Counter-Strike GO becomes F2P, adds a shrunken battle royale mode

On Thursday, Valve Software surprise-launched a comprehensive update to its five-year-old game Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) with two equally major changes: a new battle royale-inspired combat mode and a shift to the free-to-play economic model. The battle royale mode in question, dubbed “Danger Zone,” resembles popular fare like PUBG and Fortnite in that it revolves […]

Single-beam laser becomes multi-beam laser by kicking electrons

Most lasers are either friendly tabletop devices or so small that you don’t even notice them. But if you want to do something special like image the structure of a delicate protein, you need a very short wavelength and very high-power laser. That means a free electron laser (FEL). I love FELs, but they’re expensive. […]

Seattle becomes NHL's 32nd team after league approves expansion bid

It's official — Seattle will be home to the NHL's 32nd team. The NHL confirmed the news Tuesday after the board of governors voted unanimously in favour of the decision in Sea Island, Ga.  "Today is an exciting and historic day for our league as we expand to one of North America's most innovative, beautiful and fastest-growing cities," […]

‘Crashing’ Season 3 Trailer: Pete Holmes Gets a New Jacket, Meets John Mulaney, Becomes a Sell Out

The self-described golden retriever of a comedian known as Pete Holmes has been riding a new wave of fame recently, but only because he’s playing a regressed version of himself on the HBO series Crashing. That’s okay though, because seeing Pete Holmes tap into his former (and possibly current) insecurities in this personal and hilarious […]

Knocking their socks off: Russian player’s kit item becomes first World Cup exhibit for FIFA museum

Russia knocked the socks off millions around the globe with their performances at the World Cup this summer, so it’s perhaps fitting that midfielder Roman Zobnin will provide exactly that item of kit to the FIFA Museum. Zobnin played every single minute of Russia’s wondrously unexpected run to the quarter-finals in their home tournament, where […]

Theresa May becomes the great unifying prime minister of the modern era

Theresa May is fast becoming the great unifying prime minister of our era; her handling of Brexit has managed to unite almost the entire British political establishment against her. It’s an impressive achievement. As all sides of Parliament turned against May in the debate on the withdrawal deal she has brought back from Brussels, Tory […]

When Your Prostitute Becomes Your Lover

Screw Your Sex EUGENE, SIR: I am always reading about keeping things “exciting” if you’re a long-term married person, but I’ve been married for a decade and we have no kids, and I am sick and tired of hearing “how” we need to keep things exciting. Ten years in, no one is excited about married […]

Google’s got a gorgeous new tablet that becomes a full laptop — it’s named ‘Pixel Slate’

Google Google unveiled the Pixel Slate on Tuesday morning: A tablet that also acts as a laptop, running Chrome OS. The tablet is intended to compete with Microsoft’s Surface Pro, and Apple’s iPad Pro. To that end, the Pixel Slate can be easily attached to the Pixel Slate Keyboard (sold separately) and used with a […]

Severn Bridge toll SCRAPPED: Commuters to save £1,400 a year as bridge becomes free to use

Commuters across the country could make hefty savings as the Severn crossing bridge toll charge gets scrapped. The daily £5.60 charge will be scrapped from December this year, a week before Christmas. Tolls have been in force on the Severn Bridge since it was introduced in 1966. Regular commuters could make savings of up to […]

Rare Ferrari 250 GTO Becomes Most Expensive Used Car in History

A 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO became the most expensive car ever to have the gavel dropped on it at an RM Sotheby’s auction during Monterey Car Week. How much did the the cavallo rosso sell for? A jaw-dropping $ 48.4 million. That’s the kind of money you’d expect someone to spend on a second-hand jet fighter, […]