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On May 28, 1993, a remote and dusty thicket of the Australian outback shook for hundreds of miles around. Deep reverberating explosions could be heard far and wide, the night sky illuminated by sporadic flashes of unexplained light—all this allegedly witnessed by heavy goods drivers, gold prospectors and nomads traipsing the bush. Three truckers even spoke to an Australian geologist about the lights, claiming that they’d seen a “moon-sized fireball” which flew “from south to north with the speed of a jet plane.” They said “it was yellow-orange in colour and had a small blue-white tail, which lit up the sky as it headed immediately west for Banjawarn station.”

The strange event registered just shy of 4.0 on the Richter scale. Its blast could be heard over a radius of 90 square miles. The Australian government later dismissed the mysterious temblor as “probably being natural in origin”. IRIS, the U.S. federal seismology agency, said that the Earth-shaking detonation was “170 times larger than the largest mining explosion ever recorded in that Australian region” and was proven to have the force of a nuclear bomb.

Some scientists speculated that it could’ve been a meteorite. But authorities found no signs of a crater as they searched for one via helicopter. Despite the fact that the epicentre of the ominous blast pointed in all directions to a remote research facility manned by Aum Shinrikyo, the notorious Japanese death-cult noted for its attempts at mining uranium and its grim obsession with alternative weapons technology, the whole event was eventually shrugged off and forgotten about.

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When Douglas Gilbert photographed Lenore Romney’s U.S. Senate campaign for Look Magazine in August of 1970, little did he know that one of his unused images would end up on the cover of TIME 42 years later. “At the time I was hoping for LOOK magazine,” he says. “Certainly not TIME! It is a nice surprise.”

Gilbert spent some three days trailing Lenore and Mitt through Michigan’s Upper Peninsula the summer Lenore tried to unseat incumbent Democratic Sen. Phil Hart, for whom the Hart Senate Office building is now named. Many people know that Mitt’s father, three-term Michigan governor George Romney, ran for President and lost in 1968, but few know the story of his mother’s own campaign for high office and how it shaped her son’s presidential run in 2012. Fewer still have ever seen Gilbert’s photos of mother and son—those collected here did not run, except for one (slide #4), in LOOK’s story, and the negatives ended up buried in the Library of Congress archives until TIME discovered them in May. In an ironic turn of history, Gilbert’s portrait of newlywed 23-year-old Mitt and his mother strategizing in her campaign hotel room exactly captures a central theme of Mitt’s current cautious campaign style, the subject of TIME’s cover story this week, “Dreams of His Mother.”

Lenore’s losing run deeply shaped her son, perhaps even more than her husband’s failed presidential bid. Lenore initially called her campaign “a love affair between me and the people of Michigan.” But a month after Gilbert shot these images, her tune had turned. “It’s the most humiliating thing I know of to run for office,” she said. And Mitt, who was at her elbow at every turn that summer, felt the effects.

Nevertheless, Gilbert saw the charismatic Lenore that Mitt championed. “I found her to be very personable and friendly. I never really felt any pushback from her at all,” he remembers. “She attracted people.” On the mama’s boy, Gilbert’s memories are more vague. “I remember mostly Lenore. Mitt was, as far as I knew, the college-aged son who was helping out,” he recalls. “I knew it was a funny name, Mitt, but I didn’t know him beyond that.”

Mitt however was making a name for himself on the campaign trail even then. He traveled to each of Michigan’s 83 counties on his mom’s behalf, and talked openly with reporters about her platform every step of the way. Mitt Romney finds himself in a similar position, more than 40 years later: traveling the country, and this time, convincing voters of his own credentials to become President of the United States. That outcome hinges on voters this November; Lenore’s influence on that journey, though, is indisputable.

Read more in this week’s issue of TIME: How Mitt’s Mom Shaped Him

More photos: The rich history of Mitt Romney

Elizabeth Dias is a reporter in TIME’s Washington bureau. Follow her on Twitter @elizabethjdias.

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Today's collection of independent game links includes more indie game previews, a couple of development updates, and the usual round-up of interviews with developers from around the 'net. (image source).

TruePCGaming: Bastion Interview
"Independent video game studio, Supergiant, released Bastion on Steam one month ago to rave reviews. TPG has the opportunity to speak with Greg Kasavin, the Creative Director behind Bastion. Greg speaks about how Bastion came to be, life as an independent developer, DRM, piracy, US Senate Bill S.978 and much more."

