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Rescued scientists bring back a warning from the Antarctic

The icebound crew of the Akademik Shokalskiy made headlines but, a year on, the fruits of their expedition are revealed<p>Rescue from Antarctic - the full story<p>The voyage was meant to retrace the steps of Douglas Mawson, the great polar explorer and scientist who led the Australasian Antarctic …

Why 2014 In Video Games Was Just The Worst

We come to the end of another year in the video game industry, and what a year it was, as publishers struggled to figure out the new consoles, and the people making consoles struggled to have games on the shelves to play at all. So let’s sit down, crack open some healing potions, and open up some …

They grow up so fast: What this console generation’s characters have learned

<i>This is part of our ongoing series about games and trends of one of the most longest-lived eras in gaming’s history — the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 generation.</i><p>The current console generation is almost eight years old now, and you don’t stick around that long without going through some changes and …

12 Amazing Photos of Animals Congregating

<b>Stingrays</b><p>While we'll always be big fans of wildlife photography in general, there's nothing quite like seeing hundreds, thousands and even millions of animals congregating like this. Whether these photographers have captured animal migrations, where major animal groups travel long distances in …

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The amazing diversity of animal life – in pictures

The vast majority of animals with which we share our planet go almost unnoticed, eclipsed by the bigger, more charismatic creatures such as the mammals, amphibians and reptiles. A book published this week – Animal Earth: The Amazing Diversity of Living Creatures by Ross Piper – seeks to redress …

What human faces might look like in 100,000 years

Big eyes and huge foreheads may be the look for the year 102013, according to researcher Nickolay Lamm<p>Find out more about how technology is changing us in Observer Tech Monthly. Next issue out 13 October<p>Since we humans are prone to launching chemical weapons, unwittingly killing off the bee …

The Big Bang May Not Have Spawned The Universe After All

Our universe might actually be the result of the collapse of a four-dimensional star.<p>According to a new paper posted on Arxiv, the Big Bang may not have been what we think it is. In fact, there may have been no Big Bang at all--our universe may have come from an entirely different source.<p>The Big …

Grand Theft Auto V: Tips, tricks, and cheat codes

Grand Theft Auto V (read our review here) is so huge that you can lose dozens of hours by ignoring the story and finding new activities and side missions to take part in. The open-world crime game does a good job of easing you in, but it doesn’t tell you everything.<p>So with some advice from …

Earth's Largest Volcano Found

The base is nearly as big as New Mexico!<p>A megavolcano found at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean is being reported as the largest single volcano on Earth. Tamu Massif, as the megavolcano is called, may be as voluminous as Olympus Mons on Mars, which is regarded as the Solar System's largest known …

Sexiest parts of the body revealed by neuroscientists

Survey asks men and women to rank parts of the body by pleasure – and some of the results prove surprising<p>The mind, said Raquel Welch, is an erogenous zone. And it is the brain, and how it organises our erogenous zones, that has intrigued scientists for decades. Why is a nuzzled neck sexy when few …

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Jellyfish in the North Atlantic - in pictures

Spectacular images of jellyfish captured by marine biologists and photographers Matt Doggett and Richard Shucksmith in the seas off the Orkney Islands

Dream Arcades' Kegerator Pro: a fusion of classic video games and beer

Home arcade cabinet maker Dream Arcades is addressing the primary shortcoming of most home arcades: the lack of integration with beer kegs. With the company's latest product, the Dreamcade Kegerator Pro 60, no longer will home arcade enthusiasts suffer the excruciating walk to the nearest …