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DNA may reconnect Aboriginal Australian remains with modern communities

Enlarge / Norman Tindale, pictured here in 1927 with members of a local Aboriginal group, led a mission to gather precise ethnographic and geographic data from many different Aboriginal groups. He also gathered hair from the people he interviewed, which provided DNA samples for earlier studies. The group here is at Rockshelter at Bathurst Head …

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Films for the discerning nerd: Ars picks the best of 2018

Enlarge (credit: Marvel Studios/Universal Pictures/Sony) Before we begin talking about films in 2018, we’ve already saved you some trouble by snapping once and making the year’s disappointing films disappear. Adios, Avengers Infinity War. So long, Solo. Arrivederci, Ready Player One. Agree or disagree all you want, but our list of favorite 2018 films already has …

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Evidence continues to mount about how bad Denuvo is for PC gaming performance

Enlarge (credit: Denuvo) One of the biggest arguments against anti-piracy checks built into video games (commonly known as “digital rights management,” or DRM) is that they punish paying customers with stuttering, loading times, and other detractive gameplay issues. While leading DRM vendor Denuvo has long claimed that its tools don’t hamper video games, the stats …

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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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