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Virtual-Reality Company Sandbox VR Files for Bankruptcy

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Virtual-reality startup Glostation USA Inc., which does business as Sandbox VR and has drawn investments from such celebrities as Justin Timberlake and Katy Perry, has filed for bankruptcy protection, a victim of business disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Glostation and a handful of affiliates filed for chapter 11 Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Woodland Hills, Calif. But Sandbox VR Inc., the parent company of Glostation USA, is not part of the chapter 11 case….

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Apple Wants to Bring Virtual Reality to Your Car to End Motion Sickness

apple wants to bring virtual reality to your car to end motion sickness

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Apple’s interest in virtual reality extends beyond its rumored smart glasses and VR headset. A recent patent application suggests the company is looking at how virtual reality in an automobile can help people with motion sickness. The system would be installed in vehicles, both those with a driver and those piloted autonomously.

According to the recently discovered patent, the VR system would be installed in a vehicle, presumably from the factory.

The virtual reality environment could be projected on a window or viewed within a headset.

Every car would need to be equipped with a sensor system that feeds external data to the VR system to rebuild the outside world accurately.

The system would provide a virtual view that replicates the real world with a few fundamental changes to combat motion sickness. For example, the system could slow or speed up non-critical external visual cues that are known to contribute to motion sickness.

The virtual reality system would be completely immersive, with the virtual view replacing the real-life view right down the smallest details. A stereoscopic view will give the sensation of depth and will change as the user moves throughout the environment. Even the motion and acceleration of …

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This Week in Science

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PaleoanthropologyAndrew M. SugdenThe Border Cave site in the KwaZulu-Natal region of South Africa has been a rich source of archaeological knowledge about Stone Age humans because of its well-preserved stratigraphic record. Wadley et al. now report the discovery of grass bedding in Border Cave, dated to approximately 200,000 years ago. The bedding, identified with a range of microscopic and spectroscopic techniques, was mingled with layers of ash. It also incorporated debris from lithics, burned bone, and rounded ochre grains, all of which were of clear anthropogenic origin. The authors speculate that the ash may have been deliberately used in bedding to inhibit the movement of ticks and other arthropod irritants. These discoveries extend the record of deliberate construction of plant bedding by at least 100,000 years.Science, this issue p. 863

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Michael Soulé (1936–2020)

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Michael Soulé, widely credited with starting the field of conservation biology, died on 17 June at age 84. Michael’s research laid the intellectual groundwork for a new avenue of study, and he cofounded the Society for Conservation Biology in 1985 to ensure that the nascent field had the resources and organization to address the critical environmental issues we face today. Michael’s vision of a better world, in which nature holds a central place, has inspired scientists and nature enthusiasts across the globe.Born on 28 May 1936, Michael grew up in San Diego, California. His free-ranging childhood, spent exploring tide pools and collecting abalones and lobsters, sparked his lifelong love of natural history and helped shape his interest in ecosystems. Michael obtained his undergraduate degree in biology at San Diego State College and his Ph.D. in biology in 1964 from Stanford University in Stanford, California.After joining the biology faculty at the University of California (UC) San Diego in 1967, Michael became troubled by the rapid loss of natural habitats in Southern California. He resigned from the university in 1979 to become director of the Kuroda Institute for the Study of Buddhism at the Zen Center of Los Angeles. In 1984, he returned to academia, first teaching at …

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Sun Life makes in-person benefits enrollment a virtual reality

sun life makes in-person benefits enrollment a virtual reality

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“Enrollment season is already a challenging time for employees, as there are many benefit options to consider and a lot of decisions to make,” said David Healy, senior vice president of Group Benefits at Sun Life U.S. “We recently expanded our technology solutions to provide more customized options for digital benefits enrollment, and we are constantly innovating to continue to improve this support in the future.”

Sun Life also provides a customized landing page for the employer, giving employees a familiar, company-branded portal to navigate. The landing page offers live or recorded informational sessions with a benefits counselor, informational videos, the employer’s enrollment materials and a link to their enrollment page. Interest in the customized landing pages has increased dramatically during the pandemic, as employers seek engaging digital options to replace traditional on-site meetings. Approximately 98 percent of employees who register for their employer’s landing page utilize it for enrollment.
“We expect even more interest in virtual enrollment as we get closer to enrollment season in the fall,” added Healy. “The way people engage with their benefits is changing, and now more than ever it’s important for us to serve employers and employees where they are.”For employers already using …

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University students produce virtual reality film series on police-minority relations

university students produce virtual reality film series on police-minority relations

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Posted: Aug 13, 2020 / 10:52 AM CDT
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URBANA-CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — Some former University of Illinois students created a virtual reality film series shedding a light on relations between police and minorities.

The filmmaker got her start two years ago with the walls of the Siebel Computer Science Building when she first started working on the movie. She graduated last year, but her film and her team are winning some big awards now.

