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Why Norwegian students are playing The Walking Dead in class

Students at Nordahl Grieg high school in Norway are playing Telltale Games' <i>The Walking Dead</i> in class, on purpose and with their teacher's permission.<p>According to a report in the Norwegian publication NRK.no, instructor Tobias Staaby assigned the adventure game to his students to study ethical …

Video game behaviors that would be creepy in real life

There are many actions we perform within video games that we rarely question. Like, why does a character regain health by eating something from a trash can? Or why is it OK for characters to go into someone's house and just ... take stuff?<p>BuzzFeed produced a video today titled <i>Things You Do In Video</i> …

Entrepreneur finds remedy for water-damaged phones

Ever dropped your smartphone down the loo? Last year, 900,000 people did just that, according to gadget site Gizmodo. But water-damaged phones will soon be a thing of the past.<p>Oliver Murphy, a 20-year-old inventor turned entrepreneur has devised an ingenious system for bringing phones that have …

BASE Jumper Slams into Cliff After Pulling Chute, Captures the Whole Fall on Camera

We’ve seen some pretty terrifying stuff captured on action camera before, but this one ties with the skydivers who got hurled into empty space when …

A 60-Year-Old Technology Offers A Solution To A Modern Problem

Tape is the oldest computer storage medium still in use. It was first put to work on a UNIVAC computer in 1951. But although tape sales have been falling since 2008 and dropped by 14% in 2012, according to the Santa Clara Consulting Group, tape's decline has now gone into reverse: sales grew by 1% …

Make Your Own Computer For $99

The new DIY computer kit from Kano delivers everything you need to build a computer, make music, hack games, and start coding<p>For most of us, the inner-workings of a MacBook Air remain a pleasant, whirring mystery. That is until, something goes horribly south and we realize we need a Genius to fix …

Nude Miley Cyrus impersonators force US university to remove sculpture

A university in the US has been forced to remove one of its landmark sculptures after students began using it to imitate Miley Cyrus's new music video. Prompted by concerns about safety and the installation's structural integrity, officials at Grand Valley State University in Michigan took down its …

Guardius: Which of YOUR Browser Add-Ons Suck?

From Evernote and Feedly, to Screengrab and Bing, chances are you have more than a few add-ons installed in your browser. But there’s also a good chance you couldn’t name all the ones that are installed, operational and actively working to your benefit.<p>If you’re anything like me, you’ll install an …

The materials breakthrough that might lead to computers thousands of times faster

As the technology for making silicon circuitry smaller, faster and less power-thirsty approaches the limits of physics, scientists have tried out many materials in the search for an alternative to silicon. New research by a team at the US Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory …

New Ant Species 'Horrifying' with 'Fierce Jaws' and 'Sharp Teeth'

The Utah biologist that identified 33 new ant species said that they’re horrifying and look like a monster.<p>“These new ant species are the stuff of …

How To Turn A Match Into A Tiny Rocket [VIDEO]

Blast off!<p>The swift strike of a match on July 4 typically precedes sky-high spectacles. But matches themselves can be fireworks. When ignited, the bulb of fuel on a match's tip combusts into space-hogging gases. By containing the gas in aluminum foil and directing it downward, you can create a …

How to make your Bluetooth speaker sound better

One great thing about Bluetooth speakers is you can use them to learn about how room size and acoustics affect a given speaker's sound quality. Experiment with placement and you'll quickly learn that where you put a speaker in a room can make a big difference in the sound, for better or worse. …

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Would A Human Head Transplant Be Ethical?

A couple professors sound off about the ethics of transplanting one human's head onto another human's body.<p>Two days ago, we reported on a controversial paper by Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canaveri about human head transplants. The paper, entitled "HEAVEN: The head anastomosis venture Project …

Stem-Cell Transplants Erase HIV In Two Men

Two cancer patients in Boston no longer show any evidence of HIV infection, researchers announce.<p>Two men with HIV seem to have been cleared of the virus after receiving stem-cell transplants to treat their lymphoma, scientists announced Wednesday at an International AIDS Society conference in Kuala …