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Action Potential

The action potential is a measurement of the transmembrane voltage across a neuron or muscle cell. It is used to judge the size of the action or muscle movement (or strength of the thought) before it actually transpires, so that an action may be taken by the computer system that is in perfect sync with the action itself. Also called biopotential.

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Large Image Display: Animatrix: Final Flight of the Osiris: Gap between Live Action and CG, Vanishing
A vivid reminder, in the comparison between the CG in Final Flight of the Osiris, and CG shots in the film Matrix Reloaded, of just how close we are coming to achieving the capability for all live action films to be entirely CG based, instead.

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Potential Power Source for Implants and Health Concern
Ongoing research into potential piezoelectric power sources for smart prosthetics turned up a powerful - and deadly - candidate in a polymer that is already used for many cosmetic implants. silicon polymer is a fantastic source of energy when squeezed. However, it also damages the organic cells around it each time this occurs.

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The legalities of Snooping
This short article covers a sensible use of the snoop tool, to allow for virtual immunity to legal action taken as a result of player-content.

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Action computer games can sharpen eyesight
Empirical research from the University of Rochester in the US has found that playing in fast passed, lightning reaction virtual environments can be very good for your eyes.

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User-created content ownership
This short article covers a sensible use of the snoop tool, to allow for virtual immunity to legal action taken as a result of player-content.

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Nation of Fools
A hypothetical situation of a 'nation' of people hooked into VR, and have been that way their whole lives. Every action they do, is done from the virtual, and for them, this article argues, nothing IS virtual.

Total Recall is the film that launched Arnold Schwarzenegger?s career as an action star. It is also one of his best films ever, with a detailed plotline and a lavish attention to detail on AR and VR concepts ? all of which are physically possible, and being actively pursued today.

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Why Plan?
Most NPC behaviour takes place as a set of preprogrammed directives - the expert system approach. What if, instead of doing it this highly efficient, if a bit limited way, and took a new approach - giving the characters a highly flexible "plan of action" that could change at any moment...

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The Luke Arm at All Things Digital 2008
Luke Arm is named after Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, and more specifically, after the prosthetic hand the character is fitted with, that so perfectly mimics biological functionality. Within this article are three videos, showcasting the prosthetic in action, and a talk by its creator, Dean Kamen.


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Thought processes made visible: An international team of scientists headed by Mazahir Hasan of the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg has succeeded in optically detecting individual action potentials in the brains of li...

Some suburban Philadelphia parents are seeking to halt a potential class-action lawsuit accusing their school district of using cameras in school-issued laptops to spy on students at home.

Three sets of parents of students at...

Video games that involve high levels of action, such as first-person-shooter games, increase a player's real-world vision, according to research in today's Nature Neuroscience.

The ability to discern slight differences in s...

Researchers at Cornell replicated the capillary action of plants on a micro scale, and virtually reproduced the basic vessel grid of a tre, including the unique method of liquid transportation these natural structures use.


A class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the 230,000 players of online game Lineage who have had their identities stolen.

The stolen IDs were used to open new accounts in Lineage which were used by gold farmers to g...