Reconstructed ancient ocean reveals secrets about the origin of life

Researchers from the University of Cambridge have published details about how the first organisms on Earth could have become metabolically active. The results, which are reported in the journal Molecular Systems Biology, permit scientists to speculate how primitive cells learned to synthesize their organic components – the molecules that form RNA, lipids and amino acids. The findings also suggest an order for the sequence of events that led to the origin of life.

Ancient volcanic explosions shed light on Mercury’s origins

The surface of Mercury crackled with volcanic explosions for extended periods of the planet’s history, according to a new analysis led by researchers at Brown University. The findings are surprising considering Mercury wasn’t supposed to have explosive volcanism in the first place, and they could have implications for understanding how Mercury formed.

Understanding the origin of life on earth

JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, publishes a modern approach to a famed experiment that explored one of the most intriguing research questions facing scientists today—the origin of life on earth.  

Hubble explores the origins of modern galaxies

The Hubble Sequence classifies galaxies according to their morphology and star-forming activity, organising them into a cosmic zoo of spiral, elliptical, and irregular shapes with whirling arms, fuzzy haloes and bright central bulges. Two main types of galaxy are identified in this sequence: elliptical and spiral, with a third type, lenticular, settling somewhere between the two.

Video: The origins of Doctor Who's Clara

The BBC has posted a trailer teasing everybody's favorite doctor, who is slated to return in the latter half of season seven on March 30th.

SimCity’s day off

One of the most anticipated games of the year has crashed into the market and broken lots of hearts.

Video: SimCity Deluxe Edition offers more for a price

If you want all of SimCity, it’ll cost an extra $20.

Cupp designs a hybrid ARM-x86 gaming system

Cupp has designed a hybrid ARM-x86 gaming platform for Origin's 11-inch EON11-S laptop lineup.

The dual GPUs of Origin's EON17-SLX gaming notebook

Origin has introduced a tricked-out Windows (7 or 8) gaming laptop known as the EON17-SLX.

Model may explain origin of life

It's always been a bit of a mystery as to how life began on a molecular level. Theories tend to involve a network of molecules that have the ability to work together to jumpstart and speed up their own replication.

EA has no desire to bring Origin to Wii U

Although EA's PC digital download platform is branching out to other channels, Wii U will not be one of them.

This is the ultimate Command & Conquer collection

I've been a huge fan of Command & Conquer for years, as the rather expansive franchise encompasses over a dozen immersive titles and expansion packs.

Did the universe crystallize into existence?

The universe began not as a Big Bang but rather like water freezing into ice, a team of theoretical physicists suggests.

SimCity goes live on Mac OS X in February



Mac OS X users are currently able to play multiple versions of Sid Meier's Civilization on Steam, but what about the latest iteration of SimCity?

Rumors of a Steam Box set-top box

Steam has revolutionized the way gamers play games on their PC, and now it wants to do the same when it comes to the living room.

The origin of Tron

Like with many great films, the stories behind the scenes can be just as entertaining as the movies themselves. 



Battlefield 3 hackers bypass Origin requirement

A group of gamers who aren't exactly happy with the requirement of using EA's Origin platform to play Battlefield 3 has managed to find a way around the annoying stipulation.

EA pulls out of Steam in favor of own platform

EA really wants gamers to come to its newly launched digital download platform.

Origin deploys hardcore gaming notebook

Origin’s tricked-out EON17 gaming notebook features dual Nvidia GeForce GTX 480M GPUs, a 17.3” HD 16:9 widescreen display with true 1080p (1920 x1080) and an Intel Core i7 980X processor.

Origin debuts PC-Xbox 360 hybrid

Origin has debuted the ultimate PC-Xbox 360 hybrid rig for hardcore gamers. 

The system - which is appropriately dubbed "The Big O" - features Intel Xeon X5680 processors overclocked to 4.3GHz, (up to) 24GBs of Corsair GT 2000MHz memory and multiple GeForce GTX 480 GPUs.