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Game research, ghost stories, Alan Moore, and academia: The far reaches of edutainment.

Jim Rossignol of Rock, Paper, Shotgun argues that games don't necessarily have to be fun to be engaging: "Do critics decry games because games need, more than any other media, to be something a group of people can all agree on?"

How'd They Do That? Poison Ivy and Carbon Dioxide Studies

Maggie Koerth-Baker discovers how scientists figured out that CO2 makes ivy grow incredibly fast … and problematically poisonous.

The ecologist who found his wedding ring

Lisa Katayama writes: "When Aleki Taumoepeau, a 42-year old ecologist, dropped his wedding ring in the murky waters of a New Zealand … he was determined to find it at all costs"

BBVideo: SYNESTHESIA, a film by Jonathan Fowler.

Boing Boing Video presents a remix of "Synesthesia," a documentary directed by Jonathan Fowler, about people whose senses blend, or mix. For instance: a synesthete might see colors when listening to music, or taste flavors when hearing a spoken word.

Why Halo makes me want to lay down and die

Margaret Robertson on Halo's oneiric call to adventure: "Halo is a place where I feel peaceful. It's partly, I grant you, the pistol in my hand and the rocket-launcher on my back, both of which take the stress out of day-to-day life."