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Everything from Bethesda's E3 2015 event in eight and a half minutes

Bethesda's Sunday night E3 presentation wasn't just impressive because of all the games on display — everything from <i>Doom</i> to <i>Dishonored 2</i> to <i>Fallout 4</i> — but also because it was also the company's very first E3 press conference. Hey, no pressure for next year, Bethesda.<p>If you want to relive the entire …

How Reddit's mysterious April Fools' button inspired religions and cults

On April 1st, as the rest of the internet mocked up one-off joke phones and fake mailboxes, news aggregator and social network Reddit introduced a mysterious <i>Lost</i>-esque button. As the other gags were swiftly forgotten, the button — attached to a 60-second timer that would reset every time it was …

Look At This Ferrari Designer’s Slick Spaceship Idea

The perfect choice for an intergalactic midlife crisis<p>Sure, space travel is cool, but rarely do iconic spacecraft look like works of art. Design constraints and real-world realities leave rockets less fantastical than those envisioned in fiction, and even the beloved Space Shuttle resembled a …

Add Graphene To Spider Silk To Create The Strongest Fiber Yet

Web slingers get a high-tech upgrade<p>Your move, limpets. Earlier this year, the long-reigning champion of the Strongest Biological Material Competition, spider silk, was usurped by the upstart limpet teeth. But we all knew that the arachnids would not go quietly into the night.<p>In an unorthodox move, …

Hands on with Microsoft HoloLens: My evening at the Holographic Academy

No doubt about it. HoloLens, the “mixed reality” headset under development from Microsoft, really lit up the company’s rather academic Build 2015 keynote.<p>First unveiled at its Windows 10 event in January, HoloLens is a headset device that allows you to see high resolution 3D content at a 1:1 scale …

We tried Microsoft HoloLens: This is going to be much bigger than Google Glass

It was a demonstration that was equal parts really awesome and really weird.<p>We were struck right away by how different this device is from Google Glass. HoloLens is about getting specific tasks done.<p>Upshot: the HoloLens is the future, but not one that's coming any time soon.<p>Walking through a …

A case for paid mods

I began as a modder by creating the "Fall from Heaven" mod for <i>Civilization 4.</i> That led me to working with Firaxis on developing two scenarios for their <i>Beyond the Sword</i> expansion, one of which got included in the base game, as well as creating the Modder’s Guide for <i>Civilization 5</i> and the first mods …

Spacewalk GoPro Footage Is The Best GoPro Footage

Down here on Earth, GoPros have been attached to humans jumping off buildings whilst on fire and stunt planes virtually on fire, but thanks to NASA, …

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Ethereal Landscape Photos Captured During Pitch-Dark Nights

Don't let these gorgeous, ethereal photos fool you – they were taken in the pitch-black darkness. For the past two years, British photographer Paul Thompson has pushed the boundaries of night photography using a large format camera. His images make up a series titled <i>Moonlight</i>, and they feature …

2015 Nissan GT-R review: A 545-horsepower monster in sheep's clothing - Roadshow

<b>The Good</b> Brutal acceleration and amazing performance in any conditions. Reasonably comfortable and civil, and enough digital gauges and readouts to make the most tech-crazed gearhead swoon.<p><b>The Bad</b> Somewhat lacking in smartphone connectivity and driver-assist features. Getting 16 mpg isn't great.<p><b>The</b> …

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5 Things I've Learned From Humans of New York

I'll admit that I didn't fall into the HONY rabbit hole until I started actually logging onto Facebook about a couple of months ago. But now that I've gotten into it, I don't think that I'll get out any time soon.<p>Humans of New York was started by photographer Brandon Stanton in November 2010, and …

Layered Glass Wave Sculptures by Ben Young | Colossal

<p>Sculptor Ben Young (previously) just unveiled a collection of new glass sculptures prior to the Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design (SOFA) …

Google Launches Android TV: No Original Programming Lets It Down

As predicted, Google has announced the launch of its TV service – Android TV at Google I/O. And, as expected, it looks slick, innovative and, typically, extremely user friendly. Google hit all the right notes when Dave Burke demoed the software. Combining games, streaming services, music and …

Nasa’s out-of-this-world plan to rescue a Space Shuttle

A retired Nasa engineer reveals details of a daring plan that could have been used to rescue a shuttle crew facing certain death stranded in orbit.<p>The fate of the seven members of STS-107’s crew was sealed within 90 seconds of launch. As Space Shuttle Columbia rose through the perfect clear sky …

