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Why Being Alone Is Hazardous to Your Health

It’s been well established that social isolation is a serious health risk, particularly for seniors. A 2010 study showed that too much alone time can …

How one journalist cracked 8,000 passwords in 24 hours

In the name of journalism, Ars Technica's Nate Anderson trained himself to crack passwords. In a detailed longform piece, Anderson describes his journey into the world of script kiddies, using a program called Hashcat to crack a list of passwords left circulating online after an earlier leak. It's …

I played 'Hawken' on the Oculus Rift and it made me a believer

Human embodiment, extended<p>On a breezy, sunny day in San Francisco, I joined the team behind the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset at a private room in a restaurant a few blocks from the 2013 Game Developers Conference. They’re showing off <i>Hawken</i>, a game that hasn’t been seen on the Rift until now. …

Games to play during commercial breaks

The nice people at Hide and Seek have a collection of Tiny Games you can play while the commercials are on TV, like each player putting a finger on …

Play All Your Old Games on This Retro Console

Many gamers have cartridges for old gaming consoles that are no longer in use. Now you can dust off those cartridges and play them on one console. …

Wristband Keeps Track of How Well Doctors Wash Their Hands

Nearly 2 million cases of hospital-acquired infections are reported each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Doctors, …

Joss Whedon's Biggest Setbacks (And How They Could Help Make S.H.I.E.L.D. Better)

Joss Whedon recently finished filming the pilot for his new TV show, a spinoff of his $1.5 billion dollar movie <i>The Avengers</i>. And we're all expecting</i> …

Google Glass Is Coming Soon — For Some

Google Glass has selected its first group of "normal" users — people who pitched the company on how they'd use the futuristic product if given an …

Why you can't put trees on top of skyscrapers

Despite countless architectural renderings to the contrary, the top of a skyscraper is actually a terrible place for trees. Tim de Chant breaks down all the reasons in Arch Daily, citing brutal winds that buckle tree trunks and disrupt the fragile layer of air around leaves. They'll also have to …

DICE+ launches $99 developer kit, pre-orders for $40 consumer model start this summer

Game Technologies, the Poland-based company behind the little electronic die that is DICE+, has just announced a $99 developer edition that bundles a transparent-cased model along with its software development kit. As a reminder, the DICE+ is an inch-sized rubberized cube packed with Bluetooth, an …

'Minecraft' developer's new game 'Scrolls' out in beta next month

<i>Minecraft</i> developer Mojang is about to release its second computer game, <i>Scrolls</i>, a digital trading card game. As with <i>Minecraft</i>, Mojang will release Scrolls in beta, giving eager players an early look at the game<i>.</i> <i>Polygon</i> reports that the game will be available for purchase at a discounted rate for …

7 Amazing Startups to Watch

Y-Combinator Startups to Watch<p>Microryza<p>Watsi<p>Teespring<p>Wefunder<p>Flightcar<p>Goldbely<p>PayTango<p>Startup incubator Y Combinator has funded more than 500 …

The 1969 novel that accurately predicted the world of 2013

John Brunner isn't just one of the great underappreciated science fiction authors — he also has a pretty amazing track record at predicting the …

RPG inside an Excel workbook

Cary Walkin, an accountant in Toronto, knows a thing or two about Excel. So great is his expertise that he was able to create a full-fledged RPG …

Facebook Partners With Goldbely to Gift Your Favorite Foods

Facebook Gifts are about to get more delicious.<p>Food-delivery startup Goldbely announced a partnership with Facebook Tuesday, which will bring some of …

Why Introverts Have All the Fun

If you've ever read or heard author Susan Cain talk about the power of introverts, you already know that they can be misunderstood. Being introverted …

Sony open to letting indie devs charge for early access to PS4 games

Sony is open to the idea of letting indie developers charge for early access to unfinished PlayStation 4 games, reports <i>Joystiq</i>. According to Sony America’s VP of publisher and developer relations Adam Boyes, the company would "absolutely support" buy-in alphas, so long as they don’t "have any bugs …

Doctor Who's New Star: Why I Shun Twitter, Online Fans, Old 'Who'

Are you a <i>Doctor Who</i> fan, yet? If not, the return of season 7 this Saturday on BBC America might be your best opportunity to jump in.<p>Why? Because the …