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Why Riot Games Is Inc.'s 2016 Company of the Year

The most exciting company you've never heard of is reinventing sports.<p>A Friday night in Madison Square Garden.<p>The crowd was screaming for blood.<p>And the ushers and cotton-candy vendors had probably never felt so confused. In the center of the New York City arena, two teams of five indoorsy-looking …

Los Angeles

Be Fearless in VR- Run, Crouch and Jump Virtuix Omni Trailer

Run, Crouch and Jump in Virtual Reality Without Going Anywhere with Virtuix Omni<p>The challenge with Virtual Reality is that we are limited to sitting …

The Level That Shows Why Halo: Reach Is Awesome

You drop right into a firefight, plasma crackling as it flies past your head. You push forward, blasting away at a pack of grunts, causing them to …

Game Development

This is what the head of PlayStation VR thinks will make or break virtual reality

The man at the helm of PlayStation's virtual reality efforts believes no one game will convince you to buy Sony's virtual reality headset.<p>Instead, he believes that the thing most likely to convince you that you can't live without PlayStation VR is "presence."<p>What's that?<p>"Presence" is the feeling of …

The 6 Dimensions Of Virtual Reality

My parents were forever telling me off for sitting too close to the TV when I was younger. I wonder what they think of me strapping a VR headset in front of our eyes?<p>The reality is that from cinemas to TV’s to laptops to mobile devices, we’re getting ever closer to more personal, more connected, …

The cost of solar power is now cheaper than coal in this country

In recent times, the nation has unveiled a string of ambitious solar projects, including the world's first 100 percent solar-powered airport and what is slated to become the world's largest solar power station.<p>One of the consequences of all this ongoing investment in infrastructure is that the cost …

Recycling sunlight: a solar cell revolution?

Scientists have found a way to recycle sunlight and boost the amount of energy captured from the sun's rays.<p>The world of solar cells could be on the …

Take video games seriously! Yes, they’re fun, but they matter culturally too

Why do newspaper culture pages and serious radio and TV largely ignore the biggest entertainment medium in the world?<p>Why do video games receive so little coverage in mainstream cultural media? It’s a question that’s troubled me for years – I even made a programme about it for Radio 4. Games are the …

Entertainment

Scientists Have Invented a New Glass Coating For Omnidirectional Solar Panels

Catching sunlight at every angle.<p>One of the limitations of current solar panel technology is the panels need to be facing in a certain direction to …

Clean Energy

Scientists have created transparent solar panels that could replace windows

Solar cells integrated into new construction, particularly skyscrapers, are an enticing energy option. However, this effort can be hampered by the …

New electrode improves solar’s efficiency to split water

Researchers hope new technique will provide a strategy for other scientists in the field.

The NBA Player Whose One True Passion (Outside of Basketball) Is Video Games

Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward made headlines recently, but not for anything he did on the court.<p>The 25-year-old came to gaming's defense when former ESPN radio host Colin Cowherd criticized competitive gaming and the people who play during a recent segment of his show. The fiery and outspoken …

24M: A Breakthrough In Lithium-Ion Battery Technology?

This morning, Cambridge, Mass.-based battery company 24M emerged from stealth mode after four-and-a-half years of improving its technology and lining up investors and strategic partners.<p>24M brings two new things to the table with its semisolid lithium ion battery: the technology itself, which is …

Clean Energy

MIT Study suggests current solar power tech is good enough

The standard line about solar power is that while good in theory, the technology just isn't there to keep our lights on and our Netflix streaming. But a new study from MIT (PDF) suggests that's not the case. According to the massive report (an epic 356 pages) current crystalline silicon …

Toyota Mirai: The car that runs on FRESH AIR and only water comes out exhaust

The car that runs on FRESH AIR: It hits 111mph and only water comes out the exhaust... no it's not science fiction and you can buy it here soon (if …

Glove uses tiny air bladders to bring touch to VR

A virtual reality glove that allows gamers to touch and feel objects has been developed by a team of engineering students. The Hands Omni glove uses …

Virtual Reality

Audi just invented fuel made from CO2 and water

This article is published in partnership with Time.com. The original version can be found here.<p>By Kevin McSpadden @KevinMcspadden<p>An Audi research …

The Last Oil Filter You’ll Ever Have To Buy

The Hubb Lifetime Oil Filter solves a problem as old as automobiles themselves, and it’ll save you money, too.<p>Strapped to the bottom of your car like a colostomy bag full of dinosaur goo, oil filters are disgusting. Worse? They’re biohazards. Because they’re disposable, Americans go through …

Engineering

22 Characters Who Need To Be Added To The New "Smash Bros"

Fulfill our dreams, Nintendo.<p>Characters that were prominently featured in previous <i>Smash</i> games as playable characters (like Roy, Ice Climbers, and Wolf) or as Assist Trophies (Waluigi, Isaac, etc) were not included. But they are rad and very much missed.

Tesla’s secret breakthrough home battery detailed: Everything you need to know

Tesla will announce a new product at the end of April that’s not a car, CEO Elon Musk recently announced without revealing any further details. Even …

How To Drive A Tesla Model S Electric Car Free For 18 Months

The low cost of electricity compared to gasoline or diesel means driving an electric car typically comes with significant savings per mile, even if …

Electric Vehicles

Riot Combines 'League of Legends' With 'Super Smash Bros.' And The Result Needs To Be A Reality

Riot Games, creator of League of Legends, finds itself near the top of many “best companies to work for” lists thanks to a relaxed corporate culture that emphasizes creativity and freedom among its staff. This manifests itself in Google-ish “experimental” projects, where sometimes Rioters can mess …

Switching to electric cars would help cool down cities

Electric cars can do more for the environment than cut back on air pollution and fossil fuel use -- they can make sweltering summers more bearable, too. Researchers have determined that EVs create a cooling effect in urban areas, since they aren't producing heat that builds up in traffic jams. …