» Astronomy Pic of the Day: Cerealia Facula

Cerealia Facula, also known as the brightest spot on Ceres, is shown in this stunning mosaic close-up view. The high-resolution image data was recorded by the Dawn spacecraft, in a looping orbit, from altitudes as low as 34 kilometers (21 miles) above the dwarf planet's surface. Cerealia Facula is about 15 kilometers wide, found in the center of 90 kilometer diameter Occator crater. Like the other bright spots (faculae) scattered around Ceres, Cerealia Facula is not ice, but an exposed salty residue with a reflectivity like dirty snow. The residue is thought to be mostly sodium carbonate and ammonium chloride from a slushy brine within or below the dwarf planet's crust. Driven by advanced ion propulsion on an 11-year mission, Dawn explored main-belt asteriod Vesta before traveling on to Ceres. But sometime between this August and October, the interplanetary spacecraft is expected to finally run out of fuel for its hydrazine thrusters, with the subsequent loss of control of its orientation, losing power and the ability to communicate with Earth. Meanwhile Dawn will continue to explore Ceres in unprecedented detail, and ultimately retire in its orbit around the small world.


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You’ll see more Devil May Cry 5 gameplay next month

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Devil May Cry 5 was finally confirmed back at E3, putting an end to endless speculation about a proper sequel, but we haven’t seen much since. Apparently we won’t have to wait much longer for more info, as Capcom aims to have the game playable at Gamescom next month, and will be sharing new info then.
Gamescom 2018 runs August 21-25, but the studio has seen fit to drop some new info now, as well. The developers are shooting for photorealism, but aren’t sacrificing gameplay speed -... [Read More]
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We asked a lot of people: what would you do to a clone of yourself?

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Over the past several weeks I have sent a lot of interesting people who work in the games industry an email containing the following scenario: “You enter a room. The door locks behind you. From a door opposite another you enters. This other you is a perfectly identical clone, created in the exact instant you […]

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How a cup of coffee saved Yoku’s Island Express

Jul 19, 2018 - 8:16 AM - by newsbot
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This is The Mechanic, where Alex Wiltshire invites developers to discuss the difficult journeys they’ve taken to make their games. This time, Yoku’s Island Express [official site]. It wasn’t as if the tester was having a bad time. He was a pinball fan, after all. It’s just that every time he tried to reach for […]

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Free-to-play card strategy game Faeria goes buy-to-play today

Jul 19, 2018 - 8:16 AM - by newsbot
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Strategic card-collector Faeria made the jump today from free-to-play to a a far less chance-driven model. Gone are booster packs or chests bought with real money – now you just buy the game outright and progressively unlock cards as you gain levels. Our resident wizard Brendan quite liked Faeria when he reviewed it last year, […]

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37 Insanely Epic Sideshow Statues Revealed for Comic-Con 2018

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Check out the amazing lineup of statues, figures and collectibles Sideshow will be featuring at Comic-Con next week.

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Beyond: What Features We Want in Red Dead Online

Jul 19, 2018 - 8:16 AM - by newsbot
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Undead Nightmare, please.

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120 Photos of Star Wars, Avengers From SDCC Floor

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Check out over 100 photos from an early tour of the Comic-Con show floor.

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In Japan, 7-Eleven Was Going To Serve Beer

Jul 19, 2018 - 8:16 AM - by newsbot
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Not just sell it, but have a Kirin beer dispensing machine in store for perfect foamy pours. Think a Slurpee machine, but for beer. ... [Read More]
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Fine Art: Bro, Relax

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André Lima Araújo is a comics artist from Portugal who has worked on series such as Black Panther and Generation Gone, which he co-created. ... [Read More]
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You Can Now Play Most Of World Of Warcraft Just By Subscribing

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World of Warcraft has finally gotten with the times. You can now play the game and all but one of its expansion packs just by paying the monthly $16.50 fee. ... [Read More]
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District 9 director Neill Blomkamp wants to make a mech game, so he’s asking how

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You probably won’t be surprised to hear that director Neill Blomkamp has a passion for geeky topics - after all, his big-budget filmography is all sci-fi, and he even has a Halo short film under his belt. Now, it seems, he wants to try his hand at game development, and he’s pinging some of the industry’s most talented studios to make it happen.
“I have a game I want to ‘direct,’ with ...mechs,” Blomkamp says on Twitter. “How would one go about such an endeavour?” He goes on to tag... [Read More]
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