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A Bed Of Mouse Cells Helps Human Cells Thrive In The Lab

A drug that is used worldwide to treat malaria is now being tested as a treatment for cervical cancer. This surprising idea is the result of a new laboratory technique that could have far-reaching uses.<p>Our story starts with Dr. Richard Schlegel at Georgetown University Medical Center. He's best …

Cancer

Batman: Arkham Knight's limited edition statue may have given away too much

For the release of Rocksteady's third big Batman game, <i>Batman: Arkham Knight</i>, publisher Warner Bros. has created a limited edition package that includes a Steelbook case, custom art book, comic book and a 12-inch statue featuring a proud Batman standing over the skyscrapers of Gotham City. Does that …

Batman: Arkham

Kepler 438b: Most Earth-like planet ever discovered could be home for alien life

An alien world that orbits a distant star in the constellation of Lyra may be the most Earth-like planet ever found outside the solar system.<p>The planet, named Kepler 438b, is slightly larger than Earth and circles an orange dwarf star that bathes it in 40% more heat than our home planet receives …

Astronomy

The 88 movies we're most excited about in 2015

Here, in alphabetical order, are the films about which we’re most excited this year, but haven’t yet seen. So it doesn’t include the likes of The Falling, Carol Morley’s latest, nor the Joshua Oppenheimer’s excellent The Look of Silence, Roy Andersson’s A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Contemplating …

Mark Hamill

Photographer Captures Rare Video of the ISS Crossing in Front of the Moon

Israel-based astrophotographer Gadi Eidelheit recently managed to capture the International Space Station crossing the moon on camera. In the video …

The Theory Of Everything, Birdman, Dying Of The Light: this week’s new films

The Theory Of Everything | Birdman | Enemy | The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death | The Green Ray | Dying Of The Light<p>The Theory Of Everything (12A)<br>(James Marsh, 2014, UK) Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones. 123 mins<p>A biopic of Stephen Hawking could easily have gone down the Beautiful Mind route of …

Motor Neurone Disease

These Dreamlike Photo Manipulations Were Created Using Only an iPhone

By day, Robert Jahns is a digital artist and art director based in Germany. By night, he’s known as nois7 on Instagram and runs a popular account …

Lions Pounce on Fallen Camera Drone After a Fly-By Goes Horribly Wrong

Here’s another case to file under “It’s a bad idea to fly camera drones too close to animals”: James and Mira Raley of The Honey Badger recently …

Four ways to become a happier gamer, and person, in 2015

2014 was the year I got serious about happiness.<p>It was a strange thing to look at my life and realize how rarely I was happy. I'm making a good living as a writer, which has always been my dream. I have a wonderful family, and we all have our health. It felt like I had hit all the necessary …

A-MAZE-ing squirrels

After sharing the compilation of the Twelve Days of hamster Christmas (incidentally, today is actually the first day of Christmas -- just thought I’d mention this for those who don’t know), some commenters asked about squirrel videos.<p>Squirrel videos, huh?<p>So I spent this morning watching squirrel …

Final Fantasy 15 will feature party attacks, summons for Noctis

<i>Final Fantasy 15</i> will include special party attacks, summons specific to protagonist Noctis and new uses for MP, Kotaku reports via Famitsu.<p>Speaking with Famitsu, director Hajime Tabata explained that in battle, party members can unite to perform more powerful attacks. Although the mechanic is …

Porn Stars Nikki Benz And Lisa Ann Are Having A Hell Of A Twitter Feud

Twitter, where all adults go to publicly air their beef in front of hundreds of thousands of people who just want to see them naked. If you’re not familiar with their professional work, you might remember Lisa Ann from causing a scandal by dating a Notre Dame football player before announcing her …

Frank Frazetta's Fire and Ice is getting a live-action remake by the director of Sin City

<i>Fire and Ice</i>, iconic illustrator Frank Frazetta's only film, is getting the <i>Sin City</i> treatment thanks to Sony Pictures, Deadline reports.<p><i>Sin City</i> director Robert Rodriguez, a longtime friend of the artist, has been quietly pushing for the deal for quite awhile and now, Deadline reports, Sony has …

Astronomer Royal: Life on Mars would change everything we know

If life had originated twice, independently, within our solar system, we’d have to conclude that it can’t be a rare fluke, says Martin Rees.<p>More than 100 years ago, a French foundation offered the grand prize of 100,000 francs to anyone who could prove the existence of extraterrestrial life. But …

Planetary Habitability

Report: Nintendo eyeing shape-shifting LCD screens from Sharp

Nintendo is looking to buy "free form" LCD screens from Sharp, the Japan Times reports.<p>According to the publication's sources, Nintendo could use the technology to power the successor to the Nintendo 3DS handheld or a sleep mapping device. Nintendo unveiled the sleepy, health-focused product in …

