Signals from the Future
😘 VR that can simulate kissing
Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University have modified an off-the-shelf virtual-reality headset to recreate the sensation of touch in and around the user’s mouth. (Keep things consensual, please.)
👩💻 Gen Z continues to change how we work
Besides being more willing to fissure the workplace by sharing salary information with their coworkers, Gen Zers want to work for companies whose values align with theirs — i.e., taking a stand on pressing social and environmental issues.
🦠 Climate change is creating disease hotspots
Climate-driven changes in animal mobility are causing ideal conditions for viral spillover, whereby a virus jumps from one species to another. Without future-forward actions, it could have devastating implications on humans.
💍 Better pay = lower divorce rates
Economic instability is a threat to human happiness. So it’s not a big surprise that UCLA psychologists and RAND economists have identified an effective way to reduce the number of divorces among lower-income Americans: raise the minimum wage.
🚨 Interplanetary distress signal
Shocking books haven’t done the job. So, starting this October, Cornwall’s Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station will beam a radio signal, designed to broadcast Earth’s climate crisis, to any aliens listening in the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system. • • • — — — • • •!
🎸 Your EV’s range is affected by the music you play
According to a new Kia study, drivers who listened to Beethoven’s “Symphony No.9” got more juice out of their EV than those rolling with pop, hip-hop, or “Blinding Lights” by The Weekend. (What do autonomous cars listen to?)
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