From Oculus Rift to Google Glass, modern technology isn’t quite living up to the high-gloss helmets and bubble cars we dreamed of.
Marty McFly’s unfortunate taste for Tory-boy padded gilets aside, the future used to look great, didn’t it? It was all high-gloss helmets and sex-powerful gloves; bubble cars and disco cockpits. But as the news of Facebook’s Oculus Rift helmet going on sale next year washes across our retinas like a black strapped digital wave, it’s time to ask – what the hell happened?
Chocolate may not technically be considered a natural resource, but for millions of people it’s a treasure, and one that is to be protected at all costs. Charlie D’Agata reports from a research center in London that may be responsible for ensuring the world’s chocolate fix. Every chunk of chocolate, cup of hot cocoa or decadent fudge brownie starts with the cocoa tree, the theobroma cacoa. Though they are native to the tropical regions of Central and South America, the lion's share of the world's cocoa comes from West Africa. The international drive for creating healthier, high-yielding cocoa trees means plants in transit have to stop at the quarantine center first to make sure they don't pass on any devastating diseases. Each year, a third of the global cocoa crop is wiped out to pests and diseases with nasty names like "frosty pod rod," "swollen-shoot virus" and "vascular streak dieback."
Why is it so uncommon for couples to sleep in separate beds? Imagine a world where everyone sleeps well, because no one sleeps together. It is a matter weighing the psychological benefit versus the physical benefit. In other words, you sleep better solo but you may yearn for the cuddle. One in four American couples sleep in separate beds while in Canada that number is even higher.
Though it is hard to believe, 10 years ago...
Recently, we did an experiment: We took an outdated issue of a respected popular science magazine, Scientific American, and researched exactly what happened to the highly-touted breakthroughs of the era that would supposedly change everything. What we discovered is just how terrible we are at predicting the long arc of scientific discovery.
"What an incredible thing to see," Kristie Scherrer said in the video with her fiancé Tavis Doucette next to her.
Companies can boost their bottom line by hiring a former politician, but business leaders don’t benefit their companies by getting into politics.
“We found that the value created for firms is much greater when individuals move from politics to the board or executive team rather than the other way around,” says Reza Houston, coauthor of the study and a doctoral student in the Trulaske College of Business.
If you’ve ever logged into your social media accounts and felt jealous of what your friends are posting and doing – you’re not the only one. In fact, there’s a name for it and it’s starting to take a financial toll on some people.
Choking, or failing in a pressure-filled situation, is common enough. But the underlying psychology is surprisingly mysterious for such a familiar phenomenon. So scientists at Johns Hopkins University and the California Institute of Technology decided to investigate what happens in the brain of a person who chokes. They recruited 26 men and women to practice playing a mentally taxing video game — which involved moving dots on a screen quickly — while lying down in an M.R.I. machine.
One stock analyst is trying a new approach to analyze China's seemingly unpredictable equity markets: watching state TV.