Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASAT Astronomers can use such objects to probe the fundamental properties of the Universe.

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When Atsushi Hashimoto was a kid, he loved role-playing games. He’d settle in front of the television for hours, controller in hand, lost in quests full of magical spells and powerful evils. He was particularly enamored with the works of Squaresoft, now known as Square Enix, the developer behind 16-bit classics like Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger. As he grew older, classic-style Japanese RPGs largely went out of fashion, replaced by a combination of big-budget action games and smaller mobile titles. But Hashimoto never forgot about the games that helped define his relationship with the medium. In 2014 he had the chance to bring them back as the director at Square Enix’s Tokyo RPG Factory studio.

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Dwayne Johnson (left) and Zac Efron in Paramount Pictures’ big-screen adaptation of “Baywatch.”

Dwayne Johnson (left) and Zac Efron in Paramount Pictures’ big-screen adaptation of “Baywatch.”

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Article and photos by Suzanne Philips

The Paranormal & Beyond photo copyright Michael and Lindsay Knight

 

Amargosa Opera House

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