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There are 2 types of time travel and physicists agree that one of them is possible

Brian Greene, professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University and co-founder of the World Science Festival, explains what we know about time travel so far. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><b>Brian Greene:</b> I'm Brian Greene, professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University …

Physics

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s incredible VR experience is getting a special Oscar award

<i>Carne y Arena (Virtually present, Physically invisible),</i> the virtual reality installation from <i>Birdman</i> director Alejandro González Iñárritu and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, is receiving a special award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. According to <i>Variety</i>, the award is being …

The 5 Virtual Reality Films You Should Experience Right Now

As Virtual Reality is making its bid to become more mainstream, an ever-growing number of experiences are being created. They range in length, …

'1984' Sales Have Skyrocketed. Here’s What To Read Next.

Ten Orwellian books about censorship and the power of words.<p>Last week, after Kellyanne Conway gave an interview describing falsehoods as “alternative facts,” sales of George Orwell’s decades-old classic <i>1984</i> spiked. The book, a part of so many high-school syllabi, appears to be helping people …

3D Printing Topographical Maps from Space Shuttle Data

In February 2000 the Space Shuttle Endeavor embarked on an 11 day mission known as the Shuttle Radar Tomography Mission (SRTM). Its purpose was to collect RADAR interferometric data to generate a high-resolution digital topographic database of Earth. The resulting data is a collection of files …

Virtual Reality Has Arrived, With Japanese Robots and Space Painting

Two films at Sundance show off VR's promise. Finally.<p>Last year, I spent a lot of time wandering the New Frontiers exhibition at the Sundance Film …

Our 10 Most Anticipated RPGs Of 2017

Now that a new year is in full swing, it's always exciting to get an idea of how you'll spend it as a gamer. 2017 is full of promising titles, so …

This Gorgeous New VR Film From Oculus Lets You Explore Lucid Dreamlike Memories

With VR struggling to become mainstream, Dear Angelica needed to showcase the best of the Oculus platform. It succeeded tremendously.<p>Get ready to step into, and walk around in, a series of surreal, lucid dreamlike memories. At the Sundance Film Festival today, Oculus Story Studio, the filmmaking …

Cemu lets you play Wii U games on your PC in 4K

It's now possible to play Nintendo games in 4K quality - but only if you run them through an emulator.<p>Cemu is a piece of "highly experimental …

[Exclusive] The Guggenheim's First Robotic Artwork Is Out of Control

Talking to artists Sun Yuan and Peng Yu, the ghosts inside the machine.<p>An enormous robotic arm, brandishing a giant squeegee, is poised over a pool of dark liquid which ceaselessly oozes outwards. With quick, smooth, aggressive movements, the machine performs a calculated dance, pivoting and …

Best Oculus Rift games for new owners

How to start your virtual reality adventure off right<p>So you’re a lucky person who found an Oculus Rift under the Christmas tree, and you’re overwhelmed by the number of games and experiences available on the store? You’re not alone, and we have you covered.<p>These are the best games and experiences …

How to get the best free Oculus Touch games and experiences

Happy hunting!<p>The Oculus Touch controllers are now officially out, and most people who pre-ordered the hardware will likely be receiving their packages today. You can take a look at our video review of the hardware below, but the short answer to your inevitable question is yes. If you have an …

The best things to do with your new HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, or PlayStation VR

So you’ve been lucky enough to get a tethered VR headset for Christmas: Now what? VR headsets are still very new platforms, and you’ll probably be a little short on really high-quality games and apps for the near future. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot to try out, no matter what headset you …

16 of the coolest apps and games for Daydream, Google's new virtual reality headset

Unlike the bulky, several-hundred-dollar pieces of kit from Oculus or HTC, all you need is a relatively cheap headset, the accompanying motion-sensitive remote, and a modern, "Daydream-ready" smartphone capable of running the apps for it.<p>At a fraction of the price, it is never going to be as …

