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It seems to be a rite of passage that as technology billionaires get older, they spend more time chasing dreams they might have fantasized about as kids. There’s Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos with their rockets, and now Mark Zuckerberg, aged 37, with his plans to build an alternate digital reality known as the metaverse. Last week, Zuckerberg announced that Facebook Inc. was changing its name to ...

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As the world adjusted to a new stuck-at-home reality, the pandemic could have been virtual reality’s chance to offer an escape. With the use of special headsets and accouterments like gloves, the technology lets people interact with a 360 degree view of a three-dimensional environment, seemingly a good fit for people stuck indoors.

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a virtual-reality video that trains people to give overdose victims naloxone, the lifesaving opioid-reversal medicine. And a study the researchers conducted shows the virtual training works as effectively as an in-person session. Especially during the pandemic, it's hard to hold in-person training sessions. Plus, drug use remains ...

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Twenty-five years ago — after the first inauguration of Bill Clinton but before the release of “Jurassic Park” — a team of students at the University of Illinois launched Mosaic, the first web browser for the general public, and the Internet as we know it was born.

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Because virtual-reality headsets and games are relatively new, there hasn't been much research into the effects of immersion in violent virtual worlds. But experts say that such gaming hyperrealism is unlikely to make much of a difference.

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Walt Disney Co. has agreed to pay $100 million to settle a long-running lawsuit brought by animators and visual effects workers who alleged se…

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There are several ways to appreciate "Rats" (9 p.m. Saturday, Discovery). Directed by Morgan Spurlock and inspired by the book "Rats" by Rober…

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