In 'Hades,' the Underworld Is Your Playground

In 'Hades,' the Underworld Is Your Playground

I play games for the story, and while I enjoy some aspects of fighting, I’m more interested in whatever’s inside my foe’s inventory.Each time you perish, you emerge from the Pool of Styx, and you can start your escape attempt all over again.

Mathematicians May Have Figured Out How ‘Stone Forests’ Form

Mathematicians May Have Figured Out How ‘Stone Forests’ Form

These pointed rock formations, like the famed Stone Forest in China's Yunnan Province, are the result of solids dissolving into liquids in the presence of gravity, which produces natural convective flows, according to the NYU team.

The First Dune Trailer Makes Some Epic Promises

The First Dune Trailer Makes Some Epic Promises

The first trailer for Dune begins much like the book on which it’s based: with Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) revealing he has dreams that often come true.Where Jodorowsky would’ve made an hours-long film to work in all of Herbert’s detail, Villeneuve is splitting the book into two movies.

Every Christopher Nolan Film, Ranked for You to Disagree With

Every Christopher Nolan Film, Ranked for You to Disagree With

This, again, seems like it might not be a Nolan film, but it actually bears his hallmarks: thickly plotted yet easy to follow, deep until you think too much about it.

Google Wants to Remix News Radio Just for You

Google Wants to Remix News Radio Just for You

Google has updated the service to create a more fluid listening experience, so that sitting through an entire session doesn’t feel like you’re just working your way through a hodgepodge of disparate stories.

The Excellent Evolution of Bill and Ted Face the Music

The Excellent Evolution of Bill and Ted Face the Music

“We were trying to pay some homage to the original two films while making it feel like it was contemporary," Parisot told Ars about how he approached bringing the Bill and Ted franchise into the 21st century.

It's Time to Revisit the Games That Gave Rise to Halo

It's Time to Revisit the Games That Gave Rise to Halo

Durandal is one of three AIs aboard the Marathon, a giant space ship built out of a hollowed-out Martian moon (Deimos, if I remember correctly).

Lovecraft Country Is a Necessary Reimagining of Genre Fiction

Lovecraft Country Is a Necessary Reimagining of Genre Fiction

First comes young Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) humping his way through a Korean War trench battle while planes roar overhead and dramatic music swells.

An Alexa Bug Could Have Exposed Your Voice History to Hackers

An Alexa Bug Could Have Exposed Your Voice History to Hackers

Check Point also suggests that a hacker might be able to access banking data history through the attack, but Amazon disputes this, saying that information is redacted in Alexa's responses.

Over a Billion Android Devices Are at Risk of Data Theft

Over a Billion Android Devices Are at Risk of Data Theft

“While DSP chips provide a relatively economical solution that allows mobile phones to provide end users with more functionality and enable innovative features—they do come with a cost,” researchers from security firm Check Point wrote in a brief report of the vulnerabilities they discovered.

What If the Big Bang Was Actually a Big Bounce?

What If the Big Bang Was Actually a Big Bounce?

In a brief moment of rapid expansion, that burst of energy inflated the cosmos like a balloon.They analyzed how a collapsing universe would change its own structure, and they ultimately discovered that contraction can beat inflation at its own game.

Hackers Broke Into Real News Sites to Plant Fake Stories

Hackers Broke Into Real News Sites to Plant Fake Stories

The propagandists have created and disseminated disinformation since at least March 2017, with a focus on undermining NATO and the US troops in Poland and the Baltics; they’ve posted fake content on everything from social media to pro-Russian news websites.

Cloud Support: Why Do I Keep Refusing OS Updates?

Cloud Support: Why Do I Keep Refusing OS Updates?

Open a cloud support ticket for assistance with your personal problems, moral dilemmas, or philosophical concerns about encounters with technology.On the other hand, it’s not like accepting an update will put an end to them.

Ghosts of Tsushima Isn't Samurai Cinema—It's a Popcorn Flick

Ghosts of Tsushima Isn't Samurai Cinema—It's a Popcorn Flick

The first thing to get out of the way about Ghost of Tsushima, developer Sucker Punch's newest open-world game about samurai, is that it's not much interested in those cultural questions.

The Sly Psychology Behind Magicians' Card Tricks

The Sly Psychology Behind Magicians' Card Tricks

Brown uses mental priming and forcing techniques (among other tools) involving verbal and visual cues in his performances—prompting someone, for instance, to think of the three of diamonds card.

How Will Covid Be Remembered?

How Will Covid Be Remembered?

Ruminating on why the 1918 flu pandemic wasn’t better remembered, the African historian Terence Ranger concluded in the early 2000s that the story wasn’t being told right.

