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September 29, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 06:43PM PST by ClayMeow

We have seen a lot of the combat and beautiful vistas in Dragon Age: Inquisition, and today we get another piece of the puzzle – Character Creation. The Character Creation system in Inquisition is quite robust, allowing you to change everything from the quite basic face shape and hair, to the more complex nuances of nose tip and eyelash style. There's also full color wheels for everything you can hope for, from eyes to tattoos to a plethora of different makeup locations.

Dragon Age: Inquisition will launch on November 18 in North America and November 21 in Europe for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. The Standard Edition costs $59.99 for all platforms, while a Deluxe Edition is available for $69.99 and includes the following bonus content: Flames of the Inquisition Armor, Flames of the Inquisition Armored Mount, Skyhold Throne, Red Hart Halla, Bog Unicorn, and the digital soundtrack. Pre-ordering either version grants you some nice fiery weapons from the Flames of the Inquisition Arsenal.

Source: Facebook

Comments (0) | Posted at 04:44PM PST by ClayMeow

The Atlantic Council, a nonpartisan Washington D.C. think tank in the field of international affairs, is about to embark on a unique year-long project called "The Art of Future Warfare". The premise behind the new project is to "mine narrative fiction and interactive media for real-world insights into the future of conflict." Last week, the Atlantic Council named acclaimed writer and director Dave Anthony, who is best known for writing and directing Call of Duty: Black Ops, along with directing its sequel, as a nonresident fellow in its Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.

The year-long project will kick off on October 1, with Anthony headlining a public, on-the-record event from 330-5PM ET entitled "The Future of Unknown Conflict." It will be streamed live here. Anthony will use his experience creating scenarios of current and future warfare to gain an edge in future conflicts. It's not often we see people in our nation's capital embrace violent video games. The idea behind the project came about when Steven Grundman, a George Lund fellow for emerging defense challenges at the Atlantic Council, was watching his son play Black Ops II, realizing the attention to detail and realistic depiction of war in the year 2025.

"We have a perception of Washington that someone wouldn't be forward-thinking enough to contact creative people to predict... future conflicts and the nature of what these conflict will be," Anthony said. "The fact that they contacted a video game director to help them with that was flabbergasting." Anthony will be focused on showing what our nation and other nations can do to take a proactive step in preparing for terrorist attacks and other acts of war.

Source: Atlantic Council via The Washington Post

Comments (1) | Posted at 04:22PM PST by CheeseMan42

HP first announced its intention to release a $200 "Chromebook killer" Windows notebook at the Windows Partners Conference in July. The company then revealed a $300 Stream laptop on September 8, failing to deliver on the under $200 price tag. Earlier today HP finally announced a Stream laptop at a price point of $199.99 that features an Intel Celeron processor, 32GB of flash storage, and an 11.6" screen. HP also announced a 13.3" Stream at a price of $230 as well as 7" and 8" tablets at prices of $100 and $150. Microsoft is bundling a few extras with each notebook including a one year subscription to Office 365 Personal, 1TB of cloud storage through Microsoft OneDrive, and a $25 giftcard for the Microsoft Store.

Source: PC World

Comments (0) | Posted at 04:11PM PST by CheeseMan42

Google has announced a partnership with Adobe to bring the Creative Cloud service to Chromebooks. Initial support will come in the form of a streaming version of Photoshop that operates in the cloud and runs right on your Chromebook without any additional hassle. Users will be required to be an Adobe education customer with a paid Creative Cloud membership to access the service. The new service will also be fully integrated with Google Drive, making it easy for users to access their files from anywhere.

