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I'm convinced this virtual reality short is the future of animation

Penrose<p>If there's one takeaway I've gathered from the Tribeca Film Festival, it's that people are doing some incredible things with VR.<p>The New York …

Virtual Reality

Behold the evolution of Hollywood's best special effects

Oscar winners since 1977<p>Since 1977, the Academy Awards have handed out an Oscar for Best Visual Effects. So it would stand to reason that by combining them, you'd have a chronology of the best special effects ever made. That's what filmmaker Nelson Carvajal has done in the video below, providing a …

How to make petrol with bacteria

Scientists have found a way of harnessing bacteria found in our stomachs to make petrol<p>Researchers in South Korea have harnessed the <i>Escherichia coli</i> bacteria that help us to digest food – and sometimes cause food poisoning – to produce a replacement for petrol from fossil fuels.<p>As this video from …

Biology

Google Research project turns 64 years of music into a rock rainbow

Google has compiled the last 64 years of musical history in a large, rainbow-colored chart for both education and the hope that you might buy some of it on the company's store. Today Google's Research group put out a new project called Music Timeline that tracks the popularity of musical genres …

The New York Times Wants Snowden to Be Allowed Back

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>A staff editorial appearing in Thursday's edition of <i>The New York Times</i> argues that the Obama …

$1,000 Pill For Hepatitis C Spurs Debate Over Drug Prices

Federal regulators this month opened a new era in the treatment of a deadly liver virus that infects three to five times more people than HIV. Now the question is: Who will get access to the new drug for hepatitis C, and when?<p>The drug Sovaldi will cost $1,000 per pill. A typical course of treatment …

Report: NSA hijacks computers

LONDON — A German magazine lifted the lid on the operations of the National Security Agency’s hacking unit Sunday, reporting that American spies intercept computer deliveries, exploit hardware vulnerabilities, and even hijack Microsoft’s internal reporting system to spy on their targets.<p>Der …

The Best Video Games Of 2013

2013 was a really great year for video games. Maybe not the best year of all time, but a year packed with ambitious, surprising new titles.<p>It was also a year of new benchmarks, with games like <i>Grand Theft Auto V</i> blowing away all previous sales records, and two new consoles from Sony and …

Could Pot Help Veterans With PTSD? Brain Scientists Say Maybe

<b>Listen · 4:01</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>Veterans who smoke marijuana to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder may be onto something. There's growing evidence that pot can affect brain circuits involved in PTSD.<p>Experiments in animals show that tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical that …

Edward Snowden delivers 'alternative Christmas message' on UK's Channel 4

Channel 4 has a reputation for delivering an "alternative Christmas message" every year as a counterpoint to the Queen's annual Christmas address, and 2013 is no different: it tapped NSA leaker Edward Snowden to speak directly to UK citizens about privacy issues and, according to Channel 4, "why he …

Kevin Smith slams YouTube copyright crackdown

Screenwriter and cultural commentator Kevin Smith has declared his support for content creators on YouTube, who are currently facing a barrage of copyright notices that threaten their livelihood.<p>Speaking on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight in Canada, the writer of <i>Clerks, Chasing Amy</i> and <i>Dogma</i> said …

We Went to the Amazon to Find Out What Makes These Weird Web-Tower Things

TAMBOPATA, Peru — After six months of speculation, we finally know what’s building these bizarre silk structures in the Amazon: a spider! But its …

NSA review panel calls to end bulk phone record collection, says WSJ

A group tasked with proposing NSA reforms will reportedly recommend limiting the agency's bulk phone-record collection program, splitting off US Cyber Command, and installing civilian leadership, sources have told <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. The panel, formed earlier this year, isn't due to present a …

Obamacare: One punt after another

Why do Republicans even bother trying to delay Obamacare? President Barack Obama’s doing it all by himself.<p>On Thursday, the Obama administration gave customers permission to pay their premiums as late as Dec. 31 for coverage that starts Jan. 1, and officially gave customers an extra week — until …

