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Sir Patrick Stewart breaks down the regional accents of cows

On a recent episode of <i>NPR</i>'s <i>How to Do Everything</i> podcast, Sir Patrick Stewart dropped in to give listeners a serious lesson on cow moos. A listener phoned in simply asking how a person might moo in a British accent. Here, Stewart complicates things a bit, playing the part of an expert in cow accents …

Sega's stunning 3D Classics are Nintendo's best-kept secret

Welcome to the fantasy zone<p>There is perhaps no more illustrative example of the death of 3D than Nintendo’s latest handheld console. The 3DS was released at the height of Avatar-induced stereoscopy fever, but Nintendo just released a new model, inevitably called the 2DS, that omits the headline …

Who needs a controller? 'Republique' is iPad gaming without compromise

"Console quality" is a phrase that gets tossed around quite a bit in mobile development. Both players and creators seem eager for something a bit bigger and more substantial than <i>Angry Birds</i> — but we've yet to really see a game that meets those lofty standards. Titles like <i>Deus Ex: The Fall</i> and</i> …

NASA's Valkyrie robot is a 6-foot 'superhero' designed to save you from disasters

NASA has created a robot for DARPA's upcoming Robotics Challenge Trials. The Valkyrie is a 6-foot-2-inch humanoid machine with detachable arms, sonar sensors, mounted cameras, and a glowing Tony Stark-esque circle in the middle of its chest. The space agency says it's mobile and dexterous enough to …

London designer creates 3D-printed, regenerative running shoes from protocells

At the Wearable Futures conference, London designer and researcher Shamees Aden debuted a running shoe concept that will put your worn out kicks to shame. The shoes, which he's developing with University of Southern Denmark professor Martin Hanczyc, are 3D printed from a synthetic biological …

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's collaborative variety show 'HitRecord on TV' premieres January 18th

For the past few years, Joseph Gordon-Levitt's online production company HitRecord has facilitated the collaborative creation of thousands of multimedia projects. Now, the star is taking that content to TV through what he describes as a "half-hour variety show" featuring short films, music, …

Piixl Jetpack straps a SteamOS PC to the back of your TV

British computer maker Piixl has a new SteamOS gaming box on the way that can go sight unseen in living rooms thanks to a design that latches onto the back of most flatscreen TV sets, walls, and underneath tables. The computer will run Valve's SteamOS, though according to <i>Pocket-Lint</i>, it will also …

You have too many chat apps. Can Layer connect them?

Jeremie Miller almost brought on a golden age of instant messaging. He invented XMPP — often referred to as Jabber — the common language used by many IM apps to talk to to each other. If your friends used AOL Instant Messenger or ICQ or even Yahoo! Messenger, it was possible for a brief period in …

iFixit opens up the Playstation 4—replaceable hard drive earns big props | Ars Technica

However, getting at the rest of the guts requires security screwdrivers.<p>In addition to tearing apart an Xbox One, the iFixit folks also recently …

Ars Technicast, Ep. 38: So, an Xbox One and a PS4 walk into a room… | Ars Technica

In which Lee says, "The truth of a product is rarely described by its specs."<p>This year saw an event that only happens every six or seven years: the …

Jury: Newegg infringes Spangenberg patent, must pay $2.3 million | Ars Technica

Determined lawyers—and the father of modern crypto—couldn't stop TQP patent.<p>MARSHALL, TX—Newegg, an online retailer that has made a name for itself …

Why Comcast and other cable ISPs aren’t selling you gigabit Internet | Ars Technica

Cable tech could hit a gigabit today, but why bother when customers lack choice?<p>Gigabit-class broadband is capturing the imagination of Internet …

Despacio: The 50,000-watt sound system designed for discerning audiophiles | Ars Technica

Legendary audio engineer John Klett built an immense rig.<p>"With most gigs, people are turned toward the DJs looking at what you are doing. It becomes …

The secret Hong Kong facility that uses boiling goo to mine Bitcoins

A single bitcoin is now worth over $1,000, but the process of mining for the digital currency — in which people devote computing power to facilitate global Bitcoin transactions and secure the currency's network — is growing increasingly expensive. Serious miners have started to build dedicated …

Fusion reactor achieves tenfold increase in plasma confinement time | Ars Technica

Experimental design improved heat dissipation, reducing damage to reactor walls.<p>The promise of fusion is immense. Its fuel is hydrogen plasma, made …