Source: Google

Comments (0) | Posted at 03:10PM PST by gebraset

Microsoft has revealed that it will launch its full size flagship store at 677 Fifth Avenue sometime next year. The location is at the heart of Upper Fifth Avenue, a high-end retail destination for both tourists and locals. Microsoft executives noted that the 677 Fifth Avenue site, which is currently a Fendi shop located just blocks away from the Apple Store, has been five years in the making. The store is set to feature an exceptional experience that showcases the products and services that Microsoft offers consumers. David Porter, the corporate vice president for Microsoft retail stores, stated that "As our first flagship store, it will serve as the centerpiece of our Microsoft Stores experience." Although Microsoft does have a few full size stores located within the New York area, the company’s flagship store will be the first for Manhattan.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Comments (0) | Posted at 02:56PM PST by ClayMeow
Housemarque's 2D Platformer Outland is Now Available on Steam

It has been fifteen years since developer Housemarque released a game on PC, but the wait is finally over. Previously only available on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, 2011's 2D platformer Outland has now made its way to PC via Steam. Described as "a successful mix between the bullet-hell insanity of Ikaruga, the sense of exploration of classic Prince of Persia games, and the elegant silhouette aesthetic of Limbo," the original Outland received high critical acclaim. While the game doesn't officially support mods, Housemarque sees it as a way to test the PC gaming waters again and hopefully lead to more PC projects in the future. That being said, don't expect its Sony-owned IPs (Super Stardust, Dead Nation, and Resogun) to make their way to Steam.

Outland is available on Steam for $9.99, but you can enjoy a 15% discount until October 6, dropping the price to $8.49. Only the Windows version is currently available, but Mac and Linux versions will be coming later this year. A Special Edition featuring a 90-page artbook and the 29-track original soundtrack will arrive as separate DLC shortly after launch. The original Outland was published by Ubisoft, but the Steam version is self-published by Housemarque, so no Uplay or anything of that nature.

Source: Housemarque Blog and Steam

Comments (0) | Posted at 02:00PM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Vision is easily one of our most used and elide upon senses, but it is also one of the hardest to replicate, in its entirety. Of course we have cameras we can connect computers to, so they can see the world, but machines have a very hard time recognizing objects. Now researchers at Virginia Tech are working on a machine vision system that will use cartoons to teach computers what they see.

For computers to understand what they are looking at, it can be necessary to describe each object in great detail. Describing some concepts can be very difficult though, which is why the researchers are turning to visual abstractions or cartoons. Instead of just having a computer look at an image, the plan is to crowd-source new images that replicate the originals using clipart. This way, computers can learn to recognize objects more like how humans do.

To help with this work, Google has awarded the researchers $92,000 of unrestricted funds.

Source: EurekAlert!

Comments (0) | Posted at 10:39AM PST by ClayMeow
Fifteen Minutes of Total War: ATTILA Gameplay with Developer Commentary

Last week, Creative Assembly unveiled the next game in the turn-based strategy Total War series, entitled Total War: ATTILA. While the setting, premise, and updated features are all quite appealing, the Official Announcement Trailer was void of any gameplay footage; and seeing is believing. Over the weekend, during EGX London 2014, Gamespot's Mark Walton sat down with Creative Assembly Studio Communications Manager Al Bickham for a narrated look at some actual Total War: ATTILA gameplay.

Total War: ATTILA is scheduled to arrive sometime in 2015, exclusively for PC (Windows and Mac).

Source: GameSpot

Comments (0) | Posted at 10:08AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Normally in school, we are shown the right way to do something then left to do it the right way, and expand what we learn to a general practice. While this method does work, is it necessarily the best method? Researchers at the University of Eastern Finland are investigating that question by showing programming students animations with mistakes in them, that the students must identify.

The idea for this method came from a discussion about Jeliot 3, a programming visualization tool. It was realized that students do not necessarily pay attention to the animations presented by Jeliot 3, which have no mistakes. By introducing errors into the animations though, the students will become more engaged with the animation, as they try to identify the mistakes, which will help them understand the topics involved.

Exactly how useful Jeliot ConAn is, has yet to be determined as, so far, it has had mixed results. Only with more time and study can it be fully evaluated, but before even now teachers are learning new activities for their students, which leverage the fun of searching for mistakes.

