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The Natural History of Selborne by Gilbert White | Book Review

Any book that delighted both Virginia Woolf <i>and</i> Charles Darwin is a must-read, in my opinion, and Gilbert White's The Natural History of Selborne [Oxford University Press, 2013; Guardian Bookshop; Amazon UK; Amazon US/kindle US] is that book. But this classic of nature writing -- the first in this …

Study: Playing video games can increase brain size

Playing video games can increase brain volume in regions of the brain responsible for spatial navigation, strategic planning, memory and motor skills, according to a new study from research centers in Berlin.<p>The study, which appears in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, was conducted by researchers …

Sleep: Why We Need It and What Happens Without It

What Happens If You're Struck By Lightning?

PS Vita TV microconsole lets you play Vita games on your TV

Sony revealed a new piece of PlayStation hardware today, the PlayStation Vita TV, a small, sub-$100 console that lets its owners play PlayStation Vita and PSP games on their television with a DualShock 3. Vita TV looks like Sony's take on Apple TV, only it supports an array of available PlayStation …

Redesigned PS Vita coming to Japan on Oct. 10 in six colors

A redesigned version of PlayStation Vita is heading to Japan on Oct. 10 in six colors and with a more lightweight hardware design, it was announced during today's Sony conference from Japan.<p>The PCH-2000 series is 20 percent thinner and 15 percent lighter than current PS Vita models. It features a …

Answering The Cranes' Call: 40 Years Of Preserving Grace

Of all the world's birds, perhaps none are more mystical than cranes.<p>From Asia to North America, these tall birds with haunting cries have been woven into paintings, literature and folk tales. But today, 10 of the world's 15 crane species are threatened, and some are on the brink of …

PS4 Pre-Orders Already Beating PS3 Holiday Sales

This next console generation is already different from any previous console generation, and not just because of Call of Duty’s dog. Despite the swirling notion that dedicated games consoles are under fire from tablets, smartphones and a range of exciting new gaming devices, Sony’s PS4 press …

Elder Scrolls 6 should explore the dark past of these 7 locations: prepare to be asked some tricky moral questions...

The Elder Scrolls has always dabbled in politics and life lessons. Assassinating an emperor, fighting in a civil war, uncovering the torture and …

Ten-Hut! Presenting Defense Mobile, a mobile carrier for U.S. soldiers

Anyone who has ever spent time in a military town knows there is a whole network of services, ranging from medical and dental care to banking and …

The Last of Us masters storytelling in ways only a few games should

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>Video games are only about 40 years young as a part of our cultural consciousness. They’ve gone through a lot of transitions that correspond with advances in …

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Biomeme Wants To Turn Your iOS Device Into A Disease-Detecting Mobile DNA Lab

There’s a vast, vast sea of the smartphone accessories out there that are designed to solve first-world problems (do we honestly need another bottle opening case?), but here’s one that aspires to change the rest of the world. The folks at Dreamit Ventures-backed Biomeme have developed a device that …

People who play video games are less able to control impulsive aggressive behaviour, reveals a new study.

People who play video games are less able to control impulsive aggressive behaviour, a new study suggests.<p>Researchers found video games boost visual attention, but reduce impulse control.<p>A person playing a first-person shooter video game, such as Halo or Unreal Tournament, must make decisions …

Why People Love Tipping Waiters

As an economic phenomenon, tipping is really weird. As a psychological phenomenon, it's something else entirely.<p>When the Linkery, a small San Diego restaurant, shuttered its doors this summer, it ended a fascinating social experiment. The Linkery had instituted a standard 18 percent service charge …

Photographing Icons: Beyond the Postcard Shot

TravelPhoto Gallery<p>Looking for fresh ways to photograph iconic monuments? Get tips from a National Geographic photographer in this new travel gallery.

Scientists discover what’s killing the bees and it’s worse than you thought

As we’ve written before, the mysterious mass die-off of honey bees that pollinate $30 billion worth of crops in the US has so decimated America’s <i>apis mellifera</i> population that one bad winter could leave fields fallow. Now, a new study has pinpointed some of the probable causes of bee deaths and the …

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Journalism May Be Collapsing, But With Pressfolios, At Least You Can Build A Nice Portfolio

If you’re a working journalist (or even an aspiring one), you’re probably getting tired of hearing that it’s important to build your personal brand. Now, leaving aside the obnoxiousness of the phrase “personal brand,” I suspect we hear it so much because it’s kinda true. A startup called …

Waking up to the link between a faulty body clock and mental illness

Our lives are ruled by time and we use time to tell us what to do. But the digital alarm clock that wakes us in the morning and the wrist-watch that …

The Internet Is Making Writing Worse

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Bad news for teens and tweens! A new Pew Research survey of teachers around the country found that …

Research Says Screen Time Can Be Good For Your Kids

Screen time is not all bad for your kids. They can learn a ton from video games. And when parents and children are watching or playing together, kids are internalizing important social skills. Being intentional about the messages you send to your kids about media is a missing link in most parenting …

League of Legends teams partner with eBay for charity tournament

Two <i>League of Legends</i> teams have partnered with eBay to run a tournament that will raise money for a charity of the winner's choosing, the eBay Charity Invitational.<p>According to the event page, members of <i>League of Legends</i> teams Evil Geniuses and Team Curse will compete in one-on-one matches, with …

The origin of 'OK, Glass,' as told by Google's Amanda Rosenberg

"OK, Glass." It's a phrase that's become synonymous with Google's trailblazing wearable tech, and with good reason. As the headset's hotword, it must be uttered by the user (with varying levels of self-consciousness) to activate Glass' menu. Amanda Rosenberg, the Product Marketing Manager for …

Disgaea 4 heading to Vita in Japan

Nippon Ichi has confirmed that <i>Disgaea 4</i> is coming to Vita, according to reports. Representatives of the company announced development of the game at an event in Yokohama to celebrate the firm's 20th anniversary.<p><i>Disgaea 4</i>, a Vita remake of <i>Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten</i>, will arrive in Japan in …

Riot Games scores in 'best tech employers' list

Which is the best company to work for in gaming? The answer, according to Glassdoor and Business Insider, is <i>League of Legends</i> maker Riot Games.<p>Glassdoor is a U.S.-based recruitment website that encourages employees to leave anonymous information about their workplace, rating bosses, company …

Top 10 Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 Matches from Day 2 of Evo 2013

We show you the matches that got us the most hyped<p>There’s something about these fighting competitions that keep us coming back and aching for more. …