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How Languages and Genes Evolve Together

Researchers have found that geography makes us who we are—genetically and linguistically.<p>As human populations disperse, the separation leads to changes both in genes and in language. So if we look at human DNA and languages over time, we should find that they differ along similar geographic …

Evolution

'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Movie Review

Talk about beating a dead orc. In dutifully completing his prequel trilogy to his three-part <i>Lord of the Rings</i> triumph, director Peter Jackson has …

Zelda's hidden history on handhelds

Join us on a journey through the archives to discover the lost legend of Zelda's portable outings.<p>Zelda is back, and not just on Wii U. Alongside a …

Retrogaming

Updated: Descent rudders deployed early before Virgin Galactic space plane’s crash

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>Credit: Mark Greenberg/Virgin Galactic/Getty Images<p>Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo crashed Friday after special tail “feathers” …

'Sherlock' Star Benedict Cumberbatch: Show's Last Season 'Really Freudian'

When I sat down with Benedict Cumberbatch to talk about <i>Sherlock</i>, the first thing on his mind wasn't exactly the show.<p>"I'm really worried about those Sherlock fans, because they have been here, probably, for a while," Cumberbatch says to his assistants, asking them to tell a small clutch of fans …

'Freakish' Sunspot Wows Astronomers

As sunspots go, AR 2192 is, as astronomer Phil Plait has noted, "freakishly huge."<p>Discovery News says: "Amateur astronomers have been wowed by a vast sunspot that has rotated to face Earth, the largest since this solar cycle began in 2008, and solar observatories (on the ground and orbiting Earth) …

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Environment

Destiny Update Makes Some Missions Easier

As the game's next event kicks off.<p>Destiny's latest patch has hit the live servers, bringing with it a couple of easier missions and a fix for a bug …

Meet the level 30 Destiny player who makes us all look like filthy casuals

How long does it take to get to level 30 in <i>Destiny</i>? A very long time. This is the first character in the game that has hit level 30, and their stats are bordering on the crazy.<p>"Across all 3 of his Hunters he has spent a total 107 hours 15 minutes and 22 seconds leveling to 30. About 25 percent of …

Landing Site Chosen for Spacecraft's Daring Rendezvous With Comet

Finding a safe place to set down the European Space Agency's Rosetta lander was harder than expected.<p>Scientists announced Monday morning the spot where a small robot will touch down on the surface of a comet, in what they hope will be the first soft landing on a comet, as opposed to a crash landing.<p>…

Special Edition Xbox 360 500GB Blue Bundle Revealed

Let's do atomic purple next.<p>Microsoft appears to be releasing a special edition Xbox 360 500GB blue bundle according to a leaked Walmart flyer for …

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Hyrule Warriors originally much closer to a traditional Zelda game

Hyrule Warriors was originally designed to be much more like a traditional Zelda game experience, Nintendo has revealed.<p>The game would have featured …

Xbox UK gets around ad restriction with 'Destiny: The Fragrance'

Bungie's highly anticipated <i>Destiny</i> launches on Tuesday and, though it's not a console exclusive, Microsoft does not have permission to market the game alongside Xbox in the United Kingdom. They got around that, somewhat, by spoofing a perfume advertisement.<p>That's "Destiny: The New Fragrance by …

Face Value Comics Features First Hero with Autism

The first run is already sold out.<p>A new comic book starring a hero with autism is on store shelves right now. Or at least, it was up until recently. …

Marvel changes the course of comics history with a single letter

We've known for a while that the new Thor is going to be a woman, but how does that work? The hammer itself specifies the gender of the hero that wields it, so something has to change, right?<p>Marvel is doing a whole lot with a single letter. Here's a preview of the issue:<p>Now, there is precedence …

Destiny's Vita-specific controls allow you to play from bed with ease

<i>Destiny</i> is coming next week, and Sony is enjoying some timed exclusive content as well as offering the ability to play the game using your Vita, if you'd like to step away from your PlayStation 4 and television.<p>Bungie has, in fact, optimized the game's controls for the Vita, allowing you use the …

Robin Williams 'Warcraft' tribute: Genie of the lamp

In addition to his many, many, many other admirable traits, the late Robin Williams was a devoted <i>World of Warcraft</i> player. In the wake of his …

Brain-to-brain 'telepathic' communication achieved for first time

Team of US-led researchers successfully achieves brain-to-brain communication between humans from India to France<p>For the first time, scientists have been able to send a simple mental message from one person to another without any contact between the two, thousands of miles apart in India and France.<p>…

An Icy Solution To The Mystery Of The Slithering Stones

A century ago, miners working in California's Death Valley reported seeing boulders on the desert floor with long trails behind them — as if the stones had been pushed across the sand. But despite 60 years of trying, no one ever saw what moved them.<p>Now scientists think they've solved the mystery of …

Photograph: RIKEN CDB<p>Mouse embryonic stem cells organise themselves into layered cerebral cortical tissue when grown in 3D culture. Image: Yoshiki Sasai/ RIKEN …

Pokémon Fighting Game 'Pokken Tournament' Revealed

What if I told you there was going to be a Pokémon game in glorious HD with fully fleshed-out battles between the elementally charged monsters?<p>Cheering, swinging from the rafters, raucous applause.<p>What if I told you that no, of course the game wasn’t an open world RPG where you catch, train and …

Scientists Find Remnants of One of Universe's Oldest Stars—And It's Huge

The earliest stars may have been several hundred times as massive as the sun.<p>After digging around in the light from an old, orange star, astronomers have found possible remnants of one of the universe's first stars: a giant that may have been more than 140 times as massive as the sun.<p>The finding, …

Are you Playing Pokemon Wrong? Here's how the Pros Play

Much of what makes Pokémon appealing to its most dedicated players isn't readily apparent to its more casual fans. The "pro" Pokémon player is someone who knows every in and out of the game, who goes way beyond the surface knowledge most players have and seriously commits to the breeding and …

Climate change’s deadly new threat

Scientists say harmful algal blooms like the ones currently affecting Lake Erie could be a sign of things to come<p>Algae have a lot to offer. They feed the world’s marine life, thicken ice cream, and may provide the key to solving the world’s energy crisis. Algae hold your California roll together. …

Bone Rush in the Arctic

Changing Planet<p><i>The hunt for fossils in the far-flung reaches of Svalbard is on! Jørn Hurum and his associates ply the arctic waters and snows of Svalbard to dig up some of the northernmost dinosaur fossils in the world. Their findings, particularly of ichthyosaurs, are some of the most unique on</i> …

Life beyond Earth seems 'inevitable', US planetary scientist says

Astronomers are standing on a "great threshold" of space exploration that could see evidence of extra-terrestrial life being discovered in the next 20 years, an expert has claimed. Life beyond the Earth seems inevitable given the immensity of the universe, says US planetary scientist Dr Sara Seager.<p>…

5 Sky Events This Week: Scorpius Eyes the Moon, and Jupiter Rises

Changing Planet<p>This full-disk image of Jupiter was taken on April 21, 2014, with Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3). Earthbound sky-watchers get to see the gas giant return to the early morning sky this week. Credit: NASA, ESA, and A. Simon (Goddard Space Flight Center)<p><b>The moon glides through the</b> …

Going to Mars Could Define Humankind in Decades Ahead, Author Says

Space pioneer Elon Musk plans on going to Mars and making it home.<p>Are we all Martians? Will we one day be taking our vacations there? Is extraterrestrial life not just the stuff of science fiction?<p>These are some of the questions award-winning science writer Marc Kaufman explores in his new book,</i> …