Source: University of Eastern Finland

Comments (0) | Posted at 09:42AM PST by ClayMeow

While Sega and Creative Assembly took a break last week to show us an extended cut of the Alien: Isolation television ad, they're back today with the seventh video in the #HowWillYouSurvive video series. Entitled "Crowd Control", this new snippet shows us that the Xenomorph is not the only threat you have to worry about; the synthetics can prove quite deadly when you become outnumbered.

Alien: Isolation is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on October 7. You can check the PC system requirements at the official site. A Season Pass will also be available, featuring five Survivor Mode add-on packs.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 09:35AM PST by ClayMeow
Every Last Bullet Matters in The Evil Within

Bethesda Softworks has published a new trailer and blog post for survival-horror The Evil Within, which provide an in-depth, spoiler-free look at the game. The trailer, entitled "Every Last Bullet", shows off some all new gameplay footage, while the blog post provides some survival strategies that may help you keep protagonist Sebastian Castellanos from meeting an untimely demise.

The Evil Within will be available for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on October 14. Pre-ordering nets you "The Fighting Chance Pack", which includes five in-game items: medical kit, double barrel shotgun, incendiary agony bolt, poison agony bolt, and green gel. A Season Pass is also available, which will contain three content packs featuring new characters and stories.

Source: Bethesda Blog

Comments (0) | Posted at 08:00AM PST by ClayMeow
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Season Pass Highlighted in New Trailer

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor launches tomorrow and has already received high critical acclaim. While the game offers a good 20+ hours of content on its own, of course there's a Season Pass if you want even more. The Season Pass was detailed back in August, but until now it's all just been a bunch of words. Today, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) and Monolith Productions released a Season Pass Trailer, which highlights the line-up of content included.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is releasing September 30 in North America for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One; September 30 in Europe for PC; October 3 in Europe for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One; November 18 in North America for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360; and November 21 in Europe for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 05:54AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Measurements are critically important in the sciences, so it is also important that measurements can be trusted. To prove just how trustworthy a measurement is, reference materials can be analyzed, since we know what any measurements of them should be. Researchers at NIST have recently created a new reference material that is the smallest ever at roughly 2 nm in diameter.

To create the new Reference Material 8027 (RM 8027), the researchers start by etching nanocrystals from a silicon wafer. This allows them to ensure the nanocrystals are of the correct size. They are then separated with ultrasound and acquire an organic shell, to ensure stability. To prove RM 8027 is what it should be, its size and composition are determined by dynamic light scattering, analytical centrifugation, electron microscopy, and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS).

Along with ensuring that studies concerning materials with dimensions at or below 5 nm, RM 8027 could also help with studying silicon nanoparticles for use in solar cells, solid state lighting, and more. This is because silicon nanoparticles like it could be used in those applications, replacing the current standards.

Source: NIST

Comments (0) | Posted at 05:51AM PST by bp9801

It is the start of a new week, as well as the last couple days of September, and if you like motherboards then you're in luck today. We have a review on the EVGA X99 Classified motherboard, which packs in a ton of features for those wanting to upgrade to the Intel Haswell-E line of processors. There's also the Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H for those who just want a Haswell board, yet aren't going to skimp on the amount of goodies that come with it. For something a little different, and sticking with Intel, the ASRock Q2900-ITX motherboard comes with the Pentium J2900 CPU already installed to make for a solid starting point for an HTPC build. Moving over to AMD, the BIOSTAR A68N-5000 is another ITX motherboard that comes with an AMD A4-5000 APU already integrated. Wrapping things up for today is a look at 20 of the worst PC setups seen over the last month.

