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Destiny review: the future of games remains locked in the past

<b>Activision; PlayStation 3/PlayStation 4/Xbox 360,/Xbox One; £50/$59.99; 16+</b><p>Since the first vague details were leaked onto the web three years ago, people have been struggling to describe Destiny. With its constant action and grand space opera narrative, it is definitely a science fiction shooter. …

Shorter Men Live Longer, Study Says

Live tall, die young.<p>It's nice to be tall, right? Sure, it's great... unless you want to become an astronaut, or a horse jockey, or an old man.<p>Ok, I'm joking on the last point. But a new study found an inverse link between height and longevity, finding that shorter men are more likely to live …

Defend Your Cubicle With A Nerf Sentry Gun

You'll be the undefeatable champion with this one<p>Tell workplace pen thieves and pranksters how you really feel with a barrage of foam darts. This project hacks a Nerf gun to automatically fire at large heat signatures. Simply replace the toy’s trigger system with a servomotor, wire up a home …

Watch the Trailer for How I Met Your Mother's Mother's New Show, A to Z

More like <i>How I Met and Then Totally Dumped Your Mother</i>: Cristin Milioti, who played the titular mom in CBS’ long-running sitcom, will star in the new …

Antibiotics Overload Is Endangering Our Children

People around the world have been overusing antibiotics for years. Predictably, this has made bacterial infections more resistant to the very …

The World's Largest Solar Farm

Shine bright like a solar panel<p>In February, the Ivanpah Solar Electricity Generating System opened over a 3,500-acre stretch of the Mojave Desert. The solar thermal farm operates at 392 megawatts—just under 1 percent of California’s total energy production, or enough to power 140,000 homes.<p>The …

Renewable Energy

Israeli Archeologist Claims to Have Found King David's Citadel

An Israeli archeologist claims to have made a discovery of biblical proportions: the citadel King David captured in his conquest of Jerusalem over …

Here's the Rap Anthem About Bounce Houses You Never Knew You Needed

Forget about the decked-out mansions you once saw on <i>MTV Cribs</i> (rest in peace). For today’s rappers, it’s all about bounce houses.<p>Or at least, for the …

Jumping Spiders Are the Cutest, and You Can Catch Your Own

If you keep a backyard garden, you might have been startled recently by a spotted spider like this one, suddenly leaping huge distances through your planting beds. If so, lucky for you! The bold jumping spider, <i>Phidippus audax</i>, is a common daytime spider and friend of the gardener — it’s not …

University of British Columbia

The Science of Peak Human Performance

The science of ultimate human performance has a bad name–literally. “Flow” is the term used by researchers for optimal states of consciousness, those …

Seth Meyers Is Officially Influential

Fellow <i>Saturday Night Live</i> alum Amy Poehler describes Seth Meyers as “the best listener on television” whose biggest talent is “the delight he takes …

Inside Hitler's Bunker: Capturing an Eerie Chaos Beneath Berlin

Not long after Red Army troops won the brutal Battle of Berlin in the spring of 1945, effectively marking the end of the Second World War in Europe, …

Star Wars: Episode VII Cast Revealed

<i>Star Wars</i> series stalwarts Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher have been joined in a galaxy far, far away by a mix of fresh faces. John …

Why Is There No Pill For 'Asian Glow'?

Plus, why Esquire's consequence-free drinking method sounds like total bunk.<p>Between the two of us, my roommate and I have the, uhh, digestive problems that are more common in people of East Asian descent. She's lactose intolerant. I get so-called "Asian glow" when I drink alcohol. But at least when …

Alcohol

'Murderous' Otters Spark Internet Fight

Take a stand!<p>Where do you stand in the War of the Otters? The first volley came in the form of a post at <i>Vox</i> titled "The case against otters: necrophiliac, serial-killing fur monsters of the sea." In the post, writer Dylan Matthews explained various things about otters, and listed several reasons …

Otters

Amazon’s shipping costs keep soaring, forcing tough decisions

As it turns out, sending packages to customers around the world is a costly enterprise.<p>Amazon’s shipping costs for the first quarter of 2014 hit an …

Microsoft unearths mass grave of Atari ‘ET’ game cartridges, buried in 1983

Turns out Atari did, indeed, bury a giant cache of unsold “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” video-game cartridges in a New Mexico landfill more than three …

Microsoft Admits to Huge Security Flaw in Internet Explorer

A flaw in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser could allow hackers access to the personal information of countless millions of web users, …

China Slaps Bans on a Bunch of Totally Harmless U.S. TV Shows

You could call it the Big Ban Theory. Chinese fans of American TV series are up in arms after discovering that some of their favorite shows have been …

Obama in the Philippines: 'Our Goal Is Not to Contain China'

This is not about China. That has been the theme of Barack Obama’s four-nation trip to East Asia. Yet China loomed large over stops in Japan, South …

Revellers play with fireworks in an enclosed area on the main street of the village of Paterna near Valencia during the annual "Corda" festivity

Should Animals Be Able To Sue Their Owners?

One group of lawyers thinks so--and vows not to quit until they succeed.<p>Tommy, a chimpanzee in upstate New York has become the first non-human primate to sue its captor, in an effort to become free. But it's not like the chimp actually walked into a courtroom and filed papers himself. Rather, a …

Chimpanzees

Hints To Longevity Found In Blood Of 115-Year-Old Woman

She maintained clear cognition until near the end of her life.<p>Born in 1890, Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper died at the age of 115 in 2005, leaving her body to science. Until very close to her death, she remained in relatively good health and cognition, and was for example able to carry on a …

Flash Gordon Movie In The Works

Twentieth Century Fox have attained the rights to the screen version of the comic book. John Davis will produce while <i>Star Trek 3</i> writers J.D. Payne …

Attention History Buffs: The Bronze Age Needs You

A new site for conducting research into human history has a small name but big ambitions.<p>MicroPasts, a joint project by the British Museum and the UCL Institute of Archaeology, has several goals. First, project organizers have posted photographs of hundreds of Bronze Age (2500 BC–800 BC) metal …

Archaeology

Unique Mineral Discovered In Australia

The new substance is called putnisite.<p>A previously unknown mineral has been discovered in a remote location in Western Australia. The mineral, named putnisite, appears purple and translucent, and contains strontium, calcium, chromium, sulphur, carbon, oxygen and hydrogen, a very unusual combination.<p>…

Earth Science

Apple Will Now Recycle Any Product You Give Back—and Give You Credit for It

Starting today, Apple Stores will begin accepting any of the company’s products for recycling at no charge.<p>Even better, if the items look resalable, …

This startup figured out how to charge devices wirelessly through walls from 40 feet away

It’s been more than 12 years since Hatem Zeine first shared his crazy idea for wireless power with friends and colleagues. Back then, though, none of …

A Test That Quantifies Basic Language-Learning Ability

Are some people just better at becoming fluent in new languages as adults?<p>Until recently, it's been used exclusively in U.S. government agencies and military schools. But now, a test for how easily a person will become fluent in a foreign language could be made available for civilians. Nautilus …

LTE Will Let Your Car's Computer Update Like Your Smartphone

Welcome to the wonderful world of Car As Platform.<p>Carmakers seem to want to shout one simple phrase when they talk about adding high-speed 4G LTE radios into their cars: "Apps! We have apps now, too!"<p>Yes, guys, you can have apps now, too. But that's not the half of it. Streaming Pandora and getting …

4G LTE