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Giant Killer Robots: Heavy Hitters: The Kotaku Review

I’ve played plenty of board games that are better than <i>GKR</i>, but I don’t think I’ve ever played one that’s <i>cooler</i> than <i>GKR</i>.<p><i>Giant Killer Robots: Heavy</i> …

From Toy Story to Psycho: the 100 greatest films of all time

"Brain in Butt" Study Points to True Location of Second Nervous System

No, it's not actually in the butt.<p>The brain and spinal cord may control most of the body, but some parts handle themselves just fine without their …

The Only Dumbbell Exercises You’ll Ever Need

There are hundreds of ways you can use weights to ramp up your workouts. But many basic moves target just one group of muscles, such as the biceps or …

Exercise

Atheists are more intelligent than religious people, finds study

Religious people are, on average, less intelligent than atheists, researchers claim.<p>With the number of people with a religious belief on the rise – …

25 of the highest-rated novels you can read in 5 hours or less

Books have been proven to make us more empathetic, equip us to deal with uncertainty and anxiety, and help to prevent cognitive decline through middle age into our advanced years.<p>With so many advantages — not to mention the fact that they give our eyes a much-needed rest from back-lit, digital …

21 Websites Designers Love That Can Spark Ideas for Non-Designers

Research like a designer if you want to innovate.<p>If you want to keep up-to-date on business as an entrepreneur, you go to inc.com.<p>What if you want to keep up-to-date on <i>design</i>, where do you go? Especially if you're <i>not</i> a designer?<p>Here is a list of our favorite websites compiled by our studio, Birsel …

Pew Research Center

Yes, humans are still evolving. Here's how you can tell.

Even more evidence that we’re continuing to change.<p>The nice thing about bacteria is that they multiply really fast. This is inconvenient if they happen to infect, but useful if you want to see how evolution works. Put antibiotics on a Petri dish with enough bacteria, and a few days later you’ll …

Biology

12 Brand-New Books You Should Cozy Up With in September

Just because the season of kicking back by the pool with a good book is over doesn't mean your reading list has to suffer. If anything, cozying up next to a warm fire with a cup of tea and a page-turner sounds just as lovely (and you won't get sunburned in the process). Since we've already blazed …

Books

Twitch donates to Banner Saga 3 when you play free Banner Saga 1 & 2

I haven't seen this method of crowdfunding before: Twitch Prime is giving away The Banner Saga 1 and 2 to members for free, and for every person who …

Choose Your Own Adventure

SpaceX’s Hyperloop competition sees three companies run their pods

SpaceX hosted a hyperloop pod design test competition at its Hawthorne headquarters this past weekend, where student teams got the chance to run their pod designs in low-pressure environments in a test track for the first time. There were a number of teams competing, with 30 in total selected to …

Transportation

Meizu Pro 5 official with 5.7-inch screen, Exynos 7420

We’ve previously heard rumours that Meizu were set to release one of the first non-Samsung Exynos-powered smartphones and today the company has made these rumours official by announcing the Meizu Pro 5 at an event in China. The smartphone, which is the company’s latest big-screen device, also sees …

Forza Horizon 2's Falken Car Pack is out now

Forza Horizon 2's latest DLC, the Falken Car Pack, has been released on Xbox One.<p>Priced at $5 or your local equivalent, this latest add-on includes …