If you have ever dreamed of being a bionic person, Oculus VR has brought you one step closer. The tech company has created a virtual reality headset that will be available to consumers in 2016. The Oculus Rift headset was first introduced to the public as a Kickstarter project in August 2012. The project raised more than $2.4 million, proving that people have a deep desire to be half robot. Oculus VR hasn’t announced a specific release date or price point for the headset, but, according to Mashable, Oculus VR has promised "compelling content, a full ecosystem, and a fully-integrated hardware/software tech stack designed specifically for virtual reality.” All of that sounds good, but I think we would all just be happy with virtual reality Mario Kart. ... Discuss
If you’ve ever wanted to see the pope spinning a basketball on his finger, you’re in luck. During Pope Francis’ general audience in St. Peter’s Square today, he met with the Harlem Globetrotters, who presented him with a personalized Globetrotters jersey (No. 90, the number of years the team has been around), taught him a few basketball tricks and even jokingly invited him to come play in their next game. One can only hope that a video of the pope slam dunking will emerge in the near future ...
Saddleback Church pastor and author Rick Warren issued the opening statement at the Senate’s hearing on Global Health Problems this week. Warren not only provided biblical support for continuing to provide assistance for people in need around the world, he also explained why he believed it could lead to greater peace in the future:
It’s far more cost effective, far cheaper, for Americans to send medicine to make friends now, than to send troops to fight enemies later. Medicines cost less than tanks.
Warren also encouraged continued partnerships between the faith community and the public and private sectors to fight poverty and provide international medical assistance: “The Church invented the hospital. And if we’re going to absolutely eradicate these diseases, we’ve got to do a combination of the public sector, the private sector and the faith sector: The three legs of the stool” ... Discuss
A designer and illustrator named Seb Lester has created this video, showing off his ability to reproduce famous corporate and brand logos without the assistance of a computer or design software. It’s pretty impressive stuff, but can he draw the (so-called) “Stussy S”? ... Discuss
The Indiana Jones franchise is still alive. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy revealed that the studio still had plans for the adventure-seeking archeologist. Talks of a new Indiana Jones epic are still early in the process, and not much has been decided about the plot—or who will star, though early rumors suggested that Chris Pratt and Bradley Cooper are favorites. Kennedy told the magazine, “When it will happen, I’m not quite sure. We haven’t started working on a script yet, but we are talking about it” ... Discuss
A court in Afghanistan has sentenced four men to death for taking part in the mob beating of a woman accused of burning a Koran. The court found 18 others not guilty and sentenced eight to 16 years in prison. The region’s justice system is currently deciding the fate of 19 police officers, who were nearby but did nothing to prevent the brutal killing.
The incident unfolded in March, when the 28-year-old woman got into a dispute with a merchant, who then accused her of burning the Islamic text. However, there’s no evidence that she did. Moments later, a mob descended on the woman, beating her to death while others filmed with their cell phones. Her parents say she suffered from mental illness. Following the beating, her body was desecrated, being run over by a vehicle, thrown off a bridge and lit on fire. The case underscored the violence against women that is commonplace in the country. The woman’s family told the BBC that they think all of the primary defendants should have been given the same death sentence ... Discuss