The Daily Populous

Friday May 6th, 2022 morning edition

image for Hangar 13 Bosses Leave, New Mafia In Development

Hangar 13 studio head Haden Blackman is leaving the Mafia III maker after seven years, 2K Games announced Wednesday.

Kotaku understands that the move comes with a new Mafia game very early in development at Hangar 13, according to a source familiar with the plans.

We support all of our employees pursuing their passions, and we wish nothing but the best for him in what’s next.”.

What 2K didn’t mention in the email was that Matthew Urban, Hangar 13 chief operating officer, has also left the studio.

Replacing Blackman is Nick Baynes, currently studio head at Hangar 13's Brighton, UK office, which Kotaku understands to be leading development on a new Mafia game.

While the project is still early in development, its code name is Nero and it’s expected to be a prequel to the Mafia trilogy.

I hope you’ll join me in thanking Haden and wishing him the best, and congratulating Nick on a well-deserved promotion. »

These seed-firing drones are planting 40,000 trees every day to fight deforestation

Authored by

"Each of our drones can plant over 40,000 seed pods per day and they fly autonomously," says Andrew Walker, CEO and co-founder of AirSeed Technologies.

Once airborne, the drones navigate fixed flight paths, planting to predefined patterns and recording each seeds' coordinates.

Two other start-ups - Dendra and Biocarbon Engineering - are also aiming to help fight deforestation with seed-dropping technology. »

Russia’s most advanced tank in service was obliterated by Ukraine just days after it was deployed, according to reports

Authored by
image for

Russia's most advanced tank in service was destroyed by Ukraine this week, according to reports.

The military vehicle had been in Ukraine for less than two weeks before it was hit, officials said.

Russia faced yet another military setback this week following reports that one of the country's most advanced tanks in service, the T-90M, was destroyed just days after it was deployed to Ukraine. »

Ron DeSantis sued for saddling taxpayers with millions in debt after Disney “Don’t Say Gay” debacle

Authored by
image for

Florida taxpayers are suing Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) for potentially saddling them with over $1 billion in debt after he revoked Disney’s special zoning agreement after the company criticized his Don’t Say Gay law.

Related: LGBTQ orgs & families sue Ron DeSantis to stop the “Don’t Say Gay” law.

Last month, DeSantis revoked Disney’s decades-old special zoning agreement that basically allowed Disney to self-govern the 39-square mile Reedy Creek Improvement District. »

The New Cold War Could Soon Heat Up

Authored by

Liz Truss, the British Foreign Secretary, has called the war in Ukraine “our war.”.

The result is a new Cold War between Russia and its opponents—one that promises to be less global than its twentieth-century counterpart but also less stable and predictable.

In contrast to the twentieth-century Cold War, the United States is now the most politically divided and dysfunctional member of the G-7. »