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A Witcher primer: What you need to know to play The Witcher 3 | Polygon

THE TALE SO FAR<p>What follows are plot synopsis of the first two games designed to help you prepare for <i>Wild Hunt</i> without getting too deep into the breadth and plot complexity of the game. It will help you understand, as a new player, the decisions you'll be asked to recall in the third game because, …

US Navy fighter jets will carry an autonomous anti-ship missile

The US Navy may have a robotic ace in the hole when it fights enemy warships in the future. It's planning to put Lockheed Martin's autonomous LRASM (Long Range Anti-Ship Missile) on the F/A-18 Super Hornet by 2019, giving jet fighters a weapon that tracks and wipes out targets mostly or entirely on …

Secret Air Force Space Plane Gets Darth Vader-Style Engine

For secret reasons, like turning in secret directions<p>The Air Force’s secret robot space plane is going to try out a new engine. The X-37B has so far spent a total of 1367 days tooling around in Earth’s orbit, doing classified things. Yesterday, the Air Force Research Lab announced that on its …

Military

High-tech lotion heals diabetic wounds

A new kind of lotion could one day help diabetic patients heal stubborn and painful ulcers on their feet, say researchers.<p>Scientist and dermatologist …

Huge magma reservoir discovered under Yellowstone supervolcano

It’s below the magma chamber they knew about before and contains enough hot, partly molten rock to fill the Grand Canyon 11 times over.<p>University of …

6 Creamy Dreamy Desserts

Sweet, smooth and oh so delicious. Don't be intimidated: Anyone can make these creamy creations.<p><b>1. Ricotta Cheesecake with Fresh Raspberries</b><p>Pretty enough for an Italian pastry shop window, this light and creamy cheesecake is adapted from Gina DePalma's wonderful cookbook <i>Dolce Italiano, Desserts</i> …

Dessert

Advanced alien civilizations possible in 50 galaxies

After scouring 100,000 galaxies, scientists say that 50 are emitting unusally high levels of radiation which could hint at alien civilizations<p>Advanced alien life is possible in 50 galaxies, astronomers have said, after finding they are emitting unusually high levels of radiation.<p>A team of …

Your New Favorite Way to Eat Bacon

<i>It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.</i><p><i>Today: Meet bacon jam, the black horse of the meat aisle and your new favorite condiment.</i><p>The story I want to tell is one of years of stoic veganism that …

The Golf Club has a tradition kinda like The Masters, if you know how to find it

Video game golfers jonesing for The Tradition Unlike Any Other got a double dose of bad news earlier this week: EA Sports' next PGA Tour game, which hasn't published since 2013, won't have Augusta National or The Masters, currently in the third round today.<p>They're not without alternatives, though.</i> …

A step-by-step guide to building an all-star player in MLB 15: The Show

<i>Check out our review of MLB 15: The Show here.</i><p>Spring has sprung, and it’s time for baseball.<p>MLB 15: The Show released for the PlayStation last week, bringing hordes of fans back to the digital diamond. This year’s installment of Sony San Diego’s virtually unchallenged baseball franchise brings a …

Anglo-Saxon cow bile and garlic potion kills MRSA

Microbiologists were astonished to find that not only did the salve clear up styes, but it also tackled the deadly superbug MRSA, which is resistant to many antibiotics.<p>A thousand-year-old medieval remedy for eye infections which was discovered in a manuscript in the British Library has been found …

If Square Enix Designed Star Wars

Final Fantasy publisher Square Enix is taking on yet another major media franchise for its line of "Play Arts" figures. Square Enix and Lucasfilm have revealed new Darth Vader, Boba Fett, and Stormtrooper <i>Star Wars</i> figures designed by the Japanese game publisher. They look quite epic, I must say.<p>As …

Boba Fett

Incredible New 3D Printing Technique Looks Like Sci-Fi

You've never seen a 3D printer like this<p>A new innovation by Carbon3D, unveiled Monday at the TED2015 conference, could finally move 3D printing out of the hobby shop and onto every factory floor.<p>Imagine you're in an emergency room with a blood vessel blockage. To save your life, a surgeon will …

Oceans yield 1,500 new creatures, many others lurk unknown

OSLO (Reuters) - Scientists identified almost 1,500 new creatures in the world’s oceans last year, including a humpbacked dolphin and a giant jellyfish, and reckon that most species of marine life are yet to be found.<p>The experts publishing their findings on Thursday listed a total of 228,450 marine …

How To Make A Cheesecake That Doesn't Crack

Rich, creamy and decadent, cheesecake is one of the most luxurious desserts we know. Just because it's fit for the most special occasions, however, doesn't mean it's difficult to make. Cheesecake is actually a lot easier to make than you might think. The tricky part is avoiding one that ends up …