EVGA X99 Classified @ PC Perspective
Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H @ Madshrimps
Fanless HTPC: Intel 'Bay Trail-D' Pentium J2900 & Asrock Q2900-ITX @ TechSpot
BIOSTAR A68N-5000 @ Madshrimps

20 of the Worst  PC Setups - September 2014 @ ThinkComputers

Comments (2) | Posted at 04:44AM PST by gebraset

The GeForce GTX 980 is one of the hottest graphics cards currently available, as it boasts incredible specifications and is capable of delivering exceptional performance. AMD is of course looking to bring its own GPUs to the table in an attempt to compete with NVIDIA, and rumors are now coming forth with what products the company will use to do so. According to information from overclockers.ru, a new series of graphics cards is coming from AMD: the R9 390X based on the Bermuda GPU, the R9 380X based on Fiji, and the R9 370X based on Treasure Island. These graphics cards will feature TSMC’s new 20nm manufacturing technology and 3D stacked HBM memory, offering reduced power consumption with improved performance over previously released AMD GPUs. The R9 390X is staged to compete with the unreleased GTX 980 Ti/Titan 2, the R9 380X should go against the GTX 980 and 970, and the R9 370X will bump heads with the GTX 960.

If no issues concerning supply, manufacturing, or distribution come forth, the R9 380X should be released by February, 2015.

Source: WCCFtech

September 27, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 07:34AM PST by ClayMeow
Everything You Need to Know to Play Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

With the release of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor approaching in just a few days, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) has published an in-depth video to get you ready. Entitled "Everything You Need to Walk into Mordor", the video is divided into eight sections: Prologue, Ranger & Wraith, Cast, Weapons & Runes, Nemesis System, Creatures, Extras, and Epilogue.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is releasing September 30 in North America for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One; September 30 in Europe for PC; October 3 in Europe for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One; November 18 in North America for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360; and November 21 in Europe for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. A Season Pass will also be available with an exclusive mission and additional content.

Source: Press Release

September 26, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 04:28PM PST by Guest_Jim_*

One of the grander aspects of the General Theory of Relativity is that spacetime can be warped by objects and events. At the time, this was an unbelievable concept, but thanks to many experiments over the decades, we know it to be true and seek out some of the theory's consequences. Among them is the gravitational wave and now researchers, having reexamined the theory, have developed a new way to detect them, which has been published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters.

Gravity, according to General Relativity, is the warping of spacetime around an object. Particularly energetic events, such as supernovae, binary neutron star systems, and the merging of neutron stars and black holes should create large ripples in spacetime, which will travel across the Universe. Using experiments on Earth and in space, we have been trying to detect these waves, to further prove Einstein correct, but have had no luck so far. The new method being proposed is to watch for stars to changes in brightness. The idea is that stars that oscillate could absorb energy from a gravitational wave, if the frequency of the wave were the same as the star's oscillations.

Another result of this research is that stars, including the sun, could interfere with gravitational waves, effectively eclipsing their sources. The researchers are now working to determine how long it would take to observe these effects.

Source: American Museum of Natural History

Comments (0) | Posted at 04:03PM PST by gebraset

Yahoo, a company that is currently focused on making the world's daily habits inspiring and entertaining, has announced that it is shutting down three of its offerings. One of the offerings that is being shut down is Yahoo Education, a site designed to connect users with education providers and content. Another offering that Yahoo is shutting down is Qwiki, which automatically creates short movies based on photographs that users take. While the service and application are shutting down, the Qwiki team will remain integrated within Yahoo and will focus all of its efforts on other digital media experiences for Yahoo users. Yahoo Directory, the offering that Yahoo was launched upon nearly 20 years ago, is also being shut down. Yahoo’s business has changed substantially from the time Yahoo Directory was initially brought to early adopters of the Internet, and the shutdown of the offering boldly displays this.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 12:43PM PST by ClayMeow
Focus Home Publishes Four

Infiltraton RPG Styx: Master of Shadows is inching closer to release, so publisher Focus Home Interactive has decided to release not one, not two, but four(!) "Making-of" videos. The videos include: The Gameplay, The Sound Design, The Music, and The Team. You can use the links I've just provided to access each respective video, but I've embedded "Making-of: The Gameplay" below for your viewing pleasure, with English sub-titles forced on; because unless you know French, you won't be able to understand a word they're saying otherwise.

