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Return of the graphic adventure: 'Myst' is getting a successor 20 years later

Can a slow-paced game work like it did in 1993?<p>Two decades ago <i>Myst</i> was released on the PC, a game that was as strange as it was successful. A slow-paced, thoughtful adventure that was more about exploration than action, it's one of the best-selling games of all time. <i>Myst</i> was followed by <i>Riven</i> and a …

Anomaly 2 Is A Console Quality Tower Defense Game For Your iPhone

Although most tower defense games are usually very similar, it would be an understatement to say that Anomaly 2 is different. It is so different that …

The Best Pictures Ever Taken of Titan's Great Lakes

NASA's Cassini spacecraft gets a clean look at the hydrocarbon lakes of Titan's northern hemisphere.<p>If you can't get enough glamor shots of Saturn's magnificent ring system or the quirks of its many moons, thank Cassini. Launched in 1997, the probe arrived in orbit of the seventh planet in 2004 and …


Power-Mad But Practical: 2014 Audi RS7 Test Drive

With a boost of 140 hp over the already bonkers Audi S7, the 2014 RS7 can take on a track like a supercar.<p><b>On-Sale Date:</b> Now<p><b>Base Price:</b> $105,700<p><b>Competitors:</b> BMW M6 Gran Coupe, Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG, Porsche Panamera Turbo, Jaguar XFR-S<p><b>Powertrain:</b> 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8, 560 hp, 516 lb-ft, …

Automotive Design

Audi RS7 Turbo: Better Living Through Ceramics

Audi's latest hot rod sedan boasts the usual stratospheric performance numbers we've come to expect from premium in-house tuners (560 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, 0-60 mph in only 3.7 seconds), but one tiny technical feature reveals the lengths engineers will go to in order to extract that extra bit …


DARPA's Next Challenges: Self-Patching Software and Healing the Brain

The Pentagon's research division launches two new high-profile efforts this week, the Systems-Based Neurotechnology for Emerging Therapies and Cyber Grand Challenge.<p>The mad scientists at the Pentagon love a challenge, and this week they've got two. DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects …


Astronaut Chris Hadfield: Where Should Space Explorers Go Next?

Earlier this year, astronaut Chris Hadfield captivated the people of Earth with his wild demonstration videos and musical performances from the International Space Station. This month he recounts his story in the new book An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth. Hadfield tells PopMech why he loves …

Chris Hadfield

Oculus Rift Is Coming to Android—iOS Still Waiting

At GamesBeat 2013, Oculus Rift announces the next step in virtual reality gaming<p>Oculus Rift, the massively Kickstarted virtual reality headset and PopMech Breakthrough Award Winner, is going mobile with Android compatibility. Chief executive officer Brendan Iribe announced the integration yesterday …

Oculus Rift

Kepler Discovers Earth-Sized Mystery Planet

Kepler-78b has a size and density very close to that of Earth. Unfortunately, is surface is about 2000 degrees hotter.<p><b>For scientists who hunt for planets in other</b> solar systems, the "Holy Grail" is to find a rocky, earth-sized world that orbits its star at a distance where it's not too hot and not …


Adidas miCoach Smart Run: The Smartwatch Personal Trainer

Hopping on the smartwatch bandwagon, Adidas releases a wearable device that tracks a runner's heart rate and helps to plan workouts.<p>Despite the slew of new wearable tech devices, including the hyped entry from Google, Adidas says it can offer something new. The $399 miCoach Smart Run touchscreen …

Wearable Tech

7 of the World's Most Amazing Clocks

They're advanced, artistic, and a sight to beholdnot to mention incredible ways of marking time. From Denmark to Japan, we introduce you to some of the world's most interesting public clocks. Take a little time to take in these timepieces.

Stephen Hawking

10 Things That Will Never Change

Our new gadgets will be outdated within months. Our cars come and go. So what kind of items will in 2122 look just about the same as they do today? As part of our 110 predictions for the next 110 years, we tried to figure out what products of today have s

College Basketball

10 Largest Caliber Weapons Ever

These are the biggest of the big.<p>Most weapons, from .45 automatics to 155-mm howitzers, are described in terms of caliber—the diameter of their projectile. These are the biggest of the big. Some are impractical showpieces built to satisfy the outsize egos of dictators such as Adolph Hitler and …

Saddam Hussein

10 Most Expensive Cars Ever Sold At Auction

Most car lovers go to car auctions looking for a diamond in the rough. But then there are the collectors who can afford to drop seven or eight figures on a priceless auto.<p>In the past decade, the world's most valuable cars have started going for private-jet money. What makes a car fetch such high …

Classic Cars

10 Best Vehicles for the End of the World

Nuclear winter. Worldwide economic collapse. Zombie takeover. We all have a favorite apocalyptic situation that we occasionally find ourselves pondering. One very important question: What vehicle do you want as your trusty steed?


Ultimate Garage: The 7 Most Extreme Man Caves

Here are the seven most extreme and amazing shops we found around the U.S. and Canada, and the stories from their creators.<p>A garage can be much more than the place where you park your car or stash your junk. These ultimate garages show how a heavy-duty upgrade can turn one into a kayak-making shop, …


The World's 18 Strangest Homes: Gallery

As homeowners begin shifting toward more sustainable, off-the-grid, DIY habitats, more personal, unique homes are inevitable. Here we look at innovative, bizarre and one-of-a-kind homes and what ma...


The 100 Hottest Cars of All Time

The only hard requirement for making the cut: At least one fully drivable example had to have actually been created.


A Brief History of Life on Mars

David Bowie is far from the only person to wonder about life on Mars. From microbes to Martians, we examine the topic with all due gravity.

David Bowie

There's a Hyperloop Company Now

The JumpStartFund group dedicated to building Elon Musk's Hyperloop concept gets a name, and some big partners.<p>Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Inc.: That's the name of the company that will try to make Elon Musk's far-out vision for a super-high-speed transportation system to life.<p>Marco …

High-speed Rail

Die, Links, Die! How Link 'Suicide' Could Save the Web

<i>"Studying biological systems is perhaps the best way to understand the complex networks that humanity has created. More than anything else,</i> …

Architectural Ecologies of the Near Future

Home > Articles > Architectural Ecologies of the Near Future<p>Posted: Thu, May 23, 2013 | By: Miscellaneous<p><b>by Rachel Armstrong</b><p>Wafer thin artificial …

Scientific Proof That Cities Are Like Nothing Else in Nature

Seven global architects to build sensory structures inside Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts' lofty halls are to be transformed into a sensory architectural maze by seven firms from across the globe.<p>The exhibit,</i> …

A Light Bulb Powered By Bacteria

Three college students are building an electricity-free light bulb for the masses.<p>We've all basked in the glow of different light bulbs: incandescent, fluorescent, halogen, neon, LED, and more. But a lamp that harbors living, light-emitting bacteria -- a biological bulb, if you will -- is something …


<b>Carbon Handlebar.</b><br>Fitted onto a 80’s peugeot frame road bike (top) & closeup (bottom).—<p>Designing any performance component often requires striking a …


Butterfly inspires new nanotechnology

By mimicking microscopic structures in the wings of a butterfly, an international research team has developed a device smaller than the width of a …