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Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition finally arrives to Android

Back in January of 2013, Beamdog revealed they had run into a snag with the Android version of Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition, leading to a delay. And that was pretty much the last we heard about the whole effort, until today.<p>Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition has finally arrived to Android, priced at …

A Conversation With The President Of The World's First Non-Profit, Tuition-Free, Accredited, Online University

Shai Reshef is an Israeli-born entrepreneur who now lives in Pasadena, California. Although his master’s degree is in Chinese politics, he has made his name professionally in private education. He served as chairman and CEO of the Kidum Group, an Israeli test preparation which he sold to Kaplan, …

How I Transformed Sewage Into Fresh Water [Video]

A little DIY distilling<p>Say the apocalypse happens tomorrow. The good news: You survive! No more credit card debt or miserable commutes. The bad news? Infrastructure has collapsed and there’s no clean drinking water. Most people can’t last a few days without it, so what we need is a reliable way to …

The Fastest Face-Down, Head-First, Human-Powered Vehicle

Meet the Beastie Bike.<p>Graeme Obree doesn’t own a car. And why would he? The Scottish racing cyclist built a bike in his kitchen that can travel at highway speeds. Last year, it even broke a world record.<p>Obree is no cycling novice. In 1993, he broke the world record for distance biked in an hour: He …

Unusually Large Virus Discovered That Kills Bacterium That Causes Anthrax

An international team of researchers has discovered a new, unusually large virus (or bacteriophage) that infects the bacterium, <i>Bacillus anthracis</i>, …

Where And How To Sift For Your Own Fossils

A simple tool you can make yourself, and 27 great locations to try it out<p>You don’t need to be a paleontologist or travel through remote canyons to find exquisite fossils. The teeth, shells, and bones of ancient animals could lurk in a creek, quarry, or on a beach near you. Once you find a good …

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1,500-year-old plague victims shed light on disease origins

Scientists have sequenced the genome of the pathogen that caused one of the most devastating plagues in human history, shedding light on where the disease came from and how it spread.<br>The Plague of Justinian occurred in the sixth century AD and resulted in more than 100 million deaths by some …

Dwarf planet Ceres is spewing water into space

Scientists have speculated for decades that Ceres — the planet-like heavenly body embedded in our solar system's asteroid belt — might contain water, still considered a rarity in our solar system. They haven't been sure, though, until now: researchers at the European Space Agency and the …

How To Build A 4K Gaming PC For Less Than $2500 -- Ultra HD Monitor, SSD, And Windows Included

If you approached me toward the end of 2013 and suggested I could build a 4K gaming PC for about $2500, I would have erupted into laughter. But in this post-CES 2014 world, what once seemed impossibly expensive is now approaching the realm of affordability. Not only does this system clock in at …

6 Famous Thought Experiments Explained in 1 Minute Each

Einstein once said, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”<p>The Open University, an online educational institute, took …

LIDAR system uses lasers to detect clear air turbulence before it hits

Fact: turbulence is no fun at all. Aside from the brief moments of bone-deep terror it can cause passengers, clear air turbulence (CAT) can also prove costly for airlines in terms of damages. To help pilots deal with difficult-to-spot areas where CAT is likely to occur, the German Aerospace Center …

The 10 Worst Places To Live In The Universe

And you thought 97 degrees F was bad.<p>Recently, we told you about an exoplanet that rains glass. <i>Sideways</i>. Which got us thinking: 1.) we will never complain about the weather here on Earth again and 2.) surely that's got to be the worst place to live in the entire universe. But no! With the help of …

These Bacteria Are Wired to Hunt Like a Tiny Wolf Pack

Author: Joe Hanson. Joe Hanson Science<p>Date of Publication: 07.24.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>You wouldn’t know it, but there is an …

Android crowned king at AT&T

Sales of Google Android smartphones outpaced sales of the Apple iPhone at AT&T in the second quarter, as the No. 2 wireless carrier looks for more efficient ways to make a profit in the competitive wireless business.<p>During the company's second-quarter conference call Tuesday, Ralph de la Vega, …

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The Week In Numbers: New Dinosaur Discovered, The World's Largest Virus, And More

<b>2014</b>: the year this aerodynamic, flying saucer-like research station is set to open in Antarctica<p><b>15 feet</b>: the length of a new cow-like dinosaur discovered in Utah<p><b>1 week</b>: the time it would take Earth's average global surface temperature to drop below 0 degrees Fahrenheit if the sun went out<p><b>$1,350</b>: …

Do two suns make planets more suitable for life?