Styx: Master of Shadows will arrive on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 7 with a very reasonable price tag of $29.99/€29.99/£24.99. Pre-purchasing the game on Steam provides a 20% discount, and the offer is actually good until October 13, meaning you could actually wait for reviews if you're on the fence! Kudos to Focus Home for offering a week one discount instead of just a pure pre-order discount!

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 12:20PM PST by ClayMeow

Taking a break from the #HowWillYouSurvive series of videos for a moment, Sega has released the 60-second extended cut of the Alien: Isolation television ad:

Alien: Isolation is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on October 7. You can check the PC system requirements at the official site. A Season Pass will also be available, featuring five Survivor Mode add-on packs.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 11:49AM PST by CheeseMan42

DEEPCOOL has announced its newest CPU coolers, a trio of liquid coolers in the CAPTAIN series, released under the GAMING STORM sub-brand. The CAPTAIN series are all-in-one liquid cooling solutions in 120mm, 240mm, and 360mm configurations. The patented Separated Section design keeps the pump and cold plate in separate blocks and connects them with a "unique transparent connection system." The base is made of pure copper and contains precision-machined 0.2mm micro channels to help with the heat transfer. Also included are 120mm PWM fans that operate between 600 and 2200 RPM. The coolers will be available next month at an MSRP of $79.99 for the 120mm version, $109.99 for the 240mm, and $139.99 for the 360mm.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 09:48AM PST by ClayMeow

A couple weeks ago, we got a glimpse as to why Assassin's Creed Rogue protagonist Shay Patrick Cormac turns his back on the Assassin Brotherhood and joins the Templars. But what does it actually mean to be a Templar? How does playing as a Templar differ from playing as an Assassin? In a new video cleverly titled "Templar vs Assassin", Producer Ivan Balabanov explains how playing as a Templar is a completely different gameplay perspective than playing as an Assassin. Not only do you get access to the most advanced weaponry, but your former Assassin Brotherhood buddies can implement tactics you used to employ in previous games, such as getting the drop on you from above when you least expect it.

Assassin's Creed Rogue will be arriving November 11 in North America and November 13 in EMEA territories for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, but I'm sure it's only a matter of time before a remastered version arrives on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Pre-ordering nets you the Ultimate Hunter pack and the Siege of Fort de Sable mission.

Source: Ubisoft

Comments (0) | Posted at 09:35AM PST by ClayMeow
Meet Far Cry 4's Pagan Min, the Self-appointed King of Kyrat

Last week, I claimed that the real stars of Far Cry 4 are the elephants. While I still stand by that claim, I must say that Pagan Min is shaping up to be one of the best antagonists in video game history. "Sadistic dictator. Psychopath. Best dressed man in Kyrat." Those are just some of the ways to describe the self-appointed King of Kyrat. It also helps that he's perfecly voiced by veteran voice actor Troy Baker. If you'd like to learn how Pagan Min rose to power, check out the description after the video, pulled straight from the press release.

Pagan Min was born in Hong Kong, the son of a mid-level drug boss in the Golden Triangle. His father was a small fish in a big pond and even as a young man, Pagan was as ambitious as he was flamboyant. This peacocking drove a wedge between them. Pagan worked for his father, hated him, and was frustrated as a lieutenant, seeing his father as a dinosaur. Nobody knows how his father died, but it wasn't natural causes. After his father's unfortunate passing Pagan inherited his small piece of the pie. He then left his old identity behind and adopted the moniker "Pagan," naming himself after an old Burmese king who murdered his family to take control. Of course, he changed the pronunciation to be western so that he'd be more unique. Pagan quickly started carving himself more of the pie he believed that he deserved. He built considerable assets, a small private army, and started angering his allies in the heroin trade. He didn't fit in and he knew he couldn't kill them all; it was only a matter of time before the old guard decided to have him killed.

This is when his eyes fell upon Kyrat, a small failed state with multiple warring factions in the wake of the collapse of its monarchy. He allied himself with the Royalists, propping up a distant heir to the throne who he used to swell his ranks and to remove all opposing faction in the country. After a few bloody months, Pagan and the united Royalists took the palace by storm, but Pagan betrayed the Royalists by murdering the heir and seizing the throne for himself. He then started a purge of anyone who didn't fall in line, executing his opposition. The betrayal led to the formation of the Golden Path, a small resistance movement dedicated to overthrowing Pagan.

