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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 …

Virtual Reality

Your science questions answered

Chemistry,Technology,Alexander Litvinenko,Cancer,Lung cancer,Science,Men's hair,Life and style,Women's hair,Genetics,Human Genome Project,Trees and forests,Cancer<p>How two-in-one shampoos work, the genes that we share with trees, and the link between polonium and cancer from cigarettes<p>A Shampoo …

FCC may revise the new net neutrality rules, but it's unlikely to satisfy critics

After pushback from a number of internet companies and even calls from within the FCC to delay a vote on the proposed new net neutrality standards, an FCC official has confirmed Tom Wheeler is making some changes. Detailed in a report by the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>, the (heavily criticized) general …

Malba Tahan: the literary hoaxer who made Brazil love maths

I have two specialisms: Brazil and mathematics.<p>My first book <i>Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life</i> was about Brazilian football, and my most recent one, <i>Alex Through The Looking-Glass</i>, is about numbers.<p>But what about the intersection of these areas – in the Venn diagram of my literary life – where …

Climate Change Already Having Wide-Ranging Effects On U.S., Report Finds

People are already grappling with drought, heat, flooding, and sea level rise.<p>When it comes to climate change, the future is now; it no longer makes sense to (solely) talk about potential impacts in the future, since it is already having a wide range of effects in the United States, according to a …

Plastic, Heal Thyself

A new polymer can seal much bigger holes than previous self-repairing plastics.<p>Machines that can fix themselves are such staples in fantastic fiction that the concept has its own name at TV Tropes (the 'net's ultimate guide to fiction cliches): Self Healing Phlebotinum.<p>In reality, chemists and …

Dean Kamen's DARPA-Funded Prosthetic Arm Gets FDA Approval

From a company founded by the Segway inventor, the arm is the first of its kind to receive approval for sale.<p>For eight years now, the DEKA prosthetic arm -- a DARPA-funded project aimed at improving the lives of amputees -- has been moving slowly toward FDA approval. Now, right on schedule, the …

Science and Math Don't Have to Be Practical to Be Worthwhile

Even hard scientists and engineers sometimes care more about understanding than real-world applications.<p>For better or worse, I spend a fair amount of time hanging out with graduate students in STEM fields, many from elite schools. All the worst things you might suspect about them are (at least …

Astronomers Find a Sibling Star to the Sun

Dennis Roscoe, Ph.D.<p>Eric Coles<p>Joel Tonyan<p>Joel Tonyan<p>Kenny Alexander<p>David Lane<p>Dennis Roscoe, Ph.D.<p>Eric Coles<p>Kenny Alexander<p>Matt Jylha<p>Dennis Roscoe, …

Cosmology

Scientists build a robot arm that catches objects in the blink of an eye

Humans are good at catching fast-moving objects -- just ask any baseball fan. Robots typically lag behind, however, which is why the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) has developed a robot arm with the reaction time needed to catch just about anything. After learning the basic …