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Creators of video game 'Firewatch' turn eyes from Wyoming to Egypt for setting of next game

Gamer fans of “Firewatch,” the debut game of Campo Santo Productions, won’t be returning to Wyoming for the game developer’s next creation. Nearly two years after its first game was released, the San Francisco-based gaming studio rolled out a trailer last Thursday for its next project called “In the Valley of Gods,” which features a storyline Read More…

Republicans reportedly strip proposed tax on graduate student waivers from final tax bill

Republican legislators appear to have dropped a proposal to tax graduate student waivers from Congress’ sweeping tax reform legislation. House and Senate Republican leaders forged an agreement Wednesday on what would be the most sweeping overhaul of the nation’s tax laws in more than 30 years. The package would give generous tax cuts to corporations Read More…

Man with history of drug trafficking, theft and fraud sentenced for buying guns illegally in Sidney

A Wolf Point man with extensive felony convictions, who has swallowed cocaine to avoid officers finding it, will spend nearly eight years in federal prison for using others to buy him firearms. U.S. District Judge Susan Watters in Billings on Friday followed the prosecution’s recommendation and sentenced Carlos Demetrius Maynard, 46, to seven years and Read More…

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An archaeological dig in Israel provides clues to how feasting became an important ritual

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) This holiday season millions of families will come together to celebrate their respective festivals and engage in myriad rituals. These may include exchanging gifts, singing songs, giving thanks, and most importantly, preparing and consuming the holiday feast. Read More…

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Mercury from industrialized nations is polluting the Arctic – here's how it gets there

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Scientists have long understood that the Arctic is affected by mercury pollution, but know less about how it happens. Remote, cold and seemingly pristine, why is such an idyllic landscape so contaminated with this highly toxic metal? Read More…

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Can math predict what you’ll do next?

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Good scientists are not only able to uncover patterns in the things they study, but to use this information to predict the future. Meteorologists study atmospheric pressure and wind speed to predict the trajectories of future storms. Read More…

State employee health clinic to close in Miles City after failing to fill appointments

The state employee health clinic in Miles City will close Friday, after efforts to boost the number of patients failed, making its continued operation financially unfeasible. Clinics in Helena, Billings, Missoula, Butte and Anaconda remain in operation. The Miles City clinic opened in 2013. “The center was opened originally to try to serve people in Read More…

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With FCC's net neutrality ruling, the US could lose its lead in online consumer protection

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) The internet may be an international system of interconnecting networks sharing a rough global consensus about the technical details of communicating through them – but each country manages its own internet environment independently. As the U.S. debate Read More…

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Why there's no place like home for the holidays

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) While Christmas playlists often include cheesy favorites like “Rockin Around the Christmas Tree” and “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” there are also a handful of wistful tracks that go a little bit deeper. Listen closely to Read More…

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Alabama and #MeToo's disruptive force

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Roy Moore’s electoral defeat in Alabama is an important victory for #MeToo. Let’s recall that the allegations about his preying on teenagers came to light amidst a wave of #MeToo-inspired charges. National attention to sexual harassment raised Read More…

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Stinkhorns, truffles, smuts: The amazing diversity – and possible decline – of mushrooms and other fungi

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) >“Whatever dressing one gives to mushrooms…they are not really good but to be sent back to the dungheap where they are born.” French philosopher Denis Diderot thus dismissed mushrooms in 1751 in his “Encyclopedie.” Today his words Read More…

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You're not going to get accepted into a top university on merit alone

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) After weeks of negotiation, Harvard University recently agreed to provide the Department of Justice access to its admissions files. The department is reopening a complaint by 63 Asian-American groups that Harvard discriminates against Asian-American applicants. The complaint Read More…

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Harvard students and DOJ will find answers elusive in quest to learn about admissions decisions

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) After weeks of negotiation, Harvard University recently agreed to provide the Department of Justice access to its admissions files. The department is reopening a complaint by 63 Asian-American groups that Harvard discriminates against Asian-American applicants. The complaint Read More…

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How Republican missteps turned Alabama blue

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) If there was one Republican in Alabama the Democratic Doug Jones could beat, Roy Moore was that Republican. And in a Tuesday night nail-biter, Jones did just that, edging Moore by a mere 1.5 percentage points in Read More…

Montana State University research measured changes in planetary boundary during solar eclipse

BOZEMAN — During this summer’s solar eclipse an area of Earth’s atmosphere, called the planetary boundary layer, sank to roughly 2,500 feet above the Earth’s surface — an altitude that normally corresponds to early morning or late afternoon. “Change in the boundary layer was anticipated, but has never been measured in this level of detail before,” said Angela Des Read More…

Museum studies students curate show of rarely-seen Native American art

Visitors strolled through the gallery at the Nicolaysen Art Museum looking at beaded leather, sculptures and woven blankets in colorful, geometric patterns. They read about how the artworks were created and asked the students questions Thursday during the show opening of “Walking the Artist’s Path: Process in Native American Art.” Students in the museum studies Read More…

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Will China's crackdown on 'foreign garbage' force wealthy countries to recycle more of their own waste?

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) With holidays approaching, many of us are mindful of the need to collect and recycle all the additional plastic, paper and other waste that we are about to generate. This year, however, there are questions about where Read More…