22Nov/22

How to test if we’re living in a computer simulation

Melvin M. Vopson, University of Portsmouth

Physicists have long struggled to explain why the universe started out with conditions suitable for life to evolve. Why do the physical laws and constants take the very specific values that allow stars, planets and ultimately life to develop? The expansive force of the universe, dark energy, for example, is much weaker than theory suggests it should be – allowing matter to clump together rather than being ripped apart.

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22Nov/22

World Cup 2022: Fifa’s clampdown on rainbow armbands conflicts with its own guidance on human rights

Sophie King-Hill, University of Birmingham

The 2022 men’s World Cup host nation Qatar is known for its human rights abuses relating to women, migrant workers and those from the LGBTQ+ community. Same sex relationships in Qatar are illegal and punishable by up to seven years in prison. As Qatar is hosting one of the most popular global sporting events, these human rights abuses are now under scrutiny on the world stage.

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21Nov/22

Neurotechnology Announces the Release of SentiVeillance Cluster, Ready-to-Use Software for Surveillance Systems with Clustered Architecture Implementation for Smart-city-scale Projects

Neurotechnology, a provider of deep learning-based solutions and high-precision biometric identification technologies, today announced the release of SentiVeillance Cluster for real-time biometric face identification, tracking of people and vehicles and automatic vehicle license plate recognition. The solution has been designed for expansive surveillance systems supporting continuous video streams from multiple servers. It provides operators with structured and sorted live data, enabling faster decision-making in a variety of scenarios, including law enforcement, security and smart city monitoring applications. Continue reading

21Nov/22

Mozzies are everywhere right now – including giant ones and those that make us sick. Here’s what you need to know

Cameron Webb, University of Sydney

Like all insects, mosquitoes thrive in warmer weather. But what they really need is water. La Niña rainfall and flooding are providing the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes, with numbers exploding in recent weeks.

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20Nov/22

GRAMMY-NOMINATED INTERNATIONAL POP SENSATION KIM PETRAS JOINS THE ASCAP FAMILY

International pop sensation and critically-acclaimed songwriter Kim Petras has signed with ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Her recent collaboration “Unholy,” with Sam Smith was nominated on Tuesday for a Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. The song rocketed to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Global 200 charts, #1 worldwide on Spotify and Apple Music, #1 on the UK Official Singles Chart and has racked up more than 300 million global streams. Her latest release “If Jesus Was a Rockstar,” is available now. Continue reading

20Nov/22

An entire Pacific country will upload itself to the metaverse. It’s a desperate plan – with a hidden message

Nick Kelly, Queensland University of Technology and Marcus Foth, Queensland University of Technology

The Pacific nation of Tuvalu is planning to create a version of itself in the metaverse, as a response to the existential threat of rising sea levels. Tuvalu’s minister for justice, communication and foreign affairs, Simon Kofe, made the announcement via a chilling digital address to leaders at COP27.

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19Nov/22

Walker Labs Unveils Walker World, an Open-World, Third-Person Shooter and Adventure Game Designed for the Metaverse


Walker Labs, a Web 3.0 game studio creating groundbreaking titles for the metaverse, today unveiled the Walker Worldgameplay teaser trailer, a AAA-quality, multiplayer shooter game and open adventure world created by a team of veterans from AAA game studios, including EA, Ubisoft, Rovio and DICE. Walker World is an immersive, open-world, third-person shooter and adventure game where players team up to explore a wide variety of landscapes, fend off ravenous zombies and hunt for rewards. An epic tale of adventure and science fiction, the market-defining, first-of-its-kind game utilizes Unreal Engine 5 to create stunning, dynamic environments and multiplayer game modes, all designed for the metaverse. Continue reading