Far Cry 4 is set to release on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on November 18.

Source: Press Release

Comments (2) | Posted at 06:38AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Water is one of the most important materials on Earth for the role it plays in supporting life. For this reason we try to look for it when searching for other planets that potentially also have life on them. To help with the search, knowing where the Solar System's water originated would be useful, and now researchers at the Carnegie Institution think they know the source.

There are only two options for where the water could have come from and those are the planetary nebula that the Solar System developed from, or chemical processes the Sun triggered, after it came to life. To determine which is correct, the researchers had to find out the ratio of hydrogen isotopes in water on Earth and in comets and asteroids. Unlike the dynamic Earth, the water (as ice) held by comets and asteroids has been in unchanged since the beginning of the Solar System, and is, in effect, a time capsule of that earlier time. The researchers also created a model to see if a newly formed star could produce the ratios observed today.

The results of the model do not match what has been found in the Solar System, which indicates that much of the water in the Solar System actually predates it. This conclusion is of immense importance as this option would put more water on other planets than if the local stars had to produce it all. Also the water and ices contained in planetary nebulae have organic molecules with them, which could impact life forming.

Source: Carnegie Institution

Comments (0) | Posted at 05:48AM PST by bp9801

It is the end of the week at last, with some reviews to help you welcome in the weekend. There is a review on the MSI Z97 XPOWER AC motherboard, which is jam-packed with features (like the wireless AC module) to help you get the most out of your Haswell CPU. We also have a look at the new Apple iPhone 6 Plus, the 5.5-inch variety of Apple's popular smartphone line. Wrapping things up for the week is a review on Kingwin's EZ-CLONE USB 3.0 to SATA & IDE One Click Clone Adapter, which helps make the process of moving to a new hard drive incredibly easy.

MSI Z97 XPOWER AC @ Madshrimps

Storage/Hard Drives
Kingwin EZ-CLONE USB 3.0 to SATA & IDE One Click Clone Adapter @ ThinkComputers

Apple iPhone 6 Plus @ TechSpot

September 25, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 04:09PM PST by CheeseMan42

The Apple iCloud service has been in the news recently due to the reveal of a brute force exploit that was patched with the implementation of two factor authentication. It is now being reported that software developer Ibrahim Balic reported the vulnerability to Apple on March 26 and Balic claimed he was able to brute force a single account with up to 20,000 passwords. Balic also notified Apple of the bug using the official bug submission platform. Apple responded on May 6 and Balic believed that the issue was still in place and the company appeared to have discounted his findings as being a threat, stating "Based on the information you provided, it appears that it would take an extraordinarily long time to find a valid authentication token for an account."

Source: Daily Dot

Comments (0) | Posted at 04:04PM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Nanoparticles are interesting materials with many applications from energy storage to medical uses, but can be a little tricky to make. Chemical reactions must be used and they are not always the fast or efficient. Researchers at the Naval Research Laboratory have recently discovered a new process for synthesizing oxide nanoparticles that can produce very large quantities, very quickly.

Traditionally the synthesis of oxide nanoparticles relies on an oxidizing agent like hydrogen peroxide. While these agents work, they are somewhat weak and slow at reaction with solutions of metal salts. What the NRL researchers have done though is demonstrated that potassium superoxide (KO2) could be used instead. Its use results in a rapid exothermic reaction that produces insoluble oxide or hydroxide nanoparticles. The researchers have already managed to produce over 10 grams in a single step, which is 10,000 times more than many other methods after four steps.

One catch to this KO2 method is that the concentration of metal in the solution cannot be too great, or else large clusters of the nanoparticles will be made. It is able to create more complex materials though, including a cathode used in lithium batteries, a multiferroic material, and even a superconductor.

