Fancy Making Your Own Game? Cryengine Bundle Could Help

Ever feel like making your own game? Well with the news that the Cryengine is now free to use, you could start doing just that and Humble bundle are looking to help you by giving you a bunch of assets for cheap with proceeds going to charity.

As with most bundles, there are three tiers for the Cryengine bundle. The first tier features everything you need to create your very first game, with plants, shrubs and trees joining environmental props and a paintball first person shooter project to get you started with the engine.

The second bundle you get once your donation goes over the average and features some vehicles, weapons, audio tools and the nature and animal pack for Ryse.

Finally, you have the upper tier of the bundle, featuring a starter project for a survival game, some extra vehicles, characters and city scenery. You even get two Ryse packs, featuring the world building and roman pack which contains building and characters from Ryse: son of Rome.

With so much content, you could build your own survival game combining the best of two worlds, with legionnaires going up against your well-armed modern day character or perhaps flip the table and see how long a well-armed legionnaire would survive in the modern city?

The world is yours to create, and with the money going towards the children’s miracle network, a charity where gamers help support hospitals all over, you can’t help but grab the bundle.

Vantablack – The New Blackest Material Ever!

A few years ago, Surrey NanoSystems revealed they had created a carbon nanotube-based material capable of reflecting only 0.035% of light, making it the blackest material ever made. Now, Vantablack is back and darker than ever, this new version of Vantablack is so absorbent that no-one knows how much light gets absorbed because Surrey’s spectrometer’s can’t measure it!

While it may be called Vantablack, it is not really black, or even any colour at all, instead it is a complete absence of colour due to the material absorbing all light that hits it. Created using a ‘forest’ of carbon nanotubes, the light, is reflected into the cavities in the tubes and converted into heat, instead of being reflected back. The result is stunning, especially when shown side-by-side with other materials.

In a demonstration video released by Surrey NanoSystems, they demonstrate the new Vantablack’s light absorbing properties using a laser pointer shone at it. As the pointer passes from the surrounding material onto the sample, the light completely disappears. Another video from Surrey shows Vantablack facing off against other dark materials, black paint and the best black available for space applications, with the winner being clear.

The real-world uses for such a material are countless, especially for military and space applications where it could coat stealth craft, especially if it also contains radar-absorbant properties too. Unfortunately, if you want to use it for art, you’re out of luck, with Anish Kapoor currently holding exclusive rights from Surrey Nanosystems for usage of the material in art.

Bank of China Releases a Laser Blasted “Monkey” Coin

Tech is always advancing in new and exciting ways. With the aim of developing and modernizing techniques for the 21st century, the coin production process at The People’s Bank of China placed into circulation a $10 dollar limited edition of at least 500 million coins, but when you consider China has a current estimated population of at least 1.357 billion, this may well be a limited laser blasted and multilevel “Monkey zodiac coin”.

The coins in question use materials including a Brass Alloy for the outer ring, which is illustrated by the first image below, this is coupled with a Nickel Alloy composite which is implemented for the inner core and is conveyed by the second image. The technique used to make these commemorative coins changes the traditional moulding process in favour of a lower yet more efficient manufacturing footprint.

The coins have the word “SHIYUAN” which is located next to the selected domination, this word comes from the  Chinese phonetic alphabet. The coins, released to coincide with the 2016 Lunar New Year are also decorated to include a floral pattern as well as a traditional decorative monkey and also a lantern.

Collectors who wish to collect such a coin will be able to reserve a maximum of five coins, the date by which the coins will become available will be from the 16th January 2016.

Doctors Notes Is What Happens When Doctor Who Meets Social Media

Doctor Who is a science fiction show that has spanned generations, with multiple actors coming and going as both supporting and main characters featuring some of the biggest names in their credits and having inspired more than a few minds. It recently celebrated the ending of the 9th series, the 35th season to air in total after a 16-year break split the series in two. So why not celebrate it by rewatching the 9th season with some added content?

Doctor Who has spread from being a show from the BBC to a show enjoyed by people all over the world. The show is set to re-air on BBC America with a small twist, that is you can watch the whole series again, week by week with a little extra content. Ranging from comments from Twitter or Tumbler, with artwork and images laid over top of the show you can enjoy the series with all the extra content you could ask for, including little pieces of trivia like you can see in the trailer below at 0:14. With the series starting on January 30th, you could soon find yourself rewatching the series in the meanwhile as you wait for the next series later this year.

Do you think shows should have extra content like this laid over top of the show or should they focus on the show and avoid distracting you from the show?

Glass 3D Printing Technique Is Stunning

Recent years have seen the technique of 3D printing evolve from a niche concept to a mainstream phenomenon, which in turn has opened up a whole new horizon for product manufacturing. If you thought this was exciting, then be prepared to be blown away as a new development centres on glass 3D printing.

