At the Sundance Film Festival, I unintentionally slayed a rat in a child's bedroom, summoning experimental pop star Poppy to foment a rodent uprising. I faced an ultimatum to either sacrifice myself or kill a boy held in a cage behind a hidden panel in the wall. Like a live child actor blinking at me from behind bars. Poppy, the boy and rats were a product of digital magic waved in front of my eyes courtesy of the Magic Leap augmented reality glasses. But that didn't mean the plight didn't feel real. My brain knew this was fake, but the mother in me screamed: "Nooooooo kill me oh my god noooooo!"After years of skepticism that Magic Leap might be building the world's best funded vaporware, its headsets were out in force in Park City, Utah. Three projects used Magic Leap as their central technology. Two were presented by Magic Leap itself, both polished to perfection. Its "digital human" Mica looked me in the eye with a self-assured gaze, and a Shakespearean actor's miniature … [Read more...] about With Magic Leap, your entertainment may get real weird real quick
0 Have your say In the mid-1980s, doctors running a weight loss programme at a clinic in San Diego happened upon a startling discovery. Struggling to understand why successful slimmers were quitting, lead physician Dr Vincent Felitti began interviewing the leavers and found many had experienced sexual abuse in childhood. His findings led to a conclusion that would have major implications for public health – overeating was being used unconsciously as a protection from trauma suffered early in life.Contrary to all the medical evidence, it seemed obesity did provide benefits for some; it helped people deal with physical, sexual or emotional experiences they had undergone as children.It was out of Felitti’s research that the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study was born. Between 1995 and 1997, 17,000 Californians were surveyed on their physical health alongside questions about their childhoods.The study found that as the number of ACEs increased, … [Read more...] about ACEs: Light bulb moment or magic bullet for social ills?
Very few items of clothing will keep you the perfect temperature all the time. You might pull on your comfortingly thick coat to keep you warm in the winter, but go into a house where the heat is cranked up and you’ll be shedding it in no time. The same is true for that cool summer T-shirt, which leaves you uncomfortably chilly the moment someone switches on the AC. Could a smart material give us the best of both worlds? A new fabric being developed by scientists at the University of Maryland certainly gives us hope. Described by its creators as the world’s first textile to automatically change its properties to either trap or release heat depending on conditions, it promises to keep us at the optimal temperature year-round. “Just like an automated window blind, our fabric can adaptively regulate thermal radiation in response to your personal comfort,” YuHuang Wang, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Maryland, told … [Read more...] about Magical new nanotube-infused fabric cools you in summer, warms you in winter
When Todd’s psychiatrist suggested he start taking psychedelics, he figured it was a joke. It wasn’t. The former corporate executive from Colorado retired in 2006 after an MRI revealed his spine was riddled with a dozen tumors called hemangiomas, which later spread to his brain. Todd was told he would die before the end of 2008. Somehow, Todd has survived—he credits medical marijuana, which he now uses daily—but he is still considered terminal. “It could be tomorrow. It could be five years from now,” he says in a call. However, the 54-year-old spent the past decade plagued by a host of mental health problems, including PTSD and treatment-resistant depression. He was suicidal and tormented by violent night terrors. Nothing, not even massive doses of Xanax or Valium, could temper his panic attacks or end-of-life anxiety. “My mental condition was deteriorating rapidly, and I was on [antidepressant] medication No. 14 and it wasn’t … [Read more...] about Inside the Push to Legalize Magic Mushrooms for Depression and PTSD
Timm Klose of Norwich scores the late equaliser against Ipswich in 2018 PHOTO: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd ©Focus Images Limited www.focus-images.co.uk +447814 482222 If you have children or grandchildren under the age of 16, turn off all devices, dim the lights, gather them round and tell them a story. Former Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy: The face of the Tractor Boys for years Picture: Steve Waller“Once upon a time, so long ago, a blue-and-white horde did join battle with their green-and-yellow foes at Portman Road.“And lo, Ipswich didst defeatest Norwich.”Your offspring will be spellbound, amazed and a little unsettled by this revelation about the overturning of the natural order.For a generation of Norwich City fans has grown up through the best part of 10 years of Canaries dropping corrosive guano on the Ipswich tractors.Pacheco! 5-1 to Norwich Picture: James BassIpswich wins in the East Anglian Derby are ancient history, even myth, to … [Read more...] about The Wiches: What is the dark magic of Norwich City v Ipswich Town?