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Does the human eye prove that God exists?

Darwin was baffled by it; Christians see it as evidence of the divine. Will science ever unlock the secrets of the human eye?<p><b>When the body of Dr Yoshiki Sasai,</b> an eminent Japanese biologist, was discovered in August this year, his death was widely mourned across the world of <b>science</b>. Not just for …

Charles Darwin

Plastic Microparticles Found In Beers

Pollution shows up at the pub.<p>Beer lovers: there may be more to your brew than dazzling citrus overtones or a subtle chocolatey aroma.<p>The authors of a new study went to a local supermarket in Germany and picked up 24 brands of beer, including the 10 most popular in the country. In the lab, they …

How Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor turned me into a vengeful psychopath

In Monolith's <i>Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor</i>, death might be temporary, but grudges last forever.<p>I'm waiting less than patiently for the hero, Talion, to return to the land of the living — again. It's the third time I've died during my demo. I'm told this isn't unusual. But if persistence can be …

I owe my career to Halo 2

"How'd you get into that?"<p>This is the first question people ask when I tell them I’m in video production. My default response has become to explain that it was just a hobby, and then it turned into something serious. I don’t tell people the truth until I’ve known them a while.<p>A video game got me …

These portraits from Skyrim look more like magazine covers than video games

Modders have made breathtaking improvements to <i>The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim</i>, a game that was visually impressive on its own. Real tender love and care has gone into making the fantasy world and its people more believable and lifelike. These portraits artfully capture that hard work.<p>Taken by a …

Quakecon panel: Justice will be served in The Elder Scrolls Online

A Quakecon panel showed off video of new zones coming to <i>The Elder Scrolls Online</i>, and discussed what players may do in them (and to one another), particularly with regard to a "justice system" coming to the game.<p>When that arrives, players will be able to commit crimes — and suffer the consequences …

Why Don't You Ever See TV Interviews With Inmates?

A Supreme Court decision 40 years ago this summer allowed states to block access to specific prisoners. What does that mean for freedom of the press and our justice system?<p>In 1972, Angela Davis was interviewed on film for television from the basement of the San Rafael County Prison. She was being …

Evo 2014: Raiden Revealed for Mortal Kombat X

The storm returns<p>Nether Realm Studios revealed Raiden as the latest fighter to join the Mortal Kombat X roster today, showing off a gameplay trailer …

Hands on with Dragon Age: Inquisition: The importance of dying

I killed a dragon today, and it was upsetting.<p>He guides us through the brush, past the camp, along a wooded path.<p>As we walk around a bend, the canopy of trees suddenly part, revealing slate grey skies. The narrow path opens to become a valley of jutting rock and the occasional copse of trees.<p>In the …

2 + 2 Doesn't Always Equal 4

2 + 2 = ? appears to be one of the easiest problems in mathematics, and it is probably one of the first you ever encountered. If Kate has 2 apples and Matt gives her 2 more apples, then she has 4 apples. Obviously.<p>But what if we told you that 2 + 2 = ? has stumped even some of the smartest …

Mathematics

30 movies you won't believe didn't win Oscars

#OscarsSoWrong<p>Thankfully, this year’s Oscar nominations seem to have finally addressed the #OscarsSoWhite controversy of recent years, but throughout …

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

15 Great Songs You Probably Didn't Hear in 2013

From 15 of the best albums of the year<p><b>Year in and out,</b> we compile a list of tunes that flew under the radar, mostly from underrated or emerging artists. We call that list "The best songs you probably didn't hear this year." We do that in lieu of an obligatory and trite Top 10 Albums of the Year …

Janelle Monae

What Happened On Easter Island — A New (Even Scarier) Scenario

We all know the story, or think we do.<p>Let me tell it the old way, then the new way. See which worries you most.<p>First version: Easter Island is a small 63-square-mile patch of land — more than a thousand miles from the next inhabited spot in the Pacific Ocean. In A.D. 1200 (or thereabouts), a small …

“The Hunger Games” is hardly our future—it’s already here

<i>The Hunger Games</i> paints an eerily apt picture of the world’s reality. The Capitol is the rich nations of the world: the US, Canada, Australia, Japan, Israel, New Zealand, some oil kingdoms, most European nations. The Districts are the poor nations of the world—Haiti, Nepal, Bangladesh, Cambodia, …

The Hunger Games

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Codecademy Releases Its First Educational App, A.K.A. My New Subway Time Killer

Although I write a lot about apps and Internet stuff, I never really learned to code.<p>I threw the “really” in there to soften the blow, but the fact is, I straight up don’t know how to do it. I started learning at one point in middle school, but my high school didn’t push CS, and by college I spent …

New Nokia ad teaches how to assault iPhone, Galaxy owners

A new ad for the Nokia Lumia turns taking a perfect photo with a cell phone into a martial art. It's called Taekfoto, and it's designed to help you fight your way through everyone to take your shot.<p>There are so many things in life that render your feelings inert.<p>So, whatever your telephonic …