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TERMINATOR GENISYS vs. TRON LEGACY: How Hollywood Reboots

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is terrifying through the eyes of a computer

Google has spent the last few years teaching computers how to see, understand, and appreciate our world. It's an important goal that the search giant hopes will allow programs to classify images just by "looking" at them, but there's one problem — to computers, our world looks like a horrible …

Las Vegas

Witness the Taliban Attack on Afghanistan's Parliament

Afghan security officials stand beside a crater that was formed at the scene of a suicide bomb attack outside the Afgha<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Jawad Jalali—EPA

7 truths about the mind you missed in psychology class

The longer you live, the more you realize that the difference between success and magnificent failure lies in how well you understand people. If you’re like many, that fact makes you regret not having studied psychology. I hate to be the one to tell you, but holding both a BSc. and an MSc. in …

Self-improvement

The War of the Worlds panic was a myth

<b>The story that mass panic broke out because of an Orson Welles radio show became part of modern folklore. The idea that hysteria swept America on October 30, 1938, when a 62-minute radio dramatisation of The War of the Worlds, remained unchallenged for nearly eight decades. Even those who had never</b> …

Collecting Taxes Might Just Be a ‘War Crime’ in Hawaii

They say they don’t owe the state of Hawaii any money—because Hawaii is still a kingdom and doesn’t fall under the jurisdiction of the IRS.<p>A growing …

Jeep

DC Comics pulls controversial Batgirl cover at creators' request

DC Comics has announced that it will not be printing a controversial variant cover to <i>Batgirl</i> #41, at the request, and with the support, of the artist who created it and the creative team behind the issue.<p>Criticism of the cover began shortly after it was revealed on March 13, as one of a series of …

Teenagers, sex and selfies: Cibele is an uncomfortable, often beautiful game

I'm going through developer Nina Freeman's computer, and at the moment I'm flipping through pictures she's taken of herself. I'm afraid of seeing something I shouldn't, and I'm not sure how to react. It doesn't help that she's right behind me.<p>The entire situation is awkward, and it's hard to tell …

Oldest Human Fossil Found, Redrawing Family Tree

Discovery pushes back the origin of our genus, Homo, by half a million years.<p>In a rare congruence of new evidence, two fossil jaws cast a fused beam of light on one of the darkest mysteries in human evolution: the origin of our genus <i>Homo</i>. The two lower jaws—one a reconstruction of a pivotal …

Anthropology

The 50 Healthiest Foods of All Time (With Recipes)

Bananas<p><b>Why they’re good for you:</b> While this tropical fruit is an American favorite, bananas are actually classified as an herb, and the correct name …

Here’s How Valve Cracked Virtual Reality’s Biggest Problem

Roger Ressmeyer—Corbis<p>Alex Brandon—AP<p>Mike Fisher—AP<p>George Nikitin—AP<p>Ben Van Hook—The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images<p>STR/Reuters<p>Yoshikazu …

Cholesterol in food not a concern, new report says

<b>(CNN) —</b> For more than a week, speculation has been running rampant. Here's how it all started.<p>On February 10, The Washington Post published a headline that got a good amount of attention: "The U.S. government is poised to withdraw longstanding warnings about cholesterol."<p>Every five years, the …

Nutrition

'The Order: 1886' Reviews Prove Something Is Changing In Videogames

There’s something curious about the Order 1886. The thing is, despite its laundry list of shortcomings and disappointments, there isn’t a whole lot actually <i>wrong</i> with it, on a fundamental level. I mean wrong in a traditional sense: incorrect, not right. The shooting is competent, if not …

Nextgen

Capturing Humanity Through the Arts

<i>"Woman With Pipe, Haiti, 1983." Photograph from DIGNITY collection by Dana Gluckstein. (c) Dana Gluckstein</i><p>The public space between social activism, advocacy and art can be profound. In their own ways, art and social justice are universal languages. The idea that all people should be treated fairly …

Brianna Wu's studio, Giant Spacekat, pulls out of PAX East due to safety concerns (update)

Giant Spacekat, the game studio headed by developer Brianna Wu, is withdrawing from the PAX East 2015 Expo Hall due to safety concerns, the company recently announced.<p>"The reason is pretty straightforward," Wu said in an email to Polygon. "Two people here in Massachusetts have made videos with …

