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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Microsoft Shows Off Its Own Super-Sensing VR Controller

You’ll be able to buy Microsoft’s new controller this holiday season. The post Microsoft Shows Off Its Own Super-Sensing VR Controller appeared first on WIRED.

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When electric vehicles crash, what happens to the battery?

Safety, range and costs: these are the three big premises of electromobility. Safety definitely comes first. Lithium-based traction batteries are usually completely enclosed in the battery case and integrated in the vehicle to protect the battery from all conceivable stresses and external influences. This “armour” has an effect on construction, weight, size and overall design of the vehicle.

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Operating smart devices from the space on and above the back of your hand

Smartwatches such as the Apple Watch have been called a ‘revolution on the wrist’, but the operation of these devices is complicated, because the screen is small. Researchers have therefore developed a novel input method that expands the input space to the back of the hand and the 3-D space above the back of the hand wearing the watch.

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Infrared 3D scanner: Fast and accurate

Infrared 3D scanners have been used in video games for quite some time. Whereas in video games the scanners are, for example, only able to identify if a player throws his arms up in the air while playing virtual volleyball, the new 3D scanner is able to be much more precise. With a resolution of one million pixels and real-time data processing, numerous applications are possible with this new device.

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Supercomputers assist in search for new, better cancer drugs

Finding new drugs that can more effectively kill cancer cells or disrupt the growth of tumors is one way to improve survival rates for ailing patients. Researchers are using supercomputers to find new chemotherapy drugs and to test known compounds to determine if they can fight different types of cancer. Recent efforts have yielded promising drug candidates, potential plant-derived compounds and insights into how to design more effective drugs.

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Device allows users to manipulate 3-D virtual objects more quickly

Researchers have developed a user-friendly, inexpensive controller for manipulating virtual objects in a computer program in three dimensions. The device allows users to manipulate objects more quickly — with less lag time — than existing technologies.

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Researchers unlock hardware’s hidden talent for rendering 3-D graphics for science — and video games

High performance computing researcher asked if hardware called 3-D stacked memory could do something it was never designed to do — help render 3-D graphics.

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How World of Warcraft can get you a job

World of Warcraft (WoW) gamers who were successful working as a team in “raids” had qualities that psychological studies have shown to translate to success on virtual workplace teams, new research concludes.

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McDonald’s Is Transforming Happy Meal Boxes Into VR Headsets

Virtual reality with a side of fries: McDonald’s Sweden is releasing Happy Meal boxes that transform into VR headsets. The post McDonald’s Is Transforming Happy Meal Boxes Into VR Headsets appeared first on WIRED.

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Inside Google’s Plan to Make VR Amazing for Absolutely, Positively Everyone

Make no mistake: Google’s interest in VR goes far beyond Cardboard. The post Inside Google’s Plan to Make VR Amazing for Absolutely, Positively Everyone appeared first on WIRED.

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