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The Best GameCube Games

Ah, the GameCube. It might be my favourite console of all time. The tiny discs, its cute little handle, the Wavebird...yeah, we had some good times …

How technology disrupted the truth

Social media has swallowed the news – threatening the funding of public-interest reporting and ushering in an era when everyone has their own facts. But the consequences go far beyond journalism<p>One Monday morning last September, Britain woke to a depraved news story. The prime minister, David …

Journalism

Your brain does not process information and it is not a computer – Robert Epstein

No matter how hard they try, brain scientists and cognitive psychologists will never find a copy of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony in the brain – or copies …

Climb in, float off, zone out: why floatation blows my mind – M M Owen

‘Experience Nothing.’ When my local float centre was under construction, this phrase kept catching my eye. Beneath the text was the image of a …

About That “Crime Wave”

A startling rise in murders after years of declines,” warned the <i>New York Times</i> in an August 31 article claiming that murder rates were increasing in …

Socialism

Spec Sheet: Olympus' and Fujifilm's stylish new cameras take on the competition

Different styles come with different strengths<p><i>A lot of products come out each week — we don't highlight all of them, but all of them make it into The Verge Database. In Spec Sheet, a weekly series, we survey the latest product entries to keep track of the state of the art.</i><p>Product announcements may …

The Killing Machines

How to think about drones<p><b>I. Unfairness</b><p>Consider David. The shepherd lad steps up to face in single combat the Philistine giant Goliath. Armed with only a slender staff and a slingshot, he confronts a fearsome warrior clad in a brass helmet and chain mail, wielding a spear with a head as heavy as a …

Our Equal Future: Does Technology Hold the Key to a Flatter World?

Far from making the world more fair, technology serves to reinforce, and perhaps even increase, inequalities.<p>Paramount<p>Over the past two weeks, I, along with millions of other Trekkers, sat in a dark, air-conditioned theater and met once again the crew of the Enterprise, as I've done many times over …

Cannes Can't Decide How to Feel About Marion Cotillard's Prostitution Drama

The Immigrant, James Gray's melodrama set in 1920s New York, is finally here—and it's either his magnum opus or a half-baked bore.<p>The Weinstein Company<p>Outside the Cannes Film Festival screening rooms, two French directors in competition, François Ozon and Abdellatif Kechiche, have brought a dash of …