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Goodbye, Kitty: Iran to send Persian cat into space?

I am not sure that animals really want to be sent into space.

They seem all too comfortable down here.

Yet ever since the days that the Russians wanted to show that theirs was bigger than anyone else's, there's been a twisted fascination with the idea of animals in the outer darkness.… Read more

Canadian man thwarts polar bear attack with cell phone

Mobile phones are amazing tools -- and sometimes even life savers.

That's what a Canadian man learned over the weekend when he apparently used his cell phone to stop a polar bear attack in Churchill, Manitoba.

Garett Kolsun was walking home alone early Saturday morning when he found himself face to face with a 400-pound polar bear. It cornered him and sank its teeth into his hip. Kolsun seemed doomed until he whipped out his cell phone. … Read more

Watch a girl age decades, almost imperceptibly, in minutes

Yesterday I saw a photo of myself from 16 years ago. I was struck by how the years -- and all that hair -- seem to have slipped away so quickly. It feels like I'll wake up tomorrow and it'll be 2030.

By then, of course, we'll be uploading our minds to our immortal robot clones. But for now, age keeps coming back to haunt us like an annoying Adobe Flash update.

That's why a new video from filmmaker Anthony Cerniello is so striking. It shows a girl slowly and almost imperceptibly aging decades in about four minutes. … Read more

Rounding up CNET's pictorial coverage of Dragon Con

ATLANTA -- Over Labor Day weekend, Georgia hosted one of the premiere geek conventions around, known as Dragon Con.

The event, now in its 26th year, stretched over five convention-size hotels in downtown Atlanta and brought in more than 50,000 people to celebrate every walk of geek culture, from video games to comic books, anime, and more. There were countless discussion panels, plus vendors, art, and cosplay, lots and lots of cosplay. … Read more

The 404 1,330: Where all your base are still belong to us (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Police: 8-year-old shoots, kills elderly caregiver after playing video game.

- Xbox 360, 3DS lead disappointing July for game business.

- New York Videogame Critics Circle.

- Check out Harold's book, "All Your Base Are Belong to Us: How Fifty Years of Videogames Conquered Pop Culture."

- Follow Harold on Twitter.… Read more

Artist's chip implant sends animated GIFs to his phone

While everyday Web users can load information onto a smartphone using a QR code, artist Anthony Antonellis simply holds his phone within 1 to 2 centimeters of his hand. Thanks to a tiny chip underneath his skin, Antonellis has created the world's first Net art implant.

"It's 1 to 2KB of storage, and I'm using that to store an animated GIF," he told the New York-based culture Web site Animal. "It works with mobile phones and card readers, and it's usually used for privacy, and I'm using it for a public purpose, … Read more

'Patlabor' giant robot prop is broodingly awesome

Despite its plethora of giant robots and giant monsters, "Pacific Rim" has been box office disappointment in Japan.

The film seems tailor-made for otaku geeks, but apparently it's no match for anime god Hayao Miyazaki's latest, "The Wind Rises," a biopic about Zero fighter designer Jiro Horikoshi.

But "Patlabor: The Next Generation," a new, live-action giant robot film in the works, has something that "Pacific Rim" lacked: a powerful brand and an actual giant robot. … Read more

What if your movements became 3D sculptures?

I'm not a fan of station identification (idents) that are over the top, but here's a neat video that takes brand artistry to a new level.

Taiwan studio JL Design, with Lithuanian digital video company Korb, put together an eye-popping series of IDs for China's CCTV Documentary Channel that show people creating seemingly 3D structures as they move.

These "motion sculptures," as they're described, "follow a visual performance of organic and vital substance, animated using data of actors' movements," according to Korb. … Read more

Dinosaurs and the inner mind: Pixar's future looks bright

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- What if the asteroid that ended the age of the dinosaurs actually missed Earth?

That's the central "what if" at the heart of Pixar's "The Good Dinosaur," the hit animation studio's next film, which will be released in May 2014.

At the D23 Expo, Disney's fan-fest, on Friday the entertainment giant unveiled the most details yet on "The Good Dinosaur," as well as its summer 2015 film, "The Inner Mind," and fall 2015's "Finding Dory."

If the teasers Pixar showed during the … Read more

Mii Plaza games give a glimpse of Nintendo's possible pivot to mobile

Let's imagine Nintendo were to enter the world of mobile phone game development. What sorts of games would it make? Would social and physical activity be a part of the game?

You don't have to wait around to see such a game right now: Nintendo has stealthily released four of them on the Nintendo 3DS, but buried them in a place few people tend to check. And along with Animal Crossing, they represent a more mobile-oriented game approach than you'd expect.

When I say "mobile-oriented," here's what I mean: these games actually require you … Read more