Luke Gratkowski

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Scientists are making VR displays that match your eyesight

One of the reasons why VR games and experiences cause headache and nausea is because headsets' displays can't optimize images for your eyes. A team of Stanford scientists seek to change that by developing VR displays that can adjust how images are shown based on your age and any other existing …

Prototypes

Nazi Sub Portrayed in Raiders of the Lost Ark Discovered in the North Atlantic

German researchers have discovered the wreck of U-581, a Nazi sub that sunk near the Azores in February 1942. The 220-foot-long VIIC U-boat—the same …

A psychology professor shares a 4-part system that will help you accomplish your goals

But it turns out that fantasizing about the future can actually drain energy away from putting your goals into practice.<p>"The more positively people think and daydream about the future, the less effort they put into realizing that future," Gabriele Oettingen, a professor of psychology at New York …

Psychology

Watch 100 Randomly Ticking Metronomes Miraculously Achieve Synchronicity

It’s always satisfying to impose order on chaos, especially if it doesn’t involve bellowing at a roomful of jacked up teenagers.<p>Witness the …

East Village

Pulling an all-nighter could be a temporary fix for depression

Antidepressants can turn a person’s life around, but they can’t do it right away—a new prescription requires at least a month to take effect. Fortunately there’s another, drug-free, way to feel better almost instantly: Just stay up all night.<p>To explain how this works, Louisa Steinberg, a …

Google's AI Can Now Translate Between Languages It Wasn't Taught to Translate Between

AI of “Interlingua”<p>Neural networks are machines and algorithms developed to behave like the human brain—but a development from Google Translate shows …

A Princeton psychology professor told me a truth about human behavior that's both fascinating and sad

There are tons of cognitive biases that affect our daily decision-making.<p>There's the halo effect, which explains why we think physically attractive …

How to Write Email with Military Precision

In the military, a poorly formatted email may be the difference between mission accomplished and mission failure. During my active duty service, I learned how to structure emails to maximize a mission’s chances for success. Since returning from duty, I have applied these lessons to emails that I …

Don’t bother making beats, Google’s ‘Infinite Drum Machine’ has got you covered [Video]

The beautiful thing about artificial intelligence is that due to its relatively back-end nature its applications seem to be virtually endless.<p>Today is music’s lucky day, as sound is the latest area which has undergone Google‘s AI surgery in its recent wave of “experiments”…<p>With a little help from …

Machine Learning

It's Official: NASA's Peer-Reviewed EM Drive Paper Has Finally Been Published

It works.<p>After months of speculation and leaked documents, NASA's long-awaited EM Drive paper has <i>finally</i> been peer-reviewed and published. And it …

Physics

Scientists measure the smallest increment of time ever recorded

The breakthrough will allow for stunning time lapses that reveal the behavior of electrons.<p>How many times can you cut increments of time in half …

Leaked paper suggests EM Drive tested by NASA actually works

Newton-busting space drive might get us to Mars, very slowlyAn unpublished scientific paper by NASA engineers has been leaked. It appears to show …

Physics

8 Centuries-Old Etiquette Rules for Talking Politics

After a year and a half of televised shouting matches and incessant attack ads, it’s easy to forget that a civilized political discourse <i>is</i> possible. …

Hearing Chewbacca Speak English on the Empire Strikes Back Set Is So, So Weird

All we ever get out of Chewbacca in the <i>Star Wars</i> movies is grunts and growls, his shyriiwook language untranslatable to us but understood by Han and …

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Machine Learning: Foundations

When you want a person to do something, you train them. When you want a computer to do something, you program it. However, there are ways to make …

Deep Learning

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A Chain-Smoking Robot Isn't Just Hilarious—It's a Big Deal

Robots are great at a lot of things—brute force, repetition, and speed, for instance (though maybe not walking). Now add to that list one of the most …

The World's First Home Robotic Chef Can Cook Over 100 Meals

Apparently, having a home cooked meal from the kitchens of Thomas Keller, Alain Ducasse and Gordan Ramsay could become a reality. In 2018, Moley will launch the world’s first fully-automated and integrated intelligent cooking robot—a robotic kitchen that has unlimited access to chefs and their …

Masterchef

The Best Gifts for Gamers This Holiday Season

Surprise your favorite gamers with a VR headset or the latest system.<p>From an ultra sensitive mouse, through a mechanical keyboard and gaming console, all the way to the hottest VR headsets, we've rounded up the best gifts for gamers out there.

This dog sounds just like a Star Wars TIE fighter attack

TIE fighters in Star Wars make very distinct noises when they engage in battles against rebel ships such as the Millennium Falcon. Somebody at Disney and Lucasfilm needs to hire Geraldine the dog to provide sound effects for the next TIE fighter scene. A clever video edit shows how Geraldine's …

Virtual reality and drones could unlock secrets about the mysterious Plain of Jars in Laos

Ancient, monumental sandstone jars up to two-and-a-half metres high dot the landscape in central Laos in seemingly random patterns — what was their …

One of The Physicists Behind The Higgs Boson Has Made an Algorithm to Replace The Pill

It's up to 99.5% effective at stopping pregnancy.<p>One of the physicists who helped find the Higgs boson, Elina Berglund, has spent the past three …

‘John Wick’ First Person Shooter Virtual Reality Game Turns You Into the Cinematic Assassin

At this weekend's New York Comic-Con, Starbreeze and Lionsgate offered up an immersive 7-minute preview of the upcoming game "John Wick …

Virtual Reality

Superhot VR is a whole new game, built for the Oculus Touch

This is basically a John Wick simulator.<p><i>Superhot VR</i> will be ready for the launch of the Touch controllers on Dec. 6, and it already feels like one of the best games on the platform. That sort of quality didn’t come easily.<p>“It’s been redone from scratch, actually,” Superhot Team’s Tomasz Kaczmarczyk …

'We’re growing brains outside of the body'

Madeleine Lancaster has 300 brains growing in her lab – here’s how she’s done it.<p>As she speaks, Madeleine Lancaster rests her hand on her pregnant belly. “Oh they’re about six or seven months along now”. At this point her progeny measure about four millimetres across. She’s growing a few hundred, …

The Brain

Open letter from a priest to a porn star: I understand your suffering

"I have met people broken by pornography. On both sides."<p>Dear Amarna,<p>Allow me to introduce myself: My name is Patxi Bronchalo, and I’m a priest—a …

Australian scientists just froze light like Kylo Ren from Star Wars

The research team's experiment — which created a light trap by shining infrared lasers into ultra-cold atomic vapour — was inspired by Everett's …

Cutesy Cartoon Characters Transformed Into The Stuff Of Nightmares

Cartoon characters like Pikachu, Mickey Mouse and the Minions are drawn to be adorable, and we can't help but think happy thoughts when we look at …

Star Wars fan film humanizes the Stormtroopers

Stormtroopers are usually there to look menacing, attack our Star Wars heroes and then keel over in battle. It's easy to forget there are people underneath that shiny white battle armor. Director and screenwriter Benjamin Eck brings those hidden lives into perspective with his "Jakku: First Wave" …