Artificial intelligence Gaming

‘Sentient’ cells in a petri dish taught to play Pong

Next time you’re getting your ass kicked at Fortnite or online chess, it could be at the metaphorical hands of a petri dish of brain cells.

Music Science

German scientists unlock the secret of jazz music’s ‘swing’

It’s been nearly 100 years since Duke Ellington recorded ‘It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got that Swing’, and science has just caught up.

Artificial intelligence Gaming

Virtua Fighter’s ancient polygon graphics get modern AI makeover

A nerd fed a bunch of screenshots from 1993’s Virtua Fighter into an AI to see what they’d look like in a modern game.

Music Personality

Extreme metal guitarists out to impress other men, not women – study

Male guitarists who spend hours a day practising extreme metal licks and riffs only do so to impress other men, a recent study concluded.

New Zealand Strange news TV

Govt ads showing people giving ‘the finger’ to each other banned

Health New Zealand’s campaign to get people testing for hepatitis C involved numerous people flipping the bird to the camera and each other.


Violent extremists the Taleban to ban PUBG: Battlegrounds for being too violent

PUGB: Battlegrounds is also apparently a “waste of time”, which is arguably true.


Mariah Carey to release ‘grunge’ album she recorded in 1995

The record, Someone’s Ugly Daughter, was put together by Carey and her band in 1995 for fun


Streams of The Smiths’ ‘The Queen is Dead’ shoot up 3459% in just one day

The death of Queen Elizabeth II will no doubt have pleased Morrissey.


Rock legend gets mint condition T-shirt from the ’80s back, and it still fits

“Can’t wait wear this sucker on our upcoming NZ tour!!”


Star Trek actress Nichelle Nichols’ ashes to be sent to space

The rocket will reportedly be called Vulcan.


Major label regrets signing slur-dropping ‘AI rapper’ FN Meka

Snoop and others have used that word – but FN Meka isn’t Black… or even human.