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Debunking the Myths of Leonardo Da Vinci

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Leonardo Da Vinci

Can We Hit the Target?: The 54.5-MPG Fuel-Economy Standard Looms Large – Feature

These days, just about every bit of technical wizardry—direct injection, turbocharging, lightweight construction—targets higher efficiency. That’s because we’re in the middle of America’s greatest-ever increase in fuel-economy requirements.<p>In 2017, the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard …

Fuel Efficiency

The Story Behind the Only Square RPG Developed in North America

Secret of Evermore is one of the most underrated RPGs in gaming. Released in 1995 on the SNES, it's a love letter to what is best about JRPGs, with …

B-movie

GameStop should feel threatened: Tiny startup GameLock is changing the game trade-in business

Games are not like cars or smartphones. The quality of the experience doesn’t really diminish if a PlayStation 4 disc had a previous owner. That’s why retail giant GameStop has such a significant second-hand software business, and it’s why a startup based in Jerusalem is looking to get in on the …

Ukraine's 4A Games lands in Malta: 'We are not betrayers'

Less than 24 hours ago, the leadership of 4A Games landed in Malta, fleeing the ongoing conflict that ravages Ukraine. The studio announced the move in May, just two months after Russian President Vladimir Putin annexed the Eastern Ukrainian province of Crimea.<p>"Malta offers fantastic incentives for …

12 Robin Williams Quotes On Life And Laughter

The response to his death has been overwhelming.<p>James Lipton, the great interviewer of actors, said that Williams was one of a kind.<p>"His gift was the most mysterious of all gifts," Lipton said. "It was genius. Genius is inexplicable. ... You can teach craft. You can teach technique. You can't teach …

San Francisco

Volkswagen Made The World's Most Efficient Car - But Won't Sell It In The United States

The most dangerous thing about Volkswagen’s XL1 is how it affects people <i>outside</i> the car.<p>They take cellphone photos and gesture frantically at highway speeds, looking across the steering wheel at a 90-degree angle from the road in front of them. They jump out in traffic directly in front of the …

Take a tour of Paul Walker's car collection

In October of last year, Matt Farah, host of <i>The Smoking Tire,</i> toured a seriously impressive car collection that included a number of Saleen Mustangs, some very rare German sports cars and a few gray-market Japanese imports. At the time, there was no mention of who this extensive and impressive …

RetroN 5 pre-orders open; plays multiple classic console games

RetroN 5 — the console that allows you to play NES, SNES, Super Famicom, Genesis, Mega Drive, Famicom, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and GBA cartridges on one system — is now available for pre-order.<p>Priced at $99.99 for an Oct. 31 release, the Hyperkin machine was first announced back in March. It …

How video game giant Ubisoft will dive into movies with an Assassin’s Creed film (interview)

<i>Disclosure: The organizers of Siggraph paid part of my expenses to Anaheim, Calif. Our coverage remains objective.</i><p>The realism of video game art and movies have just about converged, and that’s one reason why French game publisher Ubisoft is jumping into film. Last fall, the company announced that …

To make a live-action Assassin's Creed film, Ubisoft built a battleship

A behind-the-scenes video from Ubisoft shows the making of its live-action <i>Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag</i> trailer, "Defy."<p>For authenticity's sake, the production team built a full-scale replica of most of an Age of Sail battleship including different decks and all the relevant rigging, and weathered …

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag modern setting shown in new screenshots

'<p>The present-day setting of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag has been shown in four new screenshots.<p>Posted on AllGamesBeta, the work-in-progress screenshots show off Abstergo Entertainment, a new division of Abstergo Industries, the pharmaceutical front for series villains the Templar Order. A TV …