Copper Bedrails Could Dramatically Reduce Hospital Infections

When you check into a hospital your risk of infection rises, and research suggests a major source for these infections are the safety railings on hospital beds. Researchers in Santiago Chile think they have a solution: Replace the usual bedrails with copper ones, which have anti-microbial properties. » 12/18/14 5:30pm 9 minutes ago

What's The Best Example Of Science Fiction Subverting A Stereotype?

Science fiction and fantasy are supposed to be mind-expanding and thoughtful — but sometimes these genres fall prey to dumb stereotypes. So it's always thrilling when they manage to rise above and do something different. What's the best example of genre storytelling that avoids (or subverts) a stereotype? » 12/18/14 3:57pm Today 3:57pm

The Real History Behind Star Wars' Awful Christmas Album

Ah, Christmas in The Stars. Star Wars fans old enough to remember the 1980 'classic' that brought some festive spirit to the Galaxy Far, Far Away might look back on it as a bit of kitsch, but as bad as it was to listen to, the story of its creation has largely been untold by the people involved - until now, thanks to » 12/18/14 6:35pm Today 6:35pm

The Biggest Disappointments of 2014

2014 was a weird, wooly year for video games. The big new consoles were finding their feet, and most of the games we were expecting to play got pushed back to next year. Some of the ones that did come out were great, but others, well… weren't as great. » 12/18/14 5:22pm Today 5:22pm

This Dying Star Is The Center Of The Coldest Place In The Universe

Until NASA's Cold Lab comes online in 2016, the coldest place in the universe is a faint scattering of gas and dust 5,000 light years away in the Centaurus constellation. The Boomerang Nebula is just 1 degree above absolute zero, colder than the natural background temperature of space. » 12/18/14 5:02pm Today 5:02pm

Forget Spidey, When Will Movies Give Us a Decent Peter Parker?

The recent Sony hack has given some insight into just how unsure Sony is about its Spider-Man franchise, but whatever happens next, here's hoping they know how to show Peter Parker and Spider-Man on the big screen. » 12/18/14 3:53pm Today 3:53pm

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Crunchyroll, one of the top destinations for current and classic anime, is offering Kotaku readers a free month-long trial of their Anime Membership. In addition to streaming their entire anime catalog ad-free, you'll get access to the anime simulcasts - getting the latest anime episodes the same day they're released… » 12/13/14 3:09pm Saturday 3:09pm

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