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    DICE 2018: Neil Druckmann on Inspiration for The Last of Us 2, Content Cut from Uncharted 4

    During a panel today at DICE Summit 2018, Naughty Dog creative director Neil Druckmann discussed one of the inspirations for The Last of Us, Part II and shared some interesting information about the development of Uncharted 4. "There's a show on Netflix called The End of the F***ing World, which is so well written and acted and quirky, and has been totally inspiring for some of the stuff we're doing in The Last of Us 2—more on the dialog stuff." He also noted how the studio...

  • 1 day ago
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    Bank of England Governor Claims “Bitcoin Has Failed”

    Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England (BoE), has claimed that “[Bitcoin] has pretty much failed thus far on … the traditional aspects of money. It is not a store of value because it is all over the map. Nobody uses it as a medium of exchange.” These comments were made Monday evening at an event at Regent’s University in London.

  • 2 days ago
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    Scores of civilians killed and 'more dying every minute' as Syrian regime obliterates Eastern Ghouta

    Mortar shells and bombs are raining on a rebel-held suburb of Damascus as a ferocious attack by the Syrian government enters its third day. By local counts more than 150 people have been killed by intense shelling, rocket attacks and air strikes on Eastern Ghouta since overnight on Monday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the death toll had risen to 250 in just 48 hours.

  • 7 days ago
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    Anger at Google image search 'peace deal'

    Google has made it more difficult for people to save pictures from its image search product, as part of a "peace deal" with photo library Getty Images. In 2017, Getty Images complained to the European Commission, accusing Google of anti-competitive practices. Google said it had removed some features from image search, including the "view image" button. Getty Images said it was a "significant milestone" but critics said the move was "a step backwards".

  • 8 days ago
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    How $225,000 Can Help Secure a Pollution Loophole at Trump’s E.P.A.

    The gravel parking lot at the Fitzgerald family’s truck dealership here in central Tennessee was packed last week with shiny new Peterbilt and Freightliner trucks, as well as a steady stream of buyers from across the country. But there is something unusual about the big rigs sold by the Fitzgeralds: They are equipped with rebuilt diesel engines that do not need to comply with rules on modern emissions controls.

  • 8 days ago
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    Majority of Louisiana babies born to addicted mothers are sent home — by law

    Dr. Michael Ulich became a pediatrician for a simple reason: he wanted to help kids. Ulich, who has practiced at Minden Pediatrics for the past 12 years, recently wrote The Times a frustrated email. "I am a local pediatrician in Minden and have had patients that are born to mothers who test positive for meth, marijuana or other illicit substances," he wrote. "As a mandated reporter, I call the state hotline for CPS and the local CPS office, and they will not open a case on the leg...

  • 10 days ago
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    Scientists take an atomic clock on the road and use it to measure the height of a mountain

    Most of us think of time as a way to measure things like the length of our days and the span of our lives. But if you had access to a pair of extremely high-precision clocks, you could use time in a different way — to measure the height of mountains. This week, scientists described a major step forward in using time to determine height above sea level. For the first time, they took an optical atomic clock out of the lab. Their liberated device was brought into the French Alps.

  • 13 days ago
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    All The White Supremacists Running For Office In 2018

    David Duke, an avowed white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard, has run for office many times. In 1989, he won a seat in the Louisiana House of Representatives. In the following years, he lost elections for U.S. Senate and Louisiana governor, earning more than 600,000 votes both times. And in November 2016, more than 58,000 people in Louisiana voted for Duke to be their senator

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Pet shop puppy sale ban considered

    A ban on puppy sales by pet shops and other third-party dealers in England is being considered by the government. Under the proposals, people buying or adopting a dog would deal directly with a breeder or rehousing centre. Environment Secretary Michael Gove said the plan would be examined as part of a new package of measures aimed at driving up welfare standards. Enhanced licensing conditions for breeders are already due to come into force this year.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    N. Korea skaters draw applause during Olympic practice

    A pair of smiling North Korean skaters carried out lifts, death spirals and other difficult moves during practices ahead of the Winter Olympics, drawing applause from South Korean spectators at Gangneung Ice Arena on Saturday. The duo, Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik, is the focus of intense media attention as they were the only North Korean athletes who were initially qualified to compete in the Pyeongchang Games before their Olympic committee missed a confirmation deadline.

  • 1 month ago
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    AI That Can Predict Death Has Been Given FDA Approval

    Using the power of artificial intelligence (AI) doctors could predict when their patients might be knocking on death’s door. This isn't merely some grim dystopian prop, the researchers hope it could be used to slash the surprisingly high number of unexpected deaths in the US.

  • 1 month ago
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    Is There A Ticking Time Bomb Under The Arctic?

    A short drive north of Fairbanks, Alaska, there's a red shed stuck right up against a hillside. The shed looks unremarkable, except for the door. It looks like a door to a walk-in freezer, with thick insulation and a heavy latch. Whatever is behind that door needs to stay very cold. "Are you ready to go inside?" asks Thomas Douglas, a geochemist at the U.S. Army.

  • 1 month ago
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    Paris on flooding alert as rising Seine causes travel disruption

    Parisians have been warned to stay away from the river Seine as it continues to rise, flooding surrounding roads and causing disruption to the city’s transport network. As water levels increased on Wednesday, the capital’s authorities said the river could pass the 6.10-metre (20ft) level of 2016, the highest in over a century and more than four metres above its normal height.

  • 1 month ago
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    Top 100 MLB Prospects 2018

    Baseball America’s Top 100 MLB Prospects is the natural demarcation between one season to another. Countless conversations with scouts, coaches and team officials as well as many road trips over the past year lead to this list. And as soon as we put it in your hands, we begin working toward next year’s. The Top 100 is compiled with input from J.J. Cooper, Matt Eddy, Ben Badler, Josh Norris and Kyle Glaser.

  • 1 month ago
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    American rapper Fredo Santana dies at the age of 27

    American rapper Fredo Santana, real name Derrick Coleman, has died at the age of 27, his close friend has said. As yet, there is no official confirmation of his death. Record producer and rapper Maxo Kream reported the sad news on Instagram with a picture of Fredo.

  • 1 month ago
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    Ex-C.I.A. Officer Suspected of Compromising Chinese Informants Is Arrested

    The arrest of the former agent, Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 53, capped an intense F.B.I. investigation that began around 2012 after the C.I.A. began losing its agents in China.

  • 1 month ago
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    Here's a Perfect Example of Why You Shouldn't Stifle Your Sneeze

    Before you try to stifle your sniffle to avoid a loud, snotty sneeze, heed some advice from a 34-year-old man in England who ruptured his throat while trying that trick: Don't do it. The man ended up hospitalized and barely able to speak or swallow after he tried to stop a sneeze by holding his nose and shutting his mouth, according to a new report of his case.

  • 1 month ago
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    An Ancient Virus May Have Given Humans the Ability to Form Memories

    How does memory work? The further we seem to dive in, the more questions we stumble upon about how the function of memory first evolved. Scientists made a key breakthrough with the identification of the Arc protein in 1995, observing how its role in the plastic changes in neurons was critical to memory consolidation.