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Could Review Scores Manipulate Your Opinion Of Games?

You're pretty stoked for that new game you've been waiting for, aren't you? You've read every preview and news piece. You've tracked down every scrap of information you can. Everybody online is talking about how awesome the game is going to be. Those who've played it go on about how awesome it is.The more you hear, the more excited you become.

I've got bad news for you - your opinion might not be entirely your own. 

Strung Out: Unbelievable Thread Spool Mosaics

Imagine an artist that can create installations that look just like Picasso, Warhol, Rembrandt, Monet, and DaVinci...more impressively, she can do it without every picking up a paint brush. Devorah Sperber creates massive mosaics using thousands of spools of thread, but the image is upside down and backwards. She relies on reflections, the physics of sight, and subjective reality to give her re-mastered masterworks an unusual, unforgettable twist.

Swedish School Makes Minecraft Mandatory

As it turns out, Minecraft is more than just a massive timesink; it's a teaching tool. Earlier this year, a school based in Sweden announced plans to incorporate the game into its curriculum, making it mandatory for all 13-year-old students. The key, it seems, lies in the creativity it inspires.

From STEM To STEAM, Cloud Filmmaker Joined British Airways' Innovators In The Clouds

Traveling with top-flight innovators is a heady experience under normal circumstances. However, when you conduct a think-tank 30,000 feet above terra firma, it's a whole new ballgame. Such was the case when award-winning filmmaker and founder of the Webbie Awards, Tiffany Shlain took to the creative skies with 130 techie-elite from the Silicon Valley. In fact, there was so much to absorb, it will take her a couple of months to document her experience on film.

Making Music Out Of Trash: Landfill Harmonic Orchestra

Much has been made over the past few centuries of the amazing quality of the stringed instruments created by the Stradivarius family. Speculation still rages about exactly how the amazing instruments were made. However, there is a new contention for the most valuable instruments out there. They are the instruments belonging to a group of young musicians from Paraguay who perform together as the Landfill Harmonic Orchestra. Their instruments are made from the trash that they live with every day.

Crochet the Change You Want to See in the World

Pulling the strings of New York artist Olek will only give you more questions to answer. Her crochet-based installments and art are riddles wrapped in a mystery inside....well, yarn. She tries to untie the knots of society and unwind her own self-expression as an artist by weaving her journey into her work.

10 Unanswered Science Questions

Surprise!  There are a lot of things out there that we don't know--and this video will cover a wide range of topics, with links to other videos that will delve even deeper into each mystery...

Science Experiments That Are Awesome!

Okay, kiddies.  Don't try these at home.  Some of them like... blow up and stuff.  And that's not good.  What is good is that this brief video shows some really cool stuff about why science can be fun as well as educational...

Why Inventors are Awesome....

I think we all know that inventors are awesome.  Even when their inventions don't work, they still show an incredible amount of creativity that many people don't possess.  I'm one of those people that can't think that far out of the box to create something (other than art and fiction, that is).  This video is a salute to inventors--and it's pretty funny as well.

One Man's Trash...The Shadow Sculptures of Diet Wiegman

Is that Michael Jackson standing in front of a mangled pile of trash? No, that's just the brilliant balance of darkness and light in Diet Wiegman's playful and profound shadow sculptures. 

Game On: How Video Games Can Teach

It's said that you learn better when you're enjoying yourself - when you're passionate. Today's youth tend to be quite passionate about gaming, as a whole. It seems fitting, then that games are being used to teach - often in some very innovative ways.

Experience “Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination” At The Tech

Get ready to play with the sci-fi technology that’s fascinated audiences for decades when the “Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination” exhibit lands at The Tech Museum of Innovation starting October 19th in San Jose, California. You don’t want to miss out on hanging out with R2-D2, Chewbacca and Yoda!

Tilda Swinton Is Thinking Inside The Box....Again.

Are you still looking for that perfect way to relax after work? Oscar-winner and occasional performance artist Tilda Swinton has a unique way to unwind after a long day - just lay down for a nap. In a glass box. In the MoMA.

Gaming on Glass - The Sports Floor of the Future

The age of smart technology is upon us as we can see in our phones, cars, and even houses. But what about our floors? ASB GlassFloor is a changeable, LED-infused invention that may change the way we play sports, advertise, and even walk down a hallway.

Tree Hole Paintings Add Life To China's Concrete Jungle

The drab streets of Shijiazhuang are looking a lot livelier these days thanks to 23-year-old Wang Yue, an art student at Dalian Polytechnic University. With just a little paint and a whole lot of talent, Wang has conjured up a charming world of wildlife and still life peering out from the hollows, cracks and scars of street-side trees.

Exercise Your Brain And Play With Your Inner Child At The Same Time

Exercising your brain is a great way to enhance your well-being, particularly as you age. With the Color Yourself Smart book series you can exercise your gray matter while engaging your inner child as you color in the pictures that relate to your subject of study. By tying the movement of coloring with the learning process it can also trigger kinesthetic learning which can help people retain more information.

CES Joins Forces With Salesforce To Harness Social Media At #2013CES

Lucky 13 comes in with a bang at this year's Consumer Electronics Show.  While in the real world, you might catch the flu in the exhibit halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center, in the virtual world there's no viruses to speak of - just a lot of chatter that's being monitored at high frequency by Salesforce.

Scientific First: Turtles That Pee From Their Mouths

Biologists from the University of Singapore have discovered that a certain Chinese soft-shelled turtle, well-adapted to living at the bottom of brackish (salty) muddy swamps, coming to the surface to breathe the air, would immerse their heads in puddles when their swamps dry up.  To you and I, such an observation might not cause even the slightest curiosity, but to Y. K. Ip and his team, it was curiosity that led them to discover a truly unique animal - a turtle that pees through its mouth.

Students Make Transportation Energy Efficient In Viet Nam

Many international universities are fostering students' natural curiosity and ingenuity to create new products to help their fellow citizens. Such is the case at HCM City University of Transport where, as the name implies, Vietnamese students focus on developing new, efficient forms of transportation. Recently, they revealed prototypes of the students' solar-run scooter and a new battery-operated wheelchair that can be produced at a much lower cost that those produced in western countries.

 

Child Obesity Habits Begin At Home: Study Gives Tips On Parental Control

A nation-wide study of more than 1100 pre-school children up to 5 years of age in Australia indicates that 20 percent of children are obese even before they enter school.  Particular habits formed at home were identified as leading causes of a condition that is both physically and socially deleterious to kids and can continue all their lives - obesity....