» Astronomy Pic of the Day: Solis Lacus: The Eye of Mars

As telescopes around planet Earth watch, Mars is growing brighter in night skies, approaching its 2020 opposition on October 13. Mars looks like its watching too in this view of the Red Planet from September 22. Mars' disk is already near its maximum apparent size for earthbound telescopes, less than 1/80th the apparent diameter of a Full Moon. The seasonally shrinking south polar cap is at the bottom and hazy northern clouds are at the top. A circular, dark albedo feature, Solis Lacus (Lake of the Sun), is just below and left of disk center. Surrounded by a light area south of Valles Marineris, Solis Lacus looks like a planet-sized pupil, famously known as The Eye of Mars . Near the turn of the 20th century, astronomer and avid Mars watcher Percival Lowell associated the Eye of Mars with a conjunction of canals he charted in his drawings of the Red Planet. Broad, visible changes in the size and shape of the Eye of Mars are now understood from high resolution surface images to be due to dust transported by winds in the thin Martian atmosphere.



Left 4 Dead 2 - Update

Oct 01, 2020 - 9:53 PM - by newsbot
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An update has been released for Left 4 Dead 2.

- Reoriented some of the new HUD images
- Updated several nav meshes based on feedback
- Fixed a bug where a door model was lacking prop data
- Fixed spontaneous muzzle flashes on certain rifles when playing online
- Adjusted knife's attack delay
- Fixed c10m3 versus survival tank spawn issue
- Fixed stuck spots on a few survival maps
- Various other fixes to the nav mesh from feedback
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Monthly Rundown: Spooky October Specials and Events

Oct 01, 2020 - 9:53 PM - by newsbot
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Don’t be scared! October will have more treats than tricks.
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Family follow-up Rivals brings you more lovely musical detection

Oct 01, 2020 - 9:53 PM - by newsbot
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Only a month ago I wrote about Family, a free investigation game about plotting the movements of musicians across a (fictionalised) ’80s London music scene. By placing the right people in the right bands at the right times, you’re drip fed more clues so you can then place more names, and so on. Well, turns […]

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Congratulations to the 2,000,000th RPS comment!

Oct 01, 2020 - 9:53 PM - by newsbot
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Rejoice, fans of big numbers and digital discussion, for we have received our 2,000,000th comment. Two million comments on RPS! At 3:57pm on Wednesday, we hit that milestone thanks to reader “EdgeObscurity” and their thoughts on Terra Invicta and X-Com. A small comment for them, a big number for us. And I cannot tell you […]

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The Best 2-in-1 Detachable Laptops You Can Also Use As a Tablet

Oct 01, 2020 - 9:53 PM - by newsbot
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Can't decide between a tablet or a laptop, why not get the best of both worlds with the best 2-in-1 detachable laptops.

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Borat 2: First Promotional Image Released, Amazon Prime Release Date Confirmed

Oct 01, 2020 - 9:53 PM - by newsbot
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Borat 2 will arrive on October 23, and the character wants you to wear a mask - just don't wear it like he does...

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Best Nintendo Switch Game Deals

Oct 01, 2020 - 9:53 PM - by newsbot
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Just like the console in question, Nintendo Switch games are rather…

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Here Are The New PlayStation Plus Games For October

Oct 01, 2020 - 9:53 PM - by newsbot
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If you like racing to bite people, then whew boy are there some PlayStation Plus games for you this month. For everyone else, the last PlayStation Plus games of the pure PS4 era are solidly OK. First up, is Need For Speed: Payback. Described by some as “perfectly tolerable” and...
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You Can Still Get An Xbox Series X From Telstra Delivered By Christmas

Oct 01, 2020 - 9:53 PM - by newsbot
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With all the doom and gloom around confirmed preorders getting cancelled, and the kerfuffle of trying to order a next gen console for release day, it could be easy to just give up. The good news is that one of the most affordable options for getting an Xbox Series X/S...
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Fans Think They Hear The Final Fantasy “Prelude” In Genshin Impact

Oct 01, 2020 - 9:53 PM - by newsbot
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While, yes, Genshin Impact is more than a Breath of the Wild clone, the free-to-play RPG’s background music is reminiscent of another iconic game’s theme song, say some fans.  As reported on Japanese site Hachima, it’s been pointed out that the music during the menu screen below seems to apparently...
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Left 4 Dead 2 - Update

Oct 01, 2020 - 9:53 PM - by newsbot
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An update has been released for Left 4 Dead 2.

- Fixed some materials and models that were causing errors in workshop content.
- Reduced CS weapon spawn chance.
- Safe room intros will now continue regardless if anyone leaves the safe room.
- Fixed some witch call-outs
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The best PC board games on Steam

Oct 01, 2020 - 9:53 PM - by newsbot
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After some of the best PC board games available on Steam? Modern board games can get very complex. Too complex, even. On the other side of the coin, modern board games are extremely good. They are so good that you might want to play them at a faster rate than you can set them up to play, because again, they are complex.
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