Monthly Archive: August 2009

Eclipse Phase 15

Eclipse Phase

Games are playgrounds for ideas, and, these days, the playgrounds that best entertain ideas are role-playing games. Since the advent of Dungeons & Dragons in 1974, tabletop role-playing games have been crucibles for both ideas about gaming and ideas about the subjects of the game.

BEAR: Battlefield Extraction-Assist Robot 0

BEAR: Battlefield Extraction-Assist Robot

The patent-pending BEAR robot is Vecna Robotics’ flagship program. Designed to locate, lift and rescue people in harm’s way, the humanoid BEAR robot can do what humans can’t: lift heavy loads and carry them long distances. Whether on a battlefield, in a nuclear reactor core, near a toxic chemical spill, or inside a structurally-compromised building after an earthquake, the BEAR can rescue those in need without risking additional human life.

Locate the Enemy, Lock and Load, Make Them Cuddle! 2

Locate the Enemy, Lock and Load, Make Them Cuddle!

According to a recent Reuters report, a British academic named Malcolm Dando, who is also described as an "arms control expert," has sounded a warning that mind drugs could emerge as effective weapons of war — shades of the experiments with LSD, Belladonna and other agents carried out by the CIA and the US army in the 1960s.