Youtube introduces 360-Degree video for Virtual Reality

If you thought virtual reality was still years away from becoming mainstream---you're probably right; but at least we can experience shades of this exciting technology now thanks to Youtube.

It wasn't too long ago when the popular streaming site decided to let loose the reigns on 4K content, a crafty move considering how rare content is for 4K TVs. However, with 360 video formats now enabled on a majority of its mobile and web platforms, a whole new world of possibilities are now available...literally.

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Spot The Snake Oil: Telling Good Cancer Research From Bad

By Nial Wheate, University of Sydney

Cancer is big news; we often hear of some kind of cure for some version of the illness. But whether it’s a “natural cure” or a promising molecule on its way to becoming a new medicine, there are ways non-scientists can assess if the research underlying the big claims stacks up.

Here are some tips to help you evaluate whether a cure claim is justifiable (spoiler: the evidence is rarely robust enough).

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When Science and Philosophy collide in a ‘fine-tuned’ Universe

By Jonathan Borwein (Jon), University of Newcastle and David H. Bailey, University of California, Davis

When renowned scientists now talk seriously about millions of multiverses, the old question “are we alone?” gets a whole new meaning.

Our ever-expanding universe is incomprehensibly large – and its rate of growth is apparently accelerating – but if so it’s actually in a very delicate balance.

It’s then incredible that the universe exists at all. Let us explain.

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