Mathematical confirmation: Rewiring financial networks reduces systemic risk

A proposed tax on systemically risky financial transactions could reduce the risk of financial system crashes by spurring financial networks to reshape in more resilient ways, suggests a new report.

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New 3-D display takes the eye fatigue out of virtual reality

A new type of 3-D display could solve the long-standing problem eye fatigue when using VR and AR equipment by greatly improving the viewing comfort of these wearable devices.

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Scientists turbocharge high-resolution, 3-D imaging

Scientists have found a relatively simple, low-cost fix that substantially improves images obtained via a widely used optical scanning technique, opening the door to ‘virtual biopsies.’

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Augmented reality system to help medical professionals

A mixed reality system that allows medical practitioners to view and interact with virtual replicas of patients’ organs, bones or body parts is being developed by academics.

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Visiting virtual beach improves patient experiences during dental procedures

Imagine walking along a beach on a lovely day. As you turn to continue along the coast path feeling calm and relaxed you suddenly hear your dentist say ‘Fine, all done, you can take the headset off now’. For patients at one dental practice in Devon, England, such Virtual Reality encounters are resulting in demonstrably better experiences in the dentist’s chair.

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‘Multi-dimensional universe’ in brain networks

Using a sophisticated type of mathematics in a way that it has never been used before in neuroscience, a scientists have uncovered a universe of multi-dimensional geometrical structures and spaces within the networks of the brain. This research has significant implications for our understanding of the brain.

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The largest virtual Universe ever simulated

Researchers have simulated the formation of our entire Universe with a large supercomputer. A gigantic catalogue of about 25 billion virtual galaxies has been generated from 2 trillion digital particles. This catalogue is being used to calibrate the experiments on board the Euclid satellite, that will be launched in 2020 with the objective of investigating the nature of dark matter and dark energy.

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Self-learning robot hands

A new system that learns how to grasp objects has been developed by a team of researchers.

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Virtual reality eases phantom limb pain

Virtual Reality (VR) can relieve the sensation of phantom limb pain, report researchers. A new test shows that VR technology can trick the amputee’s brain into thinking that it is still in control of a missing limb.

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Glove powered by soft robotics to interact with virtual reality environments

Engineers are using soft robotics technology to make light, flexible gloves that allow users to feel tactile feedback when they interact with virtual reality environments. The researchers used the gloves to realistically simulate the tactile feeling of playing a virtual piano keyboard.

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New way to control light with electric fields

Researchers have discovered a technique for controlling light with electric fields.

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From blue and black dresses to turbine blades, here’s the science of ‘fake fake’ photographs

A new study reveals the science behind a ‘trick of the light’ that made high-profile photographs of a major piece of public art appear ‘faked’ despite the pictures being entirely genuine. Vision science researchers found images of the 75-meter long wind turbine appeared super-imposed because of a visual illusion caused by light reflections playing on preconceived notions about how objects are lit in natural settings, altering the object’s shape to the human eye.

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