrome Theatre at the …

You can play Far Cry 4 at max settings with MSI's laptop and GPU expansion

MSI's newly unveiled 13" laptop/desktop GPU enclosure combo, the GS30 Shadow and Gaming Dock bundle, is capable of smoothly playing <i>Far Cry 4</i> at max setting, IGN reports — But it's going to set you back $1,700.<p>The new model has a 13.3" screen with 1920x1080 resolution, an integrated Iris Pro 5200 …

Wolf Moon marks the start of a year of stargazing

January is the best month to stare into the night sky, say astronomers, as tonight sees first full moon after winter solstice<p>At 5.15pm tonight, for the only time this year, the Wolf Moon rises.<p>The first full moon following the winter solstice, the so-called Wolf Moon is well-entrenched in folklore …

Astronomy

GoTenna review

A pricey but cool way to chat when there's no signal<p><b>The Good</b> GoTenna works flawlessly to send messages between phones when you're without a cell signal. The rugged design holds up well to the elements.<p><b>The Bad</b> Compared to many basic two-way radios, the price is steep. The rechargeable battery means …

Mochi, the silent New Year killer, leaves nine dead and 128 hospitalized

<b>Ah mochi, the delicious Japanese sweet.</b> It can come in all different shapes and flavors, from the loveable daifuku with sweet bean paste filling, to …

Depression doesn’t make you sad all the time

When I’m having a depressive episode, I’m not walking around in tattered black clothes, weeping and wailing. I go out with friends and I crack jokes (especially sardonic ones)<p>• Scarlett Curtis: YouTube helped me with my depression<p>One of the most popular, enduring, and irritating myths about …

Simple Timelapse Camera Using Raspberry Pi and a Coffee Tin

Introduction: Simple Timelapse Camera Using Raspberry Pi and a Coffee Tin<p>Whilst developing BerryCam I thought it would be pretty cool to create a …

‘Faces of Skyrim’ celebrates a startlingly beautiful game

Take a good long look at Eorlund Gray-Mane, here with the legendary Wuuthrad. This isn't embellished, retouched, ‘shopped or anything, it's an in-game shot from <i>The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim,</i> which launched more than three years ago.<p>The portrait is part of "Faces of Skyrim," a two-gallery series on …

The Elder Scrolls

When writers publish on a whim, we may learn more about them than we want

Earlier this month, people in literary circles found themselves debating, with a strange intensity, a series of tweets by a minor U.S. author. The tweets were just a couple of peeved comments about not receiving a small recognition. My writing friends talked about these tweets at the length usually …

The Psychology of Handling Criticism

<i>This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>Nobody likes being told that they suck at anything. But no matter how you dress it up, that’s what most of us hear when we receive criticism.<p>Not all of us deal with criticism the same way.<p>Some people are great at taking criticism and using it to …

Big Hero 6 ads in Japan leave out the action, moviegoers surprised to find awesome robot flick

Last weekend, my wife and I decided to go to watch <b>Disney’s Big Hero 6</b>, which had just opened in Japan under the title <b>Baymax</b>, after its …

Warner Brothers Japan Brings "RWBY Official Japanese Fanbook," "Jojo's" Sweatshirt and More to Comiket

Warner Brothers Japan has posted a look at the special merchandise that they'll be bringing to their booth at the December 28th-30th Comiket 87. New …

15 Damaging Myths About Life We Should All Stop Believing

<b>1. There is a single definition of success.</b><p>And it involves an established career, large house, acceptable body shape, marriage and annual holidays.<p>Everyone has their own path to walk in this life, and what brings true meaning and deep fulfillment differs for all of us.<p>Let go of your need to fit to …

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The Psychology of SantaCon

What is it about a Santa suit that makes an average New York bro totally lose his shit?<p>​On one day every year, the sight of red Santa hats gives the New Yorker a sen​se of immediate dread. Have I made a grave mistake and wandered into the heart of darkness, the infamous "charity" event that leaves …

SantaCon

The Myth of the Brain Game

Puzzles designed to sharpen mental acuity may not actually do much to improve memory or intelligence in the long run.<p>In <i>Phaedrus</i>, Plato's 2,400-year-old set of dialogues, Socrates narrates a conversation between the King of Egypt, Thamus, and a god, Theuth. Theuth had invented various fields of …

Hear Final Fantasy 15's English voice cast for the first time

If you been paying attention to the latest in Final Fantasy developments, you've likely seen the above trailer for <i>Final Fantasy 15</i>. Square Enix showed that footage at this year's Tokyo Game Show. But today, you'll be able to hear something new: the primary voice cast for Square Enix's next major …

Dealmaster: Grab a Dell Inspiron 20 all-in-one computer for just $249 | Ars Technica

This little guy is packing a 19.5-inch, 1600×900 LCD and a 2Ghz Celeron processor.<p>Greetings, Arsians! How has your holiday shopping been going? If …

Some 100,000 or more WordPress sites infected by mysterious malware | Ars Technica

Infected sites load attack code into webpages viewed by visitors.<p>About 100,000 or more websites running the WordPress content management system have …

Adobe's Creative Cloud Hardware Ink And Slide Hit Europe

Adobe unveiled the Ink stylus and Slide digital ruler in the summer but they’ve not been available in Europe until now.<p>The Adobe Ink is a three-sided aluminium stylus for iPad, while the Adobe Slide is a digital ruler that allows you to precisely sketch straight lines and perfect circles on an iPad.<p>…

Seagate starts shipping 8TB hard drives that cost only $260

Here's something you can get for yourself these holidays: a 3.5-inch 8TB drive from Seagate that costs only $260 -- we didn't forget an extra number in that figure, promise. That's a lot cheaper than HGST's helium-filled 8TB disk drive, which is listed for $1,000 on newegg and just a bit more on …

Japan’s Nasty Nazi-ish Elections

As the Japanese go to the polls Sunday, there are lots of things journalists are not supposed to write about—and if they do, they might go to …

Classic Apple Watches From 1995 Once Again Available for Sale

While customers are looking forward to the launch of the Apple Watch early next year, there have been several other Apple-branded watches over the years typically offered as promotional items, and one of those items from nearly 20 years ago is making a comeback.<p>A limited number of these Apple …

The Definitive Guide to Writing and Publishing Your Fiction Book

The primary goal of this article is to provide resources, <b>to help you in your quest to write a high quality fiction book.</b> In curating these articles …

Writing

Why do we cling to beliefs when they’re threatened by facts? | Ars Technica

People who read a passage that contradicted their viewpoint saw it as opinion.<p>People hold beliefs for a complex variety of reasons. Some of these …

Verizon’s 57Mbps max download speeds beat all major wireless carriers | Ars Technica

T-Mobile and AT&T clock in at 42Mbps, Sprint in last at 22Mbps.<p>Is your cellular data faster than your home Internet service? For some customers, that …

Decoding Vincent Van Gogh’s Tempestuous, Fragile Mind

Most people are familiar with his many famous paintings. But the real Van Gogh, the manic genius, the tortured artist, is best understood in his …