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NASA scales back Nunavut operations on Devon Island

After years of sending dozens to researchers to Nunavut's Devon Island, U.S. space agency NASA will only be sending a skeleton crew to Nunavut this …


Why ‘Fallout’ Is the Best Nuclear War Story Ever Told

The video game series helped me understand the Cold War … and my parents


I wandered the wastelands, desperately searching for a water …

Cold War


Portal Stories: Mel consists of more than 20 maps, full of all-new voice lines, models, high quality materials, and challenging puzzles. We estimate …


A Salute to Dani Berry, a Transgender Video Gaming Pioneer


Apple bars Civil War games from App Store over Confederate flag imagery [Updated]

Update: Apple has indicated it may be walking back some of these removals.Original StoryThe renewed debate over the Confederate battle flag is …

Civil War

Highly detailed scale aircraft

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AviaReplica is subscription based.
AviaReplica is producing limited edition and highly detailed models.
Production is launched one …


Jet contrails affect surface temperatures

High in the sky where the cirrus ice crystal clouds form, jet contrails draw their crisscross patterns. Now researchers have found that these …


Canadian game developers strut their stuff at E3

Canadian game developers flooded Los Angeles for the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), this week, showing off games ranging from big-budget blockbusters to those made by single-person studios.

Julien Lavoie, vice president of public affairs for the Entertainment Software Association of Canada, …

News (Canada)

Star Wars Battlefront: fun, sprawling, and worryingly simple

Within 30 seconds of playing Star Wars Battlefront’s survival mode at E3, I was yearning for a mouse. Here I was, finally playing DICE’s Battlefront …

Star Wars

Rogue System takes the hardcore flight sim to the stars

In the proud tradition of realism-obsessed flight simulators, Rogue System models individual components and their parent systems, right down to …

Proof of Concept

For comet scientists, elation and redemption at Philae’s wakeup

Artist’s concept of Philae. Credit: ESAResearch teams across Europe spent the last half-year meticulously going through a wish list of experiments …

Space Science

Check the Balance of Your Gaming Dice with a Cup of Salt Water

Playing boardgames and tabletop RPGs can bring you a lot of surprising benefits, but it’s not as fun when your dice keep rolling the same result over …

Cool Stuff

Some things you should know about Steam

What can we learn by data mining Steam for fun and profit.

The information in this article was gathered with the help of the tool Steam Spy that I’ve …

Grand Theft Auto

Apple quietly pulls original iPad mini from web site and Apple Store

Last week, above. Today, below.

The original iPad mini has quietly disappeared from Apple’s web site, and is no longer available to purchase new from the Apple Store. Introduced in October 2012, the first iPad mini established the industrial design that was subsequently used in the iPad mini 2 and …

iPad Mini

IMAX’s absurd attempt to censor Ars [Updated]

Last week, Ars published a story about the newest version of SteamVR, a virtual reality system made by Valve Software. The piece includes interviews …


A Final Farewell For the World's Last Flying Vulcan

Britain’s last airworthy Cold War Vulcan bomber has begun preparations for its final season flying this summer, after the decision to ground the …


Off the grid: Playing Through the Ages on your iPad today

Not that great, really.A couple days ago I was hit up with a press release for a new site called Tabletopia, a website that acts as a portal for …


New App, SidTracker64, Turns Your iPad Into A Commodore 64 Chiptunes Music System On Steroids

Daniel Larsson has introduced SidTracker64, a new app that turns your iPad into ‘the ultimate chiptune production package tool’.

SidTracker64 emulates …


Seriously! The Kalinin K-7 bomber actually took to the air!!!!

The Kalinin K-7 was a heavy experimental aircraft designed and tested in the Soviet Union in the early 1930s. It was of unusual configuration with …

Why the Soviet space shuttle was left to rot

Just before dawn on the morning of November 15, 1988, the Energiya rocket stood fueled and ready on the launch pad at Baikonur, the Soviet Union’s launch site. Mated to the booster was the Buran space shuttle orbiter, ready for its maiden flight. It looked to strongly reminiscent of NASA’s Space …

Space Science

The Long Dark -- E3 2015 -- Xbox One Reveal


The Long Dark Launches on Xbox One Game Preview - Hinterland Studio

We’re thrilled to announce that The Long Dark is the first survival game to come to Xbox One, and launches today on the new Game Preview program, …


Gidget Retro Teardrop Camper - July 2013


Europe’s Philae comet lander phones home

The European Space Agency reports it has received signals from the Philae lander on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Mission managers …


Report: Hack of government employee records discovered by product demo

As officials of the Obama administration announced that millions of sensitive records associated with current and past federal employees and …


Indie Developers Report Steam Refund Abuse From PC Gamers, Show Graphs To Back Their Claims

It appears that Steam’s new refund policy will hurt indie developers more than they initially thought. Today, Qwiboo and Puppygames shared some …

Indie Gaming

A Sad Comic About The Star Wars Pilot Who Blows Up The Executor

It’s an act of suicidal heroism that helps tip the entire Battle of Endor in the Alliance’s favour, but the pilot responsible for the Executor’s

Star Wars

The post-apocalyptic dimensional space of Native video game design

This week, Doom joined the first-ever class of the World Video Game Hall of Fame, and its reasons for being inducted now seem obvious in …

Game Design