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Metro 2033: Fear The Future

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It’s a little known fact that Russian intelligence considered the likelihood of a nuclear strike against them so high that they ordered Moscow’s metro system to be dug deep enough to act as a makeshift fallout shelter. With a detail like that to draw inspiration from it’s hardly surprising that a book and now a videogame have been written to exploit it.

Dimitry Glukhovsky, author of Metro 2033 and consultant onhttp://news.bf-1.com/wp-admin/post-new.php the eponymous game, has penned a story which takes place after nuclear war has devastated the planet, with the only survivors sealed inside Moscow’s reinforced metro system. Unfortunately for them, as is often the case, they are not alone and soon find themselves in a struggle for their very existence against a variety of horrors.

An atmospheric and claustrophobic first-person shooter, Metro 2033 is looking good from the preview build we’ve played through, with lighting and shadows used to particularly eerie effect.

Expect the title to land on store shelves on 19 March, for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, for now check out the latest video for a sneak peak of the game in action.

Strong quake strikes southwest of Tokyo

4A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 jolted eastern and central Japan on Tuesday, a government agency said, rattling houses in Tokyo.


Strong quake strikes southwest of Tokyo

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TOKYO (Reuters) – A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 jolted eastern and central Japan early on Tuesday, throwing food and bottles from shop shelves and rattling houses across Tokyo.

The area has been hit by heavy rain since Monday and the weather agency warned of possible landslides and flooding, as train services were suspended and highways were closed for checks.

The focus of the 5:07 a.m. (2007 GMT, Monday) tremor was 20 km (12 miles) below the surface of Suruga Bay, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, in Shizuoka prefecture, around 150 km (90 miles) southwest of Tokyo. A tsunami of up to 60 cm (24 inches) was recorded along the Pacific coast.

“It was a sideways shaking like I’ve never experienced before. Things fell from the shelves,” Atsushi Imai, a local city employee, told national broadcaster NHK.

The government’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said Chubu Electric Power Co Inc had halted all operations at its Hamaoka nuclear plant for safety checks.

TV pictures showed glass bottles shattered on a convenience store floor, a TV newsroom with video tapes thrown from shelves, and a temple where tiles had been shaken off the roof and were scattered on the ground.

“There was a bit of shaking at first, then it got stronger and I couldn’t stand up. Elevators and other machines like the heater for baths have stopped running,” said a hotel worker in Omaezaki contacted by phone.

“Some files fell off shelves and lamps toppled over. Our guests are fine, but their families have called since the earthquake to ask about their safety,” she said.

A fire official said a small child was taken to hospital after a TV fell off a shelf and hurt its leg.

Trains in the area were halted for safety checks and some highways were closed for damage inspections.

“I was still half asleep so it was intense. It took a while for me to come back to reality,” said Yoshiyuki Ikeda, an official at Yaizu city in Shizuoka prefecture.

Earthquakes are common in Japan, one of the world’s most seismically active areas. The country accounts for about 20 percent of the world’s earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater.

In October 2004, an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 struck the Niigata region in northern Japan, killing 65 people and injuring more than 3,000.

That was the deadliest quake since a magnitude 7.3 tremor hit the city of Kobe in 1995, killing more than 6,400.

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Cocaine Energy Drink (CNN News Room)

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Cocaine Energy Drink (CNN News Room)

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Cocaine is a highly caffeinated energy drink distributed by Redux Beverages. It contains three and a half times (280 mg) the caffeine of a more popular energy drink, Red Bull, symbolized by three and a half steer heads on the label. Aside from caffeine the label claims 750 milligrams of taurine, another common ingredient found in many energy drinks.

Cocaine was pulled from U.S. shelves as a result of the FDA’s decision that Cocaine was “was illegally marketing the drink as both a street drug alternative and a dietary supplement”. Redux Beverages began working on a new name for the product immediately. At the end of May, 2007, the Redux team decided to change the name to “No Name:” energy drink, with the new can label (sometimes still with the original can just covered by a plastic sleeve with the new name, allowing it to be peeled off revealing the old one) featuring a large blank space for fans to write their chosen name for the drink, covering the “Cocaine” on the can itself. On 17 June 2007, the drink was redistributed in the U.S. under the new labeling.

However, Redux Beverages has recently announced that the drink will return to shelves under its original name in early 2008. Cocaine is now being sold as “Cocaine” and can be found on the shelves of many stores around the U.S.

The drink is available online or in local beverage stores around the U.S. The beverage is also available in Europe, where it has always been sold as Cocaine Energy Drink rather than Insert Name Here: (as it was briefly sold in the U.S). According to Cocaine’s official website, the drink is now being sold in three varieties: one being Original, one being “Cut” (which lacks the purported “throat-burning” sensation of Original), and one being “Free”, which contains no sugar. However, on July 9, 2008 Redux Beverages received a warning letter from the FDA indicating that they had objection to the fonts that Redux licensed for the front of their product Cocaine Energy Supplement. The fonts in question have been removed from production and will be replaced with new fonts. In addition to the fonts, they have also removed the term Cut from the mild version of the supplement and have replaced it with a new color can.

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