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Doom Eternal's reshade mod is absolutely wicked

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Apr 10, 2020 at 12:11 pm CDT

Doom Eternal's new Carmack Reshade mod adds a whole new dimension of depth, vibrancy, and brutality to your favorite demon-slaying shooter.

We just tried out the Carmack Eternal Reshade mod from Nexus Mods, and the results are pretty crazy. The mod itself is basically a Vulkan effects editor that lets you adjust various graphics, lighting, and visual settings in the game, including ambient light, simulated HDR, monochrome black-and-white filters to make everything into a 1950's gorefest, godrays, bloom--the works.

You can download the Reshade mod and customize everything yourself and experiment with all the awesome effects, or just use the presets designed by the mod's uploader. Either way, the game will look even better than it already did...which is saying a lot.

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Scientists warn of a severe risk factor that impacts coronavirus cases

Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Apr 10, 2020 at 02:08 am CDT

An expert has announced a new risk factor that can severely impact coronavirus cases. This risk factor is also quite common throughout the United States.

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According to a new report from Reuters, France's top epidemiologist has said that obesity can play a key role in coronavirus cases, and can even severely impact the outcome of whether or not the patient successfully recovers. Professor Jean-Francois Delfraissy told franceinfo radio, "This virus is terrible, it can hit young people, in particular obese young people. Those who are overweight really need to be careful".

The United States is well known for having a problem with obesity, which is why Delfraissy stresses that it's important that the public knows that obese people are going to have a harder time recovering if they become infected with the coronavirus. "That is why we're worried about our friends in America, where the problem of obesity is well known and where they will probably have the most problems because of obesity." said Delfraissy.

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Coronavirus COVID-19 will change global greeting forever, here's how

Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Apr 10, 2020 at 01:40 am CDT

Right now, it's hard to think what the world will look like once we have globally overcome the coronavirus, but one thing is for sure - it will never the same again.

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One of the main things that will change is how the medical systems prepare for future epidemics at this scale, and another thing that will change is how humans greet each other. The later of the two will most likely be the most difficult one for normal people to change, as we have become ingrained in certain customs that show our appreciation towards greeting someone. One of these customs, which is almost globally accepted, is handshakes.

According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the public face of the Trump Administration's response to the coronavirus, "As a society, just forget about shaking hands." Fauci explains that his recommendation in a post-coronavirus world is, "We don't need to shake hands. We've got to break that custom. Because as a matter of fact, that is one of the major ways you can transmit a respiratory-borne illness." It will be interesting to see whether or not globally, we make an effort to throw out the custom of handshakes, and if this official recommendation will impact society's standard in a post-coronavirus world.

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Here's how you can catch coronavirus COVID-19 outside while exercising

Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Apr 10, 2020 at 01:04 am CDT

Every day scientists around the world are finding more and more about the coronavirus and how it spreads. Today, scientists have proven it's alarmingly easy to catch the coronavirus outside while you are exercising.

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A new paper has been published by a team of researchers from the Netherlands and Belgium. This study has examined the effectiveness of social distancing in outdoor environments, and surprisingly new measures might have to be put into place. The study found that the current '6 feet' rule might not necessarily be enough to stem the spread of the coronavirus while outdoors and exercising, as the coronavirus can be easily spread through the air.

Due to people breathing heavily while they are outdoors exercising and possibly sneezing and coughing more often, there's an increased chance in COVID-19 infected particles being passed onto an unsuspecting person following closely behind someone. Scientists ran simulations with virtual exercisers traveling behind one another. The computer tracked the airstream around each of the exercises and found that people will have to take increased measures of separation from each other, depending on the exercise.

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CDC has retracted dosage info for this coronavirus COVID-19 treatment

Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Apr 10, 2020 at 12:32 am CDT

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has removed a bunch of strange information that was aimed at guiding doctors to administrate hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine correctly to COVID-19 patients.

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According to a new report by Reuters, the CDC had published dosage information for two antimalarial drugs, hydroxychloroquine, and chloroquine. This dosage information was based on unattributed anecdotal evidence, rather than peer-reviewed studies. The information was posted under the CDC webpage, 'Information for Clinicians on Therapeutic Options for Patients with COVID-19', and here's what it said, "Although optimal dosing and duration of hydroxychloroquine for treatment of COVID-19 are unknown, some U.S. clinicians have reported anecdotally" on several ways to prescribe the medication.

