Greenlight Adds HOW Many Games?
Yesterday, Valve celebrated the one year anniversary of Greenlight by adding 100 games to Steam's library. Yikes.
In a press release, Gabe Newell said
[...] launching Greenlight and evolving our backend toolset has helped us increase our publishing throughput, pushing the number of independent titles released in the last twelve months to equal the number of titles published from all other categories combined. We expect that number to grow dramatically as we continue to iterate upon our developer service features and seek more ways to improve Steam's value to the community.
For those of you who live under a rock, Greenlight is a way for games (mostly) made by indie developers to get on Steam. If enough of the community gives it a thumbs up, it'll be released. Simple as that.
Still though. 100 games. God damn.
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft - Closed Beta
Blizzard Entertainment, a company known for making you pay to win just released an online card game. That doesn't sound familiar at all
. To prevent talking smack about it, I'm just going to post this video instead.
Unity Engine Shows Some Tits
Aww yeah this is my kind of story. Lee-Perry Smith just released a video showing off the most photorealistic characters probably ever. She shows off the lighting, changes the background a few times, but nobody cares about that. You get to see some high-res nude women. In all seriousness, there's some extremely good texturing going on here, and it's definitely worth checking out. Video is NSFW (though that was probably obvious).
Current conflictions between the U.S. and Syria alleged use of chemical weapons
On Thursday, August 29, 2013 President Obama made a speech regarding the U.S. military’s retaliation for Syrian chemical weapons. Many intelligence officials prepared briefings for Congress on evidence aimed at linking last week’s attack on civilians to President Bashar Assad’s Government.
New Hurdles appeared to have slowed down the formation of an international coalition to undertake military action. Still questions remain about the strength of the case against Assad.
Russia has blocked British efforts to seek a “force resolution” at the United Nations. British Prime Minister Dave Cameron said “his country would wait to join any military efforts until a U.N. chemical weapons inspection team releases its findings.” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the team is expected to complete its inspection Friday and report to him Saturday. They will share their conclusions with members of the Security Council, Ban said, but he didn’t specify when that might happen.
“If any action would be taken against Syria, it would be an international collaboration,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday.
More information regarding the conflicts can be read here: Obama says US action against Syria would send ‘strong signal,’ but momentum slows for strike - National | Globalnews.ca
Swimming Apes Caught on Tape:
Researchers now have the first video evidence that apes can learn to swim and dive. Like humans, wild apes exposed to deep water will fumble and flail. Our uncoordinated movements bear little resemblance to the tried-and-true doggy paddle that most other mammals use instinctively. But a chimpanzee named cooper and an orangutan named Suryia, both raised in captivity and regularly exposed to bathtubs and swimming pools, developed unexpected underwater skill. Reassured by the presence of a safety rope, Cooper became increasingly adventurous over a period of day: He could tread water, submerge himself (with eyes shut tight), and propel himself with a kick reminiscent of the human breaststroke. Suryia also opted for a breaststroke-esque kick, but took his skills a step further, opening his eyes underwater and traveling up to 4 meters while submerged for as long as 15 seconds. In a report this week in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, researcher offer an evolutionary explanation: When an early ancestor of modern apes took to the trees, they say, innate swimming ability like lost its advantage, and the trait disappeared. The fact that our muscles and brains adapted to graful swinging movements in the air and upright walking on the ground might account for the lengthwise reaching and pulling movements that define Cooper and Cuyria’s aquatic style. More information and video can be found here:
Video: Swimming Apes Caught on Tape | Science/AAAS | News
Researcher controls colleague’s motions in 1st human brain-to-brain interface
University of Washington researchers have performed what they believe is the first noninvasive human-to-human brain interface, with one researcher able to send a brain signal via the internet to control the hand motions of a fellow researcher.
Using electrical brain recording and a form of magnetic stimulation, Rajesh Rao sent a brain signal to Andrea Stocco on the other side of the UW campus, causing Stocco’s finger to move on a keyboard.
