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Could South Park: The Stick of Truth be the Best Licensed Game Ever?

We finally played Obsidian’s RPG, and it didn’t forget to bring a towel.<p>Exit Theatre Mode<p>How happy does South Park: The Stick of Truth make me? Put …

45 Million Smartwatches Expected to Ship by 2017

The wearable wristband market is already heating up, but forecasts expect more than 17 million wearable devices will ship in 2014. This includes both …

PlayStation 4 beats out Xbox One as the best-selling console

In the battle for the best-selling console, Sony's<p>PlayStation 4has come out on top -- beating Microsoft'sXbox One-- for the month of January.<p>Research firm The NPD Group released new data on Thursday showing that hardware sales were up 17 percent to $241 million in January compared to the same time …

Call of Duty

Former FCC commissioner blames himself for approving mergers that ruined journalism

Confessional letters from former FCC commissioners are fairly rare at the best of times, but it’s even more unusual to get one from a former …

Taco Bell will start taking orders via smartphone later this year

Fourthmeal is going mobile. Later this year, Taco Bell will start accepting orders via smartphone, according to trade publication <i>Nation's Restaurant News</i><i>.</i> Rather than turn elsewhere for an existing mobile ordering solution, the fast food chain has reportedly spent more than two years perfecting its …

Caffeine can enhance memory, new research suggests

Caffeine is one the world’s favorite productivity fuels and in many countries people choose a caffeinated drink, mainly coffee, to ignite the day. …

Hyrulean Leather Journals Are a Thing of Beauty - Technabob

A plain old journal is not good enough for the video game fanatic. Especially after you have laid eyes on these amazing books. These mythical …

Depression may accelerate the aging process of our cells, study finds

Depression harms more than just the mind: research has linked the ailment with a host of physical conditions, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Now, fascinating new research suggests that depression might also accelerate the aging process at a cellular level.<p>In a study published …

Vatican to display remains of St. Peter to public for first time

His soul may be waiting at the gates of Heaven, but the bones of St. Peter will be on display for the first time ever later this month at the basilica that bears his name, according to the Vatican.<p>The beloved saint's remains, discovered during excavations of the necropolis under St. Peter's …

Chris Hadfield: in space 'you recognise the unanimity of our existence'

It is a disorienting business, being in space, and most astronauts in the first days of orbit scan the Earth for reminders of home. The Russians look for their great lakes; the Americans for mountain ranges. For Chris Hadfield, the former commander of the International Space Station, it was Plank …

Alzheimer's patients' brains boosted by belting out Sound of Music

Belting out classic numbers from hit musicals can boost the brain function of people with Alzheimer's disease, according to researchers who worked with elderly residents at a US care home.<p>Over a four-month study, the mental performance of patients who took part in regular group singing sessions …

How honey bees may one day help detect signs of cancers

Honey bees have a powerful sense of smell and can pick up on a plethora of odours, from concealed explosives to telltale chemicals, or biomarkers, that signal disease.<p>Harnessing such sensitivity, the designer Susana Soares recently created a buzz at Dutch design week with a series of dual-chamber …

Heavy smokers cut down or quit after magnetic brain stimulation, study finds

Heavy smokers who regularly puffed more than a packet of cigarettes a day cut down or quit for six months after their brains were stimulated with magnets, researchers say.<p>The apparent success of the simple procedure has led the scientists to organise a large-scale trial which will launch early next …

Boy is His Own Grandfather?

A little boy referred to in case studies as “Sam,” showed convincing evidence that he is the reincarnation of his grandfather. Sam was 18 months old …

Are Birthmarks Connected to Violent Death in Past Life?

An old woman died in Thailand with the wish to reincarnate as a boy. Her daughter dipped a finger in white paste and marked the back of the woman’s …

Crime

Without Amazon forests, weather could mimic El Niño

Total deforestation of the Amazon could mean 20 percent less rain for the coastal Northwest and a 50 percent reduction in the Sierra Nevada …

Surgeons Discover Quirky Knee Ligament All Over Again

About 150 years ago, a prestigious surgeon in Paris found a new body part while dissecting cadavers. He described the structure as a pearly, "fibrous band" on the outside of the bones in the knee.<p>That sure sounds like a ligament. But nobody really gave it much thought. And poof! Over the next …

Scientists develop nanoscale 'train set' controlled by DNA

A nanoscale 'train set' powered by microscopic motors and controlled by DNA has been developed by scientists.<p>The system can construct its own network of tracks spanning tens of micrometres in length, and use them to transport cargo.<p>Researchers were inspired by the melanophore, a living system used …

Extreme synesthesia: Texas teenager says she can 'feel' the machines around her

<i>Wassily Kandinsky's</i> Composition X<i>. Kandinsky is widely believed to have been a synesthete.</i><p>Synesthesia, loosely defined as the phenomenon of a sensation creating an unnatural secondary sensation, is actually quite common; some humans perceive numbers as colors, for instance. But <i>Psychology Today</i> …

Asteroid With Six Tails Leaves Astronomers Dumbfounded

The Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a possibly doomed asteroid with multiple comet-like tails.<p>Weird things are afoot in the asteroid belt, located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. A newly identified asteroid called P/2013 P5 is posing as a comet, with not one but six dust tails trailing …

Astronomy

It's time to listen to the voices in your head

Hearing voices in your head when there's no one around … that's a sign of madness, right?<p>In the popular imagination voice-hearing is often viewed with fear and suspicion, frequently reified as a chaotic, corrupted symptom of illness. But that is changing, with a growing acceptance of voice-hearing …

FDA moves toward banning trans fats

Trans fats, long a source of controversy for being linked to health problems, may be getting kicked out of the American food supply.<p>The FDA announced Thursday that there is no safe level of partially hydrogenated oils. The move — unusually bold for an agency that typically leaves additive safety to …

Project Spark: An Ocean of Possibilities

I burst with creative energy, and I long to make the places and people of my imagination a digital reality. I've long been able to release the poetry of my mind in the form of the written word, or as a musical composition, but designing worlds and games has long been beyond my grasp. Without the …

The Brain

Panasonic's massive 4K tablet said to arrive in US in January

Panasonic's 20-inch 4K tablet, which shown off at CES in January, could be landing the US at the beginning of next year.<p>Panasonic's Toughpad 4K UT-MB5 will go on sale in the US in January for a whopping $6,000, according to Engadget. The Japanese company had already announced that the ultra HD …

C.I.A. is said to pay AT&T for call data

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Final Fantasy veterans team up for mobile 'blockbuster JRPG' Granblue Fantasy

Japanese developer Cygames unveiled a new mobile "blockbuster" role-playing game today, <i>Granblue Fantasy,</i> according to the company's page.<p><i>Granblue Fantasy</i> will feature the work of two Final Fantasy series veterans, composer Nobuo Uematsu and character designer Hideo Minaba. The title will also …

The Dark Eye: Demonicon

Check out this launch trailer that features a look into the magic-enhanced combat, rich environments and monstrous enemies you’ll encounter in the game.<p>by on