Chris Helmk

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The FDA wants to use Minecraft to keep people from smoking

Minecraft has proven a useful tool for teaching life lessons. For instance, if you don't have somewhere safe to sleep at the end of the day, bad things might happen to you. Also, cave exploration can be extremely dangerous without enough light, or if you run into molten lava — which is frequently. …

A Nest of Copper Foam Lets This Tiny PC Run Silently Without Fans

You eventually tune it out, but the constant whir of a desktop computer's cooling fans can take a toll on your psyche. It's like a buzzing mosquito …

Computer Hardware

How to Peel Away the Grossness That Your Phone Maker Added to Android

It's an all too frequent dilemma. You get one of the best high-end Android phones out there–maybe it's a Galaxy S5, or maybe it's an HTC One–and the …

A Razor That Reaches Every Weird Spot on Your Face

Gillette's new FlexBall razor may be the first razor designed to eliminate craning your neck and making dumb faces while shaving.<p>Rather than cram …

Oculus Rift experiment lets users experience lag in real life

An experiment from fiber broadband provider Ume.net allows Oculus Rift users to experience one of the internet's most frustrating aspects: lag.<p>The experiment, dubbed "Living with Lag," demonstrates the trouble people would have dealing with lag in real life. In the video above, users are outfitted …

Explore the bridge of 'Star Trek: Voyager' through Oculus Rift

The Oculus Rift has been used to transport people everywhere from Jerry Seinfeld's fictional apartment to another human's body, and over the weekend, one developer began taking gamers someplace even a bit further from reality: to the bridge of <i>Star Trek: Voyager</i>'s famous ship. The new virtual …

See The Fifth Element imagined as a 16-bit video game

YouTube satirists CineFix have done about two dozen interpretations of popular movies as old-school video games, and their latest endeavor is delivering all the key scenes of <i>The Fifth Element</i> in 8-bit — "and a little 16-bit," they say — style.<p>CineFix has a robust series of these movies, including …

We may already know how we will cure death—but should we?

A pair of advocates—they do legitimate research too, but their ardor is so intense, it’s hard to call them scientists—believe that they will, within their lifetimes, make ours the first generation of humans to live forever.<p>Their quest is elegantly laid out in <i>The Immortalists</i>, a new documentary …

Singularity

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'The Big Lebowski' goes 8-bit in video game reimagining

Picturing a standard Coen brothers film as a video game brings to mind some gruesome and unpleasant experiences. Think "No Country for Old Men" as a gritty PS3 title capable of giving The Last of Us a run for its money, or "Raising Arizona" as a twisted take on a crime-oriented sandbox game...but …

SiNode Raises Seed Funding To Give Batteries More Juice

Looking to develop a technology that gives batteries more capacity for energy storage and boosts the rate at which they charge, early stage company SiNode has raised new seed financing from the Chicago-based investor, Energy Foundry.<p>Using a technology developed at Chicago’s Northwestern University, …

The Flight of the Birdman: Flappy Bird Creator Dong Nguyen Speaks Out

Last April, Dong Nguyen, a quiet 28-year-old who lived with his parents in Hanoi, Vietnam, and had a day job programming location devices for taxis, …

Angry Birds

BBC Releases 30th Anniversary Edition Of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy Text Adventure Game. You Have Died (And Gone To Gaming Heaven)

You are on a blog. The latest news is at the top and scrolls down infinitely. The first story is about the 30th Anniversary Edition of Infocom’s Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy text adventure game. There is also a story about Samsung here.<br>> READ STORY<br>Which story?<br>> READ HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE …

7 Secrets We Learned About The 'LEGO Marvel's Avengers' Game

Gaming<p>Find out what the hottest game news, new game releases.<p>Gaming<p>Actors from the 'Harry Potter' films will also reprise their roles in the …

Tips And Hacks To Get Better Z's

Because everyone can use a little advice<p>Ready to sleep like a baby and start feeling well-rested? We've got you covered.<p>For the most important things anyone can do for improved shuteye, we contacted Bernie Miller, supervisor at the Sleep Disorders Center at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. But because …

