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Was There a Civilization On Earth Before Humans?

A look at the available evidence<p>It only took five minutes for Gavin Schmidt to out-speculate me.<p>Schmidt is the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (a.k.a. GISS) a world-class climate-science facility. One day last year, I came to GISS with a far-out proposal. In my work as an …

Questions on Trump? Peace Corps Volunteers Change the Topic

WASHINGTON — As a Peace Corps volunteer assigned to a school in Gostivar, Macedonia, Sarah Blake would listen, waiting for the English words that began to puncture the conversations during the first months of 2017.<p>Trump. Ban.<p>Ms. Blake, in her third year as a Peace Corps volunteer, was often the …

What Defenders of Trump's Right to Fire Comey Are Missing

The question isn’t whether a president can directly control the bureau—it’s whether other institutions, and the public, are going to let him get away with it.<p>Donald Trump is leading this country into new and dark places. At each new reveal, administration critics ask their version of the question …

Donald Trump

Body language is louder than words at the White House | Barbara Ellen

Angela Merkel is just the most recent leader who refuses to be cowed by the president’s body language<p>So, what’s the latest on body language in the White House? Many have been enjoying Trump’s “hands-on” approach to foreign leaders. There was the infamous cuddle that Theresa May received (anyone …

Ten Things I Wish I Knew When I Started 'Fire Emblem Heroes'

It’s been a while since I cared enough about a mobile game to really dive into it, not since <i>Pokémon GO</i>, in fact, and once again it’s Nintendo that has caught my eye with <i>Fire Emblem Heroes</i>.<p>Despite not being a fan of either <i>Fire Emblem</i> or gacha games, I’ve found myself playing <i>Heroes</i> quite a bit, and …

How to make your own video game: Guide to using Twine, GameMaker: Studio and Unity engines

But whether you prefer console or PC gaming, chances are at some point you've wondered about making your own game — even if all you managed to do was …

Game Development

President Obama's Bill Maher Interview Was a Vigorous Defense of Science, Facts, and Reality

Bill Maher finally got his wish: A sit down with the most powerful man on the planet for his HBO show <i>Real Time with Bill Maher</i>. And a surprisingly …

Make Your DSLR Smart with Raspberry Pi

<b>DSLR cameras</b> are always considered best for the photography, but still they lack some Smart functions in them, like we cannot customize or automate …

Man searching for Pokémon at 3am caught up in 'drug deal' mix-up

There have some very strange Pokémon Go incidents reported since the game’s release, here’s just one example, and now another unusual tale has been told.<p>A fan of the augmented reality game, which layers gameplay onto the physical world, has explained how he found himself hunting for Pokémon at …

Verizon and Sprint customers can apply for millions in refunds before year-end

'Tis the season to ask for a refund.<p>If you're in the U.S. and your carrier is either Verizon or Sprint, there's one thing you mustn't forget before …

Guilt, Shame, And Quiet: Women In 'Metal Gear Solid'

<i>[Content warning: an attempted rape scene will be described and discussed.]</i><p>Everyone’s afraid of Quiet. When she arrives on Mother Base in the early parts of <i>Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain</i>, soldiers glare at her unfamiliar face, suspecting the sniper who’d tried to kill their leader shouldn’t …

Metal Gear

Ubisoft Explains All The Terrible Reasons Why Digital Games Are So Expensive

Ubisoft recently had an earnings call in which they talked about quite a few aspects of their business and the business of gaming as a whole. It was interesting to learn things like how even two years into this new console lifecycle, 360/PS3 Ubisoft games are still outselling their One/PS4 …

When Stephen Fry met Jony Ive: the self-confessed tech geek talks to Apple's newly promoted chief design officer

In an exclusive interview - in which Ive's promotion is revealed for the first time - Stephen Fry meets Jony Ive, and his boss, Apple chief executive Tim Cook, to talk spaceships, design and Steve Jobs<p><b>Jony Ive promoted to new role of chief design officer</b>• <b><br>Ive will spend more time on design and</b> …

CHIP is a $9 Raspberry Pi killer

The Raspberry Pi was definitely a game changer when it hit shelves at only $35. But CHIP is hoping to make the Pi look positively pricey by comparison. The Kickstarter campaign has already blown way past its $50,000 goal. In fact, at the time of this writing its approaching $500,000. Like the Pi, …

Raspberry Pi

Watch Conan O'Brien have sex on a unicorn in The Witcher 3

I think the headline says it all, that and the look of delight and surprise on Conan's face.<p>You should watch the whole thing, but the sexy, sexy bits start at 9:20.

