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Destiny player recounts the exciting adventures of Billy the Thrall

Gather 'round, kids, and listen to <i>Destiny</i> player and YouTube user leftyfl1p tell you the story of Billy the Thrall, an adventurous young lad who finds a secret chest.<p>According to Leftyfl1p, the video was recorded while soloing in-game. It makes for an interesting glitch video on its own, but …

A Super Smash Bros-style Hunger Games makes a lot of sense

Super Smash Bros. is about fighting your foes to the death. Or wait, maybe that was the Hunger Games?<p>A parody video from MachinimaPrime mixes the two flawlessly. After Wii Fit Trainer and Mega Man are selected as fan service tributes, they find themselves thrown into the Annual Super Smash Games …

Best of the rest of 2014: Destiny, the most interesting game of the year

<i>Every year, the Polygon staff chooses 10 excellent games to award our Game of the Year honors, but that means some games we love don't quite make the cut. This year we've decided to run a series of opinion pieces by members of the Polygon staff explaining why certain games earned top marks from</i> …

Why It's Awesome These Scientists Failed To Replicate Their Research

Sarah Brown-Schmidt and Sid Horton published results damaging their earlier work. And their peers are praising them for it.<p>Science chases progress. Researchers live under pressure from grant agencies, their peers, and the public to produce exciting results. New finds make headlines; checking old …

Ebola: How Pop Culture And Infotainment Flame Our Fear

Last week, CNN’s Don Lemon did a segment on Ebola. It makes sense for the media to cover the virus, considering that the current outbreak has been raging for several months in West Africa—where it has killed more than 4,400 people—and that the first Ebola-related death in America occurred in Dallas …

Bacteria in space could help create new vaccines - CNN.com

One challenge for astronauts is keeping well nourished and free of infection, especially on long-duration manned missions.<p>HIDE CAPTION<p>Staying healthy in space<p>Life support<p>Breeding bacteria<p>Spirulina<p>Super germs<p>Space Salmonella<p>Super food?<p><i>Editor's note: Since originally publishing this story, we have</i> …

Destiny players already found an epic new 'loot cave'

<i>Destiny</i> has a new exploit and the good folks at YouTube's PS4Trophies will show you how to find it.<p>The most recent patch to Bungie's <i>Destiny</i> removed access to an exploit known as the "loot cave," a deep, dark hole in the game world where easily defeated enemies spawn and drop fantastic gear.<p>The most …

U.S. Army Wants A Parachuting Tank

Three vehicles will replace the Humvee -- and they'll all arrive by air.<p>After years of service in wars -- from Iraq to Afghanistan to Iraq again -- the Humvee is on its way out. Officially named the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, (HMMVV) its acronym and stature is so iconic that it …

'Primordial Soup' Computer Model Tracks The Beginning Of Life At The Atomic Level

Scientists zero-in on how a lightning zap could give rise to living things.<p>In the early 1950s, a chemist named Stanley Miller mixed up a bunch of gases including methane, ammonia and hydrogen. That's kind of stuff that had been on Earth before life began. Miller zapped those gases with electricity, …

NIH Lab Search Yields 100-Year-Old Ricin Sample

Add it to the collection of deadly things that've turned up in government labs this summer.<p>Remember last week when the U.S. National Institutes of Health asked American scientists, "Pls check yer vials!"? (We're paraphrasing.) Apparently, the agency has taken its own advice to heart. In a search of …

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How did Dark Souls II's in-game message system affect player behavior?

Giving players the ability to write on your game world feels like an invitation for disaster.<p>But a system of in-game player-to-player messages – like what we see in From Software’s challenging action-adventure Dark Souls II – can foster a great sense of community and support. But how much freedom …

This Pill Can Stop HIV

So why is no one taking it?<p>The drug that could end the HIV pandemic is already here. Branded Truvada, this pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) prevents HIV infection by blocking the virus’s ability to replicate. “It’s a big deal,” says Robert Grant, a leading HIV/AIDS investigator at the University of …

Scientists Say 'Printing' Humans May Be The Best Way To Conquer Space

From pizza to prostheses, 3-D printers are being used to whip up all sorts of things. And now scientists are talking about "printing" out batches of people to colonize outer space.<p>Sounds wacky, but these guys are serious.<p>"Our best bet for space exploration could be printing humans, organically, on …

What to expect from Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo at E3

We’re just a couple of days away from the most important event of the multibillion dollar gaming industry: the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles. Starting Monday, we’ll all be drowning in news and reveals.<p>And while most of us look forward to E3 for the surprises (which wouldn’t be …

This 3D-Printed Robot Assembles Itself

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>(Mad) scientists at MIT have come up with a robot that can assemble itself from 3D-printed …

George R. R. Martin's 14 Greatest LiveJournal Entries

<i>Game of Thrones</i> creator George R. R. Martin is an old-school kinda guy. Not only does he compose his beloved fantasy novels on a DOS word processor, …

Avoiding Squirrels and Other Things Google's Robot Car Can't Do

Google’s self-driving car is still at least five years away from commercialization, but the team behind the project has made remarkable progress …

How We'll Talk To Aliens

New NASA book looks beyond astrophysics to figure out how we'll communicate with extraterrestrials<p>Assuming we one day contact aliens, how will we communicate with them? That's the subject of a new book from NASA called <i>Archaeology, Anthropology and Interstellar Communication. _(Kudos to Jesus Diaz</i> …

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4 Sky Events This Week: Comet Challenge, Stellar Trio, and Planet Pairings

Changing Planet<p>This image of comet ISON was taken in November 2013, when the comet was 97 million miles from Earth. This week comet 209P/LINEAR will come much closer, but it won’t be as bright, because there’s little dust activity on its surface. Courtesy: NASA/MSFC/Aaron Kingery<p><b>The parent of the</b> …

Researchers are making a genetic family tree of the yeasts used to brew beer

Two research teams are mixing work and pleasure to assemble the first-ever "genetic family tree" of the yeasts used to make beer, and they're pulling in data from over 2,000 brews. <i>The New York Times</i> recently visited yeast distributor White Labs, which is working alongside a genetics laboratory to …

5 Things to Know About the Deadly MERS Outbreak

Health officials in the Middle East are still struggling to stem an outbreak of MERS that has killed 93 people and sickened more than 260.<p>A …