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The Long Way - Hitch lifts and meet strange (and sometimes dangerous) characters on this beautiful pixel art hitchhiking journey made for the Global Game Jam 15.

There are many different characters who may stop for you. Some are just nice people, looking to tell you jokes, while others are important characters, trying to lead your to your destination. You must pick the right responses and topics of conversation to keep these characters from throwing you out of your car. 

Show sympathy for characters that have lost their dogs, or play along with jokes. Saying just the right things can lead you to the ‘big bad’ guy and allow you to complete the game.

Will you ever get to your destination, or will you be forever wandering these mysterious streets?

Play The Long Way, Free

The (West Antarctic Ice) Sheet Has Hit The Fan

Well, now we’ve done it.

This week, two scientific teams reported that the collapse and melt of large portions of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet now appears unstoppable. As in irreversible, inevitable, and more than partially our fault. There’s enough water in the unstable ice sheet to raise global sea levels by four feet on its own, and combined with other sources of melt, this could raise sea levels as much as ten feet over the next few centuries. 

I’ll give you a moment, in case that didn’t sink in.

As Chris Mooney writes at Mother Jones, “This is what a holy shit moment for global warming looks like.”

The acceleration of the ice sheet’s melting is due to warming ocean currents, destabilizing the ice from beneath and speeding up its collapse. Because of the particular geography of the region, this rapid chain reaction of melting can not be stopped. If greenhouse gas levels continue to rise, this melting will only speed up.

If there’s any silver lining to this news, it’s that it’s not clear how fast this will happen. Ice sheets move slowly (being made of ice and all), so the melt could play out over hundreds of years. Still, it’s the clearest sign yet that we have irreversibly affected the global climate, and we must do something.

Every day that we spend faux-debating the validity of climate change science is another day closer to an inevitably wet future. Would you rather build a boat or tread water?

For more coverage, check out the NY Times, these two pages from NASA, or just Google “West Antarctic Ice Sheet oh shit we’re fucked”

PS - The image up top shows what Times Square would look like with 6 feet or so of sea level rise. Just so you know what to expect. Check out more at worldunderwater.org

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Sterek AU: It’s been… god knows how many days since the apocalypse and Derek is tired. They’ve been living on the road, scavenging for what little food they can find and fighting for their lives every god damn day. The only thing that’s kept Derek going has been the constant presence of Stiles by his side. The only reason he gets up in the morning is because Stiles annoys him awake, and the only way he can sleep at night is knowing that Stiles is watching out for him. The apocalypse has taken everything from him, but he’ll be damned if he lets it take Stiles. 

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Höme Improvisåtion is a wonderful Ikea furniture building simulator that tasks you with building self-assembly furniture without the aid of instructions (only losers use instructions anyway!).

Starting off simply with a small coffee table, the difficulty (and fun) soon ramps up as more complex kits are introduced.  You can even build multiple kits at a time, slotting pieces together any where you like - and creating mutant coffee table/lamp hybrids.  You can even join up with friends and build Swedish furniture with friends in co-op.

Ever wanted to know what the offspring of a table mating with a lamp would be?  Well now you can find out!  Hint: It ain’t pretty!

Play Höme Improvisåtion, Free (Win & Mac)

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Polio is on its last legs.

The disease that once paralyzed hundreds of thousands of kids a year around the globe is now down to just a few dozen cases this year. “We are aiming to halt all transmission of wild polio virus next year,” says Peter Crowley, the head of UNICEF’s global efforts against polio.

If polio is stopped, it will be only the second human disease to be eliminated. Smallpox was the first — the last case was in 1977.

There’s reason to be optimistic that this gigantic feat of public health is within humanity’s grasp. The World Health Organization says polio transmission has stopped for the first time ever in Africa. Last month, Africa’s last bastion of polio — Nigeria — celebrated going an entire year without recording any new cases.

Next Year Could Mark The End Of Polio

Graphic: Jason Beaubien and Alyson Hurt/NPR