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Why the modern world is bad for your brain

Photograph: Alamy<p>‘Because it is limited in characters, texting discourages thoughtful discussion or any level of detail, and its addictive problems are compounded by its …

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'Hacktivist' group Anonymous says it will avenge Charlie Hebdo attacks by shutting down jihadist websites

Hacker group Anonymous have released a video condemning the Paris attacks, saying "freedom of expression has suffered an inhuman assault"<p>Hacker group Anonymous have released a video and a statement via Twitter condemning the <b>attacks on Charlie Hebdo</b>, in which 12 people, including eight journalists, …

Oliver Burkeman: do socks and forks have feelings?

Buying stuff, we’re told, will make us happy – but how happy is our stuff?<p>Before I tell you about the latest ideas to shake the world of decluttering, let’s pause to contemplate, in horror, the fact that there even is a “world of decluttering”. The greatest trick consumer capitalism ever played was …

The boy who put a star in a jar

Jamie Edwards made history when he built a working nuclear fusion reactor at school<p>The moment came on 5 March last year, when Jamie Edwards, then 13, flicked the switch and waited with bated breath. “Seeing that purple glow that [was] the best part,” said Edwards. As the neutron detector confirmed …

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'Super Smash Bros For Wii U' Is Smashing The Competition On Metacritic

Nintendo continues to publish the highest-rated video games of the year on both Wii U and 3DS.<p><i>Mario Kart 8</i> sports an 88/100, while recently released action game <i>Bayonetta 2</i> reeled in a 91/100.<p>But <i>Super Smash Bros.</i> tops both these games, with a launch day average of 94/100.<p>That’s an impressive number, …

GeekDad speaks out about Gamergate

An excellent five-point pledge from our friends at GeekDad:<p>1. We commit to support the development of video games with female characters that are at …

America's 6 Most Creepy Cool Cemeteries

Some burial grounds give us the creeps. Others are drop-dead gorgeous. Some are both. This Halloween, we explore five American graveyards that offer more treats than tricks.<p><i>By Dalia Colon for the Orbitz Travel Blog</i><p>Some burial grounds give us the creeps. Others are drop-dead gorgeous. Some are both. …

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The Secret Meaning Behind GamerGate’s Branding

Think GamerGate’s green and purple color scheme is happenstance? Think again.<p>When GamerGate supporters on /v/, 4chan’s video game forum, decided to sponsor The Fine Young Capitalists Game Jam, a crowd-funded project to develop video game ideas from women new to the industry, many saw the donations …

9 ridiculous sandwiches you need in your life

Who needs turkey or ham when you can stuff mac 'n' cheese between two slices of bread? For that matter, who needs bread when you can use a doughnut to make your sandwich? Behold: nine outrageous, insanely tasty sandwiches to try for National Sandwich Day, November 3.<p><b>1.</b> Baked bean French toast …

Artist Transforms Ugly Chicago Potholes Into Colorful Mosaics

Artist Jim Bachor adds a little touch of beauty to the ugly potholes along the streets of Chicago by creating small mosaics inside of the holes that have become quite the problem throughout the city. He uses tiny hand-cut pieces of Italian glass and marble to create beautiful artwork that stands …

Marvel made us comic book nerds, now it wants to make us Comic Book Guy

Before we start, take a deep breath. If you haven't been paying attention up until now, here is where you need to consider the current superhero movie status quo and all it has achieved. It's a lot to take in.<p>Marvel has an expansive universe to draw from, but most of its recognizable heroes are …

The Unexpected Origins Of Chopsticks, And How You're Really Supposed To Use Them

It's like riding a bicycle!<p>The wooden set of paper-tucked utensils that are hastily shoved into a greasy Chinese food takeout bag have much more of a sophisticated history. The first-known chopsticks were found in tombs in the Henan province, located in a central part of China. They were initially …

Steve McCurry Retrospective Presents 150 Striking Portraits of People and Cultures Around the World

