Riel Burrows

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Building A Star Trek RPG Character With The New Lifepath Generator

<i>Every Friday at 4:00 PM PT, a talented crew roleplays their way through the galaxy to fulfill a mission: to boldly go where no one has gone before.</i> …

Board Games

Quantum Radar Could Make Stealth Technology Obsolete

The frigid Canadian arctic is a rough place to try and catch a spy.<p>For one, the region is smack dab on top of the world's magnetic North Pole, where …

Quantum Mechanics

If you bought any of these electronics from 2001 to 2011, you could be sitting on a gold mine

Residents of the good old U.S. of A., we have some great news. If you bought one or more phones, laptops, or tablets between January 1, 2000, and May 31, 2011, you could be eligible for a BIG payout. (And if any of these things are in your attic, you're sitting on a gold mine.)<p>A class action …

Batteries

These sea-hunting people in Southeast Asia evolved to dive hundreds of feet on a single breath

An age-old nomadic community of Southeast Asian boat-dwellers who get their food from the sea appear to have evolved enlarged spleens that may help …

Biology

World's largest plane with wingspan bigger than football pitch to take first full flight

The largest plane ever built – backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and his company Vulcan Aerospace – is set to take full flight for the first …

Space Travel

Revolutionary ‘artificial pancreas’ could change type 1 diabetes forever

The revolutionary artificial pancreas is giving new hope for people with type 1 diabetes.<p>Up till now, diabetics have had to religiously monitor their …

Diabetes

Toddler Shoots Pregnant Mom With Dad's Gun In Parking Lot

A 3-year-old in Indiana accidentally shot her pregnant mother, leaving the woman in a critical but stable condition, local media reported.<p>The child shot Shaneque Thomas, 21, who police said is six weeks pregnant, in the shoulder Tuesday outside a Plato’s Closet thrift store in Merrillville.<p>Police …

Crime

Microsoft's AI-powered offline translation now runs on any phone

Like many translation apps, Microsoft Translator has only used AI to decipher phrases while you have an internet connection. That's not much help if you're on a vacation in a place where mobile data is just a distant memory. Well, you won't have to sacrifice quality for much longer -- Microsoft has …

Apps

Dying Gulf Stream may trigger a global nightmare

Scientists are raising alarm bells after two studies found that the Gulf Stream—an ocean current key to regulating Earth's climate—is the weakest it's been in 1,600 years, the <i>Guardian</i> reports.<p>The culprit is apparently melting sea ice and glaciers, which inject fresh water into the North Atlantic …

Global Warming

CTRL-Labs' EMG wristbands may spell the end for keyboards and mice

From the earliest days of punch cards, interacting with computers has always been a pain. Whether it's a keyboard and mouse, joystick or controller, getting the thoughts out of our heads and into the machine requires numerous, unintuitive processes. But until we start implanting USB ports into our …

Virtual Reality

Nova Scotia filled its public Freedom of Information Archive with citizens' private data, then arrested the teen who discovered it

A 19 year old in Nova Scotia wanted to learn more about the provincial teachers' dispute, so he filed some Freedom of Information requests; he wasn't …

Nova Scotia

Fortnite battles PUBG in a violent, hilarious live-action short

This is better than it has any right to be<p>Arguing over whether <i>Fortnite</i> is better than <i>PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds</i>, or vice versa, is a waste of time these days. While <i>Fortnite’s</i> battle royale mode was openly inspired by <i>PUBG</i>, the latest updates to <i>PUBG</i> that make it faster and less serious make it …

Gaming Industry

Infinite Adventures, Dungeon RPG Coming Soon to Steam, PlayStation �and Xbox One

<i>[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource …

Game Development

Guide: How to make your own personal VPN in under 30 minutes

Article Contents<p>1 Should I host my own VPN?<p>2 Step one: Setting up a Linode VPS<p>3 Step two: Logging into the VPS<p>4 Step three: Setting up the VPN<p>5 Step …