Roguelike Radio: Episode 2, Desktop Dungeons (audio)
"This week we have Andrew Doull, Scott Edgar, and Erez Ben-Aharon talking about the game Desktop Dungeons, a game that had a successful free alpha release and is now being developed as a commercial game."

TouchArcade: Interview With Tiger Style Games (audio)
"In this week's bonus episode of the TouchArcade Show, we sit down with the two dudes behind Tiger Style Games to get the skinny on Lost Mars, the duo's atmospheric and ambitious action-gardening game."

indiePub Games: The rights and wrongs of crafting Fractal
"Fractal: Make Blooms Not War was a very hard game for us to make, both the first time and now the second. We've done a lot of things right but we've also done plenty of things wrong."

Mommy's Best Games' Dev log: Double DRM Free
"Mommy's Best Games is a very small company of passionate developers. We need money in exchange for our fun games -- if we miss out on a few hundred or thousand sales of the game due to pirating it's a big deal for us."

Bit Battalion: Will Make Games for Food
"Earlier on in the year I did a presentation at iFest Sydney about how to turn a passion for making games into a profession. It has some useful perspectives you can take away if you're looking to get started making money off flash games."

Destructoid: Blocks That Matter review
"For five bucks on Steam, this is a hard one to pass up if you like puzzle games. I had a ball playing it, and seven hours passed without me noticing. I recommend Blocks That Matter to fans of blocks, and just about anyone who loves indie games."

Ludum Dare: 7 jams in one weekend
"Some of these jams are ongoing all that week or even over the entire month. Maybe you can make one game that fits all the themes and submit it to multiple game jams."

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Arizona residents were caught by surprise when a giant dust storm developed over Phoenix, Ariz., Tuesday, July 5, 2011. The swift storm left the city covered in dust and residents spent the week cleaning up.

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez kisses a crucifix after greeting supporters from a balcony of Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, July 4, 2011. Chavez returned to Venezuela from Cuba on Monday morning, stepping off a plane hours before dawn and saying he is feeling better as he recovers from surgery that removed a cancerous tumor.

Casey Anthony smiles before the start of her sentencing hearing on charges of lying to a law enforcement officer at the Orange County Courthouse July 7, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. Anthony was acquitted of murder charges on July 5, 2011 but will serve four, one-year sentences on her conviction of lying to a law enforcement officer. She will be credited for the nearly three-years of time served and good behavior and will be released July 13.

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In this photo taken Friday July 1, 2011, ballet students from the Lynn Williams Rouzier Institute help each other with their make-up backstage before performing "Paquita" at their school's farewell gala in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo) #

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A worker of Cuba's National Aquarium performs with dolphins in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, July 5, 2011. Since its opening in 1960 Cuba's National Aquarium promotes educational activities aiming to widespread knowledge about the sea and its resources. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano) #

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New couples kiss during a military mass wedding ceremony in Taipei on July 5, 2011. A total of 268 new couples will take part in this mass wedding ceremony between July 5-6 to mark the 100th anniversary of Republic of China. SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images #

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Spanish novillero bullfighter Jimenez Fortes falls in front of the horns of a bull during a bullfight on the eve of the 2011 San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, on Tuesday, July 5, 2011. Fortes fell in front of the bull and managed to roll over to avoid the horns, lucky to be unhurt in the incident. Novilleros, is the stage prior to becoming a 'matador' where bullfights are performed with young bulls.(AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza) #

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Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez kisses a crucifix after greeting supporters from a balcony of Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, July 4, 2011. Chavez returned to Venezuela from Cuba on Monday morning, stepping off a plane hours before dawn and saying he is feeling better as he recovers from surgery that removed a cancerous tumor. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) #

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Casey Anthony smiles before the start of her sentencing hearing on charges of lying to a law enforcement officer at the Orange County Courthouse July 7, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. Anthony was acquitted of murder charges on July 5, 2011 but will serve four, one-year sentences on her conviction of lying to a law enforcement officer. She will be credited for the nearly three-years of time served and good behavior and will be released July 13. (Photo by Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images) #

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Flora Reece protests outside the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, July 7, 2011. Casey Anthony, who was acquitted of killing her daughter, Caylee Anthony, faces sentencing for lesser charges. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) #

