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No 'Star Wars' game has ever looked this real

In the last two Star Wars games, "Battlefront" and "Battlefront II," you're given a sandbox of Star Wars characters and worlds to play in.<p>These games are <i>very</i> pretty — some of the best-looking games on any system — but they don't hold a candle to what one intrepid gamer turned the original …

Social Psychology Facts That Will Blow Your Mind

Psychology is the scientific study of how people act, think, and feel. <b>Social psychology</b> studies how people act, think, and feel in the context of …

The best action movie out now cost just $5 million and is more intense than anything by Marvel or Disney

The big summer blockbusters are starting to roll out, but the best action movie you can see in theaters has gotten a lot less hype than "The Jungle Book" and "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice."<p>"Green Room," directed by Jeremy Saulnier, was shot on a budget of just $5 million, according to Vox. …

Conflicts Between Science And Spirituality Are Rooted In Your Brain

"They are different kinds of insight, so there is really no reason for so much conflict to arise."<p>The standoff between science and religion -- between fact-based and faith-based ways of thinking and explaining the world -- is nearly as old as human thought itself.<p>In fact, the conflict may be rooted …

The only difference between a Christian gunman and a Muslim terrorist is racism

Yesterday, a man opened fire in the visitors center of the US Capitol. He drew his weapon and pointed it at officers, one of whom fired and struck the suspect before he could go any further. The media would later learn that the same man had shouted “I am a Prophet of God” from the balcony of the …

This Week in World War I, January 30-February 5, 1916

The Lafayette Escadrille<p>The <i>Lafayette Escadrille</i>, July 1917<p>In 1916, following the French model, the German High Command reorganized their air forces into specialist bomber and fighter squadrons. By the beginning of the following year, aided by the deployment of aircraft such as the Fokker D I, D II …

How to Read People Like Sherlock Holmes: 4 Insights From Research

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to just look at someone and tell what they’re <i>really</i> like?<p>Sherlock Holmes does this all the time and it’s incredibly …

Elite: Dangerous shows you can get sick from a VR game on the HTC Vive

For almost a year, Valve chief executive Gabe Newell and other company representatives have been saying that the HTC Vive won’t make you seasick from motion-sickness, as happens with other virtual reality headsets. I have confirmed that is not true since I got mild motion sickness while playing a …

German authorities raid homes in Nazi investigation

Police in Germany have searched three homes belonging to former members of the SS. The men are believed to have taken part in a massacre in northern …

First World War centenary: the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, as it happened

On Sunday June 28 1914 in Sarajevo, Gavrilo Princip fired the shot that killed the Archduke and started the train of events that led to global war. Here is a step by step account of how the dramatic day unfolded<p><i>Our journey starts with an extremely promising omen. Here our car burns, and down there</i> …

Black German woman learns a shocking family secret: Her grandfather was a Nazi

<b>Atlanta (CNN) —</b> Jennifer Teege thought she knew the hard truths of her life: that her German mother left her in the care of nuns when she was 4 weeks old, and that her biological father was Nigerian, making her the only black child in her Munich neighborhood.<p>But the hardest truth came to her years …

Empathy

We have Lincoln wrong: Our greatest Lincoln historian explains his real Civil War motivations

Too often, we settle for the idea that Lincoln fought to save a mythical union. He really fought for opportunity<p>The United States has just concluded a five-year observance of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. As in the past, most new books about the period have focused principally on matters …

This 16-minute sci-fi short is the best movie of the year

After a trailer hit the web with more distinct and honorable praise than is typically found with Sundance sensations, the film became one of the must-see titles of SXSW, and then it arrived online in late March for all to see and believe the hype. Nobody seemed to be disappointed with it, certainly …

7 'Star Wars' Theories That'll Change How You See 'The Force Awakens'

These are the theories you're looking for.<p>It's true. All of it. The Dark Side, the Jedi -- they're real. But what about these theories?<p>While "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" obliterates box office records, its lingering questions are blowing our minds even more. Who are Rey's real parents? How is she …

Eerie Illustrations of an Apocalyptical World

The past few weeks I have been posting more about editorial design, interfaces and some web design. I have been focusing my time on those subjects …

Digital Art

Women were written out of political history. We’re putting them back in

Ninety-one years ago, Nancy Astor became the first woman to take her seat in parliament. She stayed there for the next 27 years, speaking regularly in debates, getting into all sorts of disputes, and frequently causing a fair amount of controversy. Yet, apart from a couple of rather testy exchanges …

Feminism

Eddie Redmayne: ‘I felt so vulnerable playing a trans woman’

Eddie Redmayne has opened up about his experience of portraying a trans woman in The Danish Girl.<p>Talking to The Sun, the Oscar winning actor …

The best gaming headset (for most people)

<i>By Dennis Burger</i><p><i>This post was done in partnership with</i> <i>The Wirecutter</i><i>, a buyer's guide to the best technology. Read the full article</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i><p>After more than 100 hours spent researching and testing 37 gaming headsets in all, plus more hours of long-term comfort testing than could reasonably be counted, …

Consumer Tech

The 10 Most Beautiful Snow Castles In the World

With stunning scenery and majestic fortresses, these are the cold-weather climes we actually wouldn't mind visiting.

I wore the stress-tracking Spire device for a week — and it completely changed how I go about my day

So, I decided to try out the Spire, a wearable stress-tracking device that supposedly uses your breath to help monitor how tense, focused, or calm you are.<p>The logic is simple: When you're stressed, your heart rate tends to pick up, so taking deep breaths can often be a good way to get that heart …

The 8 types of intelligence that influence how successful you are

We all know of successful businesses started by first-time entrepreneurs who dropped out of school, and according to many sources, "street smarts" (experience) tends to trump "book smarts" (intelligence) every time.<p>Another perspective is that there are in fact multiple types of intelligence, and we …

8 Fascinating Things We Learned About The Mind In 2015

Memory erasing is just the beginning.<p>As the New Horizons spacecraft made its historic flight to Pluto and some scientists explored the far reaches of our solar system, others were making some incredible advances in their exploration of the inner workings of the mind.<p>Studies published this year shed …

Colorized Photos of WWII Refugees Offer New Perspective on the Migrant Crisis

Displaced persons cross a bridge on the River Elbe at Tangermunde, which was blown up by the Germans, to escape the chao<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Fred …

Apple and Star Wars together explain why much of the world around you looks the way it does

This is the story of two big round things that loom large in our culture.<p>The first of these is Apple Computer—and its ideas and ethics, as embodied in its monumentally circular new headquarters, now finishing construction in Cupertino, California (above).<p>The other is the Death Star—the spherical, …

Banksy uses Steve Jobs artwork to highlight refugee crisis

Graffiti of Steve Jobs carrying a sack and a Macintosh by Banksy has appeared in Calais' jungle camp, symbolising the Apple co-founder's status as the son of a Syrian migrant<p>Graffiti of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has appeared in the jungle migrant camp in Calias, serving as a poignant …

Neil deGrasse Tyson Takes Down 'Star Wars The Force Awakens' With Science

It has happened. Neil deGrasse Tyson, the famed scientist has commented on 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' with a wonderful list of what should really …

The Eating Mistake That Doubles Your Chance of Obesity

Are you inadvertently sabotaging your waistline every day?<p>Speed through supper and your gut may pay the price: Finishing your meals quickly can up your odds of putting on extra weight, a review from Japan suggests.<p>After crunching the numbers from 23 studies, the researchers concluded that …

Nutrition

9 Ways Money Does Buy Happiness

"A person's ability to savor experiences predicts their degree of happiness."<p>Whenever someone tells me that money can’t buy happiness, I am often …