The movie is a three-part series told through the eyes of a mother, her son, and a police officer. The movie clip you see on your screen might not look like it, but once the film is released and you watch through a phone or tablet, you’ll be able to drag the scenery around for a 360-degree view.

It’s won awards and recognition at six film festivals, including the indie film night and France’s 360 Film Festival.

“I realized there’s so many other perspectives we don’t cover,’ said Jewel Ifeguni of YouMatter Studios. “In order for us to really not only drive the conversation but translate it into action, we need to be able to be empathetic toward all perspectives.”

Ifeguni …

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Virtual is the new reality

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At large, today’s consumer is idle, yet they take the form of tech pioneers. They want to be entertained and offered value beyond a social media post. In essence, consumers today want to immerse themselves, with ease, in what you as a brand have to say.VR / AR (virtual and augmented reality) is fast becoming a perfect tool to do so. The future is coming and it looks virtual. In fact, predictions in 2016 suggested that over 200 million VR headsets will be sold by 2020. In addition, according to Forbes, 75% of the world’s most valuable brands have created some kind of virtual or augmented reality experience to engage with consumers.However, VR / AR cannot work single-handedly and the congruence between storytelling and digital is an alliance that simply can’t be ignored. Storytelling in marketing has been propagated as the future of marketing for quite some time. Today, many globally operating companies take advantage of the fact that a brand will be better memorised if it has an emotional connection to its target audience. Brands that are associated with a story are said to be remembered about 22 times more effectively.The immersive nature of VR / AR makes it a powerful marketing tool and …

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Medieval DNA suggests Columbus didn’t trigger syphilis epidemic in Europe

medieval dna suggests columbus didn’t trigger syphilis epidemic in europe

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In a 1497 woodcut, a physician examines the urine of a patient in the first European syphilis epidemic.

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By Charlotte HartleyAug. 13, 2020 , 11:00 AM

In the late 1400s, a terrifying disease erupted in Europe, leaving victims with bursting boils and rotting flesh. The syphilis epidemic raged across the continent, killing up to 5 million people. For centuries, historians, and archaeologists have debated the origin of the disease, with some blaming Christopher Columbus and his crew for bringing it back from the Americas. Now, using DNA of the pathogen extracted from the remains of nine Europeans, researchers have found evidence that the epidemic was homegrown: diverse syphilis strains were circulating in Europe, perhaps decades before Columbus’s voyages.

Today, syphilis and other conditions caused by the same bacterium, Treponema pallidum, such as yaws and bejel, are making a comeback, with millions of people infected every year. “These diseases are not just a problem of the past,” says Verena Schuenemann, a palaeogeneticist at the University of Zürich and co-author of the new study. By understanding when and where T. pallidum originated, and how it has evolved, she says, researchers can learn how it might behave in the future and be prepared to treat …

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To the Mathematician Eugenia Cheng, There’s No Gap Between Art and Science

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“The boundaries between subjects are really artificial constructs,” says the mathematician and author, whose new book is “X+Y: A Mathematician’s Manifesto for Rethinking Gender.” “Like the boundaries between colors in a rainbow.”What’s the last great book you read?“Notes From a Young Black Chef: A Memoir,” by Kwame Onwuachi and Joshua David Stein. I think it’s really important to read first person accounts of the way Black people are disadvantaged by the structures of American society, as well as by systems and by individuals. This memoir is bracing to those of us privileged to have been protected by our ethnicity or our relative affluence. In the end, however, it’s a deeply inspiring story from someone who was almost destroyed by the disadvantages piled onto them by society but who managed to rise up and then work to help others rise too.Are there any classic novels that you only recently read for the first time?“Yevgeny Onegin” (in translation). I’ve known and loved the opera since I was a teenager, but the only thing I read was many articles about the difficulties of translating it, and so shied away from reading it in …

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3 Virtual Reality Stocks to Buy Before Next-Gen Consoles Hit | InvestorPlace

3 virtual reality stocks to buy before next-gen consoles hit | investorplace

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Virtual reality is a subject that has captured the imaginations of most Americans from their early childhood. Granted, most of us in your youths probably thought that VR would have advanced to a stage where we could feel the air or smell the water in video games, just like we saw in our favorite SciFi movies. However, there are several companies that are working to change this. That’s leading to a lot of interest in virtual reality stocks.
Also, we are at the cusp of launches for the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X. Both of these platforms will use virtual reality extensively. However, they are not the only gaming consoles offering this immersive experience.
Its also important to note here that apart from games, virtual reality is used for several other purposes. Since the 1980s, VR has been used to train pilots, assist in military exercises and help doctors treat patients with post-traumatic stress disorder. According to a research report, the virtual reality market will grow by 21.6% from 2020 to 2027 to reach $62.1 billion. With such a large pie, the biggest players in the industry stand to gain a lot. Keep reading to learn how the following three companies are …

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