While researchers at Duke University have demonstrated brain-to-brain communication between two rats, and Hard researchers have demonstrated it between a human and a rat, Rao and Stocco believe this is the first demonstration of human-to-human brain interacting.
“The internet was a way to connect computer, and now it can be a way to connect brains,” Stocco said. “We want to take the knowledge of a brain and transmit it directly from brain to brain”
More information can be found here: Researcher controls colleague’s motions in 1st human brain-to-brain interface | UW Today
Deer take over town in Japan
In Nara Park Japan a group of deer apparently decide to take over the streets. No explanation for why they were. They seemed to be very harmless and docile while just enjoy the “walk in the park”
Sweden Needs More Trash
Sweden has always been ahead when it comes to reducing its environmental impact. To make power, the country does something unique: it tunrs trash into power on a national scale using high-power incinerators. At first glance, it solves two problems: Getting rid of trash before it piles up and generating electricity without burning dirty fossil fuels.
But now Sweden is hitting a wall. According to the country’s Eviornmental Protection Agency, it needs more trash to feet Sweden’s energy habit, and it’s begun importing trash-just over 881,000 tons from nearby Norway to do it.
It’s an innovative idea that seems to work for everyone. Sweden powers most of it homes and business with a waste product, and gets paid to do so. Norway gets rid of trash it doesn’t have space to bury more cheaply than exporting trash elsewhere (it gets the ashes back after incineration, but those take up much less space). And no one has to dig or drill for energy.
More information can be found here:
Sweden Needs More Trash – News Watch
Stick-on lens boosts smartphone camera magnification
Thomas Larson is looking to break into the camera phone attachment market and inspire a new generation of scientists with the Micro Phone Lens, an adhesive add-on lens that offers 15X optical magnification from a tiny footprint.
In a similar way to the Strap-on Macro Lens, the Micro Phone Lens trades off the performance of larger devices like the ProScope Micro against the convenience of being so small that you hardly notice it.
Measuring only 1/4 inch (6 mm) in diameter, the device is essentially a tiny sticker that goes right over the camera's lens. It is washable, removable and reusable, so you won't have to lock it into one specific smartphone or tablet.
more information can be found here
Stick-on lens boosts smartphone camera magnification
McDonald's Turns Its Tables Into NFC Smartphone Racetracks
The Happy Meal is as synonymous with McDonald's as the Big Mac, but now the international fast food chain is experimenting with what it's calling the Happy Table. It's another attempt to lure kids in that uses simple NFC stickers to turn its dining tables into virtual interactive race tracks.
The kids need access to a smartphone with wireless NFC capabilities, and a free downloadable app which turns the device into a car driven by one of the restaurant's mascots. A series of NFC stickers on the underside of the table trigger different sections of track with various hazards, but also give access to other fast food-related mini games.
more information can be found here: McDonald's Turns Its Tables Into NFC Smartphone Racetracks
Portable device works with smartphone to perform kidney tests
People who suffer with diabetes and chronic kidney problems may soon have a new, portable device to help them self-monitor their health with less hassle. Researchers at the University of California have developed a smartphone peripheral that carries out tests and transmits data without constant visits to a clinic, which is a daily routine for some patients.
The main task of the 150-gram (5.3-oz) device is to measure levels in urine of a blood protein called albumin, the most commonly-used marker in kidney testing. The phone attachment is an opto-mechanical device that projects beams of visible light through two small fluorescent tubes attached to it. One tube contains a control liquid while the other contains the urine samples mixed with fluorescent dyes. The fluorescent light passes through an additional lens before being captured by the smartphone.
The processing of the data is done very fast by an Android application that analyzes the raw images in less than one second, so the device can transmit the test results to a database or health care provider. Accuracy levels fall within accepted clinical standards, being accurate to within less than 10 micrograms per milliliter.
more information can be found here: Portable device works with smartphone to perform kidney tests