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Tom Clancy’s The Division – New Spectacular Screenshots Released | DSOGaming | The Dark Side Of Gaming

Tom Clancy’s The Division is one of the most anticipated games of 2014 and Ubisoft released today three new screenshots from it. The Division sports …

Gaming Industry

The Big Bang May Not Have Spawned The Universe After All

Our universe might actually be the result of the collapse of a four-dimensional star.<p>According to a new paper posted on Arxiv, the Big Bang may not have been what we think it is. In fact, there may have been no Big Bang at all--our universe may have come from an entirely different source.<p>The Big …

Elmore Leonard and the 10 rules of writing

People like me who have spent years teaching creative writing know that on the first day of class, they will be faced with shining-eyed students who, to paraphrase Elmore Leonard, have a facility for language and imagery, are pleased by the sound of their own voices and are fond of what Mr. Leonard …

Martin Scorsese Reveals His 12 Favorite Movies

Cinema as we've almost always known it — "Edison, the Lumière brothers, Méliès, Porter, all the way through Griffith and on to Kubrick" — has "really …

Vanity Fair - Entertainment, Politics, and Fashion News

From the Magazine<p>How Trump’s Horrific Wine Became the Ultimate Metaphor for His Presidency<p>Royals<p>Princess Margaret & Lord Snowdon’s 18 Years of Marriage<p>V.F. Hive on Cheddar<p>Graydon Carter Opens Up About His 25 Years Atop <i>Vanity Fair</i><p>Cover Story<p>Secrets of the Marvel Universe<p>IN MEMORIAM<p>Acclaimed Mystery …

The Wrath of Putin

Mikhail Khodorkovsky was the richest man in Russia when he dared confront then president Vladimir Putin, criticizing state corruption at a meeting with Putin in February 2003. Arrested that fall, then convicted in two Kafka-esque trials, Khodorkovsky has been imprisoned ever since, the once …

The Lehman Legacy - Project Syndicate

The collapse in 2008 of US investment bank Lehman Brothers triggered the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, with millions still …

Lehman Brothers

Everything you need to know about PRISM

Since September 11th, 2001, the United States government has dramatically increased the ability of its intelligence agencies to collect and investigate information on both foreign subjects and US citizens. Some of these surveillance programs, including a secret program called PRISM, capture the …

Will we ever... create a black hole in the laboratory?

Fears that the Large Hadron Collider could create a black hole that destroy the world may be unfounded, but if we really wanted to make one, could we actually do it, asks Matthew Francis.<p>Before the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) began operations in 2008, a small but noisy group of people were in …

Physics

PRISM, surveillance, metadata and terrorism

Our pick of the week’s science and tech stories, including NSA operatives, the political economy of surveillance and why we sign emails with “thank you”.<p>Why we sign emails with “Thank You”<br>Krystal D'Costa | Scientific American | 11 June 2013<br>The rules of social engagement require politeness formulae …

Surveillance

Is time travel possible?

The simple answer is yes. The more complex answer is it requires travelling close to the speed of light. And always going forward. Unless you find a wormhole.<p>Cosmologist <i>Andrew</i> Pontzen and particle physicist <i>Tom</i> Whyntie show how you can time travel at home.<p><i>For more videos subscribe to the Head</i> …

Physics

Why the world is awesome in 60 facts

Did you know it's possible to make diamonds from peanut butter? Or that 99% of Earth's gold is at its core?<p>As it is YouTube Geek Week, the Earth Unplugged crew give you epic facts that show why the world is awesome. If you have more facts to add, head over to their comments section.<p><i>For more videos</i> …

Diamonds

Is invisibility possible?

Being invisible to the naked eye tops many people’s list of superpowers, but what exactly is invisibility and can we ever engineer it? James May investigates.<p>From HG Wells' Invisible Man to Harry Potter's cloak of <i>invisibility</i>, the idea of making ourselves and other things disappear from sight has …

Harry Potter

How to predict the end of the universe

How can we gauge the age of the Universe – and when it might end? Cosmologist Renee Hlozek says we can do so by viewing light that has taken billions of years to reach us.<p>Renee Hlozek says there are vital clues about the fate of the Universe waiting to be discovered – clues 13 billion years in the …

Astrophysics

Why time travellers cannot kill Hitler

Our pick of the week’s science and tech stories, including the recruitment drive for hackers and the problem with going back in time to assassinate leaders.<p>Why you can’t travel back in time and kill Hitler<br>Lauren Davis | i09 | 7 September 2013<br>All kinds of reasons, according to writers who have gamed …

Bruce Schneier

Understanding the Universe’s invisible elements

Our solar system extends a lot further than we first thought. Astrophysicist Charles Alcock says exploring its outer reaches may shed light on the Earth’s beginnings.<p>Most of the Universe is invisible. Understanding these unseeable elements can be an important step in working out how the entire …

Universe