Dessert

Marijuana is much safer than alcohol or tobacco, according to a new study

Marijuana is roughly 114 times less deadly than alcohol, according to recent findings published in the journal <i>Scientific Reports</i>. Of the seven drugs included in the study, alcohol was the deadliest at an individual level, followed by heroin, cocaine, tobacco, ecstasy, methamphetamines, and …

Body Art: Otzi the 5,300-Year-Old Mummified Iceman Had 61 Tattoos

Four thin, black lines, stacked on top of each other, bring the total number of tattoos on Ötzi, a 5,300-year-old mummified iceman, to 61, according to an exhaustive new study.<p>Finding the new body art, located on the lower side of Ötzi's right ribcage, "was a big surprise because we didn't expect …

Anthropology

Human Ancestors May Have Used Tools Half-Million Years Earlier Than Thought

Fossil hand bones show evidence of tool use more than three million years ago.<p>Who swung the first hammer stone? Early human ancestors may have hefted tools more than three million years ago, ancient hand bones suggest. That’s roughly half a million years earlier than the oldest stone tools yet …

Scientists Figure Out How To Unboil Eggs

Next step: Unscrambling<p>It has often been said that you can't unscramble an egg. But you might be able to unboil one.<p>When you boil an egg, the heat causes the proteins inside the egg white to tangle and clump together, solidifying it. New research published in <i>ChemBioChem</i> by scientists at UC Irvine …

Eggs

The Controversial 3-2-1 Method for Ribs

Barbecue controversy alert! Are you familiar with the popular 3-2-1 method for cooking ribs? I first encountered the technique researching my book <i>Ribs, Ribs, Outrageous Ribs</i>. (Competition barbecuers sometimes call it the "Texas Crutch.") In a nutshell, you break cooking ribs into 3 time blocks:<p>3 …

BBQ

Ramen Fried Chicken Is Here, And It's What We've Been Waiting For

Think you can't change the world of dining with ramen? David Chang already has. And now he's going to do it all over again.<p>Chang -- the man (and chef) behind upscale ramen eatery Momofuku-- has just blown our minds with a video tutorial on how to make Ramen Fried Chicken. In the Lucky Peach video …

Fried Chicken

‘Back to the Future II’ predicted we’d get Microsoft’s HoloLens in 2015

Earlier today, Microsoft revealed its augmented-reality holographic headset. But the movie <i>Back to the Future II</i> revealed almost the exact same thing back in 1989.<p>In director Robert Zemeckis’s time-travel tale, hero Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) travels to the future to see what his hometown looks …

Augmented Reality

Microsoft HoloLens fundamentally changes vehicle design and repair

Go ahead, make a blue screen of death joke. We'll wait.<p>Microsoft HoloLens is a new reality and designers and engineers are interacting in real time, communicating in a world full of projected holograms.<p>Go ahead, make a blue screen of death joke. We'll wait.<p>The interesting thing about HoloLens (as …

Most US patients on opiate painkillers prescribed dangerous drug cocktails

Almost 60% of patients taking prescription opiate painkillers are prescribed potentially dangerous drug combinations, according to a study released on Tuesday by a prescription drug management company.<p>“There could be instances when prescribing these combinations of drugs is appropriate, but not at …

Stretchy Artificial Skin Lets Prosthetic Hand Sense Heat, Humidity, and Pressure

It's so sophisticated, it can even tell the difference between a dry and soggy diaper<p>Prosthetic limbs that can be controlled by an amputee’s thoughts or muscle movements already exist. But what if they could also sense the environment and then send that information back to the amputee’s nervous …

Nature Communications

These Are The Keys To ISIS Battlefield Success

ISIS has kept its field forces light. While it has captured plenty of Syrian and Iraqi armored vehicles in recent months (many of the Iraqi vehicles US-supplied), there have been few if any reports of them actually being used in frontline combat, at least in Iraq. The given figures for targets hit …

Military

Scientists disappointed Jurassic World dinosaurs don’t look like dinosaurs

Paleontologists have been sneered at over their criticism of the Jurassic World trailer, but such a stance is misguided<p><i>The trailer for the latest big screen outing of the</i> <i>Jurassic Park</i> <i>franchise is causing delight and consternation in equal measure over the appearance of the extinct stars. Here,</i> …

FBI’s scary MLK deja vu: Why disgraceful history could be repeating itself

<b>(Library of Congress/New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection)</b><p>The FBI’s newly released threat to Dr. King was horrific. Here’s why you shouldn’t assume it’s an ancient relic<p>Marcy Wheeler<p>November 14, 2014 1:30pm (UTC)<p>"In view of your low grade, abnormal personal behavior," the threatening letter …

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