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Warframe is getting a new update that takes players to an infested planet thick with rot and murder. There’s also a giant mouth on your ship that has multiple animations to loudly munch and crunch on valuable materials and even entire Warframes.

Saturday’s TennoCon presentation unveiled the next big update to Warframe, which is set to debut across all platforms simultaneously on Tuesday, Aug.

25. Here’s everything you need to know about Heart of Deimos, which will be free for all players.

A new open-world zone

Heart of Deimos unlocks the second moon of Mars, Deimos, which hosts a ton of hidden technology and was once a site for research into the Void — Warframe’s take on the unspeakable cosmic powers. Unfortunately, Deimos has been nearly consumed by the Infestation, and the player needs to ensure that the Heart of Deimos does not stop beating.

Deimos is an open-world zone, similar to Orb Vallis and the Plains of Eidolon. However, Deimos is smaller and much more dense. The above-ground portion will have canyons and peaks to navigate, with giant, dragonfly-esque beasts that can work as temporary mounts. There are also procedurally generated caverns that are closer to a standard Warframe mission.

There is no standard day or night on Deimos. Instead, two giant worms are battling back and forth for dominance. One worm, a striking orange fellow, signifies that waves of Infested will attack. But each day, the blue worm will triumph, and the planet will become a more peaceful place for a time.

The new player experience is here

Warframe is intimidating for new players. Last year, Digital Extremes announced that a new player experience is on the way, to make for a better tutorial and introduction to the world of Warframe. The Heart of Deimos will bring this new player experience to live servers, allowing players to go through a much smoother road from the early game into the meat of the story.

More Warframes

The next new Warframe is named Xaku, and they were designed by the community from start to finish through a process set up by developer Digital Extremes. Xaku is a “broken” Warframe, and their design is a creepy mass of muscle-looking metal and plasma ropes.

Image: Digital Extremes

The next two Warframes after Xaku are the Alchemist, a massive mad scientist with detachable arms, and Wraithe, a sleek reaper character who was designed by a community artist two years ago. Now that the community artist in question works for Digital Extremes, this fan-favorite concept is becoming a Warframe in earnest.

Stompy war mechs

Tenno will have access to a new tool thanks to their Operator: Necromechs. Necromechs will be available to use in every open-world zone, not just Deimos, and they transform Warframe into a true mech title. The Necromech is much slower than a Warframe, but it’s loaded with heavy weaponry and armor, making it feel like a BattleTech tank that players can use and upgrade over time.

Meet the Helminth

There’s a room on the player’s personal spaceship that has been underused for years. This corrupted Helminth room is being brought to the forefront in Heart of Deimos. Players will have a giant mouth in that room, and it’s hungry for materials. Once players feed the mouth, they will be able to select a number of powerful upgrades to their Warframe’s core abilities.

But there’s a catch that makes the Helminth much more powerful: Players can actually feed Warframes to the Helminth. This takes multiple prompts, but will permanently destroy the Warframe. Then players can take that Warframe’s signature ability and apply it to other Warframes. For instance, Volt’s Shock ability can be put on Khora or Mag, replacing one of their other skills.

This essentially makes the Helminth like Nintendo’s Kirby, taking the key ability from one unit to apply it to others.

More of that good lore

Heart of Deimos’ main quest line will bring players through Deimos to uncover the Orokin experiments that took place on the planet. Low-level players will be able to start playing on Deimos to level up and earn experience and rewards from open-world events. However, parts of the planet will be barred to them until they complete the quest “The Second Dream.”

There will be archives on the planet that reveal more about the Orokin Empire. Based on the demo shown at TennoCon, it looks as though we’ll be finding out a lot more about the Void, and the circumstances under which the Tenno were created. Heart of Deimos will not continue the narrative of the New War and the return of the Sentients; instead, we’ll be taking care of an existential threat and finding out more of the past.

The Heart of Deimos update for Warframe will be released Aug. 25 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.

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As many as one in six deaths attributed to cardiac arrest in San Francisco over the past 7 years were actually fatal overdoses - and half of them involved prescription opioids or other drugs

Drug overdoses in the US are the leading cause of accidental deaths, and accidental deaths are the third-leading cause of death overall in the US - but new research suggests they remain vastly undercounted. 

