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Facebook Really Is Building The Metaverse

Facebook paid $2 billion for a virtual-reality headset maker. Now we learn why: The social network wants to build the first billion-person game.<p>A few months ago, jaws dropped as Facebook shelled out $2 billion to purchase Oculus VR, a virtual-reality headset company started on Kickstarter. Nobody …

Darwin's finches, shooting the moon and Farage physics – blogs roundup

Welcome to Signal Boost, a new weekly roundup of blog posts over the past week. We also feature our bloggers' favourite pieces of writing from around the internet – enjoy!<p><b>Is the moon made of cheese?</b> We don’t know. If you want to take "Edam" good picture of the moon though, Martin Robbins has some …

The Week In Numbers: Human Supertaskers, The Tallest Mountain In The Solar System, And More

<b>25 kilometers</b>: the height of the Martian peak Olympus Mons (see how mountains in our solar system compare here)<p><b>10,648 asteroids</b>: have been identified as near-Earth objects as of February 1, 2014 (read how we're finding them before they find us here)<p><b>71 percent</b>: the increase in the amount of …

Invention Awards 2014: A Powerful, Portable, And Affordable Robotic Exoskeleton

Lift an extra 40 pounds with little effort<p>Surviving a stroke or debilitating injury is often the start of a very long ordeal. Physical therapy can be slow and strenuous with no guarantee of recovery. Robotic exoskeletons can sometimes provide the support a ravaged body needs to heal—and strength …

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Dark matter and drugs | Jon Butterworth | Life & Physics

A critique of a recent dark matter 'hint' provides a CoGeNT argument for open data<p>Dark matter is an enduring and exciting puzzle in physics. Multiple astrophysical observations give really strong evidence that most of the matter out there in the universe is invisible – or, more precisely, only …

The Hypervelocity Star That’s Being Booted from the Galaxy

Every 100,000 years, a hypervelocity star gets “kicked out” of the Universe—and it’s happening right now.<p>Most stars in the Milky Way have humdrum …

10 Views Of Earth From Europe's Tiny New Satellite

At the end of the month, after a year in orbit, this little bundle of sensors will be taking over the job of a series of satellites that have been tracking the health of the planet's vegetation for 16 years.<p>The ESA's Spot-4 satellite stopped working in 2013, and Spot-5 is on its last legs.<p>Not only …

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Hagel backs review of U.S. military ban on transgender troops

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Sunday the U.S. military should review its ban on allowing transgender people to serve openly in the armed forces, saying that “every qualified American” should have an opportunity to serve.<p>U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel delivers …

9 countries where genocide is most likely to happen

<b>In this Nov. 21, 2008 file photo, United Nations MONUC peacekeepers ride towards Goma, in Kibati, eastern Congo. (AP)</b><p>From Somalia to Myanmar to Iraq, minority groups are at risk across the planet<p>Sarah Wolfe<p>May 11, 2014 7:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.<p>This year marks the …

Marco Rubio: I’m Ready to be President

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said Sunday that he thinks he is ready to be the leader of the free world — then issued a scathing criticism of Hillary Clinton, seen as the Democratic frontrunner for 2016.<p>“I do,” the 42-year-old freshman senator responded, when asked by ABC’s Jonathan Karl if he’s ready …

Even These People Think It's Time To Raise The Minimum Wage, Pt. 2

As Republicans in Congress continue to block each and every effort to raise the minimum wage, more and more powerful people have come out in support of higher pay. In January, we rounded up an unlikely bunch who think it's time to raise the minimum wage. Since then, a handful more have joined in on …

Fastest way to board a plane

Airline passengers should be allocated seats based on how much carry-on luggage they have, according to scientists who devised a formula for speedy boarding.<p>Lengthy queues at departure gates could be substantially cut by spreading passengers with several bags around the cabin and ensuring they sit …

What Three College Pals Say About Their Dreams In China

When you think of China, what pops to mind? Superhighways. Bullet trains. Gleaming skyscrapers. Economic growth. A booming middle class. Opportunity.<p>My friends and I graduated from college five years ago, embarking on lives that we hoped would be full of promise, excitement and opportunity. We all …

Is the stock market rigged?

<i>"Beware those who seek constant crowds, for they are nothing alone."</i><p><i>-- Charles Bukowski</i><p>"The United States stock market, the most iconic market in global capitalism, is rigged."<p>So says Michael Lewis. His most recent book, <i>Flash Boys</i>, has drawn a huge amount of scrutiny to what really isn't a new …

7 Magic Words (And 10 Negotiation Ideas) For Entrepreneurs

Of all the skills we teach prospective entrepreneurs, there’s an element missing. Where in our MBA or business preparedness programs do we talk about the skills of negotiation? Um… with the exception of sales training, which is highly focused on negotiation, perhaps the answer is never.<p>My friend …

11 Pieces Of Advice These Insanely Successful People Got From Their Moms

When it comes to giving great life advice, moms just have a knack.<p>Even if it was as simple as "think good thoughts," chances are the first really great piece of advice you got came from your mom. The same holds true for some of the world's most successful people, several of whom are gathered below. …

Who really wants to roll back the state? Not the right

Behold, the onward march of the state. Describing the current occupants of No 10 as statists might sound provocatively counterintuitive. Ever since the neoliberals began reshaping Britain in their own image, from the 1970s onwards, state-bashing has become a kind of national religion. Critics of …

The state of big data in 2014 (chart)

It’s been almost two years since I took a first stab at charting the booming big data ecosystem, and it’s been a period of incredible activity in the space. An updated chart was long overdue, and here it is (click the full-screen option to enlarge):<p><i>Editor’s note: VentureBeat has cherry-picked the</i> …

How to protect your phone from physical damage

Today’s smartphones are built to withstand the normal jostling of modern life. But few of them can withstand a thorough puddle dunking or being used as a chew toy by your German shepherd.<p>People have discovered remarkable ways to inadvertently scratch, crack, drown, melt or otherwise damage their …

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Google Appears to Be Testing a Stunning Gmail Overhaul

Google is constantly testing new designs and features, but Geek recently spotted a beautiful new visual overhaul of Gmail’s web interface.<p>The leaked images show a radically simpler inbox with less clutter and a big focus on email itself. These leaked desktop designs also match up with a previous …

Google Aims New Intel-Powered Chromebooks At Mainstream PC Buyers

Hoping to push its Chromebook computers into the consumer and business mainstream, Intel and Google today put some marketing muscle behind a raft of new machines coming soon from Hewlett-Packard, LG, and other computer makers.<p>Chromebooks, inexpensive portable computers that depend largely on …