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Could We Build a Dyson Sphere?

In our cosmic megastructures series, Popular Mechanics explores some of the key engineering and design challenges in constructing gigantic structures for use by humankind in space. Today: the Dyson Sphere (or Dyson Swarm), a way to capture all available solar energy.<p><b>Name:</b> Dyson Sphere or Dyson Swarm<p>…

Budget Friendly Backyard DIY’s

If you have a backyard and are looking for ways to add a little more fun to your decor, check out this post from Buzzfeed. These 51 ideas for great …

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World of Tanks destructibility increases in 2014

Wargaming.net will introduce numerous physics engine upgrades to <i>World of Tanks</i> in 2014, highlighting the upcoming changes and destructible elements in the latest developer diary.<p>The massively multiplayer online game's physics engine will be upgraded, introducing dynamic suspension, more damageable …

24 Hot & Spicy Recipes for Sriracha Week—or Any Week

From mapo tofu to jerk chicken, here are 24 spicy recipes guaranteed to make you sweat.<p>If you haven't figured it out already, we're big spice fiends here at <i>Bon Appétit</i>. So fiendish, in fact, that we're dedicating an entire week to foods that tingle our tongues, light our mouths on fire, and make us …

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Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer demo hits Xbox Live on March 7

Activision and Infinity Ward will host a free multiplayer weekend for <i>Call of Duty: Ghosts</i> this weekend on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, a first for the franchise on Xbox Live, according to the game's publisher.<p><i>Ghosts</i>' free multiplayer weekend will kick off Friday, Mar. 7 at 1 p.m. ET and run through the …

Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer villains hit Xbox March 4

<i>Call of Duty: Ghosts</i> players on Xbox 360 and Xbox One will be able to play as three of the first-person shooter series' villains beginning March 4.<p>According to a post on One of Swords, the $3.99 Makarov Legend Pack will bring <i>Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2</i> terrorist leader Vladamir Makarov to <i>Ghosts</i>. …

Steam Family Sharing now available to all Steam users

Steam Family Sharing, the service that allows for sharing of a Steam library between multiple individuals and computers, is now available to all Steam users, Valve announced today.<p>The service can be enabled for up to five Steam accounts to share a single collection of games across as many as 10 …

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Titanfall is the perfect game for people who are terrible at first-person shooters

Titanfall is a game that offers many advantages to people who aren’t very good at first-person shooters.<p>The game doesn’t tilt the scales in favor of the still-learning, the older or the slow, but it does provide less-skilled players many ways to excel. It doesn’t offer anyone a better way to play, …

R-Type 2 launches on iOS and Android for $1.99

<i>R-Type 2</i>, the classic horizontal shoot-'em-up from Irem, is now available on iOS and Android for $1.99 in North America and €1.79 in Europe, publisher DotEmu announced today.<p>Irem originally released <i>R-Type 2</i> in 1989 in the arcade, and the game later launched on Amiga, Atari ST and Game Boy. The …

Hitman GO is the new mobile strategy game from Square Enix

Square Enix Montreal is developing a mobile turn-based strategy game based on the Hitman franchise titled <i>Hitman GO</i>, the studio announced today.<p>Developed by a "small core team," the tablet and smartphone game is meant to stand separate to the AAA action-adventure stealth series "while still …

Creepy iPad hit 'The Room 2' launches on Android

iPad gamers have been able to enjoy the deliciously creepy puzzles of <i>The Room 2</i> since December, and now the game is finally available on Android. Today developer Fireproof Games has launched <i>The Room 2</i> on both Google Play and the Amazon App Store, where you can pick it up for $2.99. The studio warns …

Your Country's History & Culture Summed Up In A Single Image

Sure stereotypes are little more than sweeping generalisations and fail to recognise the intricacies between and differences between individuals, …

8 Weird Gadgets to Geek Out Your Workout

There's no shortage of apps and activity trackers to monitor basic workouts. But what if you need all the data about your rock climb, weightlifting, or personal hydration? The niche fitness gadgets are coming.<p>There's no shortage of apps and activity trackers to monitor basic workouts. But what if …

The Pushup That Sculpts Rock-Solid Shoulders

Boost your upper-body strength and get shoulders like boulders with this version of the pushup<p>The handstand pushup is the gold standard of pushups. If you can perform even one rep, you've got an extreme amount of upper-body strength and shoulder mobility. Plus, you look like a total badass.<p>So how …

Screw This! Lift More!

Want to increase your gains in the weight room? Then keep reading ...<p>A lot of things may run through your head when you're performing a squat: the number of remaining reps, the sweat trickling down your back, the girl on the treadmill. But you probably don't think about your feet. "That's a …

How Far Away Are Active Invisibility Cloaks?

New active cloaking technology prepares to leave the lab. Now you see me...<p><b>Despite the Harry Potter headlines they've</b> inspired, efforts over the last few years to create a real-life invisibility cloak have been simple proofs of concept. They're lab experiments, and not the kind of thing that could …

Lost City found Underwater in China

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World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition beta brought in half a million players

More than half a million players took to the tanks during beta testing for <i>World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition,</i> according to Microsoft general manager Matt Booty.<p>Booty, who has served as producer on the title for a year a half now, told Polygon those 500,000 players proved to Microsoft and developer …

Cozy Launches New Feature To Give Tenants More Control Over Their Credit Reporting

Cozy is tackling another part of the rental process today with the launch of a new feature for credit checks.<p>The startup, which raised a Series A led by General Catalyst last year, already allows landlords to perform tasks like screening tenants and collecting rent. Now, when a landlord finds an …

Why Kentucky Route Zero's creators have been so quiet

The third and fourth act for <i>Kentucky Route Zero</i> have not been abandoned despite no progress reports or release date announcements being made by its developer, according to Cardboard Computer founders Jake Elliott and Tamas Kemenczy.<p>The statement from the studio addresses the low profile taken …

Former Need for Speed: Shift dev unveils free-to-play racer

Slightly Mad Studios' latest game is a free-to-play arcade racing title on Windows PC called <i>World of Speed</i>, the developer and publisher My.com announced today.<p>The London-based Slightly Mad, known for its work on Electronic Arts' Need for Speed: Shift series, is designing <i>World of Speed</i> as a …

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<b>The Renault KWID is a concept multi-purpose vehicle that comes with its very own drone for scouting terrain and traffic conditions.</b><p>Renault has …

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The Snore Activated Nudging Pillow Makes You Shift Sleeping Positions

I absolutely hate it when my husband snores and am constantly nudging him to alert him of his nighttime annoyance. But with the Snore Activated …

The XStat Uses Tiny Sponges to Instantly Plug Bloody, Gaping Gunshot Wounds

Ask any emergency room employee; there’s nothing more dangerous than a gunshot wound. This is, of course, the entire idea of shooting somebody, but …

The 15 Hottest Games Coming 2014

This piece is already longer than it has any right to be. So lets make the intro akin to Bazooka Joe – short and sweet. These are the 15 most talked …

Castle Doctrine contest pays $2,902, winner gets $316

<i>The Castle Doctrine</i> developer Jason Rohrer is giving away $2,902 to players.<p>Roher announced a contest last month in which he'd reward players who stole and hoarded their earnings in the asynchronous multiplayer game ahead of its release. At its peak, more than 1,000 players participated in the …