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Are social networking Internet sites a factor in psychotic symptoms?

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TechAndComputer (Nov. 20, 2012) — As Internet access becomes increasingly widespread, so do related psychopathologies such as Internet addiction and delusions related to the technology and to virtual relationships. Computer communications such as Facebook and chat groups are an important part of this story, says Dr. Uri Nitzan of Tel Aviv University's Sackler Faculty of Medicine and the Shalvata Mental Health Care Center in a new paper published in the Israel Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences.

In his study, the researcher presented three in-depth case studies linking psychotic episodes to Internet communications from his own practice. According to Dr. Nitzan, patients shared some crucial characteristics, including...

Largest resolution immersive visualization facility

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Image of Dubai, United Arab Emirates viewed in the Reality Deck. (Credit: Image courtesy of Stony Brook University)

TechAndComputer (Nov. 15, 2012) — Stony Brook University unveiled its latest engineering feat, a 1.5 billion pixel Reality Deck, at a demonstration held at the University's Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology (CEWIT) on November 15. The Reality Deck, a 416 screen super-high resolution virtual reality four-walled surround-view...

Georgia Tech Releases Cyber Threats Forecast for 2013

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TechAndComputer (Nov. 14, 2012) — The year ahead will feature new and increasingly sophisticated means to capture and exploit user data, escalating battles over the control of online information and continuous threats to the U.S. supply chain from global sources. Those were the findings made by the Georgia Tech Information Security Center (GTISC) and the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) in today's release of the Georgia Tech Emerging Cyber Threats Report for 2013. The report was...

Looking for information? Turn the pages with just your eyes

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Users can control the display of these data glasses with their eye movements. (Credit: © Fraunhofer COMEDD)

TechAndComputer (Nov. 12, 2012) — Putting on a pair of novel data glasses with an OLED microdisplay allows you to see not only the real world, but also a wealth of virtual information. Imagine looking through a repair manual; the trick here is that you turn the pages using just your eyes.

Up to now, mechanics carrying out complex repairs relied...

Virtual reality could help people lose weight, fight prejudice

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TechAndComputer (Nov. 6, 2012) — Internet-based interactive games and social media outlets have become intertwined with the physical realities of millions of people around the world. When an individual strongly identifies with the cyber representation of themselves, known as an avatar, the electronic doppelganger can influence that person's health and appearance, according to a University of Missouri researcher's study. Harnessing the power of the virtual world could lead to new forms of...