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EPA to keep Obama-era mercury rules, but make it harder to tighten them

Enlarge / Smokestacks at Pacificorp’s 1,000MW coal-fired power plant on October 9, 2017 outside Huntington, Utah. (credit: George Frey/Getty Images) According to a report from Bloomberg, the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is not considering a roll back of Obama-era rules regulating industrial emissions of mercury. When the rules were codified in 2015, they required …

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War Stories: Lord British created an ecology for Ultima Online but no one saw it

Video shot by Joe Pickard with Justin Wolfson, edited by Lee Manansala. Click here for transcript. Richard Garriott: game designer, astronaut, master haunted house maintainer. In the ’80s and especially the early ’90s, Garriott was part of the first “rock star” cadre of game developers (along with other huge names like John Carmack, John Romero, …

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You can now download the long-lost (and unfinished) SimCity NES port

Nintendo/Maxis/VGHF This year, we learned that a long-lost version of the classic gaming series SimCity, originally meant for the NES, had found its way from Nintendo’s archives to the hands of collectors. That story got a tidy Christmas update this week in the form of a comprehensive data dump, complete with stories, videos, and—perhaps most important—a …

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Musk says Tesla will cover tax credit difference on missed 2018 deliveries

Enlarge / Tesla’s Model 3 page on Friday. (credit: Tesla) Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted on Saturday that his company would cover any lost tax credit that a customer might incur if Tesla is late to deliver a promised vehicle. In the US, drivers who purchase a battery electric vehicle qualify for a $7,500 Federal …

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Study: modern masters like Jackson Pollock were “intuitive physicists”

Collective Suicide (1936), by Mexican muralist David A. Siqueiros, is an example of the “accidental painting” technique developed by the artist.’> Enlarge / Collective Suicide (1936), by Mexican muralist David A. Siqueiros, is an example of the “accidental painting” technique developed by the artist. (credit: A. Aviram/MOMA, New York, via R. Zenit) There’s rarely time …

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