Linux

This Dope Fashion Line Brings PORTAL and ASSASSIN’S CREED to Life

When gaming, customizing skins can go beyond creating a playable avatar, sometimes you wish you could dress in real life to actually become that …

DC Comics

For the first time, a US president has classified the legal justification for taking publicly acknowledged actions

It's not uncommon for legal opinions from the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel to be classified; whenever the President wants to do …

Donald Trump

I Like When Battle Royale Arenas Fight Back

There’s no shortage of battle royale-style games to sate my need to drop onto an island and fight to be last man standing. Yet I can’t help think …

Gaming Industry

Suicide machine draws crowds at Amsterdam funeral show

A controversial suicide pod that enables its occupant to kill themselves at a press of a button went on display at Amsterdam funeral show on Saturday.<p>…

Hot Rods

A look at the region's firepower shows who would win if the US and allies fought Russia and Syria today

The US, France, and the UK, appear on the verge of combat with Syria, and possibly its ally Russia, over suspected chemical weapons use against civilians — and it could easily spiral into one of the most complicated, advanced military skirmishes of all time.<p>But the US has a ton of firepower in the …

Military

Japan has found a ‘semi-infinite’ deposit of rare earth minerals, enough to supply the world for centuries to come

Deep sea mud off the coast of Japan contains enough rare earth metals to supply the world for centuries to come, a new study reveals.<p>The study …

Rare Earth

The 15 Best Sci-Fi Movies On Netflix Right Now, Ranked

<b>Last Updated: April 13th</b><p>The sci-fi genre currently splits the difference between niche entertainment and the mainstream, providing diehard nerds and folks looking for a simple good time with a common ground on which they can unite and share in their enthusiasm. There was a time when tales of …

Science Fiction

A massive, 'semi-infinite' trove of rare-earth metals has been found in Japan

Researchers have found hundreds of years' worth of critical rare-earth metals beneath Japanese waters — enough to supply to the world on a …

Rare Earth

Here are some simple optimisations to squeeze performance out of CPU

At the start of the career as a software developer, most people think that a program’s performance boils down to the asymptotic complexity of their …

Compilers

Prototype of a low-friction "Brickley Engine" built

Almost ten years ago, I interviewed Mike Brickley, an inventor who'd designed a new architecture for an internal combustion engine -- one that he …

Engineering

New foam armor for tanks can pulverize enemies

A revolutionary new material called Composite Metal Foam, or CMF, can pulverize enemy rounds and could even be used as an armor to protect tanks and other combat vehicles.<p>Believe it or not, this breakthrough foam may provide greater protection than traditional armor steel plates.<p>It is also far …

Military

Leap Motion designed a $100 augmented reality headset with super-powerful hand tracking

Gesture interface company Leap Motion is announcing an ambitious, but still very early, plan for an augmented reality platform based on its hand tracking system. The system is called Project North Star, and it includes a design for a headset that Leap Motion claims costs less than $100 at …

Augmented Reality

Local Farmers Will Replace Oil And Electric Companies, If A Purdue Prof Gets His Way

A Purdue University professor is developing a way for farmers to capture solar energy without blocking the sunlight their crops need.<p>The solar collectors being developed by Chemical Engineering Professor Rakesh Agrawal and his colleagues would capture infrared radiation for energy production while …

Clean Energy

How our bodies react when we DON'T have sex revealed

The ways NOT having sex affects the body make grim reading for Brits going through a dry spell.<p>The good news is that statistics show that the average …

Immune System

Ineffective Treatment Often Prescribed For Lower Back Pain, Report Says

Chances are, you — or someone you know — has suffered from lower back pain.<p>It can be debilitating. It's a leading cause of disability globally.<p>And …

Pain

Obliterate humanity as fast as you can in Plague Inc. [Game of the Week]

Lately, I find myself playing <i>Plague Inc.</i> whenever I have a spare moment.The idea behind the game is to wipe out the earth’s human population by …

Environmental Health