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Gabe Newell isn't really here - Polygon

He's someplace else<p>Gabe Newell sits perfectly still, leans forward. His hands are laid on his lap. Only his eyes are moving. They shift rapidly from left to right and back again. He's physically here, he's sort of listening, but I'd say he's also somewhere else, mentally untangling the knots of the …

Virtual Reality

Welcome To The Spooky-Ass Park Information Center

<i>Unforeseen Incidents</i> is an adventure game being worked on by a small team in Germany. As is a must for 2D adventure games, it has some very nice …

Gaming

Behind the Magic: Recreating Tarkin for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Horizon Zero Dawn is the best robot-safari adventure game ever made

You’ll remember new hero Aloy—and her massive, explosive journey—for a long time.<p>Make no mistake: <i>Horizon Zero Dawn</i> is the rare triple-A single-player …

PlayStation 4

Stagehand: The Music

Buckle up, friends, because we’re gonna go on a “deep dive” for a three minute piece of music!For the third time, I’ve just had the extreme privilege …

Music

4 ways to block political posts on Facebook

If you thought that deluge of political rants, memes, and arguments in your Facebook feed would end with the 2016 Presidential Election, think again. If anything, the thrum of political debate has only grown louder since the final votes were tallied. Whether you participate in these posts, just …

Facebook

The Nebula Awards

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America is pleased to announce the nominees for the 51st Annual Nebula Awards, the Ray Bradbury Award for …

Science Fiction

How mammoth cloning became fake news

George Church, artificial wombs, elephant embryos, and a gullible science media<p>According to the <i>Guardian</i>, <i>New Scientist</i>, and many other press outlets, …

Genetics

Nasa announces major press conference on a 'discovery beyond our solar system'

Nasa is to host a major press conference on a "discovery beyond our solar system".<p>The event will see the revelation of major information about …

‘Horizon: Zero Dawn' is ‘The Witcher 3’ for the ‘Avatar’ Generation

A few hours into <i>Horizon: Zero Dawn</i> I realized I was about to make the same mistake I had made in <i>The Witcher 3</i>.There was a moment, just ten hours into …

Search engines agree to bury pirated content

Voluntary agreement will see Bing and Google pushing stolen videos and music further down their rankings<p>Internet users in the UK will find pirated …

Net Neutrality

Tiny 3D-printed lenses will help robots see like eagles

And like humans, too<p>In many ways, the human eye is nothing like a digital camera. Our eyes don’t have a fixed frame rate or resolution; there’s no consistent color reproduction, and we have literal, <i>sizable</i> blind spots. But, these optic inconsistencies — found in every biological eye — are the …

Cameras

Biologists Are Figuring Out How Cells Tell Left From Right

In 2009, after she was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer, Ann Ramsdell began to search the scientific literature to see if someone with her …

Biology

This music video is absurd to watch, forward and backwards

Comedy of errors<p>Leningrad, a Russian rock band that hails from Saint Petersburg, recently released a new music video for their song “Tattoo Artist”, which plays out a spectacular sequence of events — in reverse.<p>The video is directed by Ilya Naishuller (who directed 2015’s <i>Hardcore Henry</i>), and it …

Music

Event Horizon Telescope ready to image black hole

BBC Science Correspondent, Boston<p><b>Scientists believe they are on the verge of obtaining the first ever picture of a black hole.</b><p>They have built an Earth-sized "virtual telescope" by linking a large array of radio receivers - from the South Pole, to Hawaii, to the Americas and Europe.<p>There is optimism …

Astronomy

Surprising no one, Los Angeles is the most gridlocked city in the world

LA must stand for ‘late arrival’<p>In Los Angeles, every day brings a new carmageddon. The portmanteau was originally coined to describe a weekend in July 2012, when a section of 405 Freeway was closed for massive widening project. The traffic apocalypse turned out not to be as bad as predicted, but …

Cities

The Difficult Journey of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

An untried director, budget cuts, a star killed in the first scene. Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan didn't have the makings of a classic. • facebook …

Star Trek

Behind the Magic: Creating the Time Warp in Doctor Strange

SpaceX Launches 1st Private Rocket from Historic NASA Pad — Then Sticks a Landing

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX launched the first private rocket from the same historic site that saw some of NASA's greatest space missions Sunday …

SpaceX

Massive new satellite network watches everything, and everyone on Earth in real time

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF<p>A new, bolstered, space satellite system will observe every square inch of Earth 24/7 with untold clarity<p><b>Planet,</b> a global …

Space

Watch 5 minutes of Mass Effect: Andromeda combat

And geek out over the new skill tree<p><i>Mass Effect: Andromeda</i> is just one month away from release, and publisher Electronic Arts and developer BioWare have started being more liberal with the amount of details and in-depth looks at gameplay they’re sharing online. The latest glimpse at <i>Andromeda</i> comes …

PlayStation

Behind the Magic: Creating the Fluid Simulations and Visual Effects for Deepwater Horizon

PARADISE A contemporary interpretation of The Garden of Earthly Delights-kids

Op-ed: Mark Zuckerberg’s manifesto is a political trainwreck

He says that Facebook is developing AI to create a global democracy—kind of.<p>Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has just published a 5,700 word "letter" …

Facebook

'Arrival' Author Thinks The Film's Written Alien Language 'Ought To Be Possible'

When science fiction author Ted Chiang first got the idea for "Story of Your Life," the fictional work that would eventually be adapted into the …

Science Fiction

Europa Mission Heralds Sea Change in the Search for Alien Life

It’s not something NASA likes to advertise, but ever since its creation in 1958, the space agency has only conducted one direct, focused hunt for …

Extraterrestrial Life

Earth - How an empty sea helped the blue whale grow so enormous

The blue whale is, famously, the largest animal to ever live.<p>Think for a minute what that means. According to some estimates, there are about 7.7 million animal species alive today, and who knows how many more have lived on Earth since the first animals appeared about 650 million years ago.<p>Those …

J.J. Abrams & Stephen King Team For ‘Castle Rock’ Limited Series On Hulu

Following their collaboration on <i>11.22.63,</i> J.J. Abrams is reteaming with Stephen King for another Hulu limited series based on King’s works. Titled</i> …

Movies

Insect-Like Robots Walk Faster When They Ignore Nature

If six-legged automatons want to get ahead, they should only leave two feet on the ground.<p>Three legs good, two legs better. At least, that’s the case …

Robots