Star Apps: 'How to Train Your Dragon 2'

From "Beowulf" to "The Hobbit," men and dragons just can't seem to get along. This is certainly the case in 2010's "How to Train Your Dragon," until a young Viking dragon hunter, Hiccup, has a change of heart and eventually brings peace to warring factions. Four years later, when this amity is threatened, Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), his girlfriend Astrid (America Ferrera), and their entire island of Berk must go to war to preserve the peace in "How to Train Your Dragon 2." I chatted with Jay Baruchel and America Ferrera … Read more

Flame-breathing RC dragon flies for only $60,000

Lately, with the number of us who are obsessed with "Game of Thrones" and Dragon Age: Inquisition, I can comfortably say that dragons are once again "on fire" without having to worry that I'll be fired for making such a geektastic pun. I think it's safe to say that even Madonna would approve.

So it makes sense, then, that this would a good moment in history for Hammacher Schlemmer to begin a selling an actual flying, propane-flame-breathing, remote-controlled dragon for a mere $60,000 per beast.… Read more

'Game of Thrones' math: How many dragons could a dire wolf eat?

Possible spoilers ahead if you're not through with the third season: With the fourth season of "Game of Thrones" imminent, there are a lot of questions in the air (especially if, like me, you haven't read the books). Will the khaleesi finally make it to Westeros to capture the Iron Throne? Will the Starks in the diaspora ever find each other again? Will winter ever actually come? And will someone finally beat the royal stuffing out of Joffrey?

But I've been giving thought to a particularly pesky question that I'm sure hordes of fans are dying to know. (OK, probably not, but it's certainly a question that's crossed my random-factoid-focused science brain). It began when I started thinking about what would happen if Robb Stark ever met up with Daenerys Targaryen (which of course, can never happen now with Robb being all dead and whatnot). While some might think my ponderings might have turned to the beautiful offspring that surely would have resulted if those two ever got together, I had a much different question in mind: How many Targaryen dragons could a Stark dire wolf eat per year if it got its fangs on them? To find out, I embarked on some very scientific research. … Read more

Dragon Kingdom review

Dragon Kingdom is a fun, nation-building simulator with amazing graphics, but it can get very old, very quickly. The game uses an obvious formula that anyone who has played a similar Facebook-oriented game will catch on to in no time. Still, the game's incredibly charming look and feel, combined with a very active -- if challenging -- contingent of users, will keep a lot of gamers pleased.

This game makes you the king of an ancient land where you'll have to frequently fight off hordes of invading dragons, as well as other players. You do this by building … Read more

Red's camera wows with top score in image-sensor test

When it comes to image sensor quality, a camera company you probably haven't heard of just stole the show -- almost.

Nikon's D800E is the top dog on the DxOMark sensor test rankings, with a score of 96 on precise measurements of dynamic range, noise, and low-light performance. It's not often that a new winner emerges, but a cinema camera from a company called Red -- the Epic-M camera with the Dragon sensor -- just earned a score of 101.

The impressive score isn't quite enough to win the competition, though: DxO Labs measured the performance … Read more

Your chance to voice a character in Dragon Age: Inquisition

Instead of just playing Dragon Age: Inquisition, how about being in it?

BioWare has taken to its blog to announce a competition with a difference: a chance to voice one of the characters in the highly anticipated fantasy role-playing game.

Entry is simple. Chose from one of two sample scripts and then show off your skills on YouTube. All BioWare wants "is for you to perform your preferred script in your lovely, natural speaking voice." … Read more

Coat your walls with sound-absorbing 'dragon skin'

Stone Designs out of Spain has created a series of acoustic tiles modeled after ginkgo leaves. Made of felt, these tiles can be arranged on your wall in a variety of patterns to not only increase its aesthetic appeal, but to make your rooms less echoey.

While you can combine these leaf-shaped tiles into patterns resembling a cloudy sky as seen to the right, the much cooler option is to go with a pattern resembling dragon skin -- nice and soft dragon skin.

The tiles affix to the wall with velcro so you can easily rearrange them to make different … Read more

Dragon Age: Inquisition character kits help with cosplay

Cosplayers, it can't be denied, put in a lot of work dressing as their favorite characters (to varying degrees of success, to be sure, but even throwing together the right elements can take quite some time to source). In many cases, they have to scour the Web for reference materials to make sure they're getting everything just right.

To help fans -- not just cosplayers, but fan artists, illustrators, and writers -- BioWare has announced that it will be releasing kits detailing characters and their costumes from the role-playing game Dragon Age: Inquisition, due out in the third quarter of this year. For a long time, the team at BioWare has delighted over fan creations, even going so far as to start designing costumes with more pockets so cosplayers can hide their phones and wallets, Bioware community manager Jessica Merizan wrote. … Read more

Dungeons & Dragons yoga: Stretch and storm the castle

At last, Dungeons & Dragons and yoga have joined forces to create an experience so unique it might blow, or at least expand, your mind. It's D&D yoga, combining old and new positions, narrative and meditation, and it could become a regular event.

A group of yoga practitioners and players attended an experimental session on Saturday in Brooklyn, New York, and were given 10-sided dice and character sheets to start their journey. The players held poses like "Sword One," which features an outthrust arm. There is even a special pose for rolling the dice.… Read more

Girl wants a dragon, so scientists make one

Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization researches everything from polymer banknotes to microwave landing systems, but rarely does it venture into creating dragons. Until now.

Young Sophie Lester wrote a letter to CSIRO scientists in hopes of getting a dragon of her very own, and in the process charmed them with her request.

"Hello Lovely Scientist," the little girl wrote. "My name is Sophie and I am 7 years old. My dad told me about the scientists at the CSIRO. Would it be possible if you can make a dragon for me? I would like it if you could but if you can't thats fine. I would call it Toothless if it was a girl and if it is a boy I would name it Stuart. I would keep it in my special green grass area where there are lots of space. I would feed it raw fish and I would put a collar on it. If it got hurt I would bandage it if it hurt himself. I would play with it every weekend when there is no school. Love from Sophie." … Read more