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Dota 2: The face of professional gaming

Just over a week ago, history was made when a team of five young Chinese men left Seattle with $5 million in winnings. The game they were playing was not poker but “Dota 2,” a multiplayer online game made by the Bellevue-based gaming company Valve. This year’s annual “Dota 2” Internationals tournament, the fourth one…

Quoth the Raven

In the span of a single human lifetime, we went from powered flight to landing on the moon. Another lifetime passed and every one of us has in our pockets more computing power than was needed to take humans to the moon and back. Where will technology take us in this lifetime? Will our lives…

Ukraine: A question of history

It is often said that history is written by the victors, but what it often neglects to mention is that victory does not always come in the form of diplomacy and military might. The real war takes place beneath the surface, at the level where fact and fiction blur because human memories are ephemeral and malleable, and human nature longs for meaning and grand narratives.