MIT’s Mediated Matter Group has unveiled a first of its kind optically transparent glass printing process which goes by the name of G3DP, If you are wondering, it stands for “Glass 3D Printing”. In order for this process to become a reality, an additive manufacturing platform is applied with dual heated chambers. The first or upper chamber is a “Kiln Cartridge,” which operates at an intense heat of 1900°F, while the lower chamber works with the aim of heating before cooling in order to soften the glass.

This technique is not creating glass but rather building layers upon layers with pre-existing materials. Below is a video to convey this process in action, as you can see, it is compelling, mind-blowing and quite relaxing to watch, the building up of an object looks similar to a lava lamp which used to be popular.

https://vimeo.com/mediatedmattergroup/glass

The consistency looks to be incredibly hot syrup which is drizzled onto a sugary treat, yep I know, perhaps a poor observation but I have included a screenshot below which kind of backs it up, sort of.

It’s intricate and opens up a whole new set of possibilities for everyday applications in the near future, for now, if your feeling stressed and would like a few moments to relax, then by all means watch the video, aside from the fact that it is pretty amazing to view, it might also soothe you.

Thank You to Gizmodo for providing us with this information.

Jeremy Clarkson’s Final Top Gear Scenes to Air Later This Year

Unseen footage of the much loved television presenter, who was suspended last month and has not had his contract renewed with BBC UK, will be shown later this year BBC reports.

The controller of BBC2 has announced that the material recorded for the final three episodes in the current season may be aired as early as summer but there is not enough material for three, one hour shows.

The BBC reported: “Clarkson revealed he thought he probably had cancer at the time he hit Tymon.” “He said the incident came on his “most stressful day… in 27 years at the BBC” – but added other people facing stress “manage to cope better than I did”

The car show has been viewed in 170 territories and generates an estimated £50 million every year for the BBC will continue without Clarkson. Kim Shillinglaw has said that it is an “open book” on who may replace Clarkson. “We’ll definitely look at some women but it’s not a driving priority.” She said. Sue Perkins and Jodie Kidd seem to be the biggest female names mentioned as contenders to replace Clarkson.

Clarkson has stated that he is already planning another television project. He wrote in his column for the Sunday Times: “I have lost my baby but I shall create another. I don’t know who the other parent will be or what the baby will look like, but I cannot sit around anymore organising my photograph album.”

Thank you to The Independent for this information 

Image courtesy of Mashable

The NSA Has Its Own Special Room for Watching Hardcore Porn

The news may seem a bit awkward, but US forces have found a large stash of adult entertainment content after raiding Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan.

This proves two things, one being that terrorists are perverts and the other may indicate that there are hidden messages in some of the pornographic material. NSA analysts were then tasked to visit the websites frequented by jihadists in search of encrypted messages in the digital porn clips and photos.

“We have terabytes of this stuff,” an US intelligence analyst told The Daily Beast.”It isn’t possible that they are encrypting messages in all of this stuff. Some of these guys are just perverts.”

Watching porn all day long and getting paid for it may seem a great job, but the reality of it is that the content may be disturbing at some point. It is said that not all clips and photos are similar to what you know from PornHub related sites, having some of it including pornographic images of children.

This is why the intelligence agency has a squad of psychiatrists and therapists to help employees tasked with the job of watching these pornographic material cope with what they see.

“They’re being exposed to material that, day in and day out, we’re not exposed to broadly in America,” a senior physician with the CIA’s Office of Medical told Daily Beast.”That has its own sort of impact and own sort of, for lack of a better term, shock value.”

“Typically, for operators working in support of military operations, they’re told, ‘You’re going to see images that might disturb you. Just prepare yourself and realise there are counselling resources available to you,'” an ex-chief of the NSA’s elite Tailored Access Operations group added.

Employees who work with this type of material are not uncommon to go through regular depressions and grief, in addition to feelings of anger and a sense of urgency to track down those responsible.

Thank you News.com.au for providing us with this information

Singapore Plans to Get Rid of Illegal Websites with New Law

Singapore is said to have its Law Ministry cooking up a law since April, similar to what is currently in effect in the UK, which will amend the Copyright Act and force ISPs to block infringing websites.

Indranee Rajah, Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Law, has said that the law will give copyright owners “greater ability to protect their rights in the online space”. In doing so, all websites presenting copyright infringing content will be blocked.

“The prevalence of online piracy in Singapore turns customers away from legitimate content and adversely affects Singapore’s creative sector,” Rajah said.

The new law is said to take effect starting this August, having copyright owners apply to the court in Singapore without needing to establish the liability of the network service provider. THis means that the copyright owners do not need to issue a previously mandatory take-down notice, having the court itself dealing with such actions now.

However, though ISPs can block the websites, it cannot stop users from taking advantage of a VPN software and accessing the restricted websites. For example, the popular torrent website, The Pirate Bay, even has their own proxy redirect website, which grants users access to their so-called ‘restricted’ website. The ban in question seems to apply, as in the UK, for people attempting to type in just the website address and not the bypass techniques, rendering the actual link restriction almost obsolete.

Thank you CNet for providing us with this information