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Defense attorney Dorothy Clay Sims, in gray jacket, covers her client Casey Anthony in a hug along with the rest of the defense team after Anthony was acquitted of murder charges at the Orange County Courthouse Orlando, Fla. on July 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Red Huber, Pool) #

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The United States Marine Corps War Memorial, better known as the Iwo Jima Memorial, is seen in Arlington, Va., Monday July 4, 2011, as fireworks burst over Washington, during the annual Fourth of July display. The Washington Monument and the Capitol can be seen in the distance. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) #

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In this image provided by NASA, the space shuttle Atlantis is seen shortly after the rotating service structure (RSS) was rolled back at launch pad 39a, Thursday, July 7, 2011 at the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Atlantis is set to liftoff Friday on the final flight of the shuttle program, STS-135, a 12-day mission to the International Space Station. NASA decided to start the fueling operations early Friday morning. (AP Photo/NASA, Bill Ingalls) #

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The space shuttle Atlantis lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center Friday, July 8, 2011, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Atlantis is the 135th and final space shuttle launch for NASA. (AP Photo/John Raoux) #

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IBF, WBO, IBO, WBA world champion Wladimir Klitschko of Ukraine celebrates winning the heavyweight unification fight against former WBA world champion David Haye,of Britain in the stadium in Hamburg, Germany, Saturday, July 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) #

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Gymnasts perform in front of an image of international pop diva Lady Gaga at a welcoming ceremony during "Lady Gaga Day" in Taichung, Taiwan, Sunday, July 3, 2011. Lady Gaga is visiting Taiwan for five days promoting her new album "Born This Way". (AP Photo/Wally Santana) #

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Los Alamos Canyon is filled with smoke from the Las Conchas fire in Los Alamos, N.M., Friday, July 1, 2011. As firefighters held their ground Friday on the flank of the massive wildfire that burned near the nation's premier nuclear weapons laboratory, officials at the lab and in the surrounding town began planning for the return of thousands of residents and employees who fled the area earlier this week. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) #

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A Tibetan exile tussles with Nepalese police officers as she is prevented from proceeding to the venue where a birthday celebration for spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is being held, in Katmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, July 6, 2011. Nepalese authorities prevented exiled Tibetans from celebrating the Dalai Lama's birthday on Wednesday over concerns that gatherings will turn anti-Chinese. (AP Photo/Binod Joshi) #

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A man who claimed his daughter was inside the house where three bodies were found collapses in the street Thursday, July 7, 2011 in Grand Rapids, Mich. Police say seven people have been fatally shot at two locations in the western Michigan city of Grand Rapids and the victims include a child. (AP Photo/The Grand Rapids Press, Chris Clark) #

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Belarusian Catholics attend a procession during the annual Icon of the Mother of God celebration in Budslav, some 150 km north from Minsk on July1, 2011. VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images #

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A woman fills a net with clams during low tide on Lantau island, Hong Kong on July 3, 2011. Whether for business or pleasure, the tradition of digging for clams is a regular draw for residents of Hong Kong's outlying islands. Bounty hunters prepared to spend hours hunched over barnacled rocks can expect a sure reward for their currency of clams from the ever-present nearby seafood establisments only too happy to serve up a hard-won catch. Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images #

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Rebel fighters fire a grad rocket launcher towards Kadhafi forces in Gualish, 50 kilometers (30 miles) southwest of Tripoli, during heaving fighting on July 6, 2011, the first day of the NATO-backed push on the Libyan capital. COLIN SUMMERS/AFP/Getty Images #

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In a picture taken on July 6, 2011 Chinese anti-terrorism police undergo a drill in Suining, southwest China's Sichuan province. After setting up its own cyber-warfare team, China's military has now developed its first online war game aimed at improving combat skills and battle awareness, state press said. STR/AFP/Getty Images #

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Belarusian women protect themselves with an umbrellas as they sell home-grown potatoes at the roadside near the village of Pilchuki, some 210 km ( 131 miles) west of capital Minsk, Belarus, Monday, July 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits) #

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The pack passes world heritage site Mont Saint Michel, rear, a rocky tidal island which holds a monastery, during he sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 226.5 kilometers (140.7 miles) starting in Dinan, Brittany, and finishing in Lisieux, Normandy, western France, Thursday July 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) #