Virtual Reality

VR creators make content to put people into the news and natural disasters

VR isn’t all fun and games. One company is using it to put VR users in the middle of breaking news stories and to show them what it feels like to face a natural or man-made disaster. For example one company, Emblematic Group, has a created a VR simulation of a refugee camp and a food line to show …

Virtual Reality

Q&A with VR Artist Who Says Technology Will Destroy Us

Step into Tian Xiaolei’s (田曉磊) artistic world and you will see a man having sex with a table. As he thrusts, you are tasked with whacking strange objects that pop up from the tabletop with a uterus-shaped club. In other parts of his world, you might shoot roses at deformed statues of the god Venus …

Report: Google Search Bias Protecting Hillary Clinton Confirmed in Experiment

In a report published by Sputnik News, psychologist Robert Epstein reveals evidence that Google is manipulating search results related to Hillary …

Google Search

What are high-functioning depression and anxiety and what are the dangers?

Stereotypes of what mental illness looks like means many people suffer in silence.<p>Dane Cobain, a 27-year-old social media marketer and writer, has …

Photographer Gregory Crewdson and his eerie rooms of gloom

Carefully staged, the American photographer’s film-like scenarios in Cathedral of the Pines depict pensive women in banal yet strangely uncanny scenarios<p>“One great thing about photography is that it kind of hovers between everything. It’s really easy to reach out to other mediums and have …

Photographers

Vulkan enables 'revolutionary' Nintendo 64 emulator

It has been about half a year since the low-level graphics API, Vulkan, was released in February. Since then, it has been included in various …

Retrogaming

With The Next Season 'Game Of Thrones' A Year Away, Here Are Some Anime And Manga To Fill The Gap

Following the amazing finale for season six of <i>Game of Thrones</i> we now have yearlong wait for the next season, so what anime and manga can help you feed your craving for epic fantasy.<p>In some ways, anime and manga took to epic fantasy before much of the West did in terms of film and television. While …

Six Photo Communities For the Serious Photographer

Not every photographer can make it on Instagram; and with the new algorithm added to the news feed it’s going to be even tougher at times. One of the …

‘I will destroy humans’: Intelligent robot gives a VERY creepy answer in TV interview

A new human-like Android has confirmed everything sci fi taught us about robots – by purring, ‘I will destroy humans’ in a TV interview.<p>The robot, …

Step Into A Playfully Disorienting Pastel Digital Art World

The work of Blake Kathryn is full of rose gold impossibilities.<p>The bright colors in Blake Kathryn’s digital artworks draw you in first. The saturated colors make each piece feel futuristic— as if every work is a message sent from some other time or a parallel universe.<p>“By no means did the palette I …

This Photographer Will Annoy You And Leave You In Anxious Anticipation

For Kinfolk Magazine’s recent Adrenaline Issue, photographer Aaron Tilley and Director Kyle Bean were asked to recreate that awful moment when …

20. The Lobster

As 2016's cinematic pickings are still pretty slim for the most part ahead of blockbuster season, what better time to catch up with all of those 2015 …

Contemporary Artists Cut Cardboard into Culture

Cardboard is the new canvas for an eclectic range of artists obsessed with the low-fi elevation of ordinary materials.<p>In this era of high-tech, digitized, hyperlinked visual media, a small but salient portion of artists and designers have seen fit to stage returns to ostentatiously analog, …

Building a low cost wifi camera

Johan Kanflo designed a Esparducam board and built a low cost wifi camera with an Arducam Mini and a ESP8266 Wifi module:Sometime ago I came across …

Wi-Fi

Surreal Digital Art Recalls Dalí and M.C. Escher

Stefan Krische’s work wears its influences on its sleeve.<p>The digital art Stefan Krische, AKA Gestucks, wears its influences on its sleeve. Whether the artist is animating his own version of Dalí's <i>The Persistence of Memory</i>, or visually recalling the impossible worlds of M.C. Escher, it's clear that …