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AI developers promise they won’t automate murder, with one notable exception

Over two thousand artificial intelligence developers and researchers just signed the Lethal Autonomous Weapons Pledge, agreeing to keep automation …

Artificial Intelligence

7 Fascinating Habits Serial Killers Often Display When They’re Young

It's interesting to consider what makes a serial killer, and whether or not they show early warning signs as kids. In many cases, "serial killers …

Crime

Loneliness Is Bad For Your Health. Here's What You Can Do to Escape

Reach out.<p>Loneliness is a common condition affecting around one in three adults. It damages your brain, immune system, and can lead to depression and …

Mental Health

Former Visceral creative director reveals plans for Dead Space 4

New information has emerged detailing Visceral Games’ aborted plans for what would have been Dead Space 4.<p>Speaking to Eurogamer, former Dead Space …

PC Gaming

With No Man's Sky Multiplayer Coming Soon, Here's Every Major Change Since Launch

<b>A regenerated universe--</b>Star systems now have their own wealth, economy, and conflict levels<p><b>Stargates--</b>Stargates allow you to quick travel to any plant<p><b>New biomes</b><b>--</b>New biomes and terrain revisions mean more variety of planets to explore<p><b>Exocrafts--</b>Three exocraft types, each with their own strengths, …

No Man's Sky

New Vegas's Cut Content Shows a Much Different Game

A new video series called “The Cutting Room Floor” delves into the cut content of <i>Fallout: New Vegas</i>, and host Griffin Lambert sorts out information …

Las Vegas

Bottling up emotions doesn’t work, but neither does brooding. Here’s a different approach.

<b>Gretchen Rubin</b> is the New York Times #1 bestselling author of The Happiness Project, Better Than Before, and Happier at Home. Her books have sold …

Self-help

Fallout 76’s Todd Howard: No cross-console play because ‘Sony is not as helpful as everyone would like’

PS4’s reluctance to support cross-platform play comes back into the spotlight<p>Todd Howard, the Bethesda Game Studios director and creative leader behind the forthcoming <i>Fallout 76</i>, bluntly called out Sony when a German publication asked why that game wouldn’t support cross platform play.<p>“You cannot …

The Elder Scrolls

'Mavericks' promises 1,000-player battle-royale mayhem

It's difficult to stand out in the battle-royale genre right now. <i>Fortnite</i>'s bright and zany combat has attracted over 125 million players, while <i>PUBG</i> stands firm with its slower, military-inspired shooting. Blockbuster franchises such as <i>Battlefield</i> and <i>Call of Duty</i> are readying modes inspired by the …

Gaming Industry

The Shadows That Run Alongside Our Car feels like playing your own low-budget horror movie

You need to play it twice, and you’ll want to<p><i>It can be difficult to find time to finish a video game, especially if you only have a few hours a week to play. In our biweekly column</i> <i>Short Play</i> <i>we suggest video games that can be started and finished in a weekend.</i><p>There is a certain type of low-budget …

Framing

An Animated Storybook Is The Best Way To Learn Dark Souls Lore

I’m a sucker for <i>Dark Souls</i> lore, and <i>Dark Souls</i> retold as a fairy tale storybook is one of the best ways to get that lore communicated in an easy, …

Dark Souls

This insane golden chamber contains water so pure it can dissolve metal, and is helping scientists detect dying stars

Hidden 1,000 metres under Mount Ikeno in Japan is a place that looks like a supervillain's dream.<p>Super-Kamiokande (or "Super-K" as it's sometimes referred to) is a neutrino detector. Neutrinos are sub-atomic particles which travel through space and pass through solid matter as though it were …

Physics

Japanese man who left for lunch break 3 minutes early is shamed, forced to apologize on television

A 64-year-old Japanese man who works at the water bureau in Kobe has made a grave error. He left his desk for a break three minutes early so that he …

Trump called out a protester’s man bun. It says a lot about his contempt for women.