Source: Naval Research Laboratory

Comments (0) | Posted at 03:46PM PST by CheeseMan42

Major League Gaming is planning to open the first eSports arena in the United States in late October in Columbus, Ohio. MLG has hosted a number of events in Columbus over the years and Adam Apicella of MLG described the location choice saying, "With 62 colleges in the Columbus region, hundreds of thousands of university and high school students in the 11-county area, and close proximity to our audience on the East Coast, Columbus is a great location for our MLG.tv Arena." Katie Goldberg of MLG gave a description of the planned layout of the arena which will have, "a main stage set up, sound proof booths, lights, video screens, bleachers, monitors, IT and video equipment to broadcast via MLG.tv." The first event to be hosted will be the Call of Duty: Ghosts pro league playoffs and according to Adam's Twitter account, there will be roughly 200 seats for spectators at the event.

Source: SB Nation and Twitter

Comments (0) | Posted at 02:26PM PST by ClayMeow
Prepare for the Hunnic Invasion in Total War: ATTILA

The Dark Ages approach. A time of famine, disease and war, where refugees in their thousands flee from a sweeping tide of destruction and death. Desperate barbaric tribes rally against the ailing might of a dying and divided Roman empire; the light of civilization gutters and dims. In the great steppes of Scythia, a vast and terrifying force gathers, led by a warrior king whose thirst for conquest is utterly unequalled.

The Scourge of God, the very herald of the apocalypse, Attila the Hun.

That is how the press release for Creative Assembly's next game in the venerable Total War series begins, and it paints quite the picture. Total War: ATTILA starts in 395 AD, 367 years after the official end of Total War: Rome II's campaign. The Roman Empire has been split into two, with the Western Roman Empire on its last legs and the Eastern Roman Empire (or Byzantine Empire) rising to power. The unique landscape of the time allows Creative Assembly to introduce what it's calling a "legendary start position": "Playing as the Western Roman Empire you will begin with vast territories under your control, but weakened by political in-fighting and threatened on all sides by enemies, your dominance will quickly become a struggle to survive."

Aside from an all new play-style, some fan favorite features absent in Rome II will be returning. According to project lead Janos Gaspar, "We're reintroducing some features that fans have been asking for, such as family trees and skill trees, and improving many of the core aspects of Total War we know are important to them. But to really bring the period to life, we're building on these foundations with many new strategic features for them to consider, such as advanced street-fighting, civilians, complete settlement destruction and dynamic fire that can rage across a city as armies class."

Total War: ATTILA is scheduled to arrive sometime in 2015 for Windows PC and Mac, and will be running on a modified version of Rome II's Warscape engine; hopefully without all the technical issues that continue to plague that game.

Source: Press Release and Official Site

Comments (0) | Posted at 12:36PM PST by Guest_Jim_*

I am not actually sure about how many LEDs there are around me presently, but there are definitely many. While these light sources are all fairly efficient, compact, and have a long lifespan, they do have an emission problem. Most of the light an LED actually produces can be trapped inside of it, but researchers at Princeton University have recently developed a new LED design that lets the light out.

Believe it or not, but some simple LEDs only emit 2-4% of the light they create. The remainder of the light stays trapped within the LED, producing heat that will actually shorten the light's lifespan. By adding reflectors, lenses, and other structures, more of the light will be emitted, but a display using such LEDs could then reflect ambient light, reducing its contrast. The solution to that has been to add a light-absorbing material to the display, which cuts the brightness by as much as half. The Princeton researchers have a new design in mind though that uses a nanotechnology structure called plasmonic cavity with subwavelength hole-array (PlaCSH). This puts a metal mesh on top of the LED that guides photons out of the LED and to a viewer.

The researchers predict that this system, which will work with both organic and inorganic LEDs, could increase efficiency by 58% and display contrast by 400%, while also being flexible. Producing organic LEDs with the PlaCSH is also a simple affair with nanoimprint technology, which allows the structures to be produced like printing newspapers.

Source: Princeton University

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