Archive | March, 2010

New Torrent Suits Target Some 20,000 Pirates

Watch out! There is a new round of torrent hate brewing in the courts and it’s targeting individual movie pirates and big torrent sites alike. The Hollywood Reporter reports that more than 20,000 individual movie torrent downloaders have been sued in the past few weeks in Washington, DC, federal court for copyright infringement, and another [...more]

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Mar 31 2010
By Nick Upton

PlayStation 3 Losing Linux

One of the PlayStation 3′s bragging points amongst the technorati was the fact that you could install other operating systems on the machine, usually Linux. The redesigned Ps3 Slim removed this ability, and now the original version is losing it as well. On April 1, PlayStation 3 firmware 3.21 will be available, and when installed [...more]

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Mar 31 2010
By J. Matthew Zoss

Video Peeks At Mathematics In Nature

Some animators created a pretty fascinating representation of how mathematics affects nature. While it’s short on information, it gives an interesting sense of how some of the most common mathematical oddities take a part in creating the natural things we see every day. The animator explained the opening scene based on the Fibonacci sequence. The [...more]

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Mar 31 2010
By Nick Upton

Nintendo Announces 3D Gaming Handheld

In a surprising move, Nintendo announced today that the company will be releasing a new handheld platform sometime before the end of March 2011. More information will be revealed in a few months at the annual Electronics Entertainment Expo (E3), but we know the primary selling point of the system already: 3D gaming. Currently called [...more]

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Mar 31 2010
By J. Matthew Zoss

Magnets Can Scramble Morality Functions

Researchers at MIT and Harvard are scrambling morals in the name of science. Using a powerful magnetic field, scientists from MIT, Harvard University and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are able to scramble the moral center of the brain, making it more difficult for people to separate innocent intentions from harmful outcomes. The research could [...more]

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Mar 30 2010
By Nick Upton

The Most Brilliant Remote Ever

I was just sitting around, drinking beer and watching TV as I do most mornings and I saw this genius, nay, luminary invention. A bottle opener plus remote, remote plus bottle opener, no matter how you look at it I wish I had ordered this last week, because by now I could be drinking beer [...more]

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Mar 26 2010
By Nick Upton

Flash Friday: Plants vs. Zombies

We’d be remiss if we didn’t tip our hats to the juggernaut of flash gaming, the one, the only, the indispensable…As tower defense games go, few are as deceptively simple yet maddeningly complex as Plants vs. Zombies. The concept is simple – an army of the undead inexorably marches towards your home. Your only defense? [...more]

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Mar 26 2010
By Asterios Kokkinos

Robot Lab Assistant Does Virtual Autopsy

This fancy new device promises to bring the “Virtopsy” to the world and end that messy business of cutting open every dead body. From Swiss University of Bern, the “Virtobot” uses MRI and computer tomography — a bisecting X-ray wave reader — to glean all the information an autopsy would. It also has the benefit [...more]

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Mar 25 2010
By Nick Upton

Virtual Reality Sphere Not Cool, But Could Be

Engadget got an awesome look at the inside of a virtual reality sphere. They said it took some getting used to, and the graphics and aiming were off. So it’s not likely that you’ll be getting one of these for the basement soon, but pumping up the graphics and using real motion controls — like [...more]

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Mar 25 2010
By Nick Upton

Scary Super Soaker Reaches 40 Feet

There is apparently a Super Soaker modification community, and from it came this beastly water gun that will no doubt get the police called to your water fight. The designer opted for the scary black PVC pipe for the cannon; which can reach ranges of 40 feet. The riot blast is amazing. Actually it is [...more]

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Mar 24 2010
By Nick Upton