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Facebook shows Oculus Rift-powered social network of the future, complete with VR versions of your friends

At the moment, virtual reality is the ultimate isolation. But Facebook hopes that it will become the social network of the future.<p>Mark Zuckerberg has …

Watch the first trailer for 'Black Mirror' season three

The third season of Charlie Brooker's dark, technology-infused drama <i>Black Mirror</i> is almost upon us. The show is known for its bleak but surprisingly believable depictions of the future, where society has pursued revelatory technologies -- only to discover some unsettling consequences. The show …

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Train to Busan: Zombie film takes S Korea by storm

<b>Snakes on planes are old hat - it's zombies on trains you need to worry about this year.</b><p>They are the stars of a new South Korean apocalyptic thriller terrorising audiences and breaking box office records at home and set to open in cinemas across Asia this week.<p>Director Yeon Sang-ho's …

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The 50 Best Netflix Original Series Right Now, Ranked

<b>Last Updated: April 4th</b><p>There are a lot of good TV shows on Netflix (and you can find more with these secret codes). The bread-and-butter of the Netflix service, however, is its original programming. With over 100 Netflix originals — between shows and movies — browsing aimlessly can be daunting. If …

TV

A Russian website lets users mash any 2 images together to create beautiful — and bizarre — results

And while Photoshop and other programs allow users to do that, not everyone knows how to use them. That's where Ostagram, a Russian website, comes in. The site allows users to simply upload photos and filters, and mix any two together to create a new image.<p>While some people are mixing personal …

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Earth - Why there might be many more universes besides our own

Is our Universe one of many?<p>The idea of parallel universes, once consigned to science fiction, is now becoming respectable among scientists – at least, among physicists, who have a tendency to push ideas to the limits of what is conceivable.<p>In fact there are almost too many other potential …

Dark Matter

Hundreds of Mormons Leaving Church Over Same-Sex Marriage Stance

Hundreds of people are formally renouncing their membership in the Mormon church in protest over a new policy that punishes same-sex couples and their children, an attorney assisting them said.<p>Utah lawyer Mark Naugle, 30, whose family split with the church 15 years ago, is offering his services pro …

Religion

New Mirrored Infinity Room Immerses Viewers in Mesmerizing World of Endless Reflections

With a prolific career dating back to the mid-20th century, New York-based artist Lucas Samaras has gained renown for his work in painting, sculpture, photography, and performance art. Born in Greece in 1936, Samaras has been the subject of seven major career retrospectives and more than …

Art

Astronomers catch a galaxy being born, fed by a strand of cosmic web

It's not every day scientists get to watch a galaxy being born. But thanks in part to the bright light of a quasar, astronomers say they've identified a swirling disk of gas that's a galaxy in the making — as well as the strand of the universe's cosmic web that's been feeding it.<p>The protogalactic …

4 Great Android Apps for Learning to Speak a New Language

It takes a good deal of effort to learn a new language. These apps can help you through the process or supplement your existing routine. Some are …

Here's how you can run Android apps in Windows with DuOS-M without having to dual boot | On MSFT

There is one simple fact that we cannot overlook — why are some apps more expensive on Windows compared to their Android counterparts? How come many …

Android News

These 11 apps and websites will make you miss your childhood

Product Hunt, a discovery website that shows you the newest startups and products, has collected a bunch of websites and apps that will make you want to relive the past. Product Hunt founder Ryan Hoover even wrote a blog post about how he thinks the emotional power of nostalgia makes it a perfect …

Retrogaming

The Time Machine of Consciousness : Time Travel, Cosmology, Relativity, Neuroscience

In a recent book we edited as executive editors, published online in the journal <i>Cosmology</i> for September 2014 (also available in hard copy from Amazon), we examine many issues associated with time, including its relationship to consciousness and the quantum physics of mind. Science has begun to …

Consciousness

7 Hacks To Affording Your Next Vacation

The tips and tricks to traveling on any budget.<p><b>1) Try hidden city ticketing with FlyShortcut.com.</b><br>Hidden city ticketing is a hack in itself for finding the lowest possible airfare on FlyShortcut.com. It essentially finds a cheaper flight that has your destination as a layover. That way, you can …

Is A Simulated Brain Conscious?

Scott Aaronson's answer has implications for C-3PO, the universe and the odds that you are a Boltzmann Brain.<p>Imagine standing in an open field with a bucket of water balloons and a couple of friends. You've decided to play a game called "Mind." Each of you has your own set of rules. Maybe Molly …

This Pill Can Stop HIV

So why is no one taking it?<p>The drug that could end the HIV pandemic is already here. Branded Truvada, this pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) prevents HIV infection by blocking the virus’s ability to replicate. “It’s a big deal,” says Robert Grant, a leading HIV/AIDS investigator at the University of …

Now We Know How This Giant, Earth-Bound Asteroid Is Held Together, We Can Learn How to Destroy It

An asteroid pointed toward Earth set to arrive in the year 2880 AD may not destroy all life as we know it after all, now that scientists know what’s …

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Italians enraged at rise of Sicily's new Facebook mafia

Detectives are poring over social media for details that might help them arrest new generation of mobsters who have turned their back on traditional code of discretion<p>Just when police thought they had finally loosened the Mafia's historical stranglehold over Sicily, a new generation of brash …

7 Must-Read Books on Time

Time is the most fundamental common denominator between our existence and that of everything else, it’s the yardstick by which we measure nearly every aspect of our lives, directly or indirectly, yet its nature remains one of the greatest mysteries of science. Last year, we devoured BBC’s excellent</i> …