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Cards Against Humanity—the politically incorrect, fill-in-the-blanks comedy card game—is using its new science-themed expansion pack to fund a scholarship for women looking to enter STEM fields.

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Selling Virtual Reality to the Masses

At GDC 2015, a legendary game programmer makes the case for an emerging technology’s conventional future.

John Carmack receives a lifetime achievement award at GDC 2010. Photo by Official GDC via Flickr

In recent years, virtual reality has evolved from an overambitious 1990s pipe dream into a bona fide technological marvel. Leading the charge is Oculus Rift, a head-mounted virtual reality display in development by Oculus VR. The company initially raised $2.4 million through crowdfunding site Kickstarter, and, in 2014, was bought by Facebook for $400 million in cash and a further $1.6 billion in Facebook stock. To date, the company has only released a number of development kits, with a final consumer version of the product expected sometime this year.

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Teacher’s Little Reading Helper

Know any child iPad addicts who should be learning how to read instead of playing Candy Crush? Try Bam Boomerang

In trying to create a children’s reading app, engineer Keenan Wyrobek discovered he had a feedback problem. More specifically, he learned that teachers frequently didn’t have time to give individual attention to students as they practiced reading aloud. “As a teacher with 20, 30 kids, I only listen to each kid once a week—best-case scenario,” one educator informed Wyrobek. He decided that’s what would make his app, Bam Boomerang, different.

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Can Discounts Convince Londoners to Bike and Walk?

Re:route will provide users with biking and walking routes and reward them for completing those journeys without a car.


Punch a destination into re:route, a new app from eco-rewards company Recyclebank, and it will provide several options. You could walk to the subway, take it to your stop, pick up a bike from the bike share, and ride to your destination. You could get off the subway a stop early and walk. You could ride your own bike, or walk halfway and pick up a bike to get you the rest of the way there.

Whichever path you choose, you're not using your car. As a reward for making that decision you’ll receive a reward at the end of each journey—5 Recyclebank points, which can be combined and exchanged for discounts on a slew of products.

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