According to New Scientist, playing computer games can warp our perception of what's real and what's virtual -- possibly saving your life in the process.
IT WAS mid-January and the roads in New York were slick with ice. I was driving aimlessly in search of a parking space when, while turning an especially tight bend, I went into a sickening sideways skid and headed straight for a row of snow-covered cars. I wasn't expecting what happened next. Without thinking about what I was doing, I twisted the wheel in a way that I had never done before. It worked: I came out of the skid and drove away unscathed.
It was only after I had parked, legs shaking and heart pounding, that I recognised the reflexes that had kicked in during my moment of panic. This wasn't the first time I had made that emergency steering movement, after all. I had done so countless times before, but on those occasions the wheel in my hands had been a white plastic controller. I had been saved by Mario Kart.
|"If we're 100 years into the automobile era, it seems pretty inconceivable that the car as we know it is going to be around for another 100 years."|
|"Low-cost solar and human-powered vehicle."|
|Automatic: Link Your Cars Data Port to Your Smartphone|
|'Road trains' get ready to roll|
|How to drive a Hummer in Iraq|
|Time Lapse of Planet Earth as Seen from the Space Station|
|“If you fell asleep in 1945 and woke up in 2018 you would not recognize the world around you.”|
|“A short cut through spacetime allowing for travel over cosmic scale distances in a short period.”|
|CaptchaTweet: Write Tweets in Captcha Form|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|Read Advice People Wish They Had at Your Age|
|“Reliably bottling up miniature stars, inside complex machines on Earth, demands otherworldly amounts of patience.”|
|The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit|
|“How Facebook Gave my Data Away Without Me Knowing.”|
|The Racist, Sexist Tendencies of AI|
|Watch the Titanic Sink|
|Walking Car Concept|