Posts by Jonah Feldman

  1. Gaming

    What’s in a Name? The Wizard/Sorcerer Split In Dungeons & Dragons

    The latest playtest for the upcoming fifth edition of Dungeons & Dragons, known as D&D Next, made a minor but significant change to the Wizard class: its name. It's now the Mage. Aside from the fact that it's gender-neutral and not alphabetically last, what does this say about the future of the D&D wizard and its marginalized sibling, the sorcerer?

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  2. Tech

    Proposed Internet Error 451 Would Warn Users of Government Censorship

    Government censorship of the Internet is becoming more and more common, and in many cases blocked sites are indistinguishable from those that are just not working. That's why the Open Rights Group is proposing a "451 unavailable" error message to appear on those sites to let us know if we're living in a Bradburian dystopia.

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  3. Space

    Slimy Biofilms Formed In Space Are Tougher, Thicker, And Display New Structures

    We're not alone in space... because of the microorganisms we take with us. In space, bacteria builds up and forms biofilms that pose a threat to health and hygiene for spaceflight, so it's important we understand them. A study of biofilm growth showed that in space, biofilms combine in a unique 'column-and-canopy structure' and are more resilient.

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  4. Science

    Science Finally Proves That Lumberjacking Is More Manly Than Sports

    It seems the popular association between testosterone, the hormone associated with masculinity, and competition, may be overstated. Scientists studying an isolated population in Bolivia found that men engaged in competitive sports got a measurably lower boost in testosterone than those who chopped down trees, a non-competitive activity.

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  5. Entertainment

    Watch Thorested Development Work Out Some Asgardian Family Issues [VIDEO]

    And now the story of the Internet doing another awesome and perfectly appropriate mashup. It's Thorested Development.

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  6. Tech

    Faster Than A Speeding Bullet: Elon Musk Reveals the Hyperloop

    Well, it's here. So here's what's going on with Elon Musk's Hyperloop scheme for building a high-speed maglev transit system, which he calls "a new mode of transport – a fifth mode after planes, trains, cars, and boats."

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  7. Entertainment

    Catch the Leaked X-Men: Days of Future Past Trailer While It’s Still Leaked

    A leaked trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past from the Fantasia International Film Festival is floating around. We found a link that works (for now!) Take a look before it's taken down by the studio, which probably won't take very long at all.

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  8. Gaming

    Luigi Rides The Chicago “L” Train For Nintendo Promotional Event

    Mario might have pioneered the platformer game genre, but today his brother Luigi's on a different platform: he's riding a special train on Chicago's Brown Line. Nintendo is promoting New Super Luigi U and the "Year of Luigi" with a specially decorated green train, a decked-out station, and appearances from the character himself.

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  9. Tech

    Research Suggests No Link Between Cell Phone Use and Car Crashes

    A new statistical study of cell phone use has come up with results that surprised the researchers: they found no correlation between a documented rise in cell phone usage and the number of car crashes. While their research might not tell the whole story, it could call into question some assumptions about the dangers of driving while on the phone.

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  10. Tech

    We’re Anxiously Awaiting Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Announcement

    PayPal, Tesla, and SpaceX founder Elon Musk is going to lay out his latest futurist idea today at 1:30 PDT (4:30 Eastern). It's called the Hyperloop, and it's a transit system that can go between San Francisco to Los Angeles in only 30 minutes using magnetic levitation and Futurama-esque vacuum tubes.

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  11. Space

    Here’s How Scientists Track Interplanetary Dust From Meteor Showers

    The Perseid meteor shower will peak August 11 and 12, but while you're wishing on a shooting star, do you ever wonder what happens to the remains of the meteors that are burning up due to intense friction in Earth's atmosphere? No? What, that's too unromantic a thought? Sorry, but science has some answers for you.

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  12. Science

    Scientists Make Electrical Activity In Fruit Flies’ Brain Cells Light Up

    We know that electricity drives neural impulses in the brain, forming complex networks of neurons, but it's still difficult to trace the electrical activity of the nervous system. Scientists at the Yale School of Medicine have developed a fluorescent protein that may provide a more effective way to map the electrical impulses in brain cells.

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  13. Gaming

    Internet Response League to Crowdsource Disaster Relief From Online Gamers

    Ding! Level up, you've just gained 5000 experience points for coordinating disaster relief efforts. That's the goal of the Internet Response League, a group that hopes to harness the multitude of online gamers to use social media to save lives when natural disasters strike.

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  14. Tech

    Edward Snowden Masks Donned By Brazilian Protesters And Senators

    Move over, Guy Fawkes. The new face of resistance to government authority is NSA leaker Edward Snowden, and we have the creepy masks to prove it. In Brazil, activists opposed to the NSA's spying programs made masks of Snowden's face, and like-minded senators borrowed them to wear to a hearing.

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  15. Entertainment

    Harrison Ford Will Be In The Expendables 3, But Bruce Willis Won’t Be

    If you're not following Sylvester Stallone's Twitter then you have a problem, because tweets sound amazing if you read them in Sylvester Stallone's voice. But more than that, Stallone revealed some amazing news yesterday: Harrison Ford will join the cast of The Expendables 3 for some old-fashioned (pun intended) ass-kicking action.

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