Researchers found that one in six deaths ruled sudden cardiac arrests that happened outside of hospitals in San Francisco were actually caused by overdoses, typically of a cocktail of drugs, usually including opioids. 

And because overdose death rates in San Francisco closely mirror rates nationwide, the research team from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is concerned that overdoses across the US are similarly underestimated. 

The opioid epidemic, a top public health priority, has nearly been subsumed by urgent efforts to address the coronavirus pandemic - but the new study is a sobering reminder that the American overdose crisis rages on, often unseen.  

Researchers at UC San Francisco found overdose deaths 'masquerading' as sudden cardiac deaths accounted for one in six fatalities attributed to the fatal heart phenomenon (file)

Researchers at UCSF reviewed cause of death records, autopsies and toxicology reports for all deaths that were recorded as sudden cardiac arrests that occurred outside hospitals over seven years. 

None of those who died had overtly obvious signs that they would have died of drug overdoses, such as prior overdoses or drugs found with the body. 

Cardiac arrest, which occurs when the heart simply stops beating, often because of a malfunction in the electrical system that give the heart its pulsing rhythm, can kill someone in minutes. 

If someone dies suddenly outside a hospital, without signs they've been unable to breathe or suffered some other sudden ailment, it's likely that they have died of sudden cardiac arrest, which is distinct from but may follow a heart attack. 

More than 356,000 people suffer sudden cardiac arrests at home, at work, or otherwise outside of hospital settings each year.

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Nine out of 10 of them - or 320,400 - don't survive. 

In 2018 - the most recent full year for which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released data - 67,637 people's deaths were attributed to drug overdoses. 

But if the UCSF finding that one in six sudden cardiac arrest deaths were actually drug overdoses holds true nationwide, the annual drug death toll may be well over 100,000.   


A cardiac arrest occurs when the heart suddenly stops pumping blood around the body, which is usually due to a problem with electrical signals in the organ.

This causes the brain to be starved of oxygen, which results in sufferers not breathing and losing consciousness.

In the UK, more than 30,000 cardiac arrests occur a year outside of hospital, compared to over 356,000 in the US.

Cardiac arrests are different to heart attacks, with the latter occurring when blood supply to the heart muscle is cut off due to a clot in one of the coronary arteries. 

Common causes include heart attacks, heart disease and heart muscle inflammation.

Drug overdose and losing a large amount of blood can also be to blame.

Giving an electric shock through the chest wall via a defibrillator can start the heart again. 

In the meantime, CPR can keep oxygen circulating around the body.

Most the toxicology reports revealed multiple drugs in the systems of those who had died of overdoses 'masquerading' as sudden cardiac deaths, the UCSF researchers found. 

In many cases, those cocktails of drugs included opioids. 

Worryingly, about half of the drugs involved in the overdose deaths were prescribed to those people by doctors. 

Fentanyl is considered the driver of overdose deaths in recent years. 

The potent opioids is too often used to cut heroin to make it cheaper and more addictive.  

So someone using a dose that is standard to them is suddenly hit with a far stronger drug that can slow their breathing until it stops altogether. 

But some 80 percent of people who misuse heroin first developed opioid addictions after being prescribed painkillers. 

While powerful stimulants like cocaine can themselves cause the heart to beat too fast, leading to heart attacks or arrhythmias and then sudden cardiac arrest, opioids don't directly cause cardiac arrest. 

In an opioid overdose, a person's breathing slows, then stops, depriving the brain, and then the heart of oxygen, finally causing cardiac arrest.   

But ultimately it is difficult to distinguish whether a cardiac arrest happened on its own, or was the consequence of a drug overdose at the point that a paramedic arrives on the scene. 

The distinction is critical, however, in two senses. 

For one, mistaking drug overdoses for cardiac arrests may lead to an undercount of the former, and diminish the urgency with which the overdose epidemic is addressed. 

And furthermore, while a defibrillator may save the life of someone in the midst of cardiac arrest, a person having a drug overdose can be saved with naloxone, the overdose-reversal drug.     

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