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The isolation of Metroid Prime reflects its hero’s sense of loss

<i>Special Topics In Gameology</i> <i>is an in-depth look at a specific corner of the gaming world in miniseries form. For this edition of the feature—Empty</i> …

Metroid

Famous Wii Vaporware Is Back From The Dead [Update]

Sadness is a fable so old that most of our original stories on the "game" no longer exist on the internet. One of the most notorious pieces of …

Retrogaming

Is This South Korea's Next Dance Craze?

Forget "Gangnam Style." Forget "Bar Bar Bar." 2014 could be the year that we all start dancing to "Ear Attack."<p>By "we," I mean "you"—or, at least, …

South Korea

Experimental Photography by Xiao Yang

Love Letter, an experimental photo series.<p>Xiao Yang is a Beijing, China based photographer with a preference for night photography, light painting, …

Photography

Amazing Friendship Between a Bear, Lion, and Tiger Who All Live Peacefully Together

Lions and tigers and bears (oh my!) are not known for being the closest of friends, but the trio known as the BLT is the exception to that rule, being the only bear, lion, and tiger in the world who live in the same enclosure. Baloo the American Black Bear, Leo the African Lion, and Shere Khan the …

Solar Panel Roads Will Produce Power for the Energy Grid

By simply driving your car, you could power the energy grid. Sound crazy? American electrical engineer Scott Brusaw is trying to make it a reality with his system of solar-powered roads. The idea, which he is calling <i>Solar Roadways</i>, is to re-purpose the national highways using photovoltaic panels. …

Solar Panels

Pornhub Will Use One Of These Clever Ads In Its First National Ad Campaign

Since then, the adult video website has been accepting submissions from fans, who have sent in proposals for what the campaign should look like. The person with the best ideas will get a one-year contract to be Pornhub's creative director.<p>On Monday, the company announced its list of 15 finalists, …

20 Fascinating Facts You May Not Know About ‘The Legend Of Zelda’

E3 2014 is rapidly approaching, and the scuttlebutt is that a new entry in the Zelda series will be unveiled at the show, so before Zelda-mania hits a fever pitch, let’s take a look back at the original <i>The Legend of Zelda</i>.<p>Shigeru Miyamoto may be most known for Mario today, but Zelda is his most …

Fantastic Fungi: The Startling Visual Diversity of Mushrooms Photographed by Steve Axford | Colossal

<p>To think any one of these lifeforms exists in our galaxy, let alone on our planet, simply boggles the mind. Photographer Steve Axford lives and …

100-Year-Old Negatives Discovered in Block of Ice in Antarctica

For the past 100 years, a box of never-before-seen negatives has been preserved in a block of ice in Antarctica. Recently, Conservators of the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust came across the 22 exposed, but unprocessed, cellulose nitrate negatives during an attempt to restore an old …

Sesame Street Says Take Off Your Oculus Rift And Go Outside

In this video from Mashable, the Sesame Street crew, along with Zachary Levi sing about the wonders of putting down your technology and going …

Study: Sense of Meaning Lengthens Life

How’s that search for a purpose in life coming? Are you finding frustration rather than fulfillment? Well, if friends or family members suggest you …

Psychology

‘I Decided to Leave’, An Animated Short About a Man Who Quits His Job One Morning

In “I Decided to Leave,” a short by British animator Dan Britt, an unnamed man spontaneously quits his office job one morning and finds himself in …

Want To Be More Creative? Sleep Like The Ancients Did

Artificial Light, like the light from the screen you are looking at right now, is like a drug that we’re all addicted to. And this addiction has taken its toll on modern society in the form of unnatural sleep patterns.<p>Computers, phones, light bulbs…they all attack our eyes with artificial light, …

Apple jumps from chump to champ in just a year, says privacy group

There are few companies you can trust with your private data ever since the revelations leaked by Edward Snowden shook the tech world last year, but according to the latest report from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, our iPhone-making friends in Cupertino have gone from being a privacy chump to …

