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Wipeout 2048 is a racing video game in which players pilot anti-gravity ships around futuristic race tracks. It was developed by SCE Studio Liverpool and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. A launch title for the PlayStation Vita hand-held console, the game was released on 19 January 2012 in Japan and on 22 February in Europe. It is the ninth instalment of the series Wipeout and the last game to be developed by Studio Liverpool. Wipeout 2048 is a prequel to the first game in the series. It was designed as a test-bed for the Vita. Studio Liverpool's suggestions of a touchscreen device and two separate analogue sticks were eventually incorporated into the console. Wipeout 2048 includes downloadable content and an online multiplayer mode, and allows cross-platform play with PlayStation 3 owners of Wipeout HD. Reviewers agreed that the game's graphics and visuals showcased the power of the Vita, but criticised its long loading times and other technical issues. (Full article...)

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Montage of various artiodactyls
Montage of various artiodactyls

There are 349 extant species, grouped into 131 genera, in Artiodactyla, an order of placental mammals consisting of even-toed ungulates – hooved animals which bear weight equally on two of their five toes with the other toes either present, absent, vestigial, or pointing posteriorly – as well as their descendants, the aquatic cetaceans. Members of this order are called artiodactyls. The order is sometimes named Cetartiodactyla, in reference to the inclusion of cetaceans in the order beginning in the 1990s. Artiodactyls live on every major landmass and throughout the oceans and in a variety of habitats, including forests, grasslands, and deserts. Artiodactyla is divided into four suborders: Ruminantia, Suina, Tylopoda, and Whippomorpha. The suborders are further subdivided into clades and families. Several artiodactyls have gone extinct in recent times, while some domesticated species, including cattle, goats, sheep, and pigs, have a worldwide distribution with population counts of greater than one billion. (Full list...)

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Heart Mountain Relocation Center

Heart Mountain Relocation Center, located in Park County, Wyoming, was one of ten concentration camps used for the internment of Japanese Americans in the United States evicted during World War II from their local communities. The first inmates arrived in Heart Mountain on August 12, 1942. This 1943 photograph depicts the Japanese-American writer and journalist Bill Hosokawa in his barracks at Heart Mountain, accompanied by his wife Alice and their son Mike, and three members of staff. Hosakawa edited the internment camp's newspaper, The Heart Mountain Sentinel.

Photograph credit: Tom Parker; restored by Adam Cuerden

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