Arthritis drug beats ‘Baghdad boil’ skin parasite

A drug made from gold seems to treat a protozoan parasite that causes potentially disfiguring skin sores that don’t heal.<p>Researchers have discovered …

Medicine

2014: Year of the Eastern Arsenal

<b>LAND</b><p><b>Smart Munitions on the Internet Honor Roll</b><p>NORINCO, the main manufacturer of Chinese group weapons, recently revamped its website to attract foreign buyers for a wide range of modern ground weapons that the 2012 Pentagon Report called “increasing in global competitiveness”. The GS-1 155mm …

Virus Locked In Siberian Ice For 30,000 Years Is Revived In Lab

Scientists at a laboratory in France have thawed out and revived an ancient virus found in the Siberian permafrost, making it infectious again for the first time in 30,000 years.<p>The giant virus known as <i>Pithovirus sibericum</i> was discovered about 100 feet deep in coastal tundra. The pathogen infects …

When Sleep Goes Terribly Wrong

A story of lost time<p>Chris Stimac was a typical high school freshman: athletic, friendly, into science. He loved football and hoped to play it in college. But in the winter of 2003, he got a flu-like illness, which left him somehow changed. Stimac descended into a dark, foul mood, and he couldn’t …

Those BPA-free plastics you thought were safe? Think again.

Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free newsletters.<p>Inside the Big Tobacco-style campaign to bury the disturbing evidence about the …

High-Tech Tuna Researcher Uncovers Marvels of the Big Fish

Stanford professor Barbara Block has pioneered tagging and tracking tools.<p>We met 30 years ago, Barbara Block and I, over the body of a huge Pacific blue marlin. We were standing on the dock at Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii, on opposite sides of the table supporting the fish. Professor …

This Wearable Robot Lifts 110 Pounds In Each Hand

It's not exactly "Iron Man," but then again, it is real.<p>The days of idling wishing for a wearable robot are gone. Researchers at the Perceptual Robotics Laboratory in San Giuliano Terme, Italy, have created a "robo-suit" that is capable of lifting 50 kilograms (110 pounds) with each of its arms.<p>The …

Should You Stay Up Late?

Come on, one more episode of Scandal couldn't hurt.<p>So you want to keep bingeing on Netflix, but you need to wake up early tomorrow. What’s the worst that could happen?<p><i>Click here to read more about the science of sleep.</i><p><i>This article originally appeared in the March 2014 issue of</i> Popular Science.

Dark matter looks more and more likely after new gamma-ray analysis

<i>Original story reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine, an editorially independent division of SimonsFoundation.org whose mission is to enhance public understanding of science by covering research developments and trends in mathematics and the physical and life sciences.</i><p>Not long after the …

Here’s what “water resistant” and “water proof” really mean

“Water proof” and “water resistant” mean the same thing, right? Apparently that’s what Archos CEO Loic Poirier thought — he was wrong.<p>Poirier was …

Comcast really, really doesn't care about you (allegedly)

Comcast has often managed to be the target of abuse and, on a good day, gallows humor.<p>It regularly features in the Consumerist's list of worst American companies. Indeed, just three years ago, Comcast encouraged its staff to vote so that it wouldn't be named Worst Company in America.<p>But, now that …

TSA Reportedly Demands To Inspect Man’s Luggage For Bitcoin [Updated]

Davi Baker wasn’t quite sure how to comply with the TSA’s demands to inspect his bags for Bitcoin. Baker had found himself in a testy exchange with airport security personnel during an enhanced screening, and they wanted an additional search of his belongings.<p>“We saw Bitcoin in your bag and need to …

Is Microsoft Working on a Free Version of Windows 8.1?

Windows 8 (later 8.1) has struggled to capture the interest of PC owners, but now Microsoft appears ready to make them an offer they can't refuse: a …

Surprise! Apple's Tim Cook is both scary and caring, says new book

So much time, effort, and emotion are expended on analyzing everything at Apple that it's a wonder surprises still manage to emerge.<p>But on hearing that a new book called "Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs" was to emerge, some felt a tinge of excitement.<p>Written by former Wall Street Journal …

Tim Cook