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CITE: The $1 billion city with no residents - CNN Style

Written by Kieron Monks, CNN<p>In the arid plains of the southern New Mexico desert, between the site of the first atomic bomb test and the U.S.-Mexico border, a new city is rising from the sand.<p>Planned for a population of 35,000, the city will showcase a modern business district downtown, and neat …

Should Mars Be Independent, Or Just A Colony Of Earth?

Astrobiologist wants to make sure the red planet is independent from the start<p>It’s a popular sci-fi plot: Earth sets up colonies on Mars; Mars colonies grow, developing their own technologies and culture; Mars colonies rebel against overbearing Earth government, demanding independence. It happens …

How to Build a City on the Moon

The new head of the European Space Agency wants to give it a try.<p>Humans haven’t set foot on the moon since 1972. That hasn’t stopped Johann-Dietrich Woerner, the new director general of the Paris-based European Space Agency, from pushing mankind toward more of a giant lunar leap than another small …

Brilliant Time-Lapse of Alaska’s Northern Lights

Sony's 1TB PS4 is official

Sony and Microsoft had a ton of games to show off at E3 this year, so we didn't see much in the way of hardware announcements. Microsoft's 1TB Xbox One was unveiled before the event and today, we're finally seeing the same move from Sony. On its European blog, the company revealed that its new …

Ecocapsules are pint-sized solar and wind-powered micro homes

Ecocapsule is a small, egg-shaped abode that could be the perfect home for someone who wants to let it all go like Elsa and live off the grid. Its roof is decked with 600W solar cells and a built-in 750W wind turbine that store the energy they harness into a high-power battery. The structure's …

Now We Know What It Feels Like to Be Invisible

Science & InnovationGory Details<p>First, Arvid Guterstam made himself invisible. When he looked down at his body, there was nothing there.<p>He could feel he was solid; he hadn’t vanished into thin air. He even felt a paint brush tickle his transparent belly, while the brush appeared to be stroking …

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You can't 'outrun' obesity: Study says exercise doesn't help weight loss

LONDON — A team of British cardiologists have said it's time to "bust the myth" that regular exercise tackles obesity.<p>The strongly-worded editorial …

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Adding actual color to Man of Steel? It sounds just crazy enough to work

DC's films tend to be a bit darker than their competition, and Zack Snyder's <i>Man of Steel</i> film is no exception. Superman wasn't a bright figure in a vibrant world, striving to do good, he was a gray figure in a mostly drab existence. This video, featuring some rough color-correction, shows what the …

Yo-Kai Watch's next sequel is set in the United States

Yo-Kai Watch, bound for a Nintendo-published western release on the 3DS sometime soon, will also get a couple of sequels in Japan. Intriguingly, <i>Yo-Kai Watch 3</i> is set in the United States and features American-themed yokai, or spirits.<p>You can see what it's all about in these trailers, but the …

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Top 10 Weirdest Animal Stories of 2014: Editors' Picks

From a snake virgin birth to a real-life unicorn, 2014 was a banner year for the bizarre. See our editors' picks for weirdest animal stories.

10 Of The Most Fabulous Housing Designs Of 2014

From a house dangling off a cliff to an apartment designed to make friends, here are the most ingenious residential designs of the year.<p>Not everyone can live in a one-of-a-kind, architect-designed home, but there is no shortage of spectacular designs that make us wish we did, whether it’s a …

20 destinations for 2015: Ischgl, Austria

<b>Why?</b><p>It’s a bit of a mystery why the Austrian resort of Ischgl on the Swiss border is not already attracting more British winter-sports enthusiasts.<p>It offers extensive snowsure slopes that are particularly well suited for intermediates, a fast, modern lift system, an attractive village largely built …

The Top Video Games Of 2015

It’s very difficult to pick a top 10 list for upcoming video games.<p>2015 is filled with interesting and exciting titles, from PC and new-gen exclusives, to cross-platform entries, and from sequels to brand-new IPs.<p>In this post we’ll take a look at a bunch of these, and we’ll do so in alphabetical …

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The world's most ridiculous dining accessory?

A contender for the world's most ridiculous dining accessory has emerged from Taiwan.<p>The fold-away Napkin Table comes with straps at either end, to be placed around the neck, suspending the table between two people.<p>There is enough space for two plates, cups can be slotted into built-in holders, and …

Listen to Thom Yorke's New Song 'You Won't Like Me When I'm Angry'

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke released a reflective new song this week, titled “You Won’t Like Me When I’m Angry,” that’s available at a price of …

Best photographs of 2014 – in pictures

From the Ferguson riots to the school attack in Peshawar, a Missouri ‘firenado’ and hailstones in Siberia: the Guardian’s features picture editor Sarah Gilbert selects the most compelling images of 2014

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Games of 2014: Far Cry 4

I have a confession, and it is this: I really like the Ubisoft formula. Items everywhere, side-quests out the wazoo, big mission arrows, the …

Games of 2014: The Wolf Among Us

When I think about the events that came to dominate the news this past year, two words come to mind - desperation and confusion. This was the year …

North Korea blames US for internet outage, calls Obama a reckless 'monkey'

North Korea believes it is being punished for a crime it did not commit. KCNA, the North's state-run media outlet, has published an official statement from an unidentified spokesperson that accuses the US of shutting down the country's internet access earlier this week.<p>"The United States, with its …

The essential guide to backpacking China's Silk Road

The section of the ancient Silk Road that runs through China is an epic journey through desert dunes to the end of the Great Wall, a length of pink mud that ends abruptly in the magnificent beige towers of the Jiayuguan Fort.<p>This is not a voyage that many travellers experience; it's often and …

Game Makers Should Quit Spoiling Video Games Before They're Released

I’m a fan of scary games. The recent P.T. demo and <i>Silent Hills</i> reveal has me pretty tantalized.<p>But another frightening game is coming out much sooner than Hideo Kojima’s horror project: <i>The Evil Within</i> from Tango Gameworks and Bethesda.<p>When I first heard of <i>The Evil Within</i>, I was definitely excited. …

Sony mulls The Last of Us PS4 discount for PS3 owners

Sony is considering a discount for owners of The Last of Us on PlayStation 3 who also buy the upcoming PlayStation 4 version.<p>Writing on the EU …