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Syrian conflict likely fueled by climate change, study claims


A severe drought that helped fuel the Syrian conflict has been linked to climate change, according to a study published this week.

The last of the Veyrons: goodbye to Bugatti's finest

The Bugatti Veyron is the sort of car that you race against jet planes. It's also the sort of car that you buy when having the top-floor corner office just isn't enough.

British government approves the first spaceport in Europe


The British government has backed plans to build a spaceport in the United Kingdom. The facility, scheduled to be operational by 2018, is set to become to be the first spaceport in Europe, and is expected to offer both commercial travel into space and ultra-fast international flights.

Hey internet, now you can pay Katy Perry $130 to perpetuate a meme


Now we know what Katy Perry’s lawyers were trying to protect: your god-given right to give her $129.99 for this "official" left-shark onesie.

This is Nvidia Shield: a closer look at the 4K Android TV game console

Nvidia touted three big announces at its GDC 2015 press conference, but all of them center around its latest Shield device: a home console powered by Tegra X1, running Android TV, and capable of playing games like Crysis 3 locally and streaming premium titles through its also-just-announced Grid service.

Nvidia announces Grid, a 1080p game-streaming service that launches in May


Nvidia just announced a game-streaming service, Grid, that promises to stream top-tier titles up to 1080p and 60 frames per second.

The new Nvidia Shield is the 'world's first 4K Android TV console' for $199


Nvidia just announced an Android gaming console. The latest Shield (previous entries include a gaming tablet and before that an all-in-one game controller plus screen) is the "world's first 4K Android TV console." The device itself is thin and sports the familiar sharp design aesthetic (with green glow).

Valve will let you make games with the new Source 2 engine for free


Valve has officially announced the successor to Source, the engine in which the seminal Half-Life 2 was developed, at GDC 2015 today.

They wanted to make a video game phenomenon, they made $10 million: the story of Crossy Road


A few years ago, Matt Hall, the 39-year-old co-creator of the enormously successful Crossy Road, was a struggling, unprofitable video games developer living on an Australian sheep farm owned by his parents, chasing a dream of success that had come true for some friends but eluded him.

Rand Paul stole his new logo from Tinder


The silver lining in giving Tinder a monopoly on the two-pronged flame symbol is that you can say things like "Rand Paul stole his new logo from Tinder." This is the Tinder logo: This is Paul's logo: There are a couple notable differences here.

Three steps to weasel-woodpecker acceptance


This picture is magical. This picture is confusing. This picture is full of amazing science. It's a weasel riding a flying woodpecker, and it's making you feel some #feels.

Sony says it's sold over 20 million PlayStation 4 consoles


Sony is sounding a triumphant note today, announcing that worldwide PlayStation 4 sales have exceeded 20.2 million as of March 1st.

Sony's Project Morpheus VR headset will launch in 2016


At last year's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Sony unveiled its virtual reality headset, called Project Morpheus.

Uber's first confirmed acquisition is a mapping company


Even though it has raised nearly $6 billion, Uber had somewhat boastfully never made an acquisition — until now. Mashable reports that the company has bought deCarta, a platform for location services including mapping.

Political cartoonists need to do some serious research on net neutrality


Political cartoonists, as satirists, routinely offer some of the most incisive commentary on the issues of the day with just a few words.

The Koenigsegg Regera is the 1,500bhp king of the Geneva Motor Show

Koenigsegg is the Swedish word for "crazy." In its two decades of existence, this car company has pushed more boundaries and designed more outlandish automobiles than most others can accomplish in a century.

Instrument 1 is every instrument in one and just got funded on Kickstarter


Artiphon wowed us two years ago when it brought the Instrument 1 to CES, and today — after a long wait — it's starting to bring the device to the public.

Google is completely overhauling its old, embarrassing contacts manager


Sure, Gmail is great — but its contacts manager is far from a best-in-class web app. Many people have had to suffer through de-duping a messy system that pulls in everyone you've ever emailed, anyone you may have dropped in a Google+ circle, and the actual, fully-fleshed out contact cards you may have added over the years.

NBC plans to bundle SNL and Tonight Show in new service for cord cutters


NBC has plans to launch a premium, comedy-focused video subscription service. A new report from The Wall Street Journal says the video offering would bundle new episodes of the network's comedy staples Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show.

Ferguson police showed patterns of racial bias for years, says Justice Department


The Ferguson Police Department violated the constitutional rights of the city's black residents for years, says a Department of Justice report expected to be released tomorrow. Federal investigators found that, well before the shooting death of Michael Brown last year, police activity in Ferguson, Missouri, was fueled by racial discrimination against the predominantly black population, resulting in unjustified traffic stops, arrests without probable cause, and the use of excessive force.


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