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Microsoft's new 'canetroller' brings VR to the visually impaired

Microsoft recently developed a haptic controller for VR with an unusual target audience in mind: the visually impaired.<p>Developers from Microsoft’s research lab created the “canetroller,” a peripheral device designed to work with the HTC Vive headset and tracker. The team’s goal was to create a …

Augmented Reality

Bill Nye Gives His Take on Marijuana: 'Knock Yourselves Out'

Bill Nye educated and entertained a generation of kids with his fun approach to science, and now, he's continuing to lead the effort in giving us the …

Bill Nye

Robot bees could be deployed if natural population continues to collapse

Fleets of robobees could now be deployed if natural populations continue to collapse.<p>A leading expert told the world’s biggest science conference the …

Ecology

Sci-Fi Short Film Explores What Happens When You Travel at Light Speed

Adam Stern and Artifex Studios present a new short film detailing the incredible story of astronaut Ethan Kane, the first person attempting to travel …

Falcon Heavy

Magic Leap's staggering VR goggle technology just got even better!

<b>Comment</b> Not content with promising the product he has been hyping for six years, this week the CEO of Magic Leap revealed that his yet-to-ship …

Augmented Reality

Graphene film makes dirty water drinkable in a single step

Every year, millions of people around the world die from drinking unclean water. Now, researchers have developed a process that can purify water, no matter how dirty it is, in a single step. Scientists from Australian research organization CSIRO have created a filtration technique using a graphene …

Environmentally Friendly

Augmented reality lets doctors peer inside the body like never before

New devices will end ‘historic disconnect’ in doctors's treatment of patients.<p>Augmented reality (AR) technologies that blend computer-generated images and data from MRI and CT scans with real-world views are making it possible for doctors to “see under the skin” of their patients to visualize …

Medicine

BBC Earth VR Life App Now Available

The BBC has this week launched a new virtual reality experience, enabling users to learn more about the natural world using the Google Daydream View …

Virtual Reality

SpaceX is launching its broadband satellites into orbit this weekend

Following the success of its Falcon Heavy launch, SpaceX is gearing up for its next mission: sending satellites into orbit so they can beam down internet access to earth.<p>The company isn’t making a lot of noise about it just now, but from this letter it sent to the Federal Communications Commission …

Space Exploration

Boston Dynamics crosses new threshold with door-opening dog

Robotics company releases video of the SpotMini, its four-legged and well-mannered machine<p>Eight years after it was first revealed to the public, the uncanny gait of Boston Dynamics’ quadrupedal robots is still unsettling. But a new video, released by the firm on Monday, shows the company’s flagship …

Robotics

BBC and Google take you under the sea in VR

It's easier to appreciate nature when you witness it first-hand, but that's rather difficult with the ocean unless you have a submarine at your disposal. The BBC and Google have a more practical solution: they've launched a <i>BBC Earth: Life in VR</i> app that illustrates the underwater ecosystem on …

Google Play

Magic Leap’s cheapest headsets will cost as much as a high-end phone, says CEO

Magic Leap is planning multiple editions of its augmented reality headsets for different levels of consumers and professionals, with the cheapest starting at the price of a “higher-end mobile phone to higher-end tablet,” says company president and CEO Rony Abovitz. “I think we’re trying to …

Augmented Reality

With New Swimsuit Issue, SI Is Taking Its Tech Game To The Next Level

This year’s version of the iconic issue is loaded with virtual reality and augmented reality features and content.<p>If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like on a <i>Sports Illustrated</i> Swimsuit Issue model shoot, you’re in luck.<p>With the launch today of the 2018 edition of its iconic franchise, <i>SI</i> is taking …

Fashion Modeling

Scientists studying psychoactive drugs accidentally proved the self is an illusion

Philosophers and mystics have long contemplated the disconcerting notion that the fixed self is an illusion.Neuroscientists now think they can prove it or, at least, help us glimpse this truth with some help from psilocybin, the psychoactive property in magic mushrooms.<p>Researchers around the world …

Consciousness

Student says she flushed 'emotional support hamster' after Spirit Airlines denied passage

Florida college student says Spirit Airlines originally told her the pet was allowed, but denied it entry at the airport<p>Missing a flight can be quite a hassle for your average passenger, but for Pebbles – an emotional support dwarf hamster owned by Belen Aldecosea – it was downright …

