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Virtual reality can fix a lot of what‘s wrong with media, and people are wildly underestimating it

Critics of virtual reality argue that the immersive nature of VR relegates the technology to gaming, entertainment and job training — not everyday tasks. At its worst, virtual reality is imagined as the epitome of escapism. I once agreed. But now I believe that those critics have underestimated the prevalence of media in our culture, and its impact on society. […]

This is how nuclear war with North Korea would unfold

This is how nuclear war with North Korea would unfold

No one wants to fight a nuclear war. Not in North Korea, not in South Korea and not in the United States. And yet leaders in all three countries know that such a war may yet come – if not by choice then by mistake. The world survived tense moments on the Korean Peninsula in 1969 , 1994 and 2010. […]

Jerry Brown: Winter infernos ‘new normal‘

Jerry Brown: Winter infernos ‘new normal‘

(DAILY MAIL) — California’s governor has said that deadly wildfires in the winter will be ‘the new normal’, as fire crews rushed to contain the fires, with dry desert winds expected to intensify over the weekend. Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday toured Ventura County neighborhoods ravaged by a weeklong wildfire that killed at least one person and destroyed hundreds of […]

Cascade of allegations sending #MeToo off rails?

Cascade of allegations sending #MeToo off rails?

(MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE) — The criticism came swiftly last week after the Atlantic magazine published a writer’s account stating that Sen. Al Franken “groped” her in 2009 by putting his hand on her waist during a photo op, “grabbing a handful of flesh” and squeezing at least twice. “I’m sorry, is that sexual assault now? To squeeze someone’s waist?” one […]

Boxer’s ear nearly gruesomely ripped off — and then it cost him

Boxer’s ear nearly gruesomely ripped off — and then it cost him

Stephen Smith thanked fans for their support after he almost had his ear gruesomely ripped off in a bloody loss to Francisco Vargas in Las Vegas on Saturday night. The British boxer was attempting to get himself back into the world title shot picture in Sin City. But after suffering the sickening cut to his left ear from an accidental […]