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Apr 25, 2019

This Video Game Detects Alzheimer’s Earlier Than Lab Tests

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, entertainment, neuroscience

Researchers say a new video game can tell researchers whether someone is at risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

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Apr 24, 2019

Researchers Introduce New ‘Lifelike’ Robot That Can Move, Eat and Die Using Artificial Metabolism

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Mashable is a global, multi-platform media and entertainment company.

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Apr 23, 2019

‘Avengers Endgame’: The not-so-hidden environmental politics of Marvel’s apocalyptic blockbuster

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“No matter what side of any issue you may find yourself, there is no denying the power of a popular movie or TV show to ignite an intense debate or even a casual conversation about socially relevant issues,” Dergarabedian said. “And often the best way to do that is within a giant superhero extravaganza.

Monday is Earth Day, and later this week, the premiere of ‘Avengers: Endgame.’ The two are not dissimilar. As superheroes fight genocide-survivor turned villain Thanos, the environmental message is clear: resource scarcity and overpopulation.

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Apr 21, 2019

The board games turning science into playtime

Posted by in categories: entertainment, particle physics, science, space

Science-themed board games are an increasingly popular way to learn about everything from atom building to colonising space.

Apr 20, 2019

Microsoft’s All-Digital Xbox One S Is Finally a Reality

Posted by in categories: entertainment, internet

The rumors were true. Microsoft has announced an Xbox variant with no optical disc drive called the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition. It looks the same as any other Xbox One S with the important distinction that there’s no drive slot on the front. Microsoft will push game downloads, and it’s including a few of them free with the console. That might nudge some people to drop $250 on the device when it launches in a few weeks, but the pricing still seems too high.

Without the optical drive, Microsoft’s new game console won’t be able to play your existing game discs or Blu-ray movies. However, any digital Xbox content you own will be available on the All-Digital Edition. This seems mainly like a play to attract new gamers who don’t have a giant library of now-useless discs. It also ties neatly into the recently unveiled Game Pass subscription and xCloud game streaming tech.

The All-Digital Edition console comes with free downloads of Sea of Thieves, Forza Horizon 3, and Minecraft. Microsoft also stresses that all your games, saves, and backups are available in the cloud. You’ll just need a speedy internet connection to access them on short notice. You can at least pre-load new games on the All-Digital Edition to start playing them as soon as they’re live. That might be even faster than popping in a disc that requires installation and patching on launch day.

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Apr 15, 2019

The Simulation Hypothesis: Are We in a Video Game?

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A more boisterous scientific and philosophical discourse around the Simulation Theory has been picking up steam ever since The Matrix and The 13th Floor (now classics) came out in 1999.

By Alex Vikoulov.

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Apr 14, 2019

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker — Official Trailer

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Every generation has a legend. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker — in cinemas January. #StarWarsPH

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Apr 8, 2019

This wild new reality-TV show is half Black Mirror and half Truman Show

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Imagine Big Brother, but an entire town. Welcome to 2025, a show in Israel that explores the ideas of social currency and transparency–while watching its residents’ every move.

[Photo: courtesy of Keshet International].

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Apr 7, 2019

Video Games Predict Soldiers of the Future: The All-Seeing, Indomitable, Walking Tank

Posted by in categories: entertainment, military

Want to imagine the soldier of the future? A look at video game super-soldiers gives you an ideal glimpse of the desired improvements.

As a US Army military veteran and a longtime gamer, I can attest that while being a soldier and playing one in a video game are very different experiences, there exist several functional overlaps in the goals and tools provided to achieve objectives.

For example, examine the differences and similarities between playing basic training in a game like America’s Army, and enduring an actual enlistment. America’s Army is designed to teach prospective soldiers what to expect both in training and actual combat. While the game version does not nearly prepare a player for the physical and psychological demands of actual basic training and participating in what Army operations entail, it does give an understanding of the objectives one would be expected to accomplish while in service and some of tools available to achieve those goals.

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Apr 4, 2019

This Jacket’s Faraday Cage Conveniently Silences Your Phone

Posted by in categories: entertainment, mobile phones

Circa 2012

Switching your phone off for important meetings or trips to the cinema can be a pain in the ass. Victor Johansson has a solution, though: he’s designed the Escape Jacket, which features a Faraday cage in the inside pocket to immediately take your phone off the grid.

UK-based designer Johansson says that the concept is all about you-time. He explains:

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