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Migrant Ship Stranded Off Italy in ‘Crisis,’ Aid Group Says

NY Times - 3 hours 41 min ago
Open Arms said desperate migrants had leapt into the sea to make it ashore and had to be rescued, even as Spain and France offered to take them in.

Minecraft is getting an official visual upgrade after all… only on Nvidia RTX

Ars - 3 hours 54 min ago

On Monday, Mojang and Nvidia kicked off this week's Gamescom gaming conference with a substantial unveil for the blocky, mega-popular game Minecraft: a visual upgrade patch coming exclusively to owners of Nvidia RTX graphics cards for the game's Windows 10 version. This comes seven days after another, similar patch, which would have been free for all Xbox and Windows players, was canceled after two years of delays.

And while that canceled "Super Duper" patch looked impressive, this one takes the intentionally chunky, lo-fi Minecraft to an entirely new level, thanks to a handsome emphasis on ray tracing. All of Nvidia's RTX graphics cards include a dedicated core designed to efficiently map out massive amounts of light bounces in 3D imagery. This core's effects on Minecraft might be the most impressive yet for an RTX-compatible game.

The upgrade's reveal trailer shows exactly how this "path tracing" patch will look in action, and it revolves largely around more realistic looking models for light bouncing and reflection. The game's pixelated "gold" blocks now glisten like gold. Reflective materials now mirror whatever mobs walk near them. Light cast upon different kinds of materials will naturally glow, and underground caverns will now smolder in impressive red glows from nearby lava flows.

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Dark money ad claims Susan Collins put old-age programs ‘in jeopardy’

Washington Post - 4 hours 34 min ago
An attack ad mixes innuendo and fuzzy sourcing to misleadingly attack the veteran lawmaker from Maine

A Summer of Angst in One of the World’s Safest Countries

NY Times - 4 hours 36 min ago
Episodes like the death of a boy who was shoved in front of a train have fueled public anxiety, and far-right campaigning, in Germany.

Two men rescued a wheelchair-bound woman who fell off a dock into the ocean

CNN - 4 hours 44 min ago
DJ Kashief Hamilton says he was playing music on a cruise ship dock at St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands when he heard a loud scream. The DJ stopped the party.

‘Good Boys’ Ends Hollywood’s Comedy Drought

NY Times - 6 hours 20 min ago
The R-rated movie about foul-mouthed 12-year-olds was No. 1 with about $21 million, the year’s largest opening total for an original comedy.

Hong Kong's weekend of peaceful protests

CNN - 6 hours 49 min ago
Despite pouring rain, organizers estimate 1.7 million people attended an anti-government march in Hong Kong. CNN's Ivan Watson reports

Officer in ‘I Can’t Breathe’ Chokehold Was ‘Untruthful,’ Judge Says

NY Times - 6 hours 57 min ago
The account Officer Daniel Pantaleo gave after Eric Garner died was “implausible and self-serving,” according to the opinion obtained by The New York Times.

The People of Central Park West Want Their Parking Spaces (Sorry, Cyclists)

NY Times - 6 hours 58 min ago
The city wants to carve out more space for cyclists. Opponents say the city is becoming increasingly hostile to drivers.

9 injured after a tree falls on tent during lightning strike

CNN - 7 hours 7 min ago
Nine people were injured in Pennsylvania Sunday after lightning struck a tree causing it to fall on a tent, said Bill Oettinger, the emergency management coordinator for Lower Southampton Township.

‘It’s Not the Same’: Why War Refugees Who Helped Revive St. Louis Are Leaving

NY Times - 7 hours 12 min ago
A population of Bosnians, up to 70,000 at its peak, is moving out of the city in search of safer neighborhoods and better opportunities.

Hammerhead shark snatches catch from fisherman's hand

CNN - 7 hours 19 min ago
A fisherman got quite a shock when a 14-foot hammerhead shark stole the tarpon he was trying to pull into his boat. CNN affiliate Bay News 9 reports.
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