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BioShock: The Collection review - A wonder to revisit Rapture

Ten years later, replaying the original BioShock is a risky prospect. Revisiting a game as special as this; a smart,story-driven shooter set in the dark, underwater dystopian city of Rapture – a game which helped defined the generation of games that came after it – always has the potential to …

Bioshock

What's Actually Inside Your Old Video Game Cartridges

And no, blowing into them never really helps.<p>Now that it looks like Nintendo is reviving video game cartridges for consoles, it's as good as time as any to learn how they work. The 8-Bit Guy has made a lovely video explanation into the surprisingly complex tech that makes cartridges tick.<p>Going deep …

Scientists Discover That Your Brain Is Wired For Schadenfreude

Schadenfreude, or “happiness at the misfortune of others,” isn’t a fun emotion for most of us, but we all feel it, if only for a brief moment. And, to this point, it’s been assumed that it was just a result of the modern human condition, that an increasingly connected yet distant society is turning …

In 'advisory' role, special ops face danger in expanded terror fight

<b>(CNN) —</b> The first wave of 250 additional U.S. special operations forces have started arriving in northern Syria to help train and assist local Syrian Democratic Forces as they battle ISIS, CNN has learned.<p>Due to security concerns, the Pentagon would not say exactly how many special forces are now …

Physicists Have Created a 'Black Hole' in The Lab That Could Finally Prove Hawking Radiation Exists

Will Stephen Hawking get his Nobel prize?<p>Some 42 years ago, renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking proposed that not everything that comes in …

Did Psychedelic Mushrooms and Group Sex Play a Role in Human Evolution?

Psychedelic drugs “expand” one’s mind: this is how many people describe the changes in sensory experiences elicited by psychotropic drugs. A …

Psychedelia

How to tell if other people think you’re hot, according to science

By Ana Swanson<p>, Reporter<p>One of the most pressing and mysterious questions for humans, the self-centered beings that we are, is what other people think about us. We expend a huge amount of time and mental energy wondering if our date finds us attractive, or if our co-workers noticed that stupid …

Why Math Rocks

Everyone who has kids, or who remembers his/her childhood, will also remember the struggle to understand why math matters.<p>"Who cares about multiplication tables and fractions, triangles and algebra? Why do I need to know these things?"<p>The challenge with math is that if you don't look with the right …

Mathematics

One of the world’s most notorious hackers just revealed his identity to me

The man behind Team GhostShell — the hacker collective behind some of the biggest cyber attacks in recent memory, including attacks on the FBI, NASA and the Pentagon as well as a leak that saw 2.5 million Russian “government, educational, academic, political and law enforcement” accounts …

Obama Is Not a Realist

He’s an isolationist with drones and special-operations forces.<p>Teaching U.S. foreign policy at Stanford, I had been waiting for a piece like “The Obama Doctrine” for seven long years. Missing among reams of adulation and vituperation directed at the president was an intimate, yet dispassionate look …

Middle East

Oldest living man confirmed as Israeli Auschwitz survivor

Israel Kristal, aged 112, succeeds Yasutaro Koide of Japan who died this month<p>The world’s oldest documented living man has been confirmed as an Israeli Auschwitz survivor living in Haifa.<p>Israel Kristal, aged 112 and 178 days on 11 March, was handed a certificate at his home by a representative of …

Israel

Why You’re Still Smarter Than a Computer

Computers today are smart. Recently, they’ve mastered the art of one of the most difficult board games. They’ve proven themselves capable of reading …

Hip-Hop

Teyana Taylor's Kanye West-Produced Album Headlines Hip-Hop's New Releases This Week<p>Aaron Williams 06.20.18 14 hours ago<p>Ukelele Player Einer Bankz Is Hip-Hop's Unlikeliest New Star<p>Cherise Johnson 06.20.18 16 hours ago<p>XXXTentacion Leaves Behind A Complicated, Tragic Legacy<p>Trying to make sense of …

Mortal Kombat XL and New DLC's Pricing Confirmed

WB Games has announced pricing for the newly announced Mortal Kombat X DLC and XL edition, and it all largely falls in line with what was expected.<p>Mortal Kombat XL, which consists of the base game and both DLC Kombat Packs, will sell for $60 on Xbox One and PS4 when it launches on March 1. (It's …

Mortal Kombat

Release of Americans looks like a win for Obama, but critics see capitulation

The day after the historic nuclear accord with Iran had been reached, President Obama went to the White House East Room to celebrate. A reporter wanted to know why he was “content” to indulge in all the “fanfare” while four innocent Americans remained imprisoned in Iran.<p>“The notion that I am …

Here’s The Simple Proof That There Must Be Multiple Levels of Infinity

Easy!<p>Infinity is a powerful concept. Philosophers, artists, theologians, scientists, and people from all walks of life have struggled with ideas of …

The man who made 'the world's first personal computer'

<b>When the definitive history of the personal computer is written, familiar and historic names such as Olivetti, Apple, IBM, will all be given recognition for their innovations of the 1960s and 1970s.</b><p>But will future generations remember visionary John Blankenbaker, and his ground-breaking invention, …

Personal Computers

15 maps that will change the way you see the world

Telegraph Travel has mapped the world in many ways – here are some of the most eye-opening.<p>1. Life expectancy<p>This map shows the world according to life expectancy. The results are depressingly unsurprising. Africa is the only continent that contains nations where the average life expectancy is …

This declassified US intelligence report from 1990 is one of the most terrifying things you'll ever read

Now we finally know it was also one of the most dangerous, thanks to a February 1990 report published by the National Security Archive at George Washington University this week after a 12-year Freedom of Information Act battle.<p>The US and Soviets were dangerously close to going to war in November …

War

To Counter Russia, U.S. Mulling Tanks, Heavy Guns For Eastern Europe

<i>Updated at 6:45 p.m. EDT.</i><p>The Pentagon is considering a proposal to place M1 Abrams tanks, Bradley fighting vehicles and armored howitzers in NATO countries in the Baltic and Eastern Europe in a bid to stem what is viewed as Russian aggression.<p>In a report first published by The New York Times and …

Good Cop, Bad Cop

The first time I was pulled over by a police officer, I was just about to turn 17. I lived in a suburb about 30 minutes away from McKinney, Texas. I was on my way to drop off a family friend after the homecoming parade, and I was in a rush because my date was waiting at my house to exchange mum and …

Pain Really Is All In Your Head And Emotion Controls Intensity

When you whack yourself with a hammer, it feels like the pain is in your thumb. But really it's in your brain.<p>That's because our perception of pain is shaped by brain circuits that are constantly filtering the information coming from our sensory nerves, says David Linden, a professor of …

Biology Ideas That Billionaire Peter Thiel Thinks Are Worth Funding

Targeting "undruggable" proteins and putting stress sensors in watches<p>Investor Peter Thiel may be best known for founding PayPal and investing early in Facebook, but it seems he has a soft spot for biology too. Since 2011, the Thiel Foundation has funded biotechnology startups through an …

Peter Thiel

The contagious thought that could kill you

To die, sometimes you need only believe you are ill, and as David Robson discovers, we can unwittingly ‘catch’ such fears, often with terrifying consequences.<p>Beware the scaremongers. Like a witch doctor’s spell, their words might be spreading modern plagues.<p>It’s a consistent phenomenon, but …

Medicine

Psychology: A simple trick to improve your memory

Want to enhance your memory for facts? Tom Stafford explains a counterintuitive method for retaining information.<p>If I asked you to sit down and remember a list of phone numbers or a series of facts, how would you go about it? There’s a fair chance that you’d be doing it wrong.<p>One of the interesting …

The Brain