Skyrim's subway map makes the Morthal-Solitude commute so much easier

Now, <i>this</i> is how to fast travel in <i>The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim.</i><p>From Reddit's Imaginary Maps subreddit (fascinating in its own right) comes this original work by user sylpheed — Skyrim imagined as a network of metro tubes. Gaze upon it full size here:<p>Like all good subway maps, this is schematic and …

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The Solitude of 'Skyrim' Remains The Remedy For An Overly-Connected Age

The first thing I did when I got my new gaming PC set up was to use Internet Explorer to download Google Chrome. The second? I downloaded Steam and installed Skyrim straight away.<p>I did it as a test of sorts. I’d never played Skyrim on PC before, because my past computers have always been too …

Call of Duty

How I Replaced the Shutter in My Canon 5D Mark II By Myself and Saved $400

The shutter on my old Canon 5D Mark II died while on a trip to Fiji earlier this year. It happened quickly; I was shooting a panorama when horizontal …

DIY

The dangerous truth about Wall Street’s favorite new company

<b>Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba, raises a ceremonial mallet during the company's IPO at the New York Stock Exchange, Sept. 19, 2014. (AP/Mark Lennihan)</b><p>Alibaba’s glorious emergence in America is the product of a system designed to benefit the very few<p>R. H. Greene<p>October 12, 2014 1:00pm (UTC)<p>In the fable …

#GamerGate Is Not A Hate Group, It's A Consumer Movement

<b>Update:</b> This post was written out of frustration. I still believe that #GamerGate has been unfairly accused of harassment and misogyny but I think it’s much more complicated than either “Consumer Movement” or “Hate Group.” Discontent gamers have been upset with the gaming press for years. It is not …

The Unsafety Net: How Social Media Turned Against Women

Under the banner of free speech, companies like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have been host to rape videos and revenge porn—which makes female users feel anything but free.<p>In December 2012, an Icelandic woman named Thorlaug Agustsdottir discovered a Facebook group called “Men are better than …

PornHub can't keep it up: huge New York billboard ad taken down

PornHub’s gigantic erection in Times Square, New York, has been mysteriously taken down.<p>The company’s first real-life billboard – which measured 54x48 feet – came down prematurely after just a few hours late on Wednesday night.<p>In February 2014 the Montreal-based firm launched a competition for its …

When the Government Wanted a Database of Everyone's IQ

Today people worry about NSA spying. Fifty years ago it was intelligence tests. The conversation hasn't changed.<p>In November of 1967, The Atlantic's cover featured an evil Uncle Sam generating data readouts in a dark control room. The journalist behind the cover story, Arthur Miller, noted at the …

Fake-food scandal revealed as tests show third of products mislabelled

Consumers are being sold food including mozzarella that is less than half real cheese, ham on pizzas that is either poultry or "meat emulsion", and frozen prawns that are 50% water, according to tests by a public laboratory.<p>The checks on hundreds of food samples, which were taken in West Yorkshire, …

4.6 million Snapchat phone numbers and usernames leaked

The phone numbers and usernames of more than 4.6 million North American Snapchat users have been leaked online. SnapchatDB, an unofficial site run by an anonymous individual or group, allows open access to two files — one an SQL dump, one CSV text — that show details of the photo-sharing app's …

Big Dog and Small Pup Are Inseparable Best Friends

Earlier this year we met photogenic Harlow the Weimaraner and his fellow canine buddy Sage. Now, the household has welcomed a new addition to their dog party–Indi the Dachshund. The tiny pup has seamlessly entered the family, adding an adorable element to the already sweet collection of portraits …

Come On, Apple Fans, It's Time To Admit That The Company Is Blowing It

The message was clear:<p>Apple is getting its clock cleaned by Samsung, which is now by far the dominant smartphone maker in the world. (Samsung had 32% of the global market in Q3, the same share as a year ago. Apple, meanwhile, had only 12% of the market, down from 14% a year ago.)<p>Yes, both companies …

Right-Wing Ad Equates Obamacare and Rape

Just in case Re­pub­lic­an ef­forts to re­peal Pres­id­ent Obama’s health care law fail (and they al­most cer­tainly will), con­ser­vat­ives have a …

New browser extensions let you hit the NSA where it hurts: in the data

Flagger.io does just one thing: It adds a random selection of keywords, like “terrorist,” “pressure cooker,” “Al Qaeda,” etc. to the address of every website you visit. The idea is that, because the US National Security Agency (NSA) is gathering essentially all the internet traffic that passes …

Al-Qaeda

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