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Game theory says you should charge your friends to borrow things

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 9:45am
When it comes to buying or borrowing goods, overall cost for society is smallest when people charge for lending
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Governments sued over climate change, with banks and firms next

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 9:41am
Almost 900 climate change cases have now been filed in 24 countries, and the Paris climate agreement could provide a further boost to litigation efforts
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Curious AI learns by exploring game worlds and making mistakes

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 9:26am
Algorithms with a taste for exploration can learn how to play video games and might be able to pick up other skills much faster than conventionally taught AIs
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Disney Chief Bob Iger Doesn't Believe Movie Hack Threat Was Real

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 9:20am
You may remember Disney's boss revealing that hackers had threatened to leak one of the studio's new films unless it paid a ransom. Bob Iger didn't name the film, but it was thought to be "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales." But now Iger says: "To our knowledge we were not hacked." From a report: Disney chairman-CEO Bob Iger confirmed Thursday that a hacker claiming to have stolen an upcoming Disney movie and demanding a ransom didn't appear to have the goods. "To our knowledge we were not hacked," Iger told Yahoo Finance. "We had a threat of a hack of a movie being stolen. We decided to take it seriously but not react in the manner in which the person who was threatening us had required." Iger continued, "We don't believe that it was real and nothing has happened." On May 15, as first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Iger told ABC employees at a town hall meeting in New York that someone claiming to have stolen an upcoming movie would release the film on the internet unless the company paid a ransom. Iger told staff that the studio wouldn't meet any such demands.

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Chat about rhythm violence with Thumper developer Marc Flury at 6:30 PM EDT

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 9:07am

We're kicking off the weekend with a chat about porting VR games to the Nintendo Switch with Thumper co-creator Mark Flury at 6:30 PM EDT. ...

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Saturn’s moons could reassemble after a cosmic smash-up

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 8:50am
Any surviving debris from a collision would forge a new patchwork moon – so that’s not how Saturn got its rings
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Earnings report roundup: Game industry winners and losers in Q1 2017

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 8:45am

Jon Jordan offers a rundown of info gleaned from game company quarterly reports for Q1 2017. Who overperformed and underperformed, and why? ...

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Newly-evolved microbes may be breaking down ocean plastics

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 7:00am
There is less plastic in our oceans than expected because life is evolving the ability to biodegrade it, one team is claiming  
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Rime: Critical Consensus news - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 6:57am
Tequila Works' well-crafted puzzle title leaves reviewers stunned but divided over the long-awaited game's impact
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Virtuos Games spinoff Lusionsoft nets $1.8M to delve into VR

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 6:55am

Lusionsoft, an new spinoff venture from game development contractor Virtuos Games, has netted $1.8M to create high-quality virtual and augmented reality apps.  ...

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Monster Hunter Switch reveal spikes Nintendo shares news - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 6:22am
Platform holder's shares hit highest level in almost 9 years after Capcom confirms port of 3DS hit
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Giant octopus suffocates foolhardy dolphin that tried to eat it

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 6:00am
Dolphins have a special way of preparing the octopuses they eat – but when that goes awry the consequences can be deadly
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Why you don't need to tear up your game to make it accessible

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 5:59am

Making your video game more accessible isn't hard work. In fact, the only reason you're probably struggling to answer to the accessibility question is because the solution is so damn obvious.  ...

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Traumatic beetle sex causes rapid evolutionary arms race

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 5:00am
Male seed beetles use sharp spikes on their penises to damage females during sex, but females are evolving thicker tissue to resist them
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Blog: How I sell sky photos to make video games

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 4:59am

15 years ago I left racing game developer Ratbag to form Hyperfocal Design, which sells only sky textures. I've since been able to develop indie games mostly full-time using the passive income. ...

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Monkey mafia steal your stuff, then sell it back for a cracker

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 4:55am
Long-tailed macaques living near an Indonesian temple have learned how to steal human possessions, including cash, and then trade them for food
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Brenda Romero's plea for unity among game developers news - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 4:48am
From Phil Fish and Peter Molyneux to the rift between core and casual, Brenda Romero spoke out against the divisions between us
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Why Minecraft: Education Edition is Microsoft's most important video game news - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 4:27am
Xbox lays out its vision to transform the education system globally
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Nowcasting may help forecast big earthquakes in 53 major cities

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 2:59am
Records of small quakes can help us gauge how close we are to really big ones, using a technique borrowed from economics and finance
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Amazing pictures show cyclones swirling above Jupiter’s poles

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 2:37am
The best close-up images ever of Jupiter reveal surprising cyclones and ammonia patches that are forcing a rethink of our understanding of the planet
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