EPA chief promises to recuse himself from lawsuits, advocates for coal

Enlarge / Scott Pruitt on April 19, 2017 in East Chicago, Indiana. Scott Olson/Getty Images reader comments 72 Share this story Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt sent a memo to agency employees last week saying that he would recuse himself from lawsuits that he brought against the Agency as Oklahoma Attorney General, according […]

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Hands in the box: New puzzle game Statik does right by VR

Enlarge / That’s how the doc’s face looks throughout Statik Institute of Retention. Tarsier Studios reader comments 7 Share this story Game Details Developer: Tarsier StudiosPublisher: Tarsier StudiosPlatform: PlayStation 4 (requires PlayStation VR)Release Date: April 24, 2017Price: $19.99 / £15.99 (free demo)Links: Official Website The first thing Statik Institute of Retention gets right is that it leans into every single […]

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Two defenses of research on useless knowledge

Enlarge / Science! BRICK 101 reader comments 33 Share this story In an era of intense, globalized economic competition and massive government debt, can we afford fundamental scientific research? Lately, the answer seems to be “not really.” Companies that once supported R&D have cut back dramatically, and the US government hasn’t kept pace with inflation […]

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Epic, near-EVE-worthy troll sabotages Elite: Dangerous community event

Enlarge / Protect and advance the plot, or kill for the lulz? We know which one the community picked. reader comments 172 Share this story In the vast simulated galaxy of Elite: Dangerous, a years-old mystery concerning an unknown region of space called the Formidine Rift was poised to take a dramatic leap forward on Saturday. […]

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Apple adds one more year to first-generation Watch warranty

Enlarge Andrew Cunningham reader comments 17 Share this story Apple added one extra year to its warranty for some first-generation Apple Watches, according to a note sent to authorized service providers obtained by 9to5Mac. The company will now cover eligible Apple Watches for three years after the original purchase date. The first-gen devices covered by this […]

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Wilson’s Heart is Oculus’ most interesting VR misfire yet

reader comments 17 Share this story Game Details Developer: Twisted PixelPublisher: Oculus StudiosPlatform: Windows PC (requires Oculus Rift headset, Oculus Touch controllers)Release Date: April 25, 2017Price: $39.99 / £30Links: Official Website When will a VR system finally get an honest-to-goodness adventure? Early adopters and curious onlookers continue to ask this question, wondering when they’ll get their own unique, hours-upon-hours mix of […]

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Undeveloped microbiomes make infants more prone to illness

Wild rodents spread more than 35 diseases. Pet mice and rats carry much fewer, luckily, but the diseases they do spread include rat bit fever and Leptospirosis. ArtBrom reader comments 9 Share this story As every parent knows, newborns and infants are extremely prone to infections. This increased susceptibility is typically attributed to babies’ immature […]

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