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​Why High-Level Destiny Players Are All Shooting At The Same Cave

Go to the Russian countryside in <i>Destiny</i>. Head left past the plane graveyard, through the building where you first encountered the moon-wizard, and …

MagnetoSperm: A tiny swimming robot inspired by human sperm

Meet MagnetoSperm! No, it's not a precursor to a movie called 'X-Men: The Next Generation' – it's a tiny, swimming robot inspired by sperm cells.<p>Described in the journal Applied Physics Letters, such microrobots – if further scaled down – could become valuable tools for in vitro fertilization, …

Robotics

Savioke raises $2M to bring a personable robot to the service industry

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Wendy Rogers, Georgia Tech<p>Robots have been put to work in manufacturing and other industries for decades now. But until …

This Pie Chart Is Delicious And Statistically Sound

Remember Pie Week? That series of stories, produced with our friends over at <i>Morning Edition</i> in July 2012, was a hit here on The Salt.<p>Well, thanks to the wonders of Internet search, we have an excuse to revive Pie Week and celebrate the creativity it inspired once again.<p>Last week via our Twitter …

This skin-sensitive controller ramps up game difficulty when you're bored

The concept of using your emotional state to alter gameplay is nothing new, but the technology to make that happen has frequently relied on cameras and other special add-ons. Stanford University's Corey McCall has a far more elegant solution -- he recently developed technology that builds …

At Long Last, Video Game Aggression Linked To Losing, Not Violence

Video games cause aggression. Lots of it.<p>Many times I’ve played a game and felt like I wanted to kill someone afterward, a statement that should delight many in the media.<p>But it wasn’t after gunning down 300 virtual souls in a Call of Duty campaign. Or chainsawing a humanoid alien in half in Gears …

Pilot a space rover on a mysterious planet with 'Extrasolar'

The search for alien life is a game<p>On August 6th, 2012, the world watched as NASA's Curiosity rover landed on the dusty red surface of Mars. Since then, we've followed the rover's movements closely as it investigates the Martian surface and regularly beams back photos for inspection by scientists …

Three Ways To End Life On Earth, According To 1962

A disturbing thought experiment (with diagrams) by Cold War-era scientists<p><i>This article, written by Martin Mann, originally appeared in the September 1962 issue of</i> Popular Science <i>magazine. "Man's Last Big Blast," published just a month before the Cuban missile crisis, describes in frightening detail</i> …

World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition Release Date Announced

Wargaming announced that World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition will release globally this month<p>Custom built specifically for the Xbox 360, World of Tanks: …

Xbox 360

Spaceships worth more than $200,000 destroyed in biggest virtual space battle ever

<i>EVE Online</i> has its own economics, politics, and trade systems, built almost entirely by players in the 10 years the game has been running. It also has its own wars, as huge alliances vie for control of tracts of space in the massively multiplayer online game. One such conflict came to a head …

To the Mun and back: Kerbal Space Program

How a Mexico City marketing company turned one employee's dream into a reality, and why NASA is teeming with little green men.<p><i>Kerbal Space Program</i> is, at its core, a rocketry simulation. When it first became available for download it had a limited scope. There was a large hangar full of parts and …

Reaching the Far Lands: one man's journey to the end of 'Minecraft'

On March 28, 2011, Kurt J. Mac opened a new game of <i>Minecraft</i> and started to walk — and he hasn't stopped. Nearly three years later, he's traveled seven hundred virtual kilometers in hopes of reaching the end of the <i>Minecraft</i> world, a mysterious place called the Far Lands. It's a glitch in the game …

Kerbal Space Program: A testament to pure Game Design elegance. : KerbalSpaceProgram

I've been playing kerbal for a little over a month now, and I've been in the indie game industry for the past two years. I wanted to do a write up on …

Space Travel

Gigabyte gets hilariously serious about an impressively thin gaming laptop

Razer pioneered the idea of squeezing a gaming laptop into a tiny space, but Gigabyte is about to take it to the next level. The company just announced a new PC gaming hardware brand — Aorus — whose flagship product will put more power into a 0.9-inch thick gaming laptop than we frankly thought was …

Try this, Apple: Xbox greets PlayStation 4 with a nice tweet

Can you imagine Cupertino greeting a new Samsung Galaxy with a congratulatory tweet? Well, it seems things are different in the gaming world.<p>There's too much fighting in the world.<p>Wars are everywhere. And then sporting and business entities co-opt the postures and the language, making themselves …

Xbox

What Earth would be like if humans never existed

You Can Play Your PS4 Through Your Xbox One

One very interesting thing gamers will be able to do if they happen to pick up both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is use the Xbox One’s interface to play games on your PS4 (or Wii U, or even current gen systems.)<p>Speaking with Ben Kuchera of the Penny Arcade Report, Microsoft’s Jeff Henshaw …

PlayStation 4 Vs Xbox One: Why The Most Talked About Console May Not Be The Winner

For gamers waiting for the next generation of consoles, we’re finally into the home stretch. Sony's PlayStation 4 launch is just a week away on Nov. 15 and Microsoft's Xbox One launches a week after on Nov. 22. In early buzz, more people are talking about Sony’s new entry. But even with less of the …

Moonshot: How Kerbal Space Program’s creator launched an indie darling from out of nowhere

The moon is 238,900 miles from the Earth. That’s a great distance, and it’s about how far away Kerbal Space Program creator Felipe Falanghe felt from success when he came up with the idea for his realistic space-shuttle-building game 11 years ago.<p>Today, Kerbal Space Program has thousands of players …

The 5 Best Reasons For Buying The Xbox One Instead Of A PS4

<i>It’s November, and that means that next-gen consoles are finally on their way. Both consoles have their strengths and weaknesses, and both consoles are going to appeal to different kinds of gamers. In that spirit, I’m running a mini-series on whether you should by the Xbox One, the PS4, or neither.</i> …

Lockheed Martin Is Developing A Hypersonic Spy Plane

No need to be stealth if you're flying at Mach 6.<p>The SR-71 Blackbird, iconic supersonic Cold War spy plane adopted by the X-Men as their vehicle of choice, might finally have a replacement. The Blackbird was retired in 1999, and since then there's been a serious deficit in crazy-fast spy planes …

Aviation

Call of Duty: Ghosts isn’t as good as last year’s Black Ops II — or Battlefield 4 (review)

<i>Editor’s note: This review has some limited story spoilers.</i><p>It had to happen. Call of Duty has been at the top of its game in the first-person-shooter modern-combat genre for years, but in my opinion, the series hit its peak last year with Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Call of Duty: Ghosts, which …

Q3 2013 Smartphones: Android 81.3%, iOS 13.4%, Windows Phone 4.1%

Global smartphone shipments reached 251.4 million units in Q3 2013, up 45 percent from 172.8 million units in Q3 2012. Breaking those numbers down, Google’s Android secured a whopping 81.3 percent global share, Apple’s iOS fell to 13.4 percent, and Windows Phone took third with 4.1 percent.<p>The …