Mark Zuckerberg wants to turn you -- and another 999,999,999 people -- into VR believers.As part of Facebook's latest quest to make virtual reality an everyday part of our lives, the company's CEO is bringing out the biggest weapon he can think of to win over customers: deals he thinks you can't refuse.The world's biggest social network, which jumped into VR when Zuckerberg bought startup Oculus for more than $2 billion in 2014, dropped the price of its Rift headsets by $100 to $399 at its VR developer conference on Wednesday. It also announced the Oculus Go, a $199 mobile VR headset that loses the wires, attached computer and sensors you need to power the Rift. The Oculus Go is due sometime next year.Facebook believes both the Oculus Go and the lower price for the Rift will make clear that it's the go-to company for people considering buying into VR tech. That's key since app developers and analysts think VR headsets still cost too much to attract a mass market audience. And so … [Read more...] about Facebook is making a VR offer it hopes you can’t refuse
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Food is love. It’s why your family gets together for your favorite meal when you come home, and why your beloved brings you breakfast in bed, or why your friends buy you doughnuts and drinks on your birthday. When you feed someone, it’s a sign you care about their well-being, that you want them to continue to live, and to enjoy life. What is a greater expression of love than that? I don’t think any dog owner—myself included—would deny that our dogs are the great loves of our lives, our faithful companions. My dog, Abby, knows that I would do anything for her, not only because I frequently tell her, but also because she will occasionally test me by asking not very politely to go outside at 3 a.m. in the middle of winter or demanding we take another turn around the block when I’m all ready to head home. And I always comply, because her pain is my pain, and her happiness is my happiness. Or something like that. So why is it that when it comes to … [Read more...] about We love our dogs. Should we cook for them?
On the shortest day of the year, also known as midwinter, polar researchers mount street signs during a snowstorm. Posting the street signs on the winter solstice is a tradition for many Antarctic researchers. Stefan Christmann/Getty Images We tend to think of Antarctica as being a giant, frozen, empty wasteland. If that's the impression you personally have of the continent at the south end of our planet ... congratulations! It is indeed just as huge, frozen and full of a whole lot of nothing as you think it is. This said, like in all deserts, people do live and work there. In the case of the southernmost continent, the humans there mostly comprise polar researchers trying to figure out what Antarctica's deal is, and the drivers, mechanics, cooks, pilots and electricians who support them and keep the research stations running. So, what's it like living and working on the most remote place on the planet? United States scientists arrive by C17 plane at a temporary sea-ice airfield … [Read more...] about Scientists Reveal What Living and Working in Antarctica Is Really Like
Since the 1960s, doctors have prescribed aspirin as an antithrombotic, useful for the prevention of stroke and heart attack, but a new study is challenging the efficacy of this practice. ballyscanlon/Getty Images Sometimes we do things for our health because they're easy. For instance, millions of older people take a low-dose aspirin every day in the hopes that it will prevent a cardiovascular event like heart attack or stroke, some types of cancers or even dementia. Since the 1960s, doctors have prescribed aspirin as an antithrombotic — it's useful in preventing blood clots, as it keeps platelets from sticking together. Later, in the 1980s, renowned statistical epidemiologist Richard Peto used new meta-analysis techniques to review all the available studies of aspirin's health benefits, and found the popular pain reliever appeared to significantly decrease the chance of stroke or heart attack. As a result, doctors everywhere started recommending a daily low dose of aspirin … [Read more...] about An Aspirin a Day Could Be Harmful for Healthy Seniors
The last days of the dinosaurs occurred during the Cretaceous Period, when an object known as the Chicxulub impactor struck a shallow sea near what is now the Yucatan Peninsula. Stocktrek Images/Getty Images On this solar-powered planet, we get a little nervous about the things that take the light away: total solar eclipses have been causing mild to moderate trepidation in humans for millennia; our languages reflect distinct biases towards light and against dark ("ray of hope" vs. "darkest hour"); even regular old nighttime can be problematic for some of us. Picture, then, what it must have been like for the dinosaurs just before they bought the proverbial farm. You're probably familiar with the basics of what happened 66 million years ago: a massive asteroid hit Earth — in Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, which was at the time a shallow sea— and suddenly (relative to the long stretch of planetary history) there were no more dinos. At least that's the sanitized version … [Read more...] about Scientists Develop Clearer Idea of How Dino-Killing Asteroid Changed Earth’s Environment