'Adr1ft' is an in-development virtual reality game that puts players in the shoes of an astronaut whose space station has just broken apart.
During the week, we consume words in snackable, tweetable bites. But on the weekends, we have the time to take a dive into the murkier, lengthier depths of the Internet and expand our attention spans beyond 140 characters. We can brew a cup of coffee and lie back with our iPads, laptops, smartphones and Kindles.
Since you're bound to miss a few things during the daily grind, we present to you, in our weekly installation of Mash Must Reads, a curated list of can't-miss stories from around the web to read and reflect on..
Misled Memories | Mash
Virtual reality has far greater potential than just movies and games. It can provide deep, emotional experiences that impact (or manipulate) the human psyche.Mashable's games reporter Chelsea Stark takes a look at the implications and potential of the disruptive technology of devices like Oculus Rift: "Powerful tech like virtual reality is like uranium: It can heat homes, but also destroy the world."
The phrases "Justin Bieber" and "normal childhood" hardly belong in the same dictionary, much less the same sentence. Vanessa Grigoriadis recalls an interview with Bieber from three years ago, during which his future loomed large: "Would he be a teen-pop casualty like Aaron Carter, or was he a value stock headed for superstardom?" Here, a look at his fame: a retrospective.
Heads — well, one head in particular — rolled this week when a Tinder cofounder was accused of sexual harassment and discrimination by a fellow cofounder. Nick Summers, who spent two weeks reporting on Tinder last year for a feature story, opens his notebook back up to shed some light on the startup's lies and executives' behavior that is often brushed under the rug as "bro culture." Lesson here: Startup stories are never, ever as neat as they seem.
Will Facebook Backlash Kill Scientists' Data Dream? | Mash
Facebook's 2012 emotion manipulation experiment on hundreds of thousands of unsuspecting users has stoked controversy for breaking ethical norms. The company has apologized (even though it's hardly the first too-close-for-comfort study the social network has performed on users), but Facebook isn't the only one watching you. It has become the holy grail for academics studying social sciences.
The Post reporter hired to cover D.C.'s rapidly rising homicide rate in 1989 — which, in a large part, increased due to neighborhood crack — was a crack addict. Ruben Castaneda's riveting story is an excerpt from his memoir, S Street Rising.
The Longevity Gap | Aeon
Costly new longevity drugs could help the wealthy live 120 years or more. But will everyone else die young?
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