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Scientists create the first life form with 'alien' DNA

Researchers in California have for the first time created an organism whose genetic code comprises six letters, instead of four. This means that the bacterium, described in a study published in <i>Nature</i> today, is the first life form to contain artificial genetic building blocks.<p>When biologists talk …

Transgender students protected under Title IX, DOE says

Tucked away in a document on reducing sexual assault at school – part of an unprecedented effort by the Obama administration to address such abuse – …

Almost half of Americans live with unhealthy levels of air pollution

Nearly half of all Americans live in areas with unhealthy levels of air pollution, according to an American Lung Association (ALA) report released Wednesday.<p>Nearly 148 million people live in areas where smog and soot particles make it unhealthy to breathe the air, according to the ALA's annual …

Egg In A Biscuit Is Everything Breakfast Ever Wanted To Be

Breakfast can be a difficult affair. With the fog of sleep just barely lifted from your brain, it's hard enough to think about making coffee let alone having to worry about getting food into your mouth. While we'd love to wake up every day to epic breakfast sandwiches like the one Marc Forgione …

There Are Actually Rules For How You Should Melt Cheese

When it comes to cheese, there are certain qualities we look for. First, flavor. Second, texture. And third, we want to know how well it's going to melt in our grilled cheese sandwiches.<p>Not all cheeses are made for melting. Some, like halloumi, are great on the grill. Others, like feta, are best …

Astronaut Twins To Separate For The Sake Of Space Travel

This month, NASA revealed new details of the plan to send humans to Mars by 2030. It's an elaborate and expensive mission, involving a giant deep-space rocket, and roping an asteroid into the moon's orbit to use as a stepping stone to Mars.<p>But there are still some serious questions about a manned …

Ancient flying reptile from China fills evolutionary gap | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It was the start of something big - really big.<p>The fragmentary remains of the Kryptodrakon progenitor found in the famed "dinosaur death pits" area of the Shishugou Formation in northwest China are seen in an undated illustration courtesy of Brian Andres. Scientists on …

Should Forza, Gears & State of Decay Become TV Series? - IGN Video

Ryan and Roth discuss the potential games that Xbox TV may adapt as a series, and Ryan reveals his pick for the one game that we need as a show.

H1Z1 promises 'persistent' zombie-infected worlds

As promised, Sony Online Entertainment has detailed its upcoming zombie MMO, H1Z1. Set fifteen years after a deadly virus outbreak, the free-to-play …

Cult County brings first-person desert horror to life in latest gameplay video

<i>Cult County</i> developer Renegade Kid launched the first gameplay video for the upcoming horror game that is currently seeking funding through Kickstarter.<p>The campaign launched earlier this month and is seeking $580,000 to bring the release to Linux, Mac and Windows PC via Steam, as well as …

Ted Cruz Facebook poll on Obamacare doesn’t go according to plan

This is what it looks like when a pointless and unscientific social media poll backfires<p>Texas Sen. Ted Cruz must have thought he had himself a good idea for how to commemorate the recent fourth "birthday" of Obamacare: Why not set up an informal "poll" on Facebook to ask the simple question of …

A Huge Number Of Americans Now See Pot Legalization As Inevitable

Fifty-four percent of respondents to the Pew Research Center survey said marijuana should be legalized, compared to 42 percent who were opposed, the Washington-based pollsters reported.<p>When asked if they thought the sale and use of marijuana would eventually be legal nationwide, 75 percent …

Klingon-Themed Star Trek Beer Is Coming

It's been a good week for television-themed novelty drinks: Not only is there a <i>Walking Dead</i> novelty beer brewed with real (goat) brains, yesterday news broke that an officially-licensed <b>Star Trek beer</b> is in the works. According to StarTrek.com, the beer is inspired by the fictional Klingon empire …

Game designer will turn a skyscraper into the world’s largest Tetris game

Frank Lee likes to level up. So on April 4, the Drexel University game design professor will turn a Philadelphia skyscraper into a giant game of Tetris. Observers at the upcoming Philly Tech Week event will be able to play a working version of the famous Nintendo block-puzzle game through a …

Seon Ghi Bahk: Fiction and the Fabricated Image

Nylon threads and neatly erupted charcoal bits take over Miami's Zadok Gallery in "Fiction and the Fabricated Image"—an exhibition that opens this weekend by the South Korean artist Seon Ghi Bahk. The show explores the interplay of nature and civilized culture. In stringing up palm-sized pieces of …

The Last of Us live-action movie in development

Naughty Dog's PlayStation 3 game <i>The Last of Us</i> is being adapted into a live-action movie to be distributed by Sony Pictures subsidiary Screen Gems, Deadline reports.<p>Neil Druckmann, the game's creative director, is attached to write the film's script. He recently won the Writers Guild of America's …

Meet Paddle, The Incredible Shapeshifting Smartphone Of The Future

The mobile device can assume the shape of an armband, a phone, a tablet, and more. Welcome to the future.<p>How many gadgets do you tote around at any given time? Your smartphone, of course. But also maybe a tablet or an e-reader or a fitness band or a second smartphone. (Or perhaps all of the above.) …

At 4.4 Billion Years Old, Oz Crystals Confirmed As World's Oldest

Scientists have used a powerful new technique to prove that some tiny crystals found in Western Australia are indeed the oldest known materials formed on Earth.<p>Back in 2001, scientists reported that one of the zircon crystals was about 4.4 billion years old — so old that not everyone believed …

Welcome to Sealand: a Sovereign Nation

As if it were a plot point straight out of J.J. Abrams’ Lost, a man founded a nation off the coast of England while looking for a pirate radio …

This Restaurant Serves 'Milky Buns,' Warm Donuts Stuffed With Cool Ice Cream

Don't you dare call it an ice cream sandwich.<p>The latest dessert to take the pastry game comes from Orange County-based ice cream shop <i>Afters,</i> a collaboration between clothing industry veterans Andy Nguyen (CEO of IM King) and Scott Nghiem (Owner of Thorocraft footwear). Named the "Milky Bun," the …

15 Splurge-Worthy Burgers Across America

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'Parkour Survival' Shooter 7Framed Seeks Kickstarter Funding

Tells the story of seven citizens framed for crimes in seven episodes.<p>A Kickstarter campaign has started for 7Framed, an indie episodic PC game …

Attack on Titan Booze Will Get You Drunk

How about some <i>Attack on Titan</i> plum wine? If you drink enough, you too might run amok with your clothes off.<p>The limited edition <i>Attack on Titan</i> …

This supersonic jet is too fast for windows

Spike Aerospace is in the midst of building the first supersonic private jet. And when the $80 million (£47.9 million) S-512 takes off in December …

Chocolates That Look Like a Set of Oil Paints

These might look like a collection of oil paints but these tubes of “paint” are good enough to eat. Designed by Nendo to look like a set of oils, …

Bonhams Fine Writing Instruments

Tomorrow, 18 December 2013, global auction house Bonhams will place over 500 lots of fine writing utensils up for sale. Their selections—many being a writer's ultimate fantasy—include a magnificent and diverse array of 60 vintage offerings and many modern limited items. All of the instruments were …

Gigs 2 Go Tear & Share Recycled Paper Flash Drives, Yea or Nay?

When USB flash drives first came out, they were useful, expensive and valued things. Nowadays they're still useful, but I've got a drawer full of …