How to do video game movies well (and why most are terrible)

I've seen most movies based on games, and the quality ranges from passable to terrible. You can argue for a few good ones, but taking even great games and turning them into films has proven much harder than it seems like it should be.<p>Our art form is already cinematic and immersive and all those fun …

Pain Really Is All In Your Head And Emotion Controls Intensity

When you whack yourself with a hammer, it feels like the pain is in your thumb. But really it's in your brain.<p>That's because our perception of pain is shaped by brain circuits that are constantly filtering the information coming from our sensory nerves, says David Linden, a professor of …

The Brain

Why are we still struggling with racist NPCs?

PBS Game/Show has a way of starting with a topic that can make the viewer initially defensive, but then host Jamin Warren gives you plenty to think about, even if you may disagree with the episode's central thesis. And this episode is a big one: Why are NPCs in games so often racist?<p>His examples …

This High-Protein Veggie Burger Is the Best Thing to Ever Happen to Vegans

A burger that packs more protein and iron than beef, more omegas than salmon, more antioxidants than blueberries, plus tons of calcium and a whole …

Nutrition

We should never have told people to stop eating fat

Restrictions on eating fat have been questioned recently: Documentaries like "Fed Up" make the argument that sugar is a bigger problem than fat in today's obesity and diabetes epidemic, and a well-cited recent study found that saturated fat did not seem to be as bad for heart health as guidelines …

Nutrition

Monster Hurricanes Could Become More Frequent, Scientists Warn

Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda—The Orlando Sentinel/AP<p>Tim Chapman—Newsmakers/Getty Images<p>Jack Thornell—AP<p>Chris Hondros—Getty Images<p>Horace Cort—AP<p>Paul …

This Timelapse Shot in 10K Resolution Is Fantastically Bonkers

4K? That's so last year. 8K? Yesterday's news. This timelapse video was shot in an astonishing 10K resolution using an 80 megapixel camera. The level …

Spider-Man is joining Marvel's Cinematic Universe, Sony and Marvel confirm

Spider-Man is coming to Marvel's Cinematic Universe, Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios announced today, meaning the web-slinger will make an appearance in an upcoming Marvel film to rub elbows with the likes of Captain America, Iron Man and Thor.<p>The deal is a confirmation of long-burning rumors that …

Hilarious 1977 STAR WARS Review Tears Movie Apart

14 Ways for How to Lose Belly Fat Fast

My friend Kimberly was making yet another series of desperate New Year’s weight loss resolutions.<p>“Every year, I starve myself for months, I lose …

How Languages and Genes Evolve Together

Researchers have found that geography makes us who we are—genetically and linguistically.<p>As human populations disperse, the separation leads to changes both in genes and in language. So if we look at human DNA and languages over time, we should find that they differ along similar geographic …

Linguistics

Video game tattoos and the fine art of self-expression

Tattoos hold a dark fascination for me. The idea of celebrating the self, in permanent art bound into one's own skin, is both repulsive and strangely attractive.<p>To be absolutely clear, I am not judging anyone else's choices. I enjoy looking at tattoos. I admire the tattoos many of my friends have …

Condemned creator wants to know if you want to play Condemned 3 (or maybe develop it)

Jason "Jace" Hall, former CEO and founder of Monolith Productions, wants to know if you're interested in playing — or perhaps even developing — a new game in the Condemned series, which he helped create and currently owns rights to.<p>Hall said on Facebook that he's "consistently asked when a third …

Everything in gaming is not fine, and that's fine

During an interview last year, popular games website Giantbomb asked me what I thought of the state of the industry. I responded that <i>everything is fine</i> — used in that way where every good friend would know not to ask again.<p>We’re not fine.<p>I’ve been told by friends wiser than myself to always add …

Where Itching Comes From

The science behind what makes people scratch<p>Semanza lived in the Rukungiri region of rural Uganda. He suffered such unbearable itching that continuous scratching with his fingernails did not afford him even temporary relief. His solution was to break a clay pot and use the rough edge of one of its …

Arthritis