Video game fans are counting the days until June 21st, which is when the unusual new game No Man’s Sky will be released. Why all the interest? Well for one, the game is unusual in that there’s no big plot, no central characters or many other typical video game elements. It’s really a game about unbridled exploration, but the creators say: don’t worry, it is a game.
The other big draw is the literal infinite universe of No Man’s Sky, which is littered with planets to explore as you buzz about in your personal star cruiser. Quick heads up, though: many of the planets are not, shall we say, friendly to your arrival. Hello Games, creators of No Man’s Sky, has also brought on some top storytellers to build up the backstory of the game, and several videos out now also show that it’s gorgeous, and it could eventually be a great fit as a virtual reality game.
Go here for some cool videos about the game, including 15 minutes of gameplay, and then clear your calendar in late June, you’re going to be busy…
If you’ve been holding off on buying an electric car because you’re afraid of the batteries going dead on the way to your beach house, well, worry no more.
Tesla has announced that the EPA has certified their updated version of the Model S as having the capability to go over 300 miles on a charge. At 70 miles an hour, that’s over four hours of uninterrupted drive time, and really, we don’t know anyone with a bladder that big. The new rating is for the 90D model, and not the P90D variation, but even that version, which features even more ludicrous performance, gets a bump from 253 to 270 miles of range.
And with Tesla superchargers popping up all over the place, you’ll be ready to get back on the road in the time it takes to hit the bathroom, stretch your legs and eat a sandwich.
Modern memory storage is pretty amazing – you can put 200 gigs on a tiny SDXC card now – but it pales in comparison to the potential abilities of storage at the molecular level – or more specifically, by using DNA.
Microsoft is well aware of this potential and as such, is looking to acquire 10 million strands of DNA from Twist Bioscience to research DNA storage. So how much data can DNA store? A lot. It’s estimated that just one cubic millimeter of DNA can store about one Exabyte – that’s a billion gigabytes – and 1 gram of DNA can hold a zetabyte – or a billion terabytes. Plus, DNA is pretty tough stuff: researchers think it can remain readable for 1,000 to 10,000 years.
And it’s not all conjecture, either: in recent experiments, scientists have stored and retrieved digital photos using DNA, so eventually, you may be able to get a DNA drive that will finally hold all those baby pictures and cat videos you’ve shot.