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The Metaverse Is Coming; We May Already Be in It

A few years ago, while doing research for a virtual reality (VR) program at MIT that I would be running, I donned a VR headset and played a ping-pong game.…

Can a tech billionaire squash Australia’s coal industry by buying it?

Frustrated with the Australian government’s inaction on climate change, software king Mike Cannon-Brookes is trying to buy several big coal plants so he can shut them down in favour of…

Quantum Friction Explains Water’s Freaky Flow

Whenever you get around to doing dishes, how easily water slides down a dirty plate depends on how uneven and crusty the plate’s surface is. At the nanoscale, however, where…

Beneath a Blanket of Stars

Beneath a waning moon In planning my trip to Utah, I took some advice from Ms. Foott and scheduled my trip as close as I could to the new moon,…

Pterosaur fossil from Scotland is largest Jurassic flier ever found

A 170-million-year-old pterosaur found on the Isle of Skye off the north-west coast of Scotland had a wingspan of about 2.5 metres, making it the largest known winged reptile from…

Online subscription scams costing UK victims millions

“In the UK, there are in the region of 300,000 victims per year and they are losing on average around £250 – that puts it into the [region of a]…

Big Tech Makes a Big Bet: Offices Are Still the Future

Smaller tech companies, given their financial constraints, might have to choose whether to invest in physical spaces or embrace a more flexible strategy. Twitter has continued to add offices in…

Thomas Insel, the ‘Nation’s Psychiatrist,’ Takes Stock, With Frustration

The country’s mental health crisis is “not a research problem, it’s an implementation problem,” he said. Good treatments for serious diseases like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder already exist, he said,…

U.S. Offers Limited Initial Response to Russia as It Weighs Stiffer Sanctions

“I don’t doubt they are already calculating how to realize these plans,” Mr. Putin said. American officials have said for months that there are no such plans, and Mr. Biden…

Got a Covid Booster? You Probably Won’t Need Another for a Long Time

Researchers showed last year that the elite school inside of lymph nodes where the B cells train, called the germinal center, remains active for at least 15 weeks after the…