Spirit Airlines

‘Annihilation’ First Reactions: Alex Garland Has Made a ‘New Sci-Fi Classic’ That’s ‘Thrilling’ and ‘Wickedly Disturbing’

Garland's first movie since "Ex Machina" is extremely violent and one hell of a mental workout.<p>Alex Garland’s highly anticipated new film …

Science Fiction

Reddit bans Deepfakes community that made AI-generated celebrity porn

Reddit is no longer tolerating the bizarre Deepfakes trend that shaped up on its platform: the company has banned the controversial forum that churned out heaps of fake celebrity porn entirely generated by an AI.<p>In addition to the main Deepfakes subreddit which attracted more than 90,000 …

Internet

These tiny baby octopuses hatching will brighten your miserable existence

We know you're probably sick of cute octopus videos at this point but please, bear with us.<p>The Virginia Aquarium posted a video of octopuses (yes …

Zoology

Meet the pirate queen making academic papers free online

Alexandra Elbakyan is plundering the academic publishing establishment<p>In cramped quarters at Russia’s Higher School of Economics, shared by four students and a cat, sat a server with 13 hard drives. The server hosted Sci-Hub, a website with over 64 million academic papers available for free to …

Social Sciences

Chinese police are using facial-recognition glasses to scan travelers

Chinese railway police are using facial-recognition sunglasses to catch suspects at train stations in Zhengzhou, the capital of central Henan province.<p>The eyewear, which looks similar to the original Google Glass, was unveiled earlier this year and has already helped identify seven alleged …

China

Girl Scout Who Sold Over 300 Boxes of Cookies Outside California Marijuana Dispensary May Be in Trouble

Having years worth of experience being a Girl Scout, I know all too well about the competition when it comes to selling the most cookies out of your …

San Diego

SpaceX Successfully Launches the Falcon Heavy—And Elon Musk's Roadster

Florida’s space coast roared to life on Tuesday as SpaceX fired off its long-in-development Falcon Heavy rocket from Kennedy Space Center. Tens of …

Space Travel

‘Sea Hunter,’ a drone ship with no crew, just joined the U.S. Navy fleet

A prototype autonomous ship known as the Medium Displacement Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MDUSV) has officially been transferred to the U.S. Navy from …

Military

The Banana Trick and Other Acts of Self-Checkout Thievery

“Anyone who pays for more than half of their stuff in self checkout is a total moron.”<p>Beneath the bland veneer of supermarket automation lurks an ugly truth: There’s a lot of shoplifting going on in the self-scanning checkout lane. But don’t call it shoplifting. The guys in loss prevention prefer …

eCommerce

Physicists Spot Evidence of 'Odderon' First Predicted in the 1970s

Scientists have uncovered some preliminary evidence for a nuclear physics effect first predicted back in the 1970s. The physics universe you’re about …

Physics

Can anyone stop the rise of fake celebrity porn?

A new type of invasive porn is spreading on the internet. Using controversial technology, celebrities like Daisy Ridley, Natalie Dormer, and Taylor …

Internet

The US government just gave someone a $120-million robotic arm to use for a year

Johnny Matheny is the first person to live with an advanced mind-controlled robotic arm. Last December, researchers from Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab delivered the arm to Matheny at his home in Port Richey, Florida. Aside from the occasional demo, this is the first time the Modular Prosthetic …

Robotics

Laser Scans Reveal Maya "Megalopolis" Below Guatemalan Jungle

A vast, interconnected network of ancient cities was home to millions more people than previously thought.<p><i>Learn how your family history is connected to the human journey with National Geographic’s</i> <i>Geno 2.0 DNA ancestry kit</i><i>.</i><p>In what’s being hailed as a “major breakthrough” in Maya archaeology, …

Archaeology

A successful SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch gives NASA new options

The impact next week’s flight could have<p>SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket will launch for the first time next week. It might be the company’s most anticipated mission yet, and it could open up a new line of business — one that might interest NASA.<p>The new rocket will be the most powerful in the world, …

Space Exploration

Worf's Dad Is Repeatedly Disgraced When Predictive Text Writes Star Trek: The Next Generation

<i>Star Trek: The Next Generation</i> was one of those shows that only got better over the years—well, until now. Predictive keyboards have stepped in to …

Science Fiction