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Everyone Role-Plays in Video Games, Study Finds

What happens when you put on your robe and your wizard hat.<p>For years now I've played on <i>World of Warcraft</i>'s largest role-playing server, a place where the game's other players give us a hard time for taking our in-game roles a little too seriously (to say nothing of the people who like to strip off …

Watch Paul Rudd Prank Conan Over the Course of 15 Years

Fitbit Force vs. Jawbone UP24: Which activity tracker should you buy?

There’s little doubt that activity trackers will be a hot gift this holiday season, but which one should you give?<p>Recently I’ve spent some time with …

Scientists Discover a Jewel at the Heart of Quantum Physics

Physicists reported this week the discovery of a jewel-like geometric object that dramatically simplifies calculations of particle interactions and …

15 Great Songs You Probably Didn't Hear in 2013

From 15 of the best albums of the year<p><b>Year in and out,</b> we compile a list of tunes that flew under the radar, mostly from underrated or emerging artists. We call that list "The best songs you probably didn't hear this year." We do that in lieu of an obligatory and trite Top 10 Albums of the Year …

It’s Almost Impossible To Make Bad Music With This App

The Synthetica app lets you make damn good electronica on your phone, thanks to stellar interaction design.<p>I find a lot of “interactive music apps” intimidating, because while they may have clever interfaces, the limiting factor on their output is always my own complete lack of musical intuition. I …

Ubisoft shows off Snowdrop engine with help from Tom Clancy's 'The Division'

Ubisoft's showing off a new trailer for Tom Clancy's <i>The Division</i>, and it's a stunner. Sure, we don't hit every gaming trailer that comes across our radar, but this one certainly piqued our interest, as its good looks owe a lot to the new Snowdrop engine -- as the French game company puts it …

Useful Infographic on Picking Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables

If you've ever wandered the produce aisle of your local grocery market, searching for the produce person to tell you which fruits and vegetables are “in season,” do we have something for you. Column Five Media took information from The Center for Urban Education and Sustainable Agriculture to …

From Paper, A Stylus That’s Like A Pencil

By the team behind Paper, this isn’t any old stylus. If the Pencil takes off, the iPad may never be the same.<p>The iPad never came with a stylus. Steve Jobs’s famous quip was, “God gave us 10 styluses–let’s not invent another.” In some ways the quote epitomizes Apple’s legacy of design simplicity, …

Excerpted from "DEEP: The Story of Skiing and the Future of Snow" by Porter Fox

<i>"DEEP" is a book about the culture of skiing, the miracle of snow and how climate change could wipe out both in 75 years. This is Chapter 12, "La</i> …

Thanks for nothing, Disney: Hollywood helped make the Tea Party

Ronald Reagan, Barry Goldwater and the roots of modern conservatism were aided by an unlikely source — Hollywood<p>At a gala ceremony in Hollywood last month, the Environmental Media Association handed out awards to Matt Damon, Hayden Panetierre, and director Josh Fox, among others, in recognition of …

"Other Universes are Pulling on Our Universe" -- New Planck Data Triggers Controversy (Today's Most Popular)

"Such ideas may sound wacky now, just like the Big Bang theory did three generations ago," says George Efstathiou, professor of astrophysics at …

Thought-Provoking Satirical Illustrations by Pawel Kuczynski

Polish artist Pawel Kuczynski creates thought-provoking illustrations that comment on social, economic, and political issues through satire. The illustrator's portfolio ranges from criticizing military practices and the incentives behind war, to themes of mortality and reinterpreting the uses of …

Robert Larson Turns Everyday Trash Into Art

Robert Larson is an artist who literally creates treasures from trash. His colorful, graphic collages “explore most singularly the power of …

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Bend-It-Yourself: Pensa's DIWire Bender Now Available on Kickstarter, on Track to Top $2m

<i>Update: Our own Don Lehman chatted with Marco Perry and Mark Prommel in today's episode of the Afterschool podcast.</i><p>If 2012 was a big year for Pensa, …

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Money is Material: Watch as Collage Artist Mark Wagner Turns the U.S. Dollar into Art | Colossal

<p>The Avant/Garde Diaries recently did a short feature on collage artist Mark Wagner (previously) and got some excellent footage of the artist at work …

Typography Mania #210

Typography Mania is a weekly post series that comes around once a week with the best of Typography design works on the web, from type videos to …

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Beautiful Blue Pond in Japan Turns Spectacularly Green

Simply known as the “Blue Pond,” the beautiful body of water in the town of Biei in Hokkaido, Japan seems to change colors right before visitors' eyes. Depending on how the light falls, or in Japanese photographer Kent Shiraishi's opinion, “because of the weather,” the picturesque pond can be a …

Great tabletop games for video gamers: Memoir ’44

<i>This ongoing series covers tabletop board or card games that video gamers should dig. Check here for more.</i><p>Memoir ’44<p><b>Video games that Memoir ’44 reminds us of:</b> Advance Wars<p><b>Publisher:</b> Days of Wonder• <b><br># of players:</b> 2 (expandable to 8 with multiple sets)• <b><br>Cost:</b> $60• <b><br>To learn:</b> Simple. The instruction manual …

America's dumbest idea: creating a multiple-choice test generation

A few years ago, I met with my former high school social studies teacher to catch up over drinks. "Miss F" was one of my favorite teachers and we hadn't seen each other in about 12 years. As we reminisced about our field trips, my other classmates, and my hilariously unfortunate fashion choices, …

littleBits + KORG Synth Kit

New York-based littleBits has been making big waves in the design industry since their electronic modules-maker took over the MoMA Design Store. Instead of building talking puppets or electric toothbrushes, this time around the two-year-old startup is concentrating on breaking down barriers in the …

This Might Be the Most Beautiful Castle in the World

I'm never one to turn down a castle visit. From England's Windsor Castle to Namhansanseong in South Korea, if a travel destination has a royal residence -- currently inhabited or long abandoned -- I'll add it to my to-tour list.<p>But after spending time in Scotland earlier this fall, I think I've …

Review: 'Symphony of the Soil' digs deeply into organic farming

"Symphony of the Soil" is a documentary on the advantages and the necessity of farming organically: without synthetic pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge and genetically modified seeds. It's far from one of those propaganda films that hammer their messages home, though. It does have a …

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Woojer Is A Wearable Audio Device That May Forever Change How You Experience Music, Film And Video Games

A new personal audio device called Woojer launched on Kickstarter this morning, promising users a new level of immersion by actually allowing them to “feel the sound.”<p>As a music junkie and gamer I was compelled to investigate, especially after reporting on ViviTouch’s haptic-based headphone …

Site-Specific Land Art by Andy Goldsworthy are Ephemeral Earthworks

It's fairly impossible to predict what British artist Andy Goldsworthy might come up with next! The Scotland-based artist creates intriguing, site-specific land art that utilizes natural resources in completely unexpected ways. The final results are organized, colorfully radiating leaves, spiraling …

Guilt, history and “Ender’s Game”

The new movie version of Orson Scott Card’s fable about sci-fi genocide offers surprising historical insight<p>We seem greatly preoccupied with issues of historical guilt and historical reckoning these days, issues that lie at the heart of Orson Scott Card’s tangled science-fiction masterwork “Ender’s …

10 paths to painless pizza-making

As you may have noticed, we’re <i>kind of</i> into pizza in the smitten kitchen. I mean, just a little. I can’t help it–in my mind, it combines the best …

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