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How the 'Warcraft' Movie Failed

The makers of the <i>Warcraft</i> movie did everything right. They tapped a video game universe with an immense collection of lore and backstories as source …

Snow camping up a mountain – and up all night

I’ve never fancied a hardcore snow expedition. I’ve never wanted to climb Everest or trek to one of the poles, noble as those pursuits are. But lately, I’ve found myself more and more drawn to the idea of camping up a mountain. I blame photographs for this. More specifically, the “illuminated tent …

Skiing

President Obama welcomes telepresence robots into the White House

If you can't greet the president in person, don't worry... as of now, you can send a robot in your stead. President Barack Obama has welcomed a telepresence robot into the White House for the first time, letting Disability Visibility Project founder Alice Wong attend a celebration and say hello to …

The White House

Alexei Leonov, the first man to walk in space

Fifty years ago, Alexei Leonov opened the airlock of his tiny space capsule, which was orbiting the Earth, and stepped into the void. For 12 minutes the Soviet cosmonaut floated above our planet, tethered to his ship by a 16ft cable. In doing so, Leonov became the first person to walk in space.<p>The …

Space Exploration

Age of Ultron: How Industrial Light & Magic built a robotic killing machine

Joss Whedon’s <i>Avengers: Age of Ultron</i> cleaned up at the box office this weekend, scoring the second-highest opening weekend of all time (the original <i>Avengers</i> is number one). While audiences certainly want to keep up with the ongoing saga of Iron Man, Black Widow, Captain America, and friends, a …

Can a Red State Turn Green? Arizona Says Yes

Travel is about breaking down stereotypes, questioning prejudices and exploring new concepts. At least that's my advice to fellow travelers, which of course is meant exclusively for them and not me. When it comes to my views and opinions, I am already an enlightened globetrotter. Or so I …

Will autocorrect make you too predictable?

Computers can now identify what you will say before you know yourself, and as philosopher Evan Selinger argues, this could subtly shape your conversations without you realising.<p>Do you know what you really want? Right now, there are computers all over the world busily trying to tell you the answer – …

Text Messaging

Navy's Robot Tuna Goes For A Swim

Deploying Nemo<p>Last week, a new U.S. Navy robot swam near the Joint Expeditionary Base near Norfolk, Virginia. The robot is known by two names that run the gamut from Pixar-cuddly to over-the-top action movie. Project Nemo, a.k.a. GhostSwimmer, is a tuna-inspired bot that might protect soldiers in …

Action Movies

AC/DC's Phil Rudd Arrested for Attempting to Procure a Murder

<b>UPDATE:</b> One day after Rudd's arrest, the murder-for-hire charge against Rudd was dropped due to "insufficient evidence." Prosecutors said, however, …

The power of cute: Hello Kitty Con debuts in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marty Garrett and Salumeh Eslamieh gave up their garage for Hello Kitty.<p>The married couple turned the garage of their San …

11 '90s Couples Whose Breakups Broke Your Heart

From the editors of Cosmopolitan.com, the breakups from the '90s, both real and fictional, that we're still not over<p>The breakups from the '90s, both real and fictional, that still have us heart-broken. <i>Via Cosmopolitan.com</i><p>Getty Images

Breakups

Ship From Doomed Franklin Expedition Found in Arctic After 169 Years

A ship that figures in one of the greatest mysteries in Arctic exploration — the 1840s disappearance of the Franklin Expedition — has been found, Canadian authorities said Tuesday.<p>It’s not known yet whether the ship found in Canada’s Arctic is the HMS Erebus or HMS Terror, Prime Minister Stephen …

Franklin Expedition

Is Your Kindle Making You Stupid? Study Says e-Readers May Be Missing Out

A Norwegian study has found that readers who use a Kindle are “significantly” worse than their paperback-wielding counterparts at recalling key events in text, according to Britain’s <i>the Guardian</i>.<p>The study gave 50 people copies of the same mystery story, half in classic paperback format and half on …

Career Arc: Tom Petty

Taking stock of the legendary rocker’s steady, stunning 40-year career<p>Who is Tom Petty? Naturally I’m asking this because there’s a pretty good …

From photography to supercomputers: how we see ourselves in our inventions

Back in 2008, the technologist Ray Kurzweil estimated that the processing power of the human brain was in the region of 20 quadrillion calculations per second and that, as soon as we developed a supercomputer fast enough, simulating the brain would just be a problem of getting the software right. …