A man-bunned protester prompted hair commentary from the president.<p>President Donald Trump, he of the uncategorizable hairstyle, has called out a protester because of the man’s hair.<p>At a rally in Duluth, Minnesota, Wednesday night, Trump’s speech was interrupted by a protester carrying a sign, who …

There Are Some Obscure Mechanics In Dark Souls

<i>Dark Souls</i> is a game that’s celebrated for its oblique narrative and skillful combat, but it also has some complicated and obscure mechanics that …

Five things you might not know about the plague (not including the fact that it still exists)

Because yes, you can still catch the Black Death.<p>The plague—yes, that plague—is alive and well in the modern world. If this comes as a shock, you probably don’t live in one of the few areas that still harbors the bacteria that causes it. There are only a handful of countries left with it, including …

Crack this 200-year-old cipher and claim your $60M reward

Think you can solve a mystery that’s been baffling researchers and treasure hunters for over two hundred years? If you do — and assuming it’s not all one big 19th century prank — you might be able to claim a treasure worth millions.<p>The treasure is that of Thomas Beale, supposedly buried in Bedford …

Silly Walks game makes its long awaited journey to Android

• Developer Part Time Monkey has finally released the Android version of its popular game Silly Walks.<br>• The free-to-play game was launched first for iOS in August 2017 and has been downloaded over 3 million times.<br>• The one-tap game lets you guide animated food items so they can rescue friends from the …

From Software On Why Dark Souls, Bloodborne, And Sekiro Don't Have Difficulty Options

From Software is famed for making difficult games--most notably Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and now Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice--but it refuses to add difficulty levels. Now, in an interview with GameSpot, the company's president and director of many of its games, Hidetaka Miyazaki, has explained why …

Daredevil Raccoon Climbs Minnesota Skyscraper and Becomes a Sensation

At first, it looked so defeated: Its head buried between its front paws and its body curled up on a ledge 20 feet above a street in downtown St. Paul.<p>But this was a raccoon, after all — part of a deceptive and unpredictable family of nocturnal mammals whose panda-like looks lull humans into …

Raccoons

What Was Causing a Healthy Older Man to Be Nauseated by Food?

“Dad, you have to come home, right away,” the woman said calmly but insistently on the phone to her 73-year-old father. He and her mother had just embarked on a two-week European vacation with close friends, but he told his daughter that he had never felt this sick. It frightened her that this man, …

Columbia University

Researchers Studied 160 Million Memes and Found Most of Them Come From Two Websites

A study of hundreds of millions of images from Reddit, 4chan, Gab, and Twitter reveals how memes spread.<p>Researchers at University College London developed a new way to measure how memes are made and spread. What they found won’t surprise anyone who’s peered into the darker parts of the internet in …

Internet

The Secret Glitch Players Used To Break Mario Kart 64's Chocolate Mountain

Chocolate Mountain doesn't look like much. The <i>Mario Kart 64</i> level is sparse compared to others in the game, filled only with varying shades of brown …

Watch Adam Savage Upgrade a Nerf Blaster So It Can Fire 1,000 Shots Without Reloading

Some of Adam Savage’s most popular Tested videos in recent years have been his one-day builds in which he mods, hacks, and paints Nerf blasters to …

Hacking

'Demonic possession is real and victims seeking exorcism should not be ignored': Prominent psychiatrist on the world beyond

It is a phenomenon that is on the rise throughout the world: The number of cases of demonic possession - and demands for priests to carry out exorcisms - is, according to multiple sources, soaring.<p>Medical science remains sceptical. However, a Princeton-and-Yale-educated mainstream psychiatrist …

How to sell Steam Trading Cards

Steam has become more than just a platform for buying and distributing games — developer Valve has, over the years, inserted hooks to make it feel …

'Supersonic Tic Tac' UFO stalked US aircraft carrier for days, Pentagon report reveals

A supersonic UFO shaped like a Tic Tac stalked a U.S. aircraft carrier for days before vanishing into thin air, according to a bombshell Pentagon report.<p>The object, which could reportedly hover in midair and make itself invisible, bamboozled U.S. Navy fighter pilots during a training exercise in …

Are Creatures Living Among Us in Parallel Dimensions?

People have been looking for signs of intelligent life in our universe for decades to no avail. Many believe the reason we haven't been successful is …

A Physicist Has Proposed a Grim Explanation For Why We Never See Aliens

The fault in our stars.<p>The Universe is so unimaginably big, and it's positively teeming with an almost infinite supply of potentially life-giving …

Universe

Why do people become killers? There are only three reasons -- Here they are

Following the most recent school mass shooting – this time in Santa Fe, Texas, where 10 students and teachers were killed and 10 were wounded Friday – family members, friends and investigators find themselves searching for illusive answers.<p>Why did this happen? How do you make sense of such a …