In his new exhibition <i>Oltre lo Sguardo</i>, acclaimed American photographer Steve McCurry displays 150 of his photos from a career that has spanned over 30 years and countless treks across the globe. McCurry, who is perhaps best known for his iconic <i>Afghan Girl</i> photo, is celebrated for his rich, …

Hackers Have Found A Flaw In Macs And Are Using It To Control 17,000 Apple Computers ... Via Reddit

The Russian security company Dr. Web first discovered the software, known as "Mac.BackDoor.iWorm." We don't yet know how the software spreads, but Dr. Web has released information on the clever way it connects to the criminals who control the program.<p>When a Mac is infected with Mac.BackDoor.iWorm, …

ISIS Uses 'GTA 5' In New Teen Recruitment Video

Terrorist group ISIS has combined brutality with social media acumen to become one of the most feared and reviled organizations on earth in recent months, publicly releasing videos of beheadings of American and British hostages in addition to broadcasting other unspeakable acts of violence.<p>Their …

15 Ways Video Games Make You Smarter And Healthier

Video games are a huge industry and a big part of our society — take a look at Microsoft's recent purchase of a game studio for $2.5 billion — but games get a bad rap.<p>They're often portrayed as antisocial, violent, and as an addictive waste of time that encourages obesity.<p>But that's not necessarily …

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The Sims 4 fights pirates by pixelating the whole screen

Do not adjust your monitor; you're playing a pirated version of <i>The Sims 4.</i><p><i>The Sims 4</i> features an antipiracy trap that cripples its visuals with an expanding, pixelated censorship blur that begins whenever a Sim removes his or her clothing (for example, when they're getting into the shower). When …

Marvel changes the course of comics history with a single letter

We've known for a while that the new Thor is going to be a woman, but how does that work? The hammer itself specifies the gender of the hero that wields it, so something has to change, right?<p>Marvel is doing a whole lot with a single letter. Here's a preview of the issue:<p>Now, there is precedence …

Guillermo del Toro's 'Silent Hills' teaser is the scariest thing you can play this weekend

Turn off the lights, put on a headset, and prepare to get scared stupid<p>Rather than just coming out and saying, "we're making a new <i>Silent Hill</i> game," horror legend Guillermo del Toro and <i>Metal Gear Solid</i> creator Hideo Kojima this week released a free demo for PlayStation 4 entitled <i>P.T.</i> (as in, …

The 20 photographs of the week

The aftermath of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, the escalating violence in Israel, the World Cup final – the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

Has science solved the mystery of the hiccup? Don't hold your breath

It happens in the blink of an eye: your breathing muscles contract, your vocal cords clamp shut and out comes that unmistakable sound: "hic".<p>We all get hiccups from time to time. So do cats, rats and human foetuses. Perhaps you ate too quickly, got too excited or drank something carbonated. Or you …

The Last American Soldier Executed for Desertion

World War II veteran Nick Gozik says that the bravest soldier he encountered during two years of combat was the one he saw executed for …

10 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Productivity Experiments

Over the last 12 months I have conducted countless productivity experiments on myself, interviewed some of the most productive people in the world, …

Tree-killing bug invades Southern California, with no answer in sight

Akif Eskalen steps through the dense, damp leaves in a wooded neighborhood, scrutinizing the branches around him. He's looking for evidence of an attack: tiny wounds piercing the bark and sapdried around them like bloodstains.<p>The victims are box elders, sycamores and coast live oaks, all in some …

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France says it won't fly American WWII vets over for D-Day anniversary

Seven decades after ­Allied troops stormed Normandy’s beaches and saved France from the Nazis, the surrender-happy nation is turning its back on hundreds of US veterans who want to return next month to mark the invasion’s 70th anniversary.<p>France has broken its promise to pay for the vets to fly to …

Future Army helmets make for cooler soldiers, terrified enemies

It's hard to look at the US Army's latest helmet and not think of <i>Halo</i>, but the design does serve a purpose beyond gaming chic. Its latest "soldier of the future" concept would not only protect grunts in high heat and humidity, but also shield them from chemical and biological agents. While much …