Vaccine deniers: inside the dumb, dangerous new fad

In San Francisco’s upscale Pacific Heights neighborhood, some 200 students from kindergarten to the eighth grade attend classes at the private San Francisco Waldorf School. On any given afternoon outside of the cheerful, modern white building, parents congregate to wait for their kids. Chit-chat …

Nvidia G-Sync puts processors inside your PC monitor to reduce stutter and lag

Stutter, lag, and tearing are "the bane of the existence of PC gamers," explains Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang. Even with a powerful graphics card in your computer, you won't necessarily get a smooth image because that GPU and the monitor will rarely be in perfect sync. Today, the company's announcing …

How the sound masters of 'Gravity' broke the rules to make noise in a vacuum

3D and IMAX may receive top billing, but the secret weapon of Alfonso Cuarón’s <i>Gravity</i> is something the audience will never even see. From the sound design to the score, <i>Gravity</i> features one of the most innovative and inventive sound mixes to make its way to theaters — one that breaks with modern …

Exclusive: Bill Nye Explains Jupiter's Great Red Spot In Classic Bill Nye Style

"It's huuuge!"<p>NASA's Juno spacecraft will swing by Earth today for a "gravitational slingshot" that will send it toward Jupiter at 165,000 mph. To celebrate this triumph of science, Bill Nye is hosting "Why with Nye," an eight-part YouTube series that will explain the Juno mission and the some of …

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A wild new cookbook rethinks what can be done with familiar tools and ingredients.<p>Though often maligned, the microwave is a great piece of equipment that most of us have in our kitchens. Microwaves work by emitting radio waves that enter the food and interact with water, fats, and sugars, causing …

Will A Chicken That's Fed Lemons Taste Like Lemons?

BRB, feeding a cow ketchup<p>A recent New York Times story looked into the high-end chicken market. These are chickens in stark contrast to factory chickens, fed with produce that's out of the price range of most humans. David Burke, one of New York City's most prominent chefs (he runs Fishtail, David …

Watch the line between reality and nightmare blur in this gorgeous animation

<i>Monsters</i> is an enthralling short video created for the release of German band Abby's single of the same name. Written and directed by Iranian creative Pooya Abbasian, it tells the story of a young girl living in Paris, haunted by monsters. The director describes Abby as "submerged in the world of …

What's Up With Science's Gender Gap?

Still not sure women face more obstacles than men on the way to a science career? Read Eileen Pollack's story.<p>Now, as ever, it's a tough time to be a lady in science. As <i>Nature</i> wrote in its women in science issue earlier this year: "Despite some progress, women scientists are still paid less, …

This Water Droplet Maze Is Mesmerizing

Watch it in action. Plus: learn something about the Leidenfrost effect.<p>Have you heard of the Leidenfrost effect? If not, it's about to be your favorite effect. If yes, same.<p>The basic idea is, when a liquid comes in contact with something really hot--about twice as hot as the liquid's boiling point, …

Visual effects studio stuns with three minute clip of sci-fi mech film

An epic sci-fi movie featuring large-scale mech battles is an ambitious project for a small visual effects studio to take up on its free time. But that's precisely what director J.J. Palomo and his team from Barcelona's Big Lazy Robot have done with "Keloid." Rather than output a full-length …

Nonsense Paper That Cites Michael Jackson And Ron Jeremy Actually Gets Published

Apparently no one at the Romanian journal that ran it was a Thriller fan. Or realized Bernoulli hasn't published a paper since his death in 1782.<p>All too often, I come upon a scientific paper written so obtusely that it seems perfectly reasonable that there is, in fact, no discovery being detailed, …

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Fantasia: Music Evolved is a new kind of abstract rhythm game | Ars Technica

Conducting simulator could be the best use of motion controls since Dance Central.<p>When motion controls first came into vogue, most people thought we …

This bracelet could replace your passwords, your car keys, and even your fingerprints

Fingerprint readers. Face Unlock. Retinal scanners. They're all no better than your average password, at least the way Dr. Karl Martin sees it. "Your face, your iris — they're all physical features that can be stolen, that you leave everywhere."<p>Luckily, Dr. Martin has a better idea. He's planning …

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer retires: A firsthand account of the company’s employee-ranking system.

There were seven or eight of us managers in the conference room, all peers, as well as our own manager. The conference rooms all had large tables, …

The sound of music… is irrelevant | Ars Technica

Both experts and novices pick winners of music competitions based on visuals.<p>What makes a truly great live musical performance? Most people would say …