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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Forget the School Bus—The Most Magical Field Trip Is in VR

This is the field trip of the future, as imagined by Google’s Expeditions Pioneer Program. The post Forget the School Bus—The Most Magical Field Trip Is in VR appeared first on WIRED.

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Gear VR Just Took a Huge Leap Forward (Thanks to Oculus)

Gear VR games should get a lot easier to navigate, thanks to a new controller and an overhauled Oculus app. The post Gear VR Just Took a Huge Leap Forward (Thanks to Oculus) appeared first on WIRED.

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Rock Band VR Shreds the Rhythm-Game Paradigm

A decade after the genre’s peak, virtual reality turns out to be the perfect medium for indulging the rock-god fantasy. The post Rock Band VR Shreds the Rhythm-Game Paradigm appeared first on WIRED.

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Engineers dive into big data to develop better system to manage traffic incidents

Traffic researchers are developing technology that will take the huge amounts of data collected by the Iowa Department of Transportation, sort through it all and identify problems. The goal is early detection of traffic incidents and better traffic management.

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People remain calm as the world ends, video game study suggests

As the world ends, will you lock arms and sing ‘Kumbayah’ or embark on a path of law-breaking, anti-social behavior? A new study, based upon the virtual actions of more than 80,000 players of the role-playing video game ArcheAge, suggests you’ll be singing. The study found that despite some violent acts, most players tended toward behavior that was helpful to others as their virtual world came to an end.

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Studying altruism through virtual reality

A computer-based environment has been developed with the aim to shed light on the origins of altruism. This new study immersed participants in a virtual environment that reproduced a building on fire which they had to evacuate in a hurry, deciding whether to save their lives or interrupt their escape and help rescue an injured person. The results showed that altruistic individuals self-reported to have greater concern for others’ wellbeing and had larger right anterior insula (a brain area involved in processing social emotions) compared to non-altruists.

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Computer simulations first step toward designing more efficient amine chemical scrubbers

A proof-of-concept molecular modeling study that analyzes the efficiency of amine solutions in capturing carbon dioxide is the first step toward the design of cheaper, more efficient amine chemicals for capturing carbon dioxide — and reducing harmful CO2 emissions — in industrial installations.

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Virtual reality training for ‘safety-critical’ jobs

New virtual reality training could help prevent accidents in ‘safety-critical’ industries like the NHS, aviation, the military and nuclear power.

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