The answer could change estimates of the number of planets harboring life in our galaxy and help select future targets in the search for life.<p>An …

Android 4.3 detailed in new leak, but updates are minimal

Google is set to reveal the next version of Android at a press event next week, but we have already received a pretty good look at what the update will bring courtesy of a leaked copy obtained from a secondhand Nexus 4 sold by a Google employee. Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, as the name suggests, will be …

Thinnest light absorber yet could lead to cheaper, more efficient solar cells

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Gold may not seem like the best material to use to reduce costs, but scientists think it could help produce the most affordable …

Curiosity rover finds evidence Mars lost its atmosphere 4bn years ago

A mysterious, catastrophic event tore away the atmosphere of Mars, according to the first detailed analysis of the make-up of the air on the Red …

All Charged Up: Engineers Create A Battery Made Of Wood

The big idea behind Joe's Big Idea is to report on interesting inventions and inventors. When I saw the headline "An Environmentally Friendly Battery Made From Wood," on a press release recently, I figured it fit the bill, so went to investigate.<p>The battery is being developed at the Energy Research …

New Shapeshifting Biogel Could Help Heal Aging Spines

Along with cell therapy, the biomaterial could help stop or reverse the loss of material between vertebrae.<p>As we get older, the cushy material that absorbs shock between our spinal vertebrae breaks down, creating back pain and inhibiting our mobility. Injections of more nucleus pulposus (NP) …

Pong creator Alcorn offering new 'Siri' mobile game

Allan Alcorn, designer of the original <i>Pong</i>, has launched a Kickstarter for a game he says is "unlike any game you've ever played before."<p><i>Seriously?!</i> is an augmented reality game played with a mobile phone or tablet and a deck of cards. A "Siri-like" character acts as games master for the trivia …

NASA manufactures a 3D printed rocket part — and, no, it doesn’t melt

3D printing isn’t only about creating trinkets and toys — it can also help send humans into space.<p>In a watershed move, NASA has successfully tested a rocket part created via 3D printer, a move that shows how important the technology will be to its operations one day.<p>Tested at NASA’s Glenn Research …

The quest is to clone a mammoth. The question is: should we do it?

The idea would make headlines around the world and bring tears of joy to the planet's journalists. An adorable baby woolly mammoth, tottering on its …

How the Pentagon Could Destroy All Monsters

PM would like to offer the following advice when taking down massive reptiles that have bad intentions.<p><i>This post was originally published in July 2013. We find that its suggestions are still valid for</i> Pacific Rim<i>'s latest installment,</i> Pacific Rim Uprising<i>.</i><p>First, don't go toe-to-toe with them on the …

The Week In Numbers: A Planet That Rains Glass, NASA's New Hunt For Life, And More

<b>63 light-years</b>: the distance from Earth to the blue exoplanet HD 189773b, which looks like a cozy place to live—except its surface temperature is 1,000 degrees Celsius and it rains glass. Sideways.<p><b>5.5 million square feet</b>: the floor space of the new world's largest building, which could fit 20 …

A 360TB disc that holds data for more than 1 million years?

In the future, we might be able to save our history to a glass storage medium that could potentially outlive humankind. The new type of memory also touts mind-blowing specifications, such as 360TB per disc data capacity and the ability to withstand extreme temperatures up to 1,832 Fahrenheit.<p>By …

Nanotech

How to learn the periodic table in 3 minutes

In high school science classes, students are encouraged to memorize the first 20 elements of the periodic table. There are other methods employed at …

Periodic Table

Russia hopes to have a floating nuclear power plant in operation by 2016

Russia has been hard at work on a floating nuclear power plant for years, but the project is finally getting closer to completion. According to RT.com, one of Russia's biggest shipbuilders revealed that the country's first floating nuclear power plant is expected to be in operation by 2016. While …