Obama's 'You Can Keep It' Promise Is 'Lie Of The Year'

President Obama's oft-repeated promise that "if you like your health care plan, you can keep it" is 2013's "lie of the year," according to the fact checkers at the <i>Tampa Bay Times</i>' nonpartisan PolitiFact project.<p>PolitiFact says that:<p>"Boiling down the complicated health care law to a soundbite proved …

Valve's SteamOS is ready to download -- only Linux vets are encouraged to apply

Just as promised, Valve has made its first release of SteamOS available for downloads at the same time it ships out prototype Steam Machines to 300 beta testers. Based on the Debian 7.1 flavor of Linux, SteamOS is a platform purpose built for playing PC games on the TV. Cutting out the cruft of …

NSA spied on 'World of Warcraft' and Xbox Live online games

American and British intelligence agencies have "infiltrated" online games including <i>World of Warcraft</i> and <i>Second Life</i>. That's according to documents dating back to 2008, leaked by Edward Snowden and reported on by <i>The Guardian</i>, <i>ProPublica</i>, and <i>The New York Times</i>.<p>Spies from multiple American and British …

6 Sculptures That Won’t Restore Your Faith In Humanity

These sculptures by Francesco Albano may look like you feel.<p>It would be easy to dismiss the sculptures of Francesco Albano as mere grotesques–as monsters dreamed up by a B-movie producer looking to induce stomach-churning shock value. It would be easy, if their wax skins didn’t look so human, so …

Why Is Potentially Lethal Contraceptive NuvaRing Still on the Market?

<i>Vanity Fair</i>writer-at-large Marie Brenner investigates the birth-control device NuvaRing, which has allegedly caused blood clots in thousands of its users. As NuvaRing’s manufacturer, Merck, which made $623 million in NuvaRing sales in 2012, is facing roughly 3,500 lawsuits against it, Brenner asks …

Paul Rudd and Jason Segel Do a Hilarious Interview...Possibly on Drugs

The Best Android Launchers You Can Download Today

We love Android devices as much as the next person, but sometimes the vanilla Android experience leaves us wanting a little more. Thankfully, it’s possible to change the whole look and feel of your Android device with only the minimum of effort – and no need to root.<p>Android launchers, or home …

Why Brazilian gamer 'Lord Eternal' paid R$3,999 for a PS4

Despite the price, it was worth it.<p>That's why Brazilian gamer Paul "Lord Eternal" Campos paid $3,999 Brazilian real — the equivalent of $1,697.22, based on currency conversions as of this writing — for a PlayStation 4.<p>Sony announced the PS4's hefty Brazilian price tag in October. Sony's general …

The incredible physics of the archerfish, nature's aquatic sniper

Lurking just beneath the surface of estuaries across many parts of Asia are archerfish, natural-born assassins who overcome a shocking number of challenges as they shoot targeted streams of water at nearby insects, knocking them down into the water where they become easy dinner targets. <i>Wired</i> takes …

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Top Bitcoin exchange explains virtual currency in simple web tutorial

Leading Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox has released a new website that provides a simple explanation of what Bitcoin actually is. The site, Bitcoins.com, is essentially a tutorial on the virtual currency, a single unit of which last week reached the price of $1,000 for the first time ever last week. Mt. …

Growing The Use Of Drones In Agriculture

Although news coverage around them is mostly focused on use in military operations, drones can be used across multiple industries. Using diverse payloads, ranging from GoPro cameras to professional cameras, drones can be used to perform a variety of tasks, ranging from reconnaissance missions in …

Burnout is the consequence of a broken way of work

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>It’s the time of the year where we can start to feel overly stressed by the demands of work, family, and community. But for …

How the PlayStation 4's 'Playroom' brought out the worst in gamers

Twitch bans streams of Sony's augmented reality game after sexual abuse and threats to children<p>The stars of Sony's <i>The Playroom</i> are meant to be its robots. Small, white, and cute, they jump and wiggle around at the feet of their owner. <i>The Playroom</i> — an alternate reality game that comes pre-loaded on …