Choosing the impossible: Did BioShock define the last 10 years of video games?

Ten years ago today, Irrational Games’ sci-fi first-person shooter BioShock was released, and its story of a ruined undersea city and the brutal objectivist that led it to its doom was instantly canonized as one of the medium’s strongest artistic statements. The art-deco-adorned city of Rapture was realized with a depth and vision few games had ever approached and populated with some unforgettable characters, like the twisted artist Sander Cohen and the city’s power-hungry founder Andrew Ryan. Its grappling with Randian philosophy gave the dialogue a high-minded and dramatic flair, all of which culminated in its iconic twist and commentary on the futility of choice in video games.

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Physicists Just Spotted Gravitational Waves Again—So What’s Next?

A long, long time ago, a pair of black holes collided with such power that they created ripples in spacetime, which emanated through the universe. All the while, molecules on a tiny rock in a fairly irrelevant nook of the Milky Way galaxy arranged themselves into living things, which evolved into self-aware apes. Those apes eventually realized they could actually measure those spacetime wobbles, and built several kilometer-long machines (tiny if you really think about it) in order to do so. When they flipped the switch, they caught the wobbles just in time.

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Gravitational Waves Reveal the Unexpectedly Weird Behavior of Distant Black Holes

Last year’s gravitational wave discovery may have felt like the end of an era—a momentous occasion in which a precise experiment finally ended a hundred-year search to confirm a baffling prediction made by Albert Einstein. The discovery, instead, spawned an entirely new field of astronomy, and the results are finally starting to trickle in.

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From Reddit: I look at this picture whenever I think life has been unfair to me 


I look at this picture whenever I think life has been unfair to me from pics

Some back story of the image:

This photograph was taken in India, by Gautam Basu, and won CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year in 2011.

The area they are in is referred to as the ‘Pipe Slum’ and are old pipes that were discarded by the city after the completion of a water project. The rest of the slum is made up of ramshackle shanties that are built over and around the pipes. The area is also home to a number of children attending a nearby compassion project.

Like India, Manila in the Philippines also has homeless people and families living in similar concrete and steel pipes. These steel pipes were intented to be used by the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) on the construction of a water system. News article http://i.imgur.com/0q2qmUs.jpg http://i.imgur.com/XcEwBKS.jpg http://i.imgur.com/ShmbTPP.jpg http://i.imgur.com/YSuCSHV.jpg