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Geologists identify trigger for apocalyptic 'super eruptions'

They rank among the most catastrophic natural disasters on Earth, second only in destructive power to an asteroid impact that could ensure humanity meets the same fate as the dinosaurs.<p>Super eruptions make those from normal volcanoes look like sputters of dust. They blast enough material into the …

Battlefield 4 spotlights EA's inability to launch games, treat players with dignity

There is no sin greater in gaming than wasting the player’s time.<p>We can earn more money, we can buy more games, we can forget about the bad experiences playing certain titles, but time is irreplaceable. Once spent, it can never be returned.<p>If nothing else, <i>Battlefield 4</i> has wasted the time of many, …

One Step Closer to Hover Boards: Three-Dimensional Mid-Air Acoustic Manipulation | Colossal

<p>While we’ve seen examples of objects suspended mid-air using quantum levitation and acoustic levitation, a team of three Japanese engineers from The …

Colorado's legal recreational pot industry off to smoking start

Colorado's legal recreational marijuana industry kicked off Wednesday with an Iraq war veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder making the first pot purchase under the new law.<p>Sean Azzariti of Denver, who helped campaign for Amendment 64, bought an eighth of an ounce of a strain …

Steam Removes Game 'Order Of War: Challenge' From User Libraries

It was bound to happen sooner or later. Valve’s online gaming distribution website Steam has removed what appears to be the very first game from user libraries. Many games have been removed from the Steam store, but have remained in user libraries. Individuals have had games removed for various …

Gionee Elife E7 mini launched with Oppo-like swivel camera, octa-core CPU

Chinese phone maker Gionee has just released the Elife E7 mini version of its mega-spec'd 5.5-inch, 1080p Elife E7 phone, but it resembles its larger sibling in name only. First off, the 13-megapizel camera and flash are on a swivel at the top, Oppo N1-style. The specifications are otherwise a step …

Troubled '47 Ronin' may be headed for a box office reckoning

In "47 Ronin,"<p>Keanu Reevesportrays the leader of a band of <i>ronin</i> — masterless samurai in 18th-century Japan who must suffer the indignity of having no one to lead them in battle. Turns out that plot line provides an apt metaphor for the period 3-D sci-fi epic's problem-plagued odyssey to the …

An Oral History Of 'Trading Places,' The Greatest Christmas Movie Ever Made

<i>In June of 1983, "Trading Places" was released in theaters. It remains the greatest Wall Street movie ever made.</i><p><i>Thirty years later, most regard it as part of the canon of American comedies, having launched, revived, or defined the careers of many of its cast and crew.</i><p><i>We also argue it's the greatest</i> …

47 Ronin – review

Hollywood's latest play for the growing Asian market revisits the ancient Japanese legend of self-sacrifice, hoping to offset its garbled narrative and grinding humourlessness with 3D and Keanu Reeves as a samurai Jesus. The VFX team have some fun with Rinko Kikuchi's shapeshifting witch, but …

All Is Lost – review

JC Chandor's All Is Lost is a quasi-silent movie, or perhaps rather quasi-mute, portraying the ordeal of a lone sailor in a desperate situation: he is played with grizzled impassivity by the 77-year-old Robert Redford. Throughout the film, he is the only person on screen. There is no one and …

2014 in film preview: Oscar essentials

12 Years a Slave<p>When Steve McQueen's unflinching, unforgettable deep south slavery epic premiered at Telluride and Toronto in September, pundits identified it immediately as the likely big victor at March's Oscars. Despite young pretenders Gravity and plucky upstart American Hustle, that still …

Joaquin Phoenix, 'Her,' and the Lost Souls Club

Joaquin Phoenix has an affinity for lost souls. His Oscar-nominated turns as a conniving Roman emperor in “Gladiator,” country-music legend Johnny …