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Sweden searching for mysterious underwater vessel in its waters

Swedish Royal Navy vessels searched for an underwater intruder in the island-studded waters east of Stockholm on Monday after three sightings of a suspicious vessel and media reports of a Russian-language distress signal four days ago.<p>The response to a possible security breach, involving more than …

David Cameron making ‘historic’ mistake over EU, says José Manuel Barroso

David Cameron is making a “historic mistake” by adopting a defensive approach towards the EU which risks increasing the chances of a British exit, the outgoing European commission president José Manuel Barroso will warn on Monday.<p>In the strongest attack by Brussels on the Conservatives over their …

More pre-alpha gameplay of Star Wars: Battlefront 3 leaks out

More footage from <i>Star Wars: Battlefront 3</i> — the sequel to the extremely popular shooter that was canceled at the last minute by LucasArts — has emerged on YouTube. Two videos combine to show 30 minutes of gameplay from a pre-alpha build of Battlefront 3, which had been in development from 2006 to …

How Not To Soundproof Your Studio

Recently I received a number of questions about home studio soundproofing and they all seem to revolve around using certain materials like mattresses …

Tattoos for Time Travellers at the British Science Festival 2014

This year I am hosting an event at the British Science Festival called “Tattoos for Time Travellers”. It’s a thought experiment, which poses the following scenario:<p>Imagine that we’re about to send you back in time. You can’t take anything with you (not even your clothes!), but we do have an amazing …

Do We Live in a 2-D Hologram? Physicists Aim to Find Out

Physicists at Fermilab in Illinois have turned on a laser-based experiment that could reveal whether the three-dimensional world we perceive is merely a "Matrix"-style illusion generated by a cosmic two-dimensional hologram.<p>The Holometer experiment is the result of years of work by particle …

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Legalizing Weed Is ‘A Security Issue,' Says Uruguayan President

Uruguay’s trailblazing legislation legalizing the world’s first government-controlled weed market “began essentially as a security issue,” President José Mujica told The Economist magazine in an interview published Thursday.<p>Mujica has continued to defend the legislation, which he spearheaded as …

Lord Almighty! 300-Year-Old Jesus Statue Found to Have Human Teeth

A Jesus statue that has lived an unassuming life in a small town in Mexico for the last 300 years has been hiding a strange secret: real human teeth.<p>Exactly how the statue of Jesus awaiting punishment prior to his crucifixion got its set of choppers is a mystery.<p>But the statue may be an example of …

Bone Study Reveals Richard III Ate Like A King, Drank Like A Fish

In his short two-year reign, King Richard III managed to cram in a fair amount of feasting, researchers say in a new report.<p>Known as the "last Plantagenet king," Richard III assumed the British throne in 1483, only to be killed in battle -- the last English king to die this way -- two years later. …

Robin Williams: His Greatest Roles

'Mork & Mindy' (1978-82)

Officials: U.S. airstrikes pound ISIS near Iraqi dam - CNN.com

<b>Mosul Province, Iraq (CNN)</b> -- Kurdish forces fired mortars and explosives at extremist militants Sunday as the battle to retake a strategic dam in northern Iraq raged on.<p>Smoke rose from the horizon, buildings were ablaze and the sound of massive explosions filled the air near Mosul Dam.<p>By Sunday …

Ukraine says pro-Russian separatists shoot down fighter jet

Army troops have penetrated deep inside a rebel-controlled city in eastern Ukraine in what could prove a breakthrough development in the four-month-long conflict, the Ukrainian government said Sunday.<p>However, the military acknowledged that another one of its fighter planes was shot down by the …

Kurdish forces retake part of Iraqi dam as U.S. strikes continue

BAGHDAD — Kurdish and Iraqi forces backed by American airstrikes took control of the Mosul Dam, Iraq's military said Monday.<p>The U.S. military had launched more than 20 air strikes around the area over the last several days, allowing Kurdish and Iraqi counterterrorism forces to push militants off …

What Really Killed the Dinosaurs?

Richard III was bottle-a-day drinker, study suggests

<b>A study of the teeth and bones of Richard III show the king drank up to a bottle of wine a day in the last years of his life.</b><p>The research by the British Geological Survey and University of Leicester revealed he also ate exotic meat including swan, crane, heron and egret.<p>Samples were taken from a …

Emperor Augustus stables in Rome to be reburied due to lack of funding

Important archaeological discovery of stables built by Rome's first emperor to keep horses raced at Circus Maximus to be reburied after plans to restore them for 2000th anniversary scrapped<p>He was Rome's first and arguably greatest emperor, a fine soldier and wise administrator who boasted that he …

Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition Confirmed With Release Date

Coming with heaps of DLC.<p>Square Enix has officially confirmed Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition will hit PS4, Xbox One and PC on October 10.<p>The …

World of Warcraft pays tribute to Robin Williams

<i>World of Warcraft</i> creator Blizzard recently paid tribute to the late actor and comedian Robin Williams on Twitter, concluding with "we'll see you in-game."<p>Williams, age 63, was found dead in his home on Aug. 11. The celebrity was a self-professed player of games such as <i>World of Warcraft</i> and <i>Portal.</i> …

Fans Petition to Have Robin Williams Memorialized in Next Legend of Zelda Game

83,000 and counting.<p>Following Robin Williams' death earlier this week, a petition has been gaining supporters who want the actor to be memorialized …

Sleeping Dogs Developer Making a Free-to-Play Game

No name or genre yet announced for the 2015 title.<p>United Front Games, the studio behind Sleeping Dogs, is working with Nexon America on a …

Teenage Mutant Koopa Troopas, Animated Mashup of ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ & ‘Super Mario Bros.’

Writer, animator and director James Farr has created “Teenage Mutant Koopa Troopas,” a fantastic animated mashup of the <i>Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles</i> …

You've Never Seen Anything Like This Hand-Drawn Video Game

If your grandparents had video games, we now know how they would have looked.<p>A new game called "Cuphead," which is set to be released in 2015, is animated in the style of a 1930s cartoon. In fact, it was created the same way that cartoons were created back then, using hand-drawn cel animation and …

Cuphead: Bringing 1930s style to 21st century games

Every June, the game industry descends upon the Los Angeles Convention Center for its blockbuster-focused trade show: the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). And traditionally, just ahead of that show, the big three console makers -- Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo -- hold press briefings focused on …

The 10 Best (And 5 Worst) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Video Games Ever Made

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have had success with pretty much everything they’ve tried. The Turtles have left big two-toed footprints in the world of comics, TV, toys and movies, but ultimately the medium they’re most at home in may just be video games. There have been a <i>lot</i> of TMNT games, …

Um, That's Not Dark Link, Racist Old Zelda Dude

What starts (and continues) with a predictable race joke actually gets pretty good near the end. I'd never thought of Ganon that way. Poor kid. …

Robin Williams: Coroner plans autopsy after suspected suicide

An autopsy is scheduled to be performed Tuesday on Robin Williams, the Oscar-winning actor and comic legend who was found dead at his home in Marin County on Monday.<p>The Marin County Sheriff's Office said he appears to have committed suicide, with asphyxiation a possible cause of death.<p>Authorities …

23 Lessons From Robin Williams Movies

<b>Popeye (1980)</b><p>"Wrong is wrong, even when it helps ya."<p><b>The World According to Garp</b> <b>(1982)</b><p>"Gradual school is where you go to school and you gradually find out you don't want to go to school anymore."<p><i>From our Life of Man...</i><p><b>Good Morning Vietnam</b> <b>(1987)</b><p>"If it's being done correctly, here or abroad, it's …