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Study: Playing games can bleed into real-life perception, behavior

Playing games can affect our behavior and visual perception in real life, according to a new study published last month in the International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction.<p>The study came from psychologist Mark D. Griffiths and doctoral researcher Angelica B. Ortiz de Gortari, both of …

War Thunder dev begins second wave of expansion's closed beta

<i>War Thunder</i> developer Gaijin Entertainment has begun the second wave of the closed beta for <i>Ground Forces</i>, the upcoming tank-based expansion for the military combat game, the studio announced today.<p>Some players from the first wave, which took place earlier this month, are automatically invited into …

How feds use one “seed” and 3 “hops” to spy on nearly everyone

The U.S. government has tried to reassure critics of its massive phone surveillance program by pointing to “minimization” procedures that are …

Why the 9-to-5 Day Is So Tough on Creative Workers

"Knowledge workers" tend to be more unfocused in both the early morning and mid-afternoon. Why force them to work when they're least productive?<p>Today, workers are putting in increasingly more hours—so much so that the 40-hour week has become a relic of the past. But pushing employees to clock up …

Scientists Discover Surprisingly Bright Black Hole | The Takeaway | WNYC

Turns out black holes really aren't so black. A team of researchers has discovered an incredibly bright black hole located some 22 million light …

50-foot circle of ice found spinning in North Dakota river

A vast circle of ice has been found slowly rotating in North Dakota's Sheyenne river. Perfectly circular ice disks form on outer bends of rivers, where faster-running currents break chunks of surface ice away during cold weather. The rotational shear of the river's current pulls chunks of ice …

The 8 Greatest GIFs Of BigDog In Action

Our favorite shambling robotic pack mule has come a long way over the years.<p>The BigDog family of robots, developed by Boston Dynamics, has come a long way since it was first created in 2005. To celebrate some of the headless robot's coolest technological achievements, I made these eight GIFs. Enjoy.<p>…

World record setting experiment brings quantum computing a step closer to reality

Despite recent successes in the field, creating a quantum computer is <i>really</i> hard. For one thing quantum bits in a super positioned state (or qubits, the basic unit of data for quantum computing) have a hard time surviving at room temperature. Typically, these superposition states last for only a …

These Big-Eyed Fish Are Vacuuming Up Our Plastic Pollution At Night

A tiny fish with a nightly fix for plastic may be one of the culprits.<p>As University of Western Australia Oceans Institute director Carlos Duarte …

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Eminem's 'Survival' video co-stars the dog from Call of Duty: Ghosts

The new video for Eminem's "Survival," a track from the upcoming album <i>The Marshall Mathers LP 2</i>, is slathered in cross-promotional imagery lifted from <i>Call of Duty: Ghosts</i>, including a guest appearance from a dog that resembles Riley the German Shepard.<p>The video for the song that debuted at …

German Hacker Group Says It's Broken The iPhone's TouchID Fingerprint Reader

For a few German hackers, breaking Apple’s much-hyped fingerprint reader seems to have been little more than a one-weekend project.<p>On Sunday, the Berlin-based hacker group known as the Chaos Computer Club–and more specifically a member of the group who goes by the name Starbug–announced that …

RetroN delayed, now launching Dec. 10

RetroN 5, Hyperkin's console designed to play games for NES, SNES, Genesis and GBA cartridges, will now launch Dec. 10, the company announced via press release.<p>The system was originally expected to launch Oct. 31 — a date the company is now calling a "placeholder." According to the announcement, …

Consoleception: You Can Play Your PS4 Through Your Xbox One

At the Tokyo Game Show this past week, Microsoft got a question about whether or not the Xbox One’s HDMI-In capability will support the ability to run its rival, the PlayStation 4. Xbox senior director of product management and planning Albert Panello dodged the question at first, but later on his …

Why Futurama Was The Greatest Show About The Future Ever Aired

R.I.P. Futurama, we'll miss ya<p>The first time I saw <i>Futurama</i>, the long-running (but off-and-on) animated series from <i>Simpsons</i> creator Matt Groening, I was a kid watching it on summer afternoons at my grandmother's house. I don't think I'd ever laughed that hard--not at its colossally influential older …

The Underground Map of the Elements

The periodic table is an awesome piece of information organisation. By following one cardinal rule – all elements appear in order of their atomic number – and then carefully restricting the number of elements in each row (or period), clear patterns emerge.<p>For example, the first column (or group) …

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Wasteland Kings is a merciless game about trial and error

Vlambeer's roguelike-like game, <i>Wasteland Kings</i>, is a brutal game that rewards patience, situational awareness and mastery of trial and error.<p>The game is set in a desolate world where creatures have mutated into grotesque monsters. There is no law but the law of survival. Every now and then, someone …

Why The U.S. Is Building A High-Tech Bubonic Plague Lab In Kazakhstan

When Kazakhstan's Central Reference Laboratory opens in September 2015, the $102-million project laboratory will serve as a Central Asian way station for a global war on dangerous disease.<p>In 1992, Dr. Kanatjan Alibekov, a biologist from the Soviet Union, boarded a flight in Almaty, then …

Life on earth 'began on Mars'

Evidence is mounting that life on Earth may have started on Mars. A leading scientist has claimed that one particular element believed to be crucial to the origin of life would only have been available on the surface of the red planet.<p>Professor Steven Benner, a geochemist, has argued that the …

Haptix Quickly Hits Kickstarter Goal to Add Touch Control From Any Surface

Haptix, a little camera device that promises to turn regular surfaces into 3-D multi-touch controllers, has exceeded its Kickstarter goal of $100,000 …

Watch This Tiny Robot Leap Over Walls [Video]

Hello, TailBot!<p>With the goal of making a robot that can run, jump, and maneuver in the air, a student team at Michigan State University came up with this monkey-like miniature machine: TailBot. It is <i>super</i> goofy. For example: to run, it doesn't run on its legs so much as knock itself over with its …

What stressed out ‘super worms’ tell us about anxiety

<b>RUTGERS (US) —</b> When roundworms are put in high-stress situations, the structure of their six sensory brain cells changes dramatically.<p>Scientists have …

New form of carbon said to be strongest material ever found

The strongest known material in the world may have just been dethroned. Researchers from Rice University have calculated the properties of a little-studied form of carbon known as carbyne, and they've determined that it should have a "specific strength surpassing that of any other known material." …

In Russia, giant owls need giant trees

Tigers and bears live in the last great primary forests of Russia’s Far East. So do giant owls.<p>A study spearheaded by the Wildlife Conservation …

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Exercise improves sleep, but not overnight

<b>NORTHWESTERN (US) —</b> It can take four months of regular aerobic exercise to help insomnia sufferers get a good night’s sleep, researchers say.<p>“If you …