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Find Out What Happens When You 'Hit the Wall'

Some experts call it "hitting the wall," others call it "the bonk": Either way, it's the all-around unpleasant situation when an athlete’s body shuts …

5-Year-Old Boy Discovers Microsoft Xbox One Security Flaw

Microsoft has a new security researcher and he's a five-year-old boy from San Diego, Calif.<p>Kristoffer Von Hassel discovered a security flaw with …

Microsoft making Windows free on devices with screens under 9 inches

Microsoft today said it will make Windows free of charge for phones and tablets with screens smaller than 9 inches, a move designed to help boost the company's market share. The announcement comes alongside plans to let developers make universal applications that work on all devices running …

Japanese Girl Shreds Guitar, Gender Stereotypes, With Face-Melting Metal Solo

Just because she's nearly the same size as her instrument doesn't mean this Japanese girl's metal solo won't melt your face clean off.<p>Known on YouTube only as Li-sa-x, the 8-year-old shared this video last December in which she covers "Scarified" by Racer X. Despite her diminutive stature, she …

The Creator Of Doom Is Now A Facebook Employee

This isn’t bizzaro world. We will soon live in a world where the maker of Doom, Quake and most of my childhood memories works for Mark Zuckerberg. John Carmack will soon be a Facebook employee.<p>Facebook just announced its plan to buy Oculus VR for around $2 billion in cash and stock. The company …

How big is the Universe, explained in a way you will easily understand

The Royal Observatory of Greenwich, England, has crafted three simple animations to explain three very complex things: What's inside a black hole, …

Born To Swim?

Try this to trigger one of the cutest reflexes around. Just blow into a baby’s face and watch him or her gulp air, close eyes, and stop whatever they’re doing. Parents have used this as a way to get their little ones to stop crying – but it’s also the path to swimming.<p>The response is what’s known …

Pregnancy

19 Amazing Video Game Cakes

Serious gamers know just how time-consuming gaming is, often making it difficult to do anything besides working (only to buy more games) and playing …

Associated Press News

Sony's turning The Last of Us into a movie with help from the game's creators

<i>The Last of Us</i> made its debut last year to critical (and commercial) acclaim from the gaming community, and it appears that the film industry's just as smitten with the story it tells. <i>Deadline Hollywood</i> reports that Sony Pictures' Screen Gems production company has decided to develop a "live-action …

10 Ways Your Commute Affects Your Body

The average American's commute to work is 25.5 minutes each way, according to a report in USA Today. That's about 51 minutes a day getting to and …

What Escapes A Black Hole?

Now that's dark<p>Black holes have a bad rap. They’re known for sucking in everything around them, but matter can actually break away from their grasp, in the form of jets. Although astronomers have been aware of this for half a century, they didn’t know what exactly the jets were made of until last …

Black Holes

These breathtaking videos of starling murmurations defy belief

In Focus collected a whole gallery of beautiful starling murmurations photographs, but this is one of those cases where photography can't beat seeing …

Valve's virtual reality headset might be better than the Oculus Rift

Valve has been vocal in its support of virtual reality technology, saying that "compelling, consumer-priced VR hardware" could "transform the entertainment industry." Valve says it has offered help to Oculus as it works on the Rift headset, but the Bellevue-based developer is also apparently …

Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls' Adventure Mode is the 'smartest way to play'

The upcoming expansion to <i>Diablo 3, Reaper of Souls</i>, will offer players "the most varied and smartest way to play" if their aim is to level-up and find gear, according to lead designer Kevin Martens.<p>Speaking to Polygon, Martens described Adventure Mode as a sandbox for <i>Diablo 3</i>, allowing players to …

XBox One vs. PS4 vs. Wii U: Are Graphics Still Relevant in the Eighth Generation?

Graphical upgrades between console generations used to be <i>jaw dropping</i>. The difference between an 8-bit NES game and a 16-bit Super NES game was …

SoundHound now lets you make Spotify playlists from discovered music, but only on iOS

Generally speaking, getting an earworm out of your head is a two-step process: figure out what the song is (if you don't know already), and then listen to it over and over until you never want to hear it again. Apps like Shazam and SoundHound are great at that first bit: identifying songs whose …

Fitbit halts sale of Force fitness band, issues recall due to skin irritation

Owners of Fitbit's newest fitness band that have been experiencing skin issues are eligible for a full refund while a solution to the problem is reportedly in the works.<p>The Fitbit Force health tracker -- a slim rubber wristband that counts steps and monitors one's sleep -- is meant to be worn at …

Wearable Tech

US military tries using small electric jolts to keep soldiers awake

Soldiers don't have many options for overcoming sleep deprivation outside of a good cup of coffee. If the Air Force Research Laboratory's experiments prove successful, though, troops may rely on tiny jolts of electricity to stay alert. By using a mild current to stimulate key parts of the brain, …

Microsoft is hand-picking users to test Xbox One's next software update

Ahead of Xbox One's second spring update Microsoft is inviting a handful of gamers to test the patch's mutiplayer features. As Major Nelson tells it, the invite process starts today and if picked, you'll be first in line to try future updates as well. Lucky users will be notified via a Live message …

Oculus is running short on dev kits due to nearly-extinct components

While you're still dreaming of the day you can put on an Oculus VR headset and become a space accountant, devs have long been able to buy a starter kit for their projects. Any dev who doesn't have it yet might have a hard time getting one, though, because the company will soon stop selling its …