Category: Culture

Sony’s Shawn Layden wants fewer, bigger PlayStation games

It’s always been hard to make a video game we want to buy. The internet’s making it even harder. Titles like Bethesda’s post-apocalyptic adventure game Fallout 76 and the wartime simulator Battlefield 5 from Electronic Arts became punching bags of prominent gamers on YouTube and Twitter when they launched last year. Players and reviewers alike […]

Ticketmaster partners with scalpers to rip you off, two undercover reporters say

Ticketmaster is reportedly recruiting professional scalpers in order to get more money from customers and expand its resale business, according to undercover investigations by CBC News and The Toronto Star published Wednesday. In July, reporters from the publications went undercover at an industry convention called Ticket Summit in Las Vegas. Ticketmaster representatives told the journalists […]

Stephen Hawking’s motorized wheelchair is up for auction

Items belonging to the late physicist Stephen Hawking, including one of his earliest motorized wheelchairs, will be put up for auction beginning on Halloween. ‘Hawking initially resisted the idea of using a wheelchair in the late 1960s; by the late 1970s, he was using motorized models like the present example, and was even renowned for […]

Zoom all the way into the supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy

Last week observers at the European Southern Observatory confirmed something scientists have long suspected: Sagittarius A*, an astronomical radio source at the centre of our galaxy, is actually a supermassive black hole.   In order to prove this, scientists needed to observe objects travelling close to Sagittarius A*. When a star called S2 orbited deep […]

2018 was really hot (just like the last four years), say NASA, NOAA

Continuing a trend of rising temperatures, 2018 was the fourth hottest year on record, according to a climate change report out Wednesday from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The past five years have been the warmest in the modern record, the report said, and 2018’s global temperatures were 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit, […]