This Week in Geekdom

Hi everyone and best wishes for a happy long weekend to those who've been able to configure such a nice unofficial start to summer here in the Northern Hemisphere. Today's post is going to be a bit on the short side, as I'm currently participating in my very first MegaGame today. My fellow gamers and I will be reacting to the first extraterrestrial contact here on planet Earth in the campaign Watch the Skies! It should make for fun times and you can follow along in our adventures via our Twitter or Facebook accounts (or via the in-game blog I'll be running: the Global Technology Journal). Before we get down to chasing aliens, let's get down to the Week in Geekdom.


This is the story of how Colossal Order reached out to frustrated fans of Sim City and built a brand new simulation phenomenon.

Nintendo would like you to know that it does, in fact, have indie games on its roster. They're just not anything that's been made all that recently.


We talked yesterday about the glorious insanity that is Mad Max: Fury Road, but here's a new tidbit for you guys: this is how they made a real-life fire-spurting guitar.
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The Next MacGyver competition, designed to help encourage women to enter into STEM fields, is now underway.

This is what happens when a star hits a supernova.

On Thursday, the Large Hadron Collider set a new record for levels of energy released by the smashing of protons.

We had more to fear than their sharp, pointy teeth, but rabbits, and the ailments endemic to them, may help researchers uncover new ways to make more effective vaccines.

Speaking of pointy dental structures, have you ever wondered what it's like to be a walrus? Now you can have a first-hand look at a day in the life of the giant marine mammal.

Earlier this week, the U.S. Congress passed this extremely controversial bill that removes budget-allocating powers from the National Science Foundation and gives those abilities to Congress itself. The bill also put hard limits on what research pertaining to fossil fuels could be used to guide energy policies in the United States.

Meanwhile, the government of New Zealand spent its week ruling that animals will be legally recognized as sentient beings.

Feats of Nerdery

How to turn an NES into a PC.

As always, best wishes for an excellent week ahead!

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