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  • Blog Post: New Video Examines The Science Behind Sub-Zero's Spine-Ripping Fatality

    One YouTube team has taken the time to see if it’s really possible to emulate Sub-Zero’s spine ripping fatality from Mortal Kombat. Host Jake Roper and the team at Vsauce3 took it upon themselves to learn just how much force is necessary to pull off the infamous final move. Turns out you... More
  • Blog Post: New PBS Space Time Video Questions Super Mario World’s Gravity And Mario’s Humanity

    PBS’ Space Time video series explores the possibilities of science fiction in relation to astrophysics. The host, Gabe Perez-Giz, is an actual astrophysicist who studies black holes and in the latest episode he turns his attention to the plausibility behind Super Mario World’s gravity. In... More
  • Blog Post: Physicist Studies Black Holes Using 200 Networked PS3s

    Many of us have upgraded to the latest generation of console hardware, but that doesn't mean our old systems are useless. In addition to still being able to play a variety of excellent games, people are using them in ways that manufacturers may not have anticipated. Take a physicist at the University... More
  • Blog Post: Ohio State University Researchers Will Use Kinect To Treat Multiple Sclerosis

    Researchers at Ohio State University originally developed Recovery Rapids – a simple, Microsoft Kinect-based kayak simulator – to provide cost-effective physical therapy for stroke victims. A recent grant from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will allow the team to explore options... More
  • Blog Post: This Neuroscientist Wants To Use Video Games Like Medicine

    Games may have their roots in entertainment, but the technology powering the $90 billion industry has the capacity to make in impact outside of fun and artistic value. Dr. Adam Gazzaley is harnessing the concept of "neuroplasticity" (the brain's ability change in response to behavior, environment... More
  • Blog Post: Gamers Come Together To Help Map The Human Eye

    For the past 50 years, neuroscientists have been trying to figure out how the human eye is capable of tracking movement, and with the help of gamers and MIT, scientists are closer than ever. Neuroscientists have been trying to map the eye's neural network in an attempt to solve the mystery, but it's... More
  • Blog Post: University Professor Plays Tetris On A Skyscraper

    Drexel University's professor Frank Lee recently set up a playable game of Tetris on a 29-story building – for science.[Experiment] You can check out the video below of the game, which was played on the Cira Centre building in Philadelphia. Henk Rogers of The Tetris Company was on hand to witness... More
  • Blog Post: The Speed Of Light Explained Through Minecraft

    People like Neil deGrasse Tyson are working hard to make learning about science appealing with shows like Cosmos . Others are using video games as a vehicle for education. This video explanation of the speed of light done in Minecraft is an example of one such endeavor. This astrophysics lesson was created... More
  • Blog Post: Assassin's Creed's Genetic Memory Fiction Might Be Rooted In Science Fact

    oo Scientists at Emory University School of Medicine have published a paper in Nature Neuroscience that adds evidence to the existence of genetic memories. While the research team isn't likely to invent an Abstergo Animus device to dive into our ancestors' memories, the science hints that there... More
  • Blog Post: Some Games Seem To Improve Dyslexic Children's Reading

    You know how science works: some studies say that video games are bad and some studies say that playing games "drastically improve the reading abilities of children with dyslexia." Who can you trust? The University of Padua published a paper on Thursday entitled, "Action Video Games Make... More
  • Blog Post: Ten Reasons Playing Video Games Might Be Healthy

    Video games aren't considered the healthiest hobby, but there are some surprising benefits to playing games. No, this isn't a joke; go laugh at something else. All Time 10s put together this interesting list of ten reasons why video games might make you healthier. So keep sitting on your couch... More
  • Blog Post: Do You Play Games Before Bed?

    Scientists say that playing games before bed can be bad for your sleep habits. What are your pre-bedtime rituals? According to Gamepolitics , a new study by the Sleep Laboratory at Flinders University found that "long periods of game playing before bed time caused significant sleep disruptions in... More
  • Blog Post: Scientists Create Videogame For Fish Study

    Who says we can't learn anything from videogames? Scientists at Princeton University tested the survival tactics of fish through a simulation game with real predators and fake prey. By projecting fake prey on an aquarium, researchers tricked Bluegill Sunfish into thinking they were real, observing... More
  • Blog Post: Science Says Video Games Are Good For Your Eyes

    Researchers recently reported findings that playing first-person shooters can help your eyesight. Scientists took six subjects with cataract disorders and asked them to play Medal of Honor for 40 hours over the course of a month. The subjects played the game for two hours a day, five days a week, for... More
  • Blog Post: Foldit Users Solve Baffling Problem

    In a victory for gamification and science, online players of the Foldit application managed to unravel a complicated HIV-like enzyme that scientists have puzzled over for a decade. They figured it out in three weeks flat, too. Thanks to the efforts of the Foldit community, scientists potentially have... More
  • Blog Post: Study: Pro Gamers Have Reactions Of Fighter Pilots, Bodies Of Chain Smokers

    A researcher from the University of Essex in the U.K. performed a number of tests on competition-level gamers and compared the results against those of fighter pilots and professional athletes. The results showed mental acuity that rivaled the most elite examples in the other careers, while the gamers'... More
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