John Horton Conway: the world's most charismatic mathematician
He sat down at the side of the road on a stone wall in front of King's College, rummaged through his briefcase, found a pen, pulled out a piece of paper, and began, “Dear Professor Cassels, I wish to apply for … .. A cellular automaton is in ...
July 23, 2015
Fortnite hands-on: Epic's new PC-exclusive shooter is like twelve games in one
And the answers were “Yes,” “No,” and “Sort of.” Our base held up surprisingly well, and as the Constructor I spent a lot of time running back inside and repairing damaged walls. We only had one wall break down, and I was able to kill the shambling ...
June 26, 2015
When Obama's Diplomacy Takes a Divot
When President Obama spoke to the Clinton Global Initiative last year, he said it is “our job to shine a spotlight” on governments that abuse the human rights of their citizens and that “when they try to wall you off from the world . . . or silence you ...
February 27, 2015
Canon PowerShot SX530 HS
That rule originated in the days before optical stabilization. Modern superzoom compacts like the SX530 HS sport pretty intense image stabilization, to the point where I was able to get crisp images at shutter speeds as long as 1/50-second when zoomed ...
March 19, 2015
Wake 'personal sunrise' alarm uses beams of light and sound to wake you up
The alarm clock, called Wakē (pictured) rouses individuals from their slumber one at a time using a focused beam of light and sound. The wall-mounted device creates a 'personal sunrise' and emits focused ultrasonic waves to wake up each person in bed ...
April 6, 2015
I'm Up Alarm app rings until you scan a barcode in another room
The app developers also say they will be able to print the code onto mugs or magnetic buttons so they can be left in the kitchen to scan while you make your morning coffee. The alarm is set to go off at a certain time the night before and will make a ...
April 13, 2015
Whither his inner god? Grey retells Fifty Shades of Grey from Christian's ...
Sitting on the bus to the office – flashbacks to 2012, a time when openly reading Fifty Shades books on the Tube was totally okay – I waded through About the Book (descriptions of Anastasia pinched from previous books), About the Author, Also by EL ...
June 18, 2015
Fortnite is one of the simplest games I’ve ever played. Fortnite is one of the most complex games I’ve ever played. This is the duality running through my head as I try to wrangle my thoughts on Epic’s upcoming Minecraft -alike/survival game/shooter/whatever this thing is. See, Fortnite at its core is a summation of multiple games I am keenly familiar with. And then there’s the shooting pew-pew bit, which in the mission I played consisted of an on-the-fly version of Gears of War ’s Horde Mode—hold out against waves of enemies until you run out the clock. It’s a lot of pieces of a lot of different games that I understand. Throw them all together though—build those three bits (and more) into the larger, complex entity known as Fortnite —and damn, it’s amazing how quickly I feel lost. Running before walking Fortnite is a terrible game to demo. I had moments during my half-hour with Fortnite I really enjoyed—particularly the base-building, which I’ll talk more about later. But it is a terrible game to demo, particularly in half an hour’s span. ” There are too many fiddly bits to Fortnite , too many facets that are desperately important for you to understand but require too much explanation and experimentation for you to really comprehend in the time given.
That golfing partner is Najib Razak, the prime minister of Malaysia, who joined President Obama for a round in Honolulu over Christmas. Najib’s government recently jailed the popular Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on trumped-up charges of violating Malaysia’s archaic sodomy laws.
Atomic scientists set to make 'major announcement' about Doomsday Clock Symbolic clock was established by Manhattan Project scientists in 1947 It's designed to show how close civilisation is to facing global catastrophe Scientists track threats by... The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) will host a live international news conference on Thursday to reveal its latest decision regarding the minute hand of the clock. The last time the clock's minute hand was adjusted was in January 2012, when it pushed ahead one minute, from six to five minutes before midnight. The physicists set up the Doomsday Clock in 1947 after their atomic bombs hit Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II. Their Clock was created to convey threats to humanity and the planet.
$2 Gas Should Be Making a Comeback Soon
Instead of following traditional career paths, they are using part-time pay to help them pursue some version of the popular vision to follow your passion or “do what you love” during the hours they’re not on the clock. Because these workers feel ...
Volume review: Unadulterated, engaging Metal Gear-style stealth action
Once the clock fills you're done for, but should you manage to evade the attack within the allotted time ... wall-tapping method of distraction, Locksley can whistle to attract his enemies' attention, pulling them from position as he nips round the ...
August 17, 2015
The bleeding edge: Second Act continues their showcase as part of a busy week
This week’s program for the second round of performances will again start ... Museum for another Friday Nights at the de Young gig. This time the title of the event will be A Night of Contemporary Creative Jazz. Mezzacappa will provide another preview ...
August 16, 2015
Sun shines on all-green school in Ladakh
The wall sockets draw energy ... semiconductor material. Ahead of time The cherry on this green cake though is the concept of having their own time zone. This small institute has initiated the practice of moving their clocks ahead by one hour during ...
August 18, 2015
From sit-ins to love-ins, Austin Clarke recalls life in 1960s Toronto
In Toronto at this time, in the firmament of the civil rights movement in ... for these were hectic days when we felt that it was the moral obligation of Jews and Negroes (to use the contemporary term), for the very sake of our lives, or our physical ...
August 15, 2015
Passive being active all the time, Active needing to be activated ... And because of the random generation, you could easily end up getting screwed against a wall. So with a little tweaking of the enemies, the combat and the systems itself, I believe ...
August 15, 2015
A World of Film: Bob Krist will share movies on subjects near and far at the ACME Screening Room
who repairs grandfather clocks. ”If there’s a theme that unites a lot of my stuff it’s people and cultures still doing traditional things, hanging onto these traditional ways in the face of the modern world,” Mr. Krist says. Mr. Krist’s ...
August 14, 2015