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Oscar Henningsson of Sweden prepares to play his second shot into the 18th green during the first round of The Barclays Scottish Open at Castle Stuart Golf Links on July 7, 2011 in Inverness, Scotland. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images) #

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In this photo taken Saturday, July 2, 2011, Tibetan Tenzin Paldon, 6 , holds a portrait of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama that hangs in the Tibetan Children's School as she stands in front of classmates in the hill station town of Dharmsala, northern India. In a lifetime spent advocating the plight of his Tibetan community, promoting inter-religious harmony and pleading for world peace, the Dalai Lama now faces perhaps his greatest challenge: trying to truly retire from politics. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer) #

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Fireworks explode over the Hudson River in New York, Monday, July 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) #

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A carcass of an animal lies on an empty road, near Lagbogal, 56 kilometers from Wajir town, Wednesday, July 6, 2011. The worst drought in the Horn of Africa has sparked a severe food crisis and high malnutrition rates, with parts of Kenya and Somalia experiencing pre-famine conditions, the United Nations has said. More than 10 million people are now affected in drought-stricken areas of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda and the situation is deteriorating, (AP Photo/ Sayyid Azim) #

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Somalis women and children from southern Mogadishu, line up to receive food at a camp in Mogadishu distributed by Jumbo organization a local NGO in Mogadishu , Somalia, after fleeing from southern Somalia, Thursday, July 7, 2011. Thousands of people have arrived in Mogadishu over the past two weeks seeking assistance and the number is increasing by the day, due to lack of water and food. The worst drought in the Horn of Africa has sparked a severe food crisis and high malnutrition rates, with parts of Kenya and Somalia experiencing pre-famine conditions, the United Nations has said. More than 10 million people are now affected in drought-stricken areas of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda and the situation is deteriorating, (AP Photo Farah Abdi Warsameh) #

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Tourists enjoy a Shikara, a traditional gondola ride on Dal Lake in Srinagar, India, Saturday, July 2, 2011. Set in the Himalayas, Kashmir is a green, saucer-shaped valley full of fruit orchards and surrounded by snowy mountain ranges. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin) #

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A Libyan girl hangs onto a stairwell banister in downtown Tripoli, Libya, Tuesday, July 5, 2011. The U.S. Senate scheduled a vote on Tuesday whether to proceed with a resolution authorizing "the limited use of United States Armed Forces in support of the NATO mission in Libya." The resolution would expire when the NATO operation ends or after one year, and it would prohibit the use of American ground forces or private security contractors in Libya. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill) #

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A Pakistani girl looks on while collecting seashells along the beach of Karachi, Pakistan, Saturday, July 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan) #

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Members of the Sudan People's Liberation Army stand at attention, during a rehearsal for independence, in the southern capital of Juba on Tuesday, July 5, 2011. Southern Sudan is set to declare independence from the north on July 9, an event that follows decades of civil war between them. The Republic of South Sudan, as it will be named on Saturday, will be the world's 193rd country. (AP Photo/Pete Muller) #

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Southern Sudanese boys take shelter from afternoon rains that disrupted rehearsal for independence day celebrations in the capital city of Juba on Monday, July 4, 2011. Southern Sudan is set to declare independence from the north on July 9. The north and south have been steeped in decades of civil war that resulted in a 2005 agreement that allowed for a referendum southern secession. The southern government said Monday that 30 African heads of state including Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir will travel to Juba for this weekend's celebrations. (AP Photo/Pete Muller) #

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Revelers celebrate the 'Chupinazo', the official opening of the San Fermin fiestas in in Pamplona, Spain, Wednesday July 6, 2011 to celebrate the start of Spain's most famous bull-running festival with the annual launch of the "chupinazo" rocket. Perhaps best glorified by Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises," the San Fermin festival is known around the world for the daily running of the bulls. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos) #

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Buddhist monks gather near an election poster for a candidate in Thailand's Democrat party during their morning rounds in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday July 3, 2011. Thais go to the polls Sunday in general elections that is shaping up to be a battle between Yingluck Shinawatra of the Pheu Thai Party and Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva of the Democrat Party. Yingluck Shinawatra is the sister of ousted former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. (AP Photo/David Longstreath) #

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