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Civilization: 25 years, 33M copies sold, 1 billion hours played, and 66 versions

LAS VEGAS — Civilization is one of the gods of strategy games, where you oversee the creation of a whole society in competition with other civilizations. It debuted in 1991, and now at 25, it has become one of the cultural touchstones of the game industry, something that everyone recognizes or has …

Gaming Industry

Chance discovery puts graphene electronics closer to mass production

We've heard plenty on the wonderful properties of graphene, but the supermaterial <i>par excellence</i> still hasn't found its way to commercial products …

Fan mashup of 'Mario Kart' and 'Star Wars' is a gaming dream

If you're like me, you spent your youth imagining what it'd be like if your favorite fictional universes got together -- heck, <i>Aliens vs. Predator</i> and <i>Kingdom Hearts</i> are practically kids' dreams made real. Well, some fans weren't willing to keep their fantasy locked in their heads. YouTube team Dark …

Eva Maddox, The Pioneer Of “Branded Environments,” Retires

You know those enviable offices that use design to perfectly communicate what the company inside is all about, without saying a word? You have one woman to thank for that practice: Eva Maddox, the interior designer who developed and coined the concept of branded environments. On February 1, she …

This Instagrammer Is Meticulously Rebuilding Brutalist Landmarks With Lego

Architects have had a decades-long affair with Lego bricks. Moshe Safdie says he bought out all of the Lego in Montreal when he was designing Habitat ’67; Olafur Eliasson invited ten top architecture firms to design Lego models. Meanwhile, ravenous architecture fans can’t get enough of Lego …

Dear Silicon Valley: There Are No Shortcuts In Health Care

What do Theranos, 23andMe, and Zenefits have in common? These well-hyped companies failed to meet regulatory requirements.<p>In 2013, 23andMe got slapped by federal regulators for failing to respond to emails. In 2015, the much-hyped biotech startup Theranos was cited by the feds for serious …

Scientists use laser to "weld" neurons together

Whether it's as a research tool or a step in repairing severed nerves, the ability to join neurons together has some serious applications. If left to …

Neuroscience

Google Bets on Health: 'The Most You Can Lose Is All Your Money'

Bill Maris, founder of Google Ventures, has a purse full of Alphabet Inc.’s cash and a mandate to spend it on big ideas. Having made a name in tech …

This Genetic Alteration Could Prevent the Next Potato Famine

Unlike humans, plants only react to infections when they sustain specific kinds of damage. Now we know that the solution is to get them to produce …

New study reveals that prelinguistic infants can categorize colors

A joint group of researchers from Chuo University, Japan Women's University and Tohoku University has revealed that infants aged between 5 and 7 …

Spy Chief Calls Gene Editing a Weapon of Mass Destruction

Gene editing, like CRISPR, is a scientific breakthrough that may help cure diseases, prevent aging, and change humanity. According to the US …

These Rescue Drones Search Forest Trails Like Robot Rangers

Swiss researchers have come up with AI that lets small quadcopters automatically identify and follow man-made trails in forests. They say it’s to …

NASA's space tourism posters will make you want to suit up

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has a knack for space-themed travel posters. A little over a year ago, its "Exoplanet Travel Bureau" series made its debut with an homage to the iconic WPA prints of the 1930s. This year, the JPL commissioned Seattle-based design firm Invisible Creature to be part …

DARPA Unveils 'Neural Interface' That Could Allow Humans To 'Talk' To Computers

The US Military's scientific research and development organisation DARPA have unveiled a potential 'neural interface' which, if inserted into the …

Scientists extend the lifespan of mice by up to 35 percent

Would you like to live 35 percent longer? Apparently the trick is removing worn-out "senescent' cells that have a degenerative affect on your body. "Cellular senescence is a biological mechanism that functions as an 'emergency brake' used by damaged cells to stop dividing," says Jan van Deursen, …

Researchers Identify New Syndrome That Causes Obesity and Intellectual Disabilities

<b>Scientists at The University of Manchester have discovered a new genetic syndrome of obesity, over-eating, mental and behavioural problems in six</b> …

Sodium battery contains solution to water desalination

Much scientific effort goes into shoring up both our energy and water supplies for the future, but what if both problems could be addressed by the …

Report: The NFL Is Still Influencing The Direction Of Concussion Research

Outside the Lines just released a big ole report on how the NFL funds significant amounts of scientific research on the effects of concussions, as …

Epic announces VR updates for Unreal Editor, predicts VR editing future

"Every piece of 3D software we use today will move to VR as quickly as possible."<p>The battle for the next big thing in virtual reality isn't just …

Virtual Reality

Scientists Isolate Gene Responsible for Rare Vibration Allergy

A small segment of the population is literally allergic to vibrations, an annoying condition that gives rise to hives and other symptoms. Researchers …

Our Brain's Memory Capacity Is 10 Times Larger Than We Thought

Turns out our brains can store a petabyte of information – basically the whole Internet.<p>The human brain's memory capacity may be as much as 10 times …

Canadian ‘dream team’ to probe stem-cell link to brain cancer

As a neurosurgeon at Toronto's Sick Kids hospital, Peter Dirks routinely confronts a devastating type of brain tumour that is the No. 1 cause of cancer-related death in children.<p>As a scientist, he has longed to find new approaches to attacking such tumours, and especially to stop them from …

Neuroscience and Free Will Are Rethinking Their Divorce

Back in the 1980s, the American scientist Benjamin Libet made a surprising discovery that appeared to rock the foundations of what it means to be …

The Brain

Birth of a microbiome: Researchers smear babies with vaginal fluid

C-section newborns slathered with moms’ secretions may dodge lifelong health problems.<p>Birth, like life, is messy. But, while life’s messes often harm …

Pregnancy

Basic origami fold could create anything from surgical stents to satellites

A versatile origami fold could be the key to creating just about any structure, from the nanoscale to full-scale buildings, according to new …

Alzheimer's could be spotted 20 years before the first symptoms appear

Spotting the earliest signs of Alzheimer's Disease could lead to new treatments for preventing the onset of dementia, scientists believe<p>Alzheimer's could be spotted in people 20 years before the first symptoms appear, scientists have found.<p>Researchers at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute and the …

Dementia

Chinese musician who lost strumming skills plays guitar during brain surgery

Complex operation to fix rare muscle condition appeared to have instant results - with the man playing guitar on the operating table<p>A former musician from China who lost the ability to play the guitar through a rare health condition strummed away at the operating table during apparently …

Scientists may have found a way to prevent one of the most terrifying things about surgery

Doctors currently have no perfectly reliable way of ensuring patients are adequately unconscious before an operation begins. Although rare, the uncertainty sometimes results in traumatic experiences of patients "waking up" during surgery.<p>Using a technique that measures electrical impulses in the …

What a study about empathy in animals may be able to tell us about autism in humans

Empathy research is a big topic in neuroscience these days, with a growing number of studies focused on how emotions figure into people's thoughts and actions. One of the main things we've learned is that various non-human species are also able to recognize the distress of others and respond in a …

Autism Spectrum

Strange Superfast 'Cannonball' Star Likely Blasted from Supernova

A star with an unusual history is racing through the galaxy at breakneck speed — most likely blasted away by a supernova and carrying traces of the …