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'Dwarf Fortress' Is Abandoning Its Text-Based Graphics, but Not Its Soul

Developer Bay 12’s transition from ASCII to 2D art is about more than selling copies—it’s about improving the game and opening it up to a wider audience.
Matthew Gault
a day ago
Hacking

Ransomware Forces Two Chemical Companies to Order ‘Hundreds of New Computers’

It appears that LockerGoga, the same ransomware that hit aluminum manufacturing giant Norsk Hydro this week, also infected American chemicals companies Hexion and Momentive, leaving employees locked out of their computers.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
4 days ago
Gaming

In China, 'Fortnite' Penalizes Minors for Playing Too Much

Gamers under the age of 18 have to take regular breaks or face diminishing returns after three hours of playing 'Fortnite.'
Matthew Gault
4 days ago
When Spies Come Home

This Spyware Data Leak Is So Bad We Can't Even Tell You About It

A consumer spyware vendor left a lot of incredibly sensitive and private data, including intimate pictures and private call recordings, for all to see on a server freely accessible over the internet. And it still hasn’t taken the data down.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
4 days ago
solar storms

Weekend Solar Storm May Create Auroras As Far South As Vancouver and NYC

The Sun is getting grumpy again after years of relative peace.
Becky Ferreira
4 days ago
meme yourself

How to Become a 3D Avatar Meme

Once you’ve translated your physical self to polygons, the potential is limitless.
Manuel Palou
4 days ago
fertility

Healthy Monkey Born From Frozen Testicular Tissue

The success could offer new hope for young men facing infertility due to childhood cancer.
Sarah Emerson
4 days ago
Video Games

Watch a Streamer's Emotional Reaction to Beating All 'Soulsborne' Games Without Getting Hit

Streamer 'The Happy Hob' beat all of From Software's notoriously difficult games back-to-back without taking a hit.
Matthew Gault
5 days ago
Interstellar

The ‘Halo Drive’ Would Shoot Lasers at Black Holes to Explore the Milky Way

“If we can’t build something capable of delivering astronomical levels of energy, perhaps we could instead steal the energy from an astronomical object.”
Becky Ferreira
5 days ago
environment

A Massive Petrochemical Fire In Texas Released Toxic Benzene Into the Air

A shelter-in-place advisory was issued for thousands of Houston suburb residents after a four-day blaze released chemicals into the air.
Caroline Haskins
5 days ago
Video Games

The Famous 'NESticle' Emulator’s Stolen Source Code Has Been Preserved

The release and preservation of the stolen source code to the iconic 90s NES emulator NESticle reflects a new chapter in a controversial saga with deep roots.
Ernie Smith
5 days ago
sun bears

These Bears Can Mimic Faces Like Humans and Apes

Sun bears show social intelligence by copying the open-mouthed expressions of their playmates.
Becky Ferreira
3.21.19
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