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Submission + - Batman demands 12GB RAM for Windows 10 (steamcommunity.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Back in June, Warner Brothers removed Batman: Arkham Knight from sale after a lot of graphics and performance issues found on the PC version. Now, after spending five months trying to fix this mess, Rocksteady and Warner Bros re-released the game on Steam with some free Batman titles for those who acquired the launch edition. However, Warner Bros noted there are still a few caveats with Windows 10 users recommended to have 12GB of RAM to avoid paging issues: “For Windows 10 users, we’ve found that having at least 12GB of system RAM on a PC allows the game to operate without paging and provides a smoother gameplay experience.”
Some initial tests show no performance gains on the re-released version. Warner Bros claims that it’s still working closely with its GPU partners in order to enable SLI/Crossfire for the game.

Submission + - Most of the Universe's gold doesn't come from supernovae

StartsWithABang writes: Building up the heaviest elements in the periodic table seems like a task well-suited to stars in the final stages of their lives. Red giants produce neutrons that are captured through the s-process, building up elements one-by-one all the way up to lead and bismuth, but only in small quantities and very slowly. Supernovae produce free neutrons copiously and that can be captured many-at-a-time through the r-process, giving us the full suite of known elements in much greater abundance. But the majority of elements like gold, platinum and tungsten comes from neutron star-neutron star mergers instead, which are very rare, but a single merger produces 20 times the mass of the Moon in gold. It's not supernovae after all!

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