Briefly: GTA 'Immersion' Hacks, Labor Wants Australia To Explore Space, All Hail The Umbrella Hat!

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers including: five ways to make Grand Theft Auto V more immersive, get an umbrella hat for $3, should Australia have its own Space Exploration program?

  • Last week, the Australian science community was somewhat miffed to learn that the Abbott Ministry didn't include a position of Science Minister. Opposition leader hopeful Bill Shorten has hit out at this science snub, adding that we should be searching the galaxy for habitable planets. "I believe in the next five years to ten years, it will be possible to test for environmental circumstances on planets far, far away to see if they have the same set of circumstances which [occur] on Earth to determine if there could be life on other planets... This is the way Labor needs to talk about science." You can read the rest of Shorten's arguments over at Gizmodo.
  • In semi-related news, the audio-visual remix outfit Eclectic Method has created a mash-up of aliens from assorted movies and TV shows. The tune's not bad either. Click here to check it out.
  • It's been a week since Grand Theft Auto V launched, which can feel like a lifetime in hardcore gamer years. If you're finding your GTA experience is getting a little stale, here are five hacks you can employ to make it more immersive.
  • We love videos which employ visual trickery -- especially when no CGI was used. This stunning video from the design and engineering studio Bot & Dolly was created via a projection-mapping system beamed onto moving canvases. "It is the culmination of multiple technologies, including large scale robotics, projection mapping, and software engineering," the creators explained. Watch it and be amazed.
  • Apparently, umbrella hats are a real thing. People actually wear them in public. If this sounds like something you'd like to partake in, you can currently snap one up from Kogan for just $3, including free shipping. Personally, we'd rather get drenched by the rain, but to each their own. [Via OzBargain]


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