Dystopia Isn’t Sci-Fi—for Me, It’s the American Reality

Dystopia Isn’t Sci-Fi—for Me, It’s the American Reality

Under this framing, injustice becomes normal, oppression is realistic, and any move towards justice and equity must come from struggle.This moment may provide a way out of dystopia, but there has to be a collective reckoning with the dystopian aspects of American society as well as the cruel price of progress repeatedly placed on the backs of the oppressed.

Larry Brilliant on How Well We Are Fighting Covid-19

Larry Brilliant on How Well We Are Fighting Covid-19

But it’s been just a little over three months since I spoke to then-75-year-old Brilliant, an epidemiologist who aided in the eradication of smallpox, and who for years has been warning the world of a pandemic that looks very much like the one we have now.

A Mathematician’s Guide to How Contagion Spreads

A Mathematician’s Guide to How Contagion Spreads

But most important, Kucharski says, is what he calls “epidemiological thinking.” That’s a mindset for dealing with incomplete information, as infectious-disease researchers must when they encounter a novel, fast-moving pathogen.But transmission is not going down, because people aren't following those supposedly obvious things that can help reduce transmission.

Palm Springs Is a Timely Comedy About Being Stuck in the Now

Palm Springs Is a Timely Comedy About Being Stuck in the Now

“It’s one of those infinite time-loop situations you might have heard about,” he explains to Cristin Milioti’s Sarah, who is wild-eyed and pissed off after realizing she’s stuck living the same day—her sister’s wedding day—on repeat.

This Company Wants to Rewrite the Future of Genetic Disease

This Company Wants to Rewrite the Future of Genetic Disease

Tessera has spent the past two years developing a new class of molecular manipulators capable of doing lots of things Crispr can do—and some that it can’t, including precisely plugging in long stretches of DNA.It’s not gene editing, says von Maltzahn.

Forest Surprise: A Wolf Story

Forest Surprise: A Wolf Story

The consensus: A lone Mexican grey wolf on a walk-about, hundreds of miles from where his forebears were re-introduced back in 1998: Arizona’s White Mountains on the border with New Mexico.

Pokemon Go and Sleep No More Creators Are Teaming Up on AR

Pokemon Go and Sleep No More Creators Are Teaming Up on AR

The kind that Punchdrunk, the theater company behind immersive shows like Sleep No More, knows better than anyone.Now Punchdrunk and Niantic, the developer of Pokémon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite , are announcing a collaboration that will span multiple projects.

Google Will Delete Your Data by Default—in 18 Months

Google Will Delete Your Data by Default—in 18 Months

Newly formed Google accounts will auto-delete activity and location every 18 months by default.Auto-delete features also don't apply to services explicitly meant for long-term data storage, like Gmail, Google Drive, and Photos.

Cool Green Summer Book Review

Cool Green Summer Book Review

And if you’re looking for more, Cool Green Science has abundant reviews on a variety of topics, from nature in literary fiction and mystery novels, books for birders and for anglers and traveling naturalists , reviews of field guides and nature references , and much more.

Composers Are Ditching Hollywood—to Make Videogame Music

Composers Are Ditching Hollywood—to Make Videogame Music

He pestered Zur. He asked him personal questions—what kind of music do you like?Zur, who continues to compose for film, represents a new group of composers for blockbuster games, comfortable across mediums.

In Alaska, Summer's Getting Too Hot for the Salmon Run

In Alaska, Summer's Getting Too Hot for the Salmon Run

As Bristol Bay fishermen gear up for this year’s salmon season—one beset by fears that Covid-19 could overwhelm this remote region as thousands of seasonal workers from across the world descend on fishing communities with scant medical resources—they must also contend with a slower-moving hazard: the warming temperatures that threaten a $1.5 billion industry and the people it supports.

The Last of Us Part II and Its Crisis-Strewn Path to Release

The Last of Us Part II and Its Crisis-Strewn Path to Release

It's crunch time in the offices of Naughty Dog, the storied videogame developer in Santa Monica, California.Back in the early stages of playtesting, Naughty Dog was troubleshooting the rough infrastructure of the game: how its world holds up, what people felt drawn to, where they got lost.

'If Found' Is an Essential Game About Letting Go of the Past

'If Found' Is an Essential Game About Letting Go of the Past

Cassiopea's far-flung adventure feels less grounded, both literally and in the written details, which come off somewhat more cartoonish than Kasio's more personal narrative in a way that doesn't necessarily do the game a service.

Covid-19 Is Sweeping Through the Navajo Nation

Covid-19 Is Sweeping Through the Navajo Nation

As is true elsewhere, health officials suspect the outbreak was amplified by a “superspreader” event: a rally hosted by the evangelical Church of Nazarene in Chilchinbeto and attended by people from all over the Navajo Nation.