Watch: Video of Rare Deep-Sea Shark Blows Researcher's Mind

After hours of staring at footage of a nearly barren seafloor, scientists are shocked when a Greenland shark puts in an appearance.<p><b>Every now and then, buried among hours of deep-sea video as exciting as watching grass grow, the ocean serves up a heart-pounding surprise—like a rare Greenland shark</b> …

4 Fantastic Moments of Animals Acting in Unexpected Ways

Animals can really surprise us sometimes! Whether it's acting like humans, showing compassion, or fantastically dodging fake gunfire, these creatures are doing the unexpected. It's endearing, hilarious, and even educational. And, luckily for us, these moments were caught on video so we can enjoy …

Humpback Whales

Hatred is back on Steam Greenlight (update)

Destructive Creations' ultra-violent shooting spree game <i>Hatred</i> is back on Steam Greenlight, the day after Valve removed the controversial title from its platform.<p><i>Hatred</i> was pulled from Greenlight, a section of Steam that Valve uses to gauge community interest in software, just hours after Polish …

Curiosity rover's discovery of methane ‘spikes’ fuels speculation of life on Mars

Nasa’s rover measures fluctuations of gas not easily explained by geology or organic material dropped by meteorites<p>Nasa’s robotic rover, Curiosity, has detected fluctuating wafts of methane on Mars, fuelling speculation that the gas may be coming from a form of life on the red planet.<p>An instrument …

Locked Away for Years, Skeleton's Secrets Rewrite Prehistory of North America

People came to the New World thousands of years earlier and by different means of locomotion than expected, says the Sherlock Holmes of old bones.<p>In the summer of 1996, while wading in the shallows of the Columbia River near Kennewick, Washington, two students stumbled onto a skeleton. Dated to …

Sega developing films and TV shows based on Altered Beast, Golden Axe, Crazy Taxi, more

Sega is working to develop its classic video game franchises, including Shinobi, Golden Axe, Altered Beast, Virtua Fighter and Crazy Taxi, into feature films, television shows and digital series, the company announced through its production arm, Stories International.<p>Stories International is a …

Lost 1927 Disney Christmas film found in Norway

A copy of a 1927 Walt Disney cartoon which was thought to be lost has been found in northern Norway, the country’s National Library said Thursday.<p>The film – an almost complete version of Empty Socks, the first Christmas film by the US entertainment giant – was discovered during an inventory at the …

Valve completely rebuilds 15-year-old Counter-Strike map

One of the classic bomb defusal maps from the early days of <i>Counter-Strike</i> received an official, high-end polish and upgrade for <i>Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.</i><p>Valve rebuilt the map from the ground up in order to "improve both the visual appearance and competitive gameplay balance of this iconic …

Gear VR fixes one of virtual reality's most annoying problems

Virtual reality can make your few moments of downtime feel surreal.<p>Last evening I was floating a few meters underwater, surrounded by half-submerged hunks of ice and Narwhals. I was "playing" a sort of passive underwater experience on the newly-released Gear VR, Samsung's portable virtual reality …

High Concept

Ever look at a work of art and wonder, What were they thinking? Here, we unravel six contemporary head-scratchers.

Iowa wants to make driver's license apps for smartphones

Iowa, state of corn fields, soybeans and Slipknot, is working on a huge high-tech project: a driver's license app residents can install on their smartphones. While convenient, it does come with a number of risks, so the state's Department of Transportation will give it features to confirm each …

Alien intelligence and the lost prologue to 2001: A Space Odyssey

We know that fact can be stranger than fiction, but should science fiction be a stranger to scientific facts, or has sci-fi become our most loved film genre <i>because</i> of its blue-sky thinking and impossible plot twists?<p>The British Film Institute’s Days of Fear and Wonder science fiction season has …

The Year in Photos 2014

Check out some of our favorite portraits and live shots from across the year, spotlighting artists including Kendrick Lamar, Grimes, DJ Rashad, Darkside, Mac DeMarco, How to Dress Well, Giorgio Moroder, Icona Pop, Blood Orange, and Janelle Monáe.<p>Special thanks to all of the photographers featured …

Calendars of light and dark that are data works of art - in pictures

London designers Accept & Proceed have annually for the last eight years produced a very geeky object of desire: a slickly produced “light calendar”. The black and white printed calendars show the hours of daylight and the hours of darkness over the following year. They are beautiful to look at - …

Skull of oldest horned dinosaur in North America found

The oldest horned dinosaur in North America sported a hooked beak, pointy cheeks, and was no bigger than a crow, according to research on its ancient remains.<p>The skull of the prehistoric creature that stalked the land more than 100m years ago was recovered by fossil hunters from rock in Carbon …