Why Our Brains Love The Curve

You’ve seen the advertisements here on Forbes and elsewhere: the curve is coming to a TV near you. It seems at first glance a simple innovation, in some ways even a predictable one. Watching commercials for Samsung’s new line of televisions, I find myself wondering why it’s taken this long for …

Sharp To Launch New Display Technology That Can Be Made Into Any Shape

Sharp has unveiled a new type of display that can be made into any shape rather than the traditional rectangular design, it announced today.<p>The new type of display, called a “Free-Form” display, does not need to take a rectangular shape because of the way the drive circuit is dispersed throughout …

Sony and Microsoft Need To End Their Idiotic 'Exclusive Content' War

There have been a few trends at E3 this year, most of them more or less welcome. Cartoony action, giant dragons, cops and robbers, and of course “we listened to <i>your</i> feedback,” as a way of directly appealing to fans.<p>But there’s a trend that’s popping up in nearly every AAA game presentation at the …

Build A Compact Nvidia Powered Mini-ITX Gaming PC For $650 (Benchmarks Included)

<i>[UPDATE: NewEgg is now offering an official DIY PC combo based on this build, and it includes an Xbox 360 controller. Check it out right here.]</i><p>Since they debuted one year ago, my series of do-it-yourself PC build articles has helped new and veteran PC gamers put together their first rigs and save …

Siamese fighting fish

These stunning portraits show Siamese fighting fish seemingly floating in mid air, displaying their long, flowing fins and brilliant colours. Thai photographer Visarute Angkatavanich uses specialist lighting and crystal-clear water to capture exuberantly finned and coloured varieties of <i>Betta</i> …

This Scrabble-Playing Robot Talks Trash

The bot's programmers intentionally constrained its vocabulary, so it wouldn't be impossible to beat. But it ain't friendly.<p>Robots that can win at games (as complex as chess) are nothing new. But what about a robot that acts more humanlike--that talks trash? Carnegie Mellon University professor …

Lego Robot Solves Rubik's Cube In 3.253 Seconds

In October of 2011, Mike Dobson and David Gilday’s CubeStormer II robot, built from Lego kits and powered by a Samsung Galaxy S2, set the world record for solving a Rubik’s Cube: 5.27 seconds. That time just narrowly defeated the best ever human time, marking the first time a robot had done so.<p>Now …

Steam's Controller Redesigned With Xbox Influences

It seems only fitting to juxtapose Amazon’s hopefully-not-final ugly prototype controller with a rival device from Valve. Whereas the Amazon prototype seems instantly dated, Valve’s controller is innovative, sleek and intriguing. The two don’t even look like they were made in the same decade.<p>That …

Google Looks Like It's Getting Serious About A Game Console

If we were looking for more proof about search giant Google's designs on the living room, this is it. The BBC is reporting that Google has acquired controller company Green Throttle Games for an undisclosed amount. A quick look at one of their products proves that the company is making things …

Malaysia Airlines: experts surprised at disappearance of 'very safe' Boeing 777

Aviation experts have expressed surprise at the sudden loss of contact with the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, which has an almost flawless safety record.<p>Mohan Ranganathan, an aviation safety consultant who serves on India’s Civil Aviation Safety Advisory Committee, said it was “very, very …

The 3 Most Incredible PCs Of February 2014

PC modding stems from the days when enthusiasts that built their own PCs tried to improve cooling and make their bland beige boxes a little more attractive. Eventually, people with skills in painting, carpentry and metalwork all joined the fray with some amazing results that ended with PCs looking …

Watch A Robot 3-D Print With Metal

Autodesk teamed up with designer Joris Laarman to create the system.<p>Metal, despite being one of the most ubiquitous building materials, isn't something we see in 3-D printing too often. (Seriously: we've got pizza before small-scale, consumer steel printing.) But software company Autodesk, working …

Fun Gif Entries in Motion Photography Prize Competition

Here at My Modern Met, we're big fans of cleverly animated gifs, so we were more than excited when we saw that Saatchi Art and Saatchi Gallery have teamed up with Google+ to create the inaugural Motion Photography Prize. Photographers from all over the world are invited to submit one motion photo …

Plank position for beginners

We all know plank position is good for us. But. Um. What if you lack the core strength needed to suck in the gut and engage the back, glutes and quad muscles — all while balancing between your toes and elbows?<p>Answer: You slowly and carefully work your way up to it, says fitness expert Tosca Reno, …