The world's climate is warmer on average than it was a hundred years ago. Plants in some places are emerging earlier in the spring and insects that like warm weather are on the move. But scientists are finding out that the culprit isn't just warmth. As NPR's Christopher Joyce reports, it's also the absence of cold snaps.
CHRISTOPHER JOYCE, BYLINE: The idea that a warmer planet could mean avocados in Scotland or bananas in Montana may sound silly. But in fact, tropical plants are moving north. For instance, mangroves in Maryland.
For Syrians who remain in their country, you might think that computer security would be a low priority, but with a civil war raging, so, too, is an electronic war between groups allied with President Bashar al-Assad and rebel forces. Anti-Assad groups use cyberspace to recruit fighters and coordinate with allies.
Students at the Oakland Military Institute took several courses offered by San Jose State and the online course provider Udacity this year. The university is now scaling back its relationship with Udacity.
One year ago, many were pointing to the growth of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, as the most important trend in higher education. Many saw the rapid expansion of MOOCs as a higher education revolution that would help address two long-vexing problems: access for underserved students and cost.
In theory, students saddled by rising debt and unable to tap into the best schools would be able to take free classes from rock star professors at elite schools via Udacity, edX, Coursera and other MOOC platforms.
The game Don't Starve casts you in the role of "gentleman scientist" Wilson, with just one goal: Survive. Its unique mix of survival horror and crafting gameplay, paired with a charming Tim Burton-esque art style, made this a standout game of 2013.
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<strong><a href="http://bit.ly/18zoBmH">Rogue Legacy</a></strong> is a swords and sorcery platformer game full of colorful characters and randomly generated levels.
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<strong><a href="http://bit.ly/1ccamFp">Gunpoint</a></strong> is a stealth puzzle platformer that blew me away with its clever style and witty writing.
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<a href="http://bit.ly/1epboPW"><strong>King Arthur's Gold</strong></a> mixes strategy and platforming elements for a fun and fast-paced game experience that is pure mayhem.
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First-person puzzle game <strong><a href="http://www.antichamber-game.com/">Antichamber</a></strong> is a wholly unique piece of art that should not be missed.
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<a href="http://bit.ly/19znr8X"><strong>Anomaly 2</strong></a> puts a unique twist on the tower defense genre, casting you as the aggressor battling alien towers.
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<a href="http://bit.ly/1h7u0nT"><strong>Risk of Rain</strong></a> is a fast and fun shooter with a moody and impressive soundtrack.
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<a href="http://bit.ly/1hOS3pc"><strong></strong></a><strong> </strong><a href="http://www.surgeonsimulator2013.com/"><strong>Surgeon Simulator 2013</strong></a> is the most frustrating and hilarious time you'll have while trying to do a brain transplant.
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<a href="http://bit.ly/JFMGwc"><strong>Monaco: What's Mine Is Yours</strong></a> is a colorful, stealth action game that just oozes <em>Ocean's 11</em>.
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<strong><a href="http://bit.ly/1i2okvQ">Don't Starve</a></strong> is an open-world survival horror game with just one goal: Stay alive.
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The indie gaming market is a growing force in the industry. And while the nature of the market makes it difficult to get exact sales figures, there is no denying that 2013 was a great year for introducing new and innovative titles to gamers of all stripes and on all platforms.
The seconds left in 2013 are slipping away. And you know what else is slipping away? The seconds left in your life.
Luckily for you, there's a new product called Tikker, a wristwatch that counts down your life, so you can watch on a large, dot-matrix display as the seconds you have left on Earth disappear down a black hole.
For the scientists who have emotionally traveled with NASA's Voyager mission for decades, 2013 will be remembered as the year they knew Voyager 1 had finally become the first explorer from Earth to enter the mysterious realm of interstellar space.
Voyager 1 and its twin, Voyager 2, both blasted off in 1977, more than 35 years ago. Voyager 1 flew by Jupiter, then Saturn — and then on toward the unknown region that lies between stars.