Privacy

The fastest man alive gets the Smallville treatment this fall

Barry Allen, also known as The Flash, gets his own TV show this fall on the CW, the network that brought you Smallville for ten years.<p>In this extended trailer (below), we get to see the fastest man alive’s origin, which in this version seems to be a combination of getting hit by lightning and being …

DC Comics

Anatomical Guide That Explores the Impossible Biology of Godzilla

Freelance sci-fi writer Danielle Venton wrote a great story for Popular Mechanics‘ ongoing <i>Science Fact vs. Fiction</i> series that explores the …

Campaign to Plant More Trees in NYC Begins by Tagging Everything That Isn’t One

OK, it's time to play "Tree, Not a Tree."<p>New York City has so few trees that people there might have forgotten what a tree is, exactly. At least, …

Advertising Industry

Report: Xbox Will Stop Charging You To Watch Netflix, Hulu

According to "multiple sources within Microsoft", Ars Technica is reporting that Microsoft is set to ditch its long-standing strategy of making users …

Xbox

Hyper launches the first Made-for-iPhone/iPad USB flash drive w/ built-in Lightning connector

Hyper— we’ve reviewed some of its MacBook batteries and iPhone accessories in the past— is today announcing the first Made-For-iPhone/iPad/iPod touch (MFi) flash drive that includes a built-in Lightning connector. Unfortunately you can’t get your hands on one just yet, but you can preorder through …

The Powerpuff Girls have changed...

<i>The Powerpuff Girls</i> <b>have changed...</b> Looks like Professor Utonium went batsh*t insane in this alternate universe of the cartoon, and instead of sugar …

Cyborgs

When it comes to music, it’s one iRing to rule them all

This probably isn’t the “iRing” you’ve been waiting for — assuming you’ve been waiting for the mythical (One) Ring, forged by the skilled elves of Logbar, that wants to control, well, pretty much everything in your life.<p>No, this particular ring — IK Multmedia’s iRing — won’t control your TV, your …

Apps

Subtle, Yet Sexy: How Pheromones Can Change Your Perception of Attractiveness

Have you ever found someone particularly sexy without knowing why? It could be that you are lured in by their pheromones, invisible chemical signals that can subtly alter a person’s mood, mindset, or behavior. According to new research published last week in Current Biology, men and women give off …

Research

To sleep, perchance to control your dreams

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nighttime dreams in which you show up at work naked, encounter an ax-wielding psychopath or experience other tribulations may become a thing of the past thanks to a discovery reported on Sunday.<p>A man attempts to sleep on his suitcase at John F. Kennedy International Airport in …

Cats Playing Candy Crush Saga, Ladies And Gentlemen

If we take away one positive thing from the world's once fiery-hot obsession with <i>Candy Crush Saga</i>, let it be this compilation of feline feet flailing …

Underwater aviation, flying to the 'edge of darkness'

LAKE TAHOE, Calif. -- "OK, Jschool, if you're comfortable, we'll go exploring."<p>Strapped in with a five-point harness, and crammed into a space hardly bigger than me, I was comfortable, actually, and so off we went. Down, toward the edge of darkness.<p>It was a gorgeous Thursday earlier this month, and …

Reinventing the wheel with built-in shock absorbers

When Israeli farmer Gilad Wolf broke his pelvis in 2008, he resolved not to lets his crops wither on the vine and became determined to turn his …

Has a tech entrepreneur come up with a product to replace our meals?

<i>The New Yorker</i> says, "I thought you would be interested in Lizzie Widdicombe's piece in this week's issue of <i>The New Yorker</i>, in which she meets the …

An App To Share Civic Complaints Gains Popularity Where The Government Hasn’t Been Listening

In a country known for corruption issues, urban residents in Brazil are flocking to an app that lets them share what they care about directly with city officials.<p>Brazil is a country plagued by problems of rampant corruption, political and otherwise, but that doesn’t mean politicians completely …