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Remembering Hiroshi Yamauchi, The Man Who Made Nintendo

Hiroshi Yamauchi was the president of Nintendo from 1949 to 2002, and might be the person most responsible for bringing gaming into mainstream culture. He shepherded the company when it was a small business selling playing card...
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A $1,000 Ikea House For Refugees

Making sure that there’s enough shelter available for populations displaced by war is a challenge of cost and scale. Fortunately, challenges of cost and scale are something businesses can be really good at. Ikea, best kno...
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Darwin Wasn’t A Complete Chauvinist After All

The annals of scientific history are filled with brilliant men who, when push came to shove, weren’t exactly super nice guys. Renown evolutionary theorist Charles Darwin, though, may have gotten more of a bad rap when it ...
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Don’t Be Afraid Of Your DNA

In January, scientists scared the world by using public information to find the names behind five people’s anonymous, public DNA samples collected for research. The scientists then determined the identity of some 45 family me...
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How Videogames Are About To Start Playing You

When Microsoft Iintorduced the Kinect sensor in 2010, the company said the motion-capture system would transform gaming. That was only partially true; gamers could do novel things like swing an imaginary golf club or dance, but...
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Got A Wide Face? You’re Making Everything Terrible

Man, it’s a tough time to be a big-faced dude. Last year, two management professors at the University of California, Riverside found that men with wider faces were more likely to cheat and lie for financial gain. Now, the...
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The Big Bang May Not Have Spawned The Universe After All

According to a new paper posted on Arxiv, the Big Bang may not have been what we think it is. In fact, there may have been no Big Bang at all–our universe may have come from an entirely different source. The Big Bang theo...
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How To Make A Beach Clean Itself

In 2011, water pollution closed or drove visitors away from U.S. shores on more than 15,000 beach days across the country. In many places, the problem is getting worse. As coastal towns crowd with rooftops and parking lots, the...
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Neuroscience May Help Us Understand Financial Bubbles

Five years on from Lehman Brothers’ collapse and “where did it all go wrong?” analysis is all the rage. Answers have varied: poor regulation, malicious bankers, dozy politicians, greedy homeowners, and so on. But what...
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