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Flip of a single molecular switch makes an old brain young | KurzweilAI

Flip of a single molecular switch makes an old brain young | KurzweilAI | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
A cultured neuron with projecting dendrites studded with sites of communication between neurons, known as dendritic spines (Yale University) The flip of a

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Could Virtual Reality Make Us Better People?

Could Virtual Reality Make Us Better People? | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Scientists are using new immersive technology to have people virtually walk a mile in others shoes. Can we create empathy with just a silly headset?
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Overweight video game avatars 'play' worse than thin ones, study says

Overweight video game avatars 'play' worse than thin ones, study says | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Women assigned an overweight avatar in a video tennis game didn't play as hard as those assigned a slim one—regardless of the player's actual size, according to a new study by the University of California, Davis.
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Higher ed jobs changing with technology, students - The Boston Globe

Higher ed jobs changing with technology, students - The Boston Globe | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Demand for professionals to work in online learning, fund-raising, and services for an increasingly diverse pool of students is booming.
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For $25 you can buy your very own 'Invisible Boyfriend' — but what happens when you fall in love with him?

For $25 you can buy your very own 'Invisible Boyfriend' — but what happens when you fall in love with him? | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Swipe your credit card and the imaginary man of your dreams starts texting you, providing 'believable social proof' that you're in a relationship
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Making Virtual Reality a Reality at Sundance

Making Virtual Reality a Reality at Sundance | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
When Shari Frilot first kicked off New Frontier, an exhibit that pushes the boundaries of traditional storytelling through art and technology, at the Sun
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The ‘Oscars of Innovation in Higher Education’

The ‘Oscars of Innovation in Higher Education’ | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Outside-the-box approaches in today’s higher education landscape were celebrated at the recent inaugural Reimagine Education Conference.
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Help The Blind Through Video Chat With This New App

Help The Blind Through Video Chat With This New App | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Talk about using technology for a good cause....
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Virtual Reality: changing games or game changer? - Mumbrella Asia

Virtual Reality: changing games or game changer? - Mumbrella Asia | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
This means we can draw into the VR experience the other important elements of our lives – the people, the utilities, the shopping, the health diagnostics, the work. The lot. As always, technology begets technology.
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Digital avatars help children with autism – w/video - Autism Daily Newscast

Digital avatars help children with autism – w/video - Autism Daily Newscast | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Ashburn, VA- Michael Mendoza, a nine year old with autism, has his own digital avatar to help him learn. His avatar helps him do things most autistic children can’t do. He is recording social stories in video form to remind him how to act in certain situations.  Children with autism tend to interact easily with …
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A New Role for Avatars: Learning Languages

A New Role for Avatars: Learning Languages | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Most experts agree that the best way to learn a language is by immersing yourself in it. Now, with  more sophisticated technology, another theory around lang
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Virtual reality technology lets you experience B.C.

Virtual reality technology lets you experience B.C. | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Tourism officials are using virtual reality technology to sell B.C. to the world.
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Online Learning Holds Promise, Challenges for Low-Income Students - US News

Online Learning Holds Promise, Challenges for Low-Income Students - US News | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
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financially disadvantaged students have less access to certain technologies that
online courses require, experts say.
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Gadsden State students get a virtual view inside the body with anatomy software

Gadsden State students get a virtual view inside the body with anatomy software | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Using an Xbox controller, students can manipulate 3D images of body scans.
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Competition can generate innovation and change - University World News

Competition can generate innovation and change - University World News | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
As higher education increasingly becomes viewed as a private good in addition to a public one, pressure is increasing to report outcomes and demonstrate return-on-investment as both consumers and governments appropriately focus on the interplay of higher tuition and fees, debt levels and job market outcomes.
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HoloLens: The Future or Just a Sideshow? - GeekDad

HoloLens: The Future or Just a Sideshow? - GeekDad | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
GeekDads James Floyd Kelly and Erik Wecks debate the merits and the pitfalls of Microsoft's jaw-dropping HoloLens. Continue reading →
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Three of the first ever 360-degree news documentaries have been launched today. But why?

Three of the first ever 360-degree news documentaries have been launched today. But why? | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Three companies today launched virtual reality-enabled news documentaries, hoping that the 360-degree films can lure back people turned off by conventional news.
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Disabled Boy Plays Piano with His Eyes using Virtual Reality Headset

Disabled Boy Plays Piano with His Eyes using Virtual Reality Headset | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
The Japanese VR headset manufacturer Fove has created Eye Play the Piano, a type of VR application that allows children with physical disabilities to play the piano.
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ATEC Building Offers Bigger Frontier for Jonsson School Researchers- Arts and Technology at UT Dallas

ATEC Building Offers Bigger Frontier for Jonsson School Researchers- Arts and Technology at UT Dallas | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
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Understanding Calico: Larry Page, Google Ventures, and the quest for immortality

Yesterday, Google CEO Larry Page announced what is perhaps his company’s most audacious project: a life science startup called Calico that will pursue solutions for aging and its associated...
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3D Printed Electronic Devices Are Coming

3D Printed Electronic Devices Are Coming | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
The handheld computers we carry in our pockets represent almost unimaginable complexity. Batteries, sensors, chips, circuits, and touch displays
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Disabled boy learns to play piano with his eyes using virtual-reality headset

Disabled boy learns to play piano with his eyes using virtual-reality headset | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
VR headset maker Fove is raising money to distribute its Eye Play the Piano device to Japanese schools for children with disabilities
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People Can Predict Your Personality From Your Online Avatar

People Can Predict Your Personality From Your Online Avatar | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
From Facebook and Twitter profile photos to online dating pictures and gaming avatars, we face a growing number of decisions about how to represent ourselves on the Internet. And according to new research, suggests that the way we style ourselves onl...
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The ‘Instant’ Internet of 2035: Virtual Worlds, Self-Driving Cars and Online Doctor’s Visits

The ‘Instant’ Internet of 2035: Virtual Worlds, Self-Driving Cars and Online Doctor’s Visits | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
WHAT THE FUTURE MAY HOLD
Virtual worlds. Fettweis sees future students learning by doing, using virtual reality technology to interact in class. “Rather than struggling to pay attention in the back of a lecture hall,” Fettweis tells Quartz, students will be wandering the streets of ancient Rome and touching what’s in front of them (or so it will seem).

Virtual training rooms. We could learn new skills, like flying or surfing, from life-like simulations in our own living rooms, without setting foot on a beach or runway.

Immersive conversations. The next generation of video chatting could make two people feel as though they actually were in the same room as each other—you could potentially shake hands with someone on the other side of the world.
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CES 2015: New technology transforms our virtual reality

CES 2015: New technology transforms our virtual reality | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
It’s a good time to look at how our lives are being changed by the technology that surrounds us.
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