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This should have been the official Mario Kart 8 trailer

Luigi strikes again<p>Just recently we showed you the death glare of Luigi -- the piercing eyes of someone you do <i>not</i> want to mess with if you value your …

Retrogaming

The Game That Conquered the World

What is the appeal of Minecraft? It’s the limitless creation of one’s own reality.<p>For lack of anything better to do, I tear up a vegetable patch. Thrash, thrash, goes my club of a right arm: green matter flies, satisfyingly. With a <i>pop!</i> a large carrot appears in my hand––so now I’m armed. I mount …

The Theme Song To 'The Legend Of Zelda' Like You've Never Heard It Before

YouTube user Dan Newbie uses all sorts of household items (beer bottles, wine glasses, and even pots and pans) to re-create well-known songs.<p>In the past he's done the "Game of Thrones" theme song using a water jug and rolling pin, and Pharrell Williams' "Happy" using frying pans and water …

Legend of Zelda

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The 10 Best Things From March 2014

Practice Not As Important As Believed For Success

But don't use this as an excuse when you mess up at your piano recital.<p>You may have heard of the "10,000 hour rule," popularized in Malcolm Gladwell's book <i>Outliers</i>, which suggests that many people who have reached the top of their fields got there, in large part, due to practicing for 10,000 hours. …

Army Truck Shoots Drones, Mortars With Lasers

Laser defense might be the biggest thing since gunpowder.<p>Named by someone who clearly hated Maryland, the High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD) hit 90 incoming mortar rounds and UAVs with a 10 kW laser in November and early December during tests at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. …

Why potatoes could soon be a luxury few can afford

The humble vegetable is under threat from a new and virulent form of potato blight<p>The festive season is almost upon us, and the nation is unbuckling its belt for its annual gourmet experience. Until now it has been limited to the traditional bird, sprout and roast potato with Christmas cake to …

Nutrition

The Week In Numbers: A Real Jetpack, The Dangers Of Laughing, And More

<b>63 miles per hour</b>: the speed of the P12 Jetpack, a personal flight device that can reach 8,000 feet<p><b>50 hours</b>: the time it took electrical engineer Chris Fenton to build this 3-D printed, hand-cranked calculator that uses punch cards, string, and rubber bands to execute functions (video)<p><b>2018</b>: the …

Noble gas molecule found in remains of exploded star - Futurity

Astronomers have discovered a molecule in space that contains a noble gas. Until now, scientists thought such compounds only existed on Earth.

Chemistry

More science of Ripper Street

News that the BBC has axed this Victorian drama has saddened many who love its attention to factual detail and period look: audiences can learn a lot about 19th century science and medicine by watching the second series<p>I thought the first series of the BBC’s ‘CSI:Whitechapel’ did a great job of …

Humans aren’t top predators, says new report

Despite a global increase in meat consumption, humans are far from the top of the food chain.<p>Sorry fellow humans but, contrary to the popular idiom, …

Striking differences in brain wiring between men and women

Male brains facilitate connectivity between perception and coordinated action. Female brains facilitate communication between the analytical and the …

The Brain

Shopping By Drone Could Be Good for the Environment

Of all the many, many criticisms of Amazon‘s planned delivery drones, this one might be the simplest: who needs another way to help us consume more …

Male and female brains: the REAL differences

The recent study which “confirms” the differences between male and female brains has been roundly criticised by neuroscientists. However, there are some genuine differences that cannot be denied<p>Unless you’ve been trapped in a lead-lined sensory-deprivation chamber this week, you’ve probably heard …

Better Know a Plague: Bed Bugs

Here, I unveil an Our Modern Plagues series, which was inspired by Stephen Colbert’s recurring segment Better Know a District. My version—Better Know a Plague—will introduce you to a plague-like critter every month or two, whether it is something we really need to worry about or whether it’s just a …

Tech and Science

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Science

Nanotech roundup: gold on a hot-plate and wearable batteries

This month's roundup includes a green way to produce gold nanoparticles and delivery of drugs to exactly where they're needed<p>Hot-plate chemistry<p>Sprinkling cold water on a hot plate produces the familiar effect of skittering droplets, a result of instantly vaporised water pushing up the rest of the …

Small is beautiful – nanotechnology in pictures

This month's collection of images from the world of nanotechnology includes a scanning tunnelling microscope, peptide fibres, zinc oxide nanorods and magnesium sulphate crystals – technologies which could lead to advances in medicine. This image shows a small molecule compound that was spray dried …

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Bored? Hunt for dark matter in your spare time

Astronomers hunting for the invisible stuff that holds galaxies together are making progress by turning to the wisdom of the crowd.<p>It is the next “big hunt” in modern physics. Following confirmation of the existence of the Higgs Boson earlier this year, physicists now have their eyes on dark …

Dark Matter

If you like cute and clever, then Meet the Sloths

What to watch? Meet the Sloths. It's a bit like Dynasty but with sloths<p>Owing to their pace of life, sloths are often injured on roads, are an easy target for hunters and are sometimes even subjected to senseless persecution. So for more than a decade, Julie and Luis Arroyo have been running the …

A Self-Assembling Molecular Train Set

An artificial system mimics the way proteins and other things move around inside cells.<p>When the tiny bits of stuff inside your body's cells need to get somewhere, they move on tracks, like the cars of a train. Protein, genetic material and organelles—the mini-organs inside each cell—all move around …

Tiny 'Lego' blocks build two-faced nanotubes - Futurity

Scientists have created tiny protein nanotubes that may offer a new way to accurately channel drugs into the body’s cells.

Chemistry

Space junk apocalypse: just like Gravity?

The Kessler effect is real, and a collision between two satellites will cause havoc (just not as quickly as Hollywood would like)<p>Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón's latest cinematic showcase, opens with a horrifically mesmerising sequence of rarefied destruction. A CGI swarm of space debris triggers an …