How will humans cope with boredom on their first missions to Mars?

A human mission to Mars will last more than 8 months, each way. Ship quarters will be sardine-esque. Communications will be laggy and intermittent. And, despite the thrilling nature of the larger mission, astronauts en route to the Red Planet will likely struggle with psyche-crushing boredom. So how might an astronaut… » 7/18/13 7:40am 7/18/13 7:40am

Video games help the blind navigate new environments

When most of us get lost in unfamiliar territory – a hotel, for example – we consult a map to orient ourselves. But for the blind it's not so easy. With this in mind, researchers have developed a virtual gaming platform that uses other sensory cues to help blind individuals develop mental maps of new surroundings… » 3/27/13 7:20am 3/27/13 7:20am

World of Warcraft's "Leeroy Jenkins" meme, reimagined as a heist film

Even if you have only a passing familiarity with the massive multiplayer online game World of Warcraft, you're probably aware of "Leeroy Jenkins," a comedy sketch/meme/recreation of real events about an oblivious player who dooms his teammates charging into a battle (video here, watch this first if you've never seen… » 5/29/12 7:30am 5/29/12 7:30am