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A 3-D Printer That Uses the Sun to Create Glass Objects Out of Sand

Marcus Kayser's Solar Sinter project turns the desert's resources into bowls<p>When design student Markus Kayser wanted to test his sun-powered, sand-fed 3-D printer, he knew the gray skies outside his London apartment wouldn't do. So he shipped the 200-plus-pound contraption to Cairo, Egypt, flew …

Microsoft's Xbox One May Be Losing The Console War Due To Kinect Alone

Working in this industry, I tend to make predictions quite a bit. Usually they pan out, like the bad feeling I had that the Wii U was going to bomb for Nintendo without new appeal to non-gamers, or that Micosoft would be forced to changes its DRM/used game policies because of public outcry.<p>But …

The Observer's 20 photographs of the week

The best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

You Built What?! A Supersize Robotic Chess Set

Inspired by Harry Potter's magic chessboard, a Lego roboticist takes his creations to the next level<p>A veteran designer of Lego robots (he built one that plays Connect Four), Indiana programmer Steve Hassenplug was looking for something still grander. When he watched the first Harry Potter movie …

"Life on Planets of Red Dwarf Stars May Be More Evolved than on Earth"

Six percent of red-dwarf stars have habitable, Earth-sized planets, astronomers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) have found. …

Riot Games reverses policy restricting players from streaming other games

Riot Games reversed a policy today that prohibited contracted professional <i>League of Legends</i> players who compete in the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) from live-streaming gameplay from its competitor's titles.<p>Posting an update to the <i>League of Legends</i> page on Reddit, Riot's director of …

Meet 'The Brothers' Who Shaped U.S. Policy, Inside And Out

In 1953, for the first and only time in history, two brothers were appointed to head the overt and covert sides of American foreign policy. President Dwight Eisenhower appointed John Foster Dulles secretary of state, and Allen Dulles director of the CIA.<p>Journalist Stephen Kinzer says the Dulles …

13 Staircases Worth the Climb (Photos)

Looking at any major city today, it's hard to imagine a time without staircases. A new book takes a look at the winding history of getting from one …

Modern Eco-Friendly Homes Set Amongst the Trees

<i>Primeval Symbiosis (Single Pole House)</i> is an architectural design project by architecture student and interior designer Konrad Wjcik that seeks to organically install living spaces in forests without disrupting the innate beauty of nature. Wjcik's detailed presentation lays out the many benefits of …

Architecture

'Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls' Is Coming To PS4, Blizzcon

So far, the PS3/360 version of Diablo 3 is proving to be one of the best PC-to-console ports I’ve seen in recent memory, and is one of my favorite games of the year. In fact, I’d even go so far to say that I prefer the game on my PlayStation, from loot changes to the control scheme. As such, when …

Flesh-rotting 'krokodil' drug emerges in USA

Two cases in Arizona are the first involving caustic, heroin-like IV drug that originated in Russia.<p>A powerful heroin-like drug that rots flesh and bone has made its first reported appearance in the United States, an Arizona health official says.<p>Known on the street as "krokodil," the caustic …

Atheism starts its megachurch: Is it a religion now?

The non-religious Assembly is perhaps the fastest growing church in the world — and it’s coming to a mall near you<p>Organized Atheism is now a franchise.<p>Yesterday, The Sunday Assembly—the London-based “Atheist Church” that has, since its January launch, been stealing headlines the world …

Green Bay Packers Players Engage in All-out Brawl in Camp

Someone tell the Green Bay Packers the season hasn't started yet.<p>This is not your everyday practice beef. In the beginning of the video above, we see tight end Jermichael Finley crush linebacker Jarvis Reed with a full-force haymaker. Naturally, the rest of the team gets involved.<p>As powerful as the …

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