The vault is now 10 years old, and the Norway government, which funds and manages the vault, announced that it's time for nearly $13 million in upgrades. Specifically, Norway plans to build a new concrete tunnel and a building to protect emergency power and refrigerating units. Norway says the vault is "built to stand the test of time." It's a long-term storage facility for the globe's stock of crop seeds, should the world's agriculture become threatened or imperiled by "war, terrorism and natural disasters." Seeds stored and organized in boxes in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.
At last, you now have a simple way to play hordes of classic Atari games on your PC without resorting to third-party emulators: as promised, the Atari Vault is now available on Steam. The Windows-only collection lets you play 100 arcade and Atari 2600 games, such as Asteroids and Crystal Castles, in an environment that strikes a balance between nostalgia (such as borders that mimic arcade cabinets) and modern-day conveniences. That includes online multiplayer play, worldwide leaderboards and advanced controller support -- Valve's Steam Controller will even mimic a trackball to give you a more authentic experience in Centipede or Tempest. The Vault costs 17 on launch (normally 20), so it's just inexpensive enough that you can relive the good old days without feeling regret afterwards.
In the vault final, gymnasts vault twice and the scores are averaged. Biles scored 15.900 on her first -- an Amanar -- with a short hop back. Biles is the first U.S. woman to win the Olympics on vault and the first to win three Olympic golds in a single Games in gymnastics. Of note, a 41-year-old took part in the vault final, Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan, who was competing in her seventh Olympics.
The irony is delicious, but that's not the whole story. On its website, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is described by Crop Trust--the nonprofit that runs it--as "a fail-safe seed storage facility, built to stand the test of time--and the challenge of natural or man-made disasters." It holds backups of seeds from seed banks around the world, with the goal of preserving a legacy of crop diversity in the face of changing climate, natural disasters, and human conflicts. It's operated for a little over nine years. Then, on Friday, news spread that water from melting permafrost had gushed into the tunnel and frozen, making the floor slick with ice but not impacting the seeds.
Who says there's no good news? It just so happens that if all of humanity is wiped out in a nuclear holocaust, the people of Earth will leave behind a record of their existence in two "doomsday vaults" on the frozen island of Svalbard, halfway between Norway and the North Pole. Svalbard's first doomsday vault was built into the side of a mountain in 2008. Known as the Global Seed Vault, it stores duplicates of seed samples from across the globe. They're essentially backups, stored at half a degree below zero Fahrenheit.