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‘Dune’ Is ‘Star Wars’ For Goths

American filmmaker David Lynch’s greatest cinematic masterpiece is not <i>Twin Peaks</i>. Nor is it <i>Mulholland Dr</i> (widely cited as the best film of this …

David Lynch

The Sci-Fi Guru Who Predicted Google Earth Explains Silicon Valley’s Latest Obsession

“Snow Crash” author Neal Stephenson talks to the Hive about the differences between augmented and virtual reality, how to create a convincing Metaverse, and why social media is driving us insane.<p>Way back in 1992, author <b>Neal Stephenson</b> published his breakthrough novel, <i>Snow Crash,</i> a cyberpunk …

Virtual Reality

Amateur Captures Stunning Footage Of Octopus Hunting On Land

<i>Porsche Indrisie / ViralHog.com</i><p>This jaw-dropping footage by Porsche Indrisie shows off something quite unexpected.<p>"I have a keen interest in sea life …

Windows 10 S Doesn't Appear to Be as Invulnerable to Ransomware as Microsoft Claims

Microsoft’s tall claim that “no known ransomware” will run on its Windows 10 S operating system has been weighed, measured, and found wanting.<p>In a …

Microsoft

Learn The Fascinating Theory Behind Roleplaying Games

The word theory evokes images of Isaac Newton and Aristotle, and as physics has gravity and playwrights have catharsis, roleplaying has its own …

RPGs

What Happens to Time and Space When We Fall into a Black Hole?

Black holes have always been a bit of a mystery. That’s mainly because they’re so very difficult to study. The gravitational singularity is where …

Physics

Evolutionary biologists have been misinterpreting a key point in Darwin’s theory for years

<i>However, Darwin himself proposed an alternative theory. And it’s one that I’m very interested in trying to bring back into the sciences.</i><p><i>Darwin proposed that mate choice is really about the aesthetic quality of the experience of the chooser. It’s about what the animals themselves think of as</i> …

Evolution

This crazy pen lets you draw real 3D objects in mid-air

I have now given the MYNT3D Professional Printing 3D Pen with OLED Display as a gift to three different people, and in each of those three cases it’s …

Gear & Gadgets

The Best ISO-Certified Gear to See the 2017 Solar Eclipse

1 of 19<p>Gear Up for the Solar Eclipse!<p>When the Great American Total Solar Eclipse sweeps across the U.S. on Aug. 21, you'll need some safety-rated …

Astronomy

Amazon Just Patented A Drone Skyscraper

And considering recent developments at the company, it’s not as crazy as it sounds.<p>Amazon’s fulfillment centers are gargantuan facilities. They’re sprawling, 1 million-square-foot buildings that make Super Walmarts look like tiny houses, which means they’re not exactly suitable for neighborhoods …

Drones

A Mysterious Mars-Sized Object Could Be Hiding at the Edge of Our Solar System

It’s been about 11 years since Pluto was demoted to dwarf planet status, leaving a 1,473 mile (2,370 kilometers)-size void in our hearts. Since then, …

Astronomy

Watch the return of the internet’s weirdest genre: flopping rubber bodies

Rubber human bodies flop just fine underwater<p>Rubber humans are my favorite kind of non-living entity. They possess all the physical joy of the human form and none of the existential baggage! And when lumped together, they become something bordering on transcendent: a squishy, satisfying mess of …

Internet

Amazon’s vision for the future: delivery drone beehives in every city

Welcome to Amazontopia<p>Amazon’s drone delivery program stopped being a joke a while ago, but the company still has to overcome serious challenges to make the technology actually work. One of these is getting drones near enough to large populations so they’re more efficient than regular road …

Drones

Ridley Scott Interested in Expanding Blade Runner Franchise Like Alien

Ridley Scott has taken a page out of George Lucas’ book by expanding the <i>Alien</i> franchise beyond the original films, and it looks like he’s interested …

Science Fiction

LG made a massive, flexible 4K OLED display that is taller than a person

Setting new records in consumer tech is always an odd topic for a pretty obvious reason: the relentless advancement of technology means new “firsts” …

Gear & Gadgets

Virgin Media urges password change over hacking risk

<b>Virgin Media has told 800,000 customers to change their passwords to protect against being hacked.</b><p>An investigation by Which? found that hackers could access the provider's Super Hub 2 router, allowing access to users' smart appliances.<p>A child's toy and domestic CCTV cameras were among the …

Security

Tesla’s next big thing might be… internet radio?

If a new report from <i>Recode</i> is right, Tesla’s next new product isn’t going to have one single wheel. The site is quoting industry sources as saying …

Internet Radio

'GhostHook' Foils Windows 10 64-bit's Kernel Protection

Microsoft says an attacker needs kernel-level access before they can use the 'GhostHook' technique to install a rootkit, but CyberArk researchers say …

Information Security

Damon Lindelof Eyeing An Adaptation Of ‘Watchmen’ For HBO

<i>The Leftovers</i> creator Damon Lindelof might be heading for another series at HBO. Lindelof is in very early talks to develop an adaptation of the …

Why chatbots will never completely take over for humans

What an unexpected twist in the tale of bots.<p>A McKinsey write-up says the bots are stumbling. Google’s Igor Markov warns that AI could turn into the plague. Yet some of the world’s largest companies have recruited tens of thousands of workers to build AI and chatbots. There’s this supposed <i>coming</i> …

Chatbots

Behind the scenes of sci-fi spectacular 'Valerian'

"Fifth Element" director Luc Besson says he's waited his entire life to adapt the influential sci-fi comic into this eye-popping movie.<p>"Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" is set to be one of the most spectacular movies of 2017. Here's a look behind the scenes -- or should we say, a Luc …

Science Fiction

198 Million Voter Records Exposed in a Common Database Failure

A number of voter-data exposures have cropped up this year, in locations as disparate as Mexico, the Philippines, and the state of Georgia. But the …

Security

The Greatest Solar Eclipse in a Century is Coming to the US in August

Whether or not you fancy yourself an astronomy nerd, a truly incredible event will sweep the United States this August. Americans will witness the …

Grand Teton National Park

The soft 3D printed robot that could come to the rescue

Engineers at the University of California are working on a soft legged robot that can navigate difficult terrain. Its complex design has been achieved through 3D printing.<p>One possible use for the robot would be to help in search and rescue operations - perhaps in a collapsed building. Its legs can …

War For The Planet Of The Apes Has Screened, Here's What People Think

Everything from <i>War for the Planet of the Apes</i> has looked great so far, but now the film has screened for critics who have taken to social media to …

Movies

Meet The Synestia, A Possible New Type of Planetary Object

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's...a new type of planetary object? Turns out, scientists think it's not just all planets and stars out there: …

Universe

No True Alternatives: The Big Bang Is Real

According to Einstein’s theory of relativity, the curvature of spacetime was infinite at the big bang. In fact, at this point all mathematical tools …

Space Science

France wants autonomous high-speed trains by 2023

According to reports from <i>FranceInfo</i>, the SNCF, France's national state-owned railway company, announced on Friday that it is actively working to develop and deploy autonomous trains that will operate along its high-speed TGV lines by 2023. The so-called "drone trains" should begin initial trials …

France

Five robots that are changing everything

From robot simians that can clean up nuclear accidents, to powered exoskeletons that enable you to lift huge objects, robotic technologies are developing incredibly quickly. Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu, chief engineer at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, talks us through five robots that are changing the …

Robots