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Why watch people play video games?

About a month ago my colleague Dan Seifert admitted on Twitter to, basically, not understanding me as a person: "i will never understand the fascination with watching other people play video games" Instead of lashing out in his mentions, I sat on that information until the other day when I finally connected with Dan over Skype to hash it all out. Now you can enjoy our conversation in podcast form, thanks to the Verge Extras feed, which you should definitely subscribe to if you haven't...

Duration: 00:22:18

What to do when 20,000 bees unexpectedly swarm your Manhattan skyscraper


Duration: 00:03:57

Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti on tweeting from space and brewing the first zero-G espresso

Samantha Cristoforetti is an Italian astronaut with the European Space Agency. She currently holds a few spaceflight records — including being the first person ever to brew an espresso in space. In 2014 and 2015, Cristoforetti spent 199 days aboard the International Space Station, where she performed a variety of scientific experiments. She studied generations of fruit flies to chart gene changes in relation to disease; she looked after Caenorhabditis elegans worms used in a Japanese-led...

Duration: 00:19:28

How to build your own personal Westworld

Last year in Los Angeles, a mysterious cult began recruiting people through emails, phone calls, and one-on-one consultations. For nine months individuals were drawn into the group’s web of intrigue, discovering that a young woman from Ohio had been taken in and brainwashed. In September, the cult finally opened its doors, and people had the chance to walk its halls and try to find the young woman inside — or die trying. The only thing was, none of it was real. The Tension Experience...

Duration: 01:10:33

Astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly on NASA’s twin experiment and the future of space travel

Mark and Scott Kelly are the only twins that have ever traveled to space — and their experience will be invaluable if we want to get to Mars one day. The brothers are taking part in what NASA calls the Twins Study — a genetic experiment to see how our bodies change in zero gravity in the long term. That’s important to understand before we put humans on a spaceship and send them on a round trip to the Red Planet. Between 2015 and 2016, Scott spent 340 days on the International Space...

Duration: 00:15:47

The Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy: a conversation with my parents who worked the accident

On February 1st, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia broke apart over Texas and Louisiana as it returned from a 16-day mission in space. The cause of the accident was a piece of foam that had fallen off the Shuttle’s external fuel tank during launch. The foam struck the left wing of the shuttle, causing serious damage that ultimately led the vehicle to explode when it reentered Earth’s atmosphere. It was the second major failure for the Space Shuttle program, and all seven crew members...

Duration: 00:35:24

Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines controversy explained

Now that President Trump has resurrected the hotly contested Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines, here's what you need to know about their pasts — and their futures. Host: Rachel Becker Director: Miriam Nielsen & Kimberly Mas Audio: Andrew Marino Special thanks to: Mark A. Barteau Director, Energy Institute DTE Energy Professor of Advanced Energy Research; Professor , Chemical Engineering Monte Mills Assistant Professor & Co-Director, Margery...

Duration: 00:05:08

The delicate science of counting crowds

Here’s how we know how many people were in the crowd for Donald Trump’s inauguration — and why you won’t hear the number on TV. Host: Russel Brandom Director: Kimberly Mas Camera: Tom Connors Graphics: William Joel Audio: Andrew Marino

Duration: 00:02:40

Judges, not Trump, will decide Obama’s environmental legacy

President Donald Trump has vowed to dismantle many of the environmental policies passed under president Barack Obama. But environmental groups and some states are ready to fight back and bring the administration to court. Host: Alessandra Potenza Directors: Miriam Nielsen and Kimberly Mas Audio: Andrew Marino Special thanks to: Maria Belenky Director, Policy and Research at Climate Advisers Vicki Arroyo Executive Director, Georgetown Climate Center David Doniger Director of the Climate and...

Duration: 00:04:11

Listening to machines to understand why they break

There is nothing more frustrating than taking your car into the mechanic with only the vaguest sense that something is wrong. You know that odd little creak or strange whine is new, but you don’t have a clue what it’s trying to tell you. You would like to know before it becomes a serious problem, and an expert is going to charge you a bunch of money to find out. What if we could diagnose machines, and keep them healthy, just by listening to the noises they make. That’s the premise of...

Duration: 00:03:42

A highly specific Tinder problem

What’s the biggest problem you run into while using the popular dating app Tinder? Is it that almost all the children of the Earth seem appalling when reduced to four photos and the opportunity to describe themselves in two sentences? Is it that you are a busy modern creature with precious little time to message the people in your life you already care about, much less strangers about whom you know nothing? Is it your terrible reflexes, never more inconvenient than when you have only a...

Duration: 00:18:24

Emotional (Tech) Support

as seen on Circuit Breaker

Duration: 00:41:12

Paul Miller's gadget corner 06/03/16

Paul Miller's gadget corner 06/03/16 by The Verge

Duration: 00:03:06

The problems with Interstellar

Interstellar is absolutely gorgeous. Interstellar has strong performances and real tearjerking moments. Interstellar also has some pretty large issues that unravel over the course of its nearly-three-hour runtime. Let's talk about it.