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    How SNES emulators got a few pixels from complete perfection

    As the lead coder of bsnes, I've been attempting to perfect Super Nintendo emulation for the past 15 years. We are now at a point where that goal is in sight, but there we face one last challenge: accurate cycle timing of the SNES video processors. Getting that final bit of emulation accuracy will require a community effort that I hope some of you can help with. But first, let me recap how far we've come.

  • 8 days ago
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    Putin delays constitutional vote that would extend his rule

    Citing the coronavirus, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday postponed a nationwide vote on proposed constitutional amendments that include a change potentially allowing him to stay in office until 2036. Putin didn’t set a new date for the plebiscite originally scheduled for April 22, saying that it would depend on how the pandemic develops in Russia.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Mortal Kombat 4 for PC now available via GOG

    The PC version of Mortal Kombat 4, which first launched in physical form in June 1998, is now available via GOG for $5.99. Here is an overview of the game, via its GOG page: A New Dimension of Kombat Shao Kahn has been defeated at the hands of Earth’s warriors, and now Shinnok has escaped …

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Coronavirus: Pope urges priests to meet with ‘the sick’

    The Pope urged Catholic priests on Tuesday to “have the courage to go out and see” those sickened by the novel coronavirus. “Let us pray to the Lord also for our priests, that they may have the courage to go out and visit the sick... and to accompany the medical staff and volunteers in the work they do,” said the pontiff at a Mass for visiting clergy.

  • 1 month ago
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    The golden age of neutron-star physics has arrived

    When a massive star dies in a supernova, the explosion is only the beginning of the end. Most of the stellar matter is thrown far and wide, but the star’s iron-filled heart remains behind. This core packs as much mass as two Suns and quickly shrinks to a sphere that would span the length of Manhattan. Crushing internal pressure — enough to squeeze Mount Everest to the size of a sugar cube — fuses subatomic protons and electrons into neutrons.

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    NASA gives four projects $3 million to develop potential space missions

    NASA has announced four projects as part of its Discovery Program, which sees the space agency asking scientists to pitch focused, relatively low-cost missions for it to take on and develop into full-fledged missions. "Although they're not official missions yet and some ultimately may not be chosen to move forward, the selections focus on compelling targets and science that are not covered by NASA's active missions or recent selections," NASA writes on its website.

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    Gen X-ers are being stifled by greedy Boomers who refuse to retire

    With strong telescopes, scientists say they can still detect faint echoes of the Big Bang. Sometimes I wonder if maybe they’re picking up cosmic interference from a different signal event that won’t fade away. I’m talking about the Baby Boom.

  • 2 months ago
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    NASA's Curiosity rover suffers glitch on Mars, freezes up

    Can a Mars rover have an existential crisis? NASA's Curiosity rover is wondering just exactly what its place is on Mars after experiencing a technical glitch. "Partway through its last set of activities, Curiosity lost its orientation," wrote Curiosity team member Dawn Sumner, a planetary geologist at University of California, Davis, in a mission update this week.

  • 2 months ago
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    Korean publication reiterates $1,000 price for the Galaxy Z Flip

    Even with its many flaws — and Samsung's eye-watering $2,000 asking price — customers have flocked to the company's first foldable phone, which has already sold half a million units. That's half of what a Samsung exec previously claimed, but it's impressive nonetheless.

  • 2 months ago
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    ‘Cancel Culture’ Comes to Science

    A scholar with an agenda targets as ‘dangerous’ our conference on filtering out faulty research.

  • 2 months ago
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    The Deadliest Marksman’s Cold, Brave Stand

    The war was nearly over on March 6, 1940. The enemy, propagandized as an unstoppable fighting machine, was indeed overwhelming the army of the country they’d invaded. Six days later, the aggressors would finally force an armistice, and soon grab control of much of the land they’d coveted. It had taken longer than the two weeks they’d anticipated, but conditions were harsh, the defenders far more resolute than expected.

  • 2 months ago
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    The Zanco Tiny T2 Makes Even the Smallest Cell Phones Look Gigantic

    U.K.-based Zanco thinks you have space in your pocket for another phone, and from the looks of it, the Tiny t2 won’t take up much space at all. What the company’s calling the “world’s smallest phone” appeared on Kickstarter this week, becoming fully funded in less than a day.

  • 2 months ago
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    Nasa and SpaceX are going to blow up a rocket in the air

    Nasa and SpaceX are set to destroy a rocket as part of an emergency test. The procedure, known as an "In-Flight Abort Test", will ensure that a new capsule meant for carrying astronauts would allow them to escape in the case of a disastrous launch. But it will also mean destroying one of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets to understand what would happen if one really exploded by accident.

  • 2 months ago
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    How the Pinellas Sheriff’s Office boosts its rape stats without solving cases

    “None of these cases I reviewed were properly or thoroughly investigated,” said a retired criminal investigator, who reviewed 11 of the cleared cases for the Times.

  • 2 months ago
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    Australia Won’t Stop Burning

    Australia is caught in a climate spiral. For the past few decades, the arid and affluent country of 25 million has padded out its economy—otherwise dominated by sandy beaches and a bustling service sector—by selling coal to the world. As the East Asian economies have grown, Australia has been all too happy to keep their lights on. Exporting food, fiber, and minerals to Asia has helped Australia achieve three decades of nearly relentless growth: Oz has not had a technical recession, defined a...