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Press me! The buttons that lie to you

Does it help to push the buttons on pedestrian crossings, train doors and thermostats? Often the answer is “no”, as Chris Baraniuk discovers.<p>The tube pulls in to a busy station along the London Underground’s Central Line. It is early evening on a Thursday. A gaggle of commuters assembles inside and …

20 years a developer, Jade Raymond weighs her next step

Months after leaving Ubisoft Toronto, Jade Raymond still can't help but say "we" when referring to the studio she built.<p>It's tough to let go, she says in a recent interview with Polygon, because she really loves the team and was there building the studio from scratch, watching it grow alongside her …

Black hole 12bn times more massive than sun is discovered

A monster black hole powering “the brightest lighthouse in the distant universe” has been discovered that is 12bn times more massive than the sun, scientists have revealed.<p>The extraordinary object is at the centre of a quasar - an intensely powerful galactic radiation source - with a million …

Broforce's new Alien-inspired content will lead to so many accidental deaths

There are already countless ways to die in Free Lives' franchise mash-up shooter <i>Broforce</i>, most of them involving you or your co-op teammates putting an explosive somewhere ... <i>inconvenient</i>. That grand tradition will be continued in the game's upcoming update, which features enemies, environments and …

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

Photograph: Alamy<p>‘Because it is limited in characters, texting discourages thoughtful discussion or any level of detail, and its addictive problems are compounded by its …

IQ

Everything You Need To Know Before Buying And Playing 'Elite: Dangerous'

To say I’m hooked on Elite: Dangerous would be an understatement. I’m sinking an average of 30 hours per week into the game. I’ve programmed a space-themed Spotify playlist for those long voyages between star systems. When those songs aren’t blaring out of my cockpit speakers, I’m streaming in …

Stephen Hawking Gets A Voice Upgrade

The theoretical physicist has been using the same communication system for more than 20 years, until now. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Horst Haussecker of Intel about the new and faster technology.<p>Transcript<p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>The sound of Stephen Hawking's voice is iconic.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED …

Meet The Brain Scoop’s Emily Graslie

ESA releases pictures of Philae probe’s comet landing location

The European Space Agency (ESA) has released images taken by the Rosetta orbiter that reveal the location of the Philae probe on the surface of the comet 67P.<p>The larger circle on the left reveals the dust cloud created when the probe first touched down on the comet on Wednesday. A mechanism …

See Why People Have Pledged More Than $60 Million For This Epic Space Game

The game's runaway success is because "Star Citizen" represents the dream video game for many gamers: It's a space exploration game, first-person shooter, and open-world RPG all combined into one.<p>The ambitious scale of "Star Citizen" means that players can decide how to play the game based on the …

Luxury Lifestyle

12 design secrets spilled by Jony Ive

Jony Ive made a rare public appearance at the Design Museum in London yesterday, where he discussed a range of topics with museum director Deyan Sudjic. Everything from the future of design, to Jony’s work at Apple popped up in the conversation, but the most intriguing parts where the insights into …

Product Design

Interstellar review – if it’s spectacle you want, this delivers

The title of Christopher Nolan’s behemoth space epic says it all – a grandiloquent declaration of scale that smacks simultaneously of ambition and hubris – like Titanic, both the ship <i>and</i> the film. The good news is that this flawed but frequently awe-inspiring movie about wormholes and black holes …

Pokémon's Famous Missingno Glitch, Explained

Over the years, people have battled and captured hundreds of Pokémon. And while everyone has their favorite, no pocket monster is as infamous as …

Rosetta selfie, bands of Mars and ghostly spokes of Saturn – in pictures

Our monthly roundup of best space-related imagery in the known universe includes the second largest spiral galaxy found by Hubble Space Telescope, the North America Nebula and a snap of the cosmos filled with millions of galaxies<p>The Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft, above, approaches the International …

Meet 5 "Zombie" Parasites That Mind-Control Their Hosts

Hairworms turn crickets suicidal, wasps make spiders spin their last web, and more.<p>Zombies may still be a thing of fiction, but some parasites more or less turn their hosts into the walking dead.<p>These masters of mind control manipulate their hosts from within, causing them to act in …

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Suffers 'In-Flight Anomaly' During Test Flight

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo space plane crashed during a test flight over California's Mojave Desert this afternoon, the company said.<p>A report issued by the California Highway Patrol indicated that one pilot died and another suffered a major injury, the Associated Press reported. At a press …

Why Flu Strikes In Winter

By: Rachael Rettner<p>Published: 10/31/2014 10:35 AM EDT on LiveScience<p>Winter is almost here, and that means there will likely be an increase in people getting the flu. Indeed, you may have already gotten your yearly flu shot in preparation for the season. But why is flu season in winter anyway?<p>In the …

'One Minute to Midnight' turns political uprisings into a real-time strategy game

It didn't exactly create a genre, but <i>Papers, Please</i> — a game about immigration and bureaucracy that puts you in the role of a border guard — and other projects by its creator Lucas Pope exemplified a particular style of socially aware game. <i>Papers, Please</i> combined a weighty subject with gameplay …

Virgin Galactic fatal crash sends tremors through commercial space industry

Aviation pioneer Richard Branson's dream for space tourism was dealt a serious blow Friday as Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo plummeted into a desolate stretch of the Mojave Desert during a test flight. One pilot was killed, and his co-pilot seriously injured.<p>It was the second catastrophe in three …

The Simple Pleasures of Taylor Swift’s New Album, 1989

In ways good and bad, the think-piece economy rewards complicated things, especially when it comes to music. Think about the women in pop whose albums have been met favorably and feverishly on the web over the past year: <b>Beyoncé</b> all but redesigned the wheel for the spectacular release of her visual …

Listen to Paul McCartney's Destiny Theme Song

Like it or loathe it?<p>Destiny's theme song, written and recorded by Beatles' star Paul McCartney, has been released as a single.<p>The song, which you …

The Hebrides: Scotland's magical islands

An emerald shore receding behind, a sea breeze in your face, a dolphin surfing the bow wave as escort. The magic begins as soon as you board the ferry from Scotland’s rugged west coast and head for the Hebrides, a scattering of over 50 inhabited islands that take in the stirring mountainscapes of …