Technology

How virtual reality spiders are helping people face their arachnophobia - Guest Work

Guest Work Apr 27, 2017

By Rebekah Boynton, James Cook University and Anne Swinbourne, James Cook University. Gradually exposing people to the thing they fear, say a spider, in a controlled environment has long been the mainstay of treating phobias. But with exposure therapy you don’t have to have a spider physically present in the room for you to feel … Read More

The flying car, nearly here? - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Apr 21, 2017

A small German-based company, Lilium, has announced that they have successfully tested an electric “flying car”. A ducted fan mini-plane really.   Others are also looking at developing small air-borne taxis. But Lilium is the first to have a working prototype. Initially piloted, but Lilium hopes it can become autonomous and able to be summoned using a smart … Read More

Improving gender balance in physics - Physics Stop

Marcus Wilson Apr 07, 2017

The Institute of Physics has just released a report on recent interventions designed to improve the uptake of physics at ‘A’-level by girls*. Although there have been considerable efforts in the UK to improve the gender balance over two decades, there has not been any substantial change – about 20% of a typical A-level physics class is … Read More

One bubble in the great bath of existence – Brian Greene on the universe, time travel and string theory - News

Jean Balchin Mar 23, 2017

Earlier this afternoon, I was fortunate enough to interview Dr Brian Greene, the renowned theoretical physicist and string theorist. Dr Greene is a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University, and is recognized for a number of revolutionary discoveries in his field of superstring theory. I spoke with Dr Greene about his theories on string theory and multiverses, … Read More

What’s behind phantom cellphone buzzes? - Guest Work

Guest Work Mar 20, 2017

By Daniel J. Kruger, University of Michigan Have you ever experienced a phantom phone call or text? You’re convinced that you felt your phone vibrate in your pocket, or that you heard your ring tone. But when you check your phone, no one actually tried to get in touch with you. You then might plausibly wonder: “Is … Read More

We shouldn’t ignore the potential of virtual reality advertising - Guest Work

Guest Work Mar 16, 2017

By David Evans Bailey, Auckland University of Technology By some estimates virtual reality (VR) will be a US$162 billion industry by 2020. Only 50% of this figure is projected to come from hardware sales; the rest will be revenue from software, content and services. It’s not just the size of the market that advertisers cannot afford to … Read More