Dr. Lynn Goldman, dean of the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University, commented on the published information, saying, "Why would CDC be publishing anecdotes? That doesn't make sense. This is very unusual."

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Cyberpunk 2077 coming to next-gen PS5, Xbox Series X as new versions

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Apr 9, 2020 at 04:31 pm CDT

Cyberpunk 2077 will have special next-gen optimized releases for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X's new higher-end hardware, allowing for ultra-fast loading times, high frame rates, hardware-based ray tracing, 4K 60FPS, and more.

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In its recent earnings call, CD Projekt RED confirms it plans to release a separate next-gen version of Cyberpunk 2077 that leverages the full power of the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. The next-gen version may not be available when next-gen consoles launch in 2020, though.

There's two ways CDPR will likely handle this: upgrading the existing PS4 and Xbox One versions with enhancement patches to enable boosted performance and features, and launching a separate SKU in stores. CDPR has already confirmed anyone who buys an Xbox One copy will also get the Series X version too.

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PlayStation 5's new Create button could change gaming forever

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Apr 9, 2020 at 03:06 pm CDT

The PlayStation 5's new DualSense controller has lots of nifty improvements, but the new Create button might be a gateway to a new kind of interactivity that console gaming has never seen before.

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Let me preface this article by saying this is all theoretical, and my points are centered around patents that may not actually manifest into PS5 features. But it seems very likely to happen.

Sony just revealed the PlayStation 5's controller, the DualSense. It's a new next-gen controller design that kicks off a brand new type of peripheral; the DualShock had motion tracking and rumble, the DualSense has haptic/tactical triggers and a new kind of sound output with the PS5's Tempest audio engine. Those are exciting, sure, but the biggest innovator might be hiding in plain sight. It's the Create button that could ultimately change how users interact with games.

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Dead Island 2 to launch on PS5, Xbox Series X and current-gen consoles

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Apr 9, 2020 at 02:07 pm CDT

Dead Island 2 is still happening, and it should release on both current-gen systems and next-gen consoles like the PS5, Xbox Series X.

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Dead Island 2 isn't dead. It did go through development hell for a while and changed hands three times--first Yager Interactive was on the project, then Sumo Digital stepped it, and now Homefront dev Dambuster Studios is at the helm--but it's still in the works. THQ Nordic is now calling the shots after buying Deep Silver, and the company strongly hints Dead Island 2 will be out by March 31, 2021.

That puts the sunny zombie sequel firmly in next-gen console territory. A new art director job listing indicates Dambuster plans to release the game across both gens, but in the Xbox Series X's case, it should just be an enhanced Xbox One version considering Microsoft isn't making next-gen exclusive titles.

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake discs take more than an hour to fully install

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Apr 9, 2020 at 01:17 pm CDT

Final Fantasy 7 Remake physical copies take a substantial time to install on PlayStation 4, so be ready for a wait.

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake is a huge game. It clocks in at over 100GB across two full-sized 50GB Blu-ray discs, and can take over an hour to install on PS4. Similar to Red Dead Redemption 2, one disc is a Play Disc, and the other is a Data Disc. And like RDR2, FF7R takes even more time to install from a disc than it would to download on a modern internet connection.

Interestingly enough, Square Enix will let you play Final Fantasy 7 Remake even if you haven't fully installed the Data Disc. You can play up to the ending of Chapter 1 on the Play Disc before you're prompted to install the Data Disc. It's a nice touch but it's still better to buy digital for this one.

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MAINGEAR LIV: an emergency pulmonary ventilator at 1/4 the cost

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Apr 9, 2020 at 06:39 am CDT

MAINGEAR is known in the United States as one of the highest-end custom gaming PC makers, but the company has quickly pivoted to respond to the novel coronavirus pandemic with the release of the LIV -- a new ventilator being made on the cheap.

MAINGEAR is shifting over a certain allocation of its manufacturing capabilities, to help New York City and its overwhelmed intensive care units. MAINGEAR developed the new LIV ventilator in-house with medical advisers in just a matter of weeks, all while using off-the-shelf parts that can be "produced for approximately a quarter of the price" of a regular ventilator.

  • MAINGEAR LIV ventilator: $7500
  • Regular ventilator: starts at $50,000

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