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Researchers Create Virtual Reality 'Parties' To Treat Drug Addiction

Slashdot - Fri, 01/08/2014 - 7:11am
Jason Koebler (3528235) writes To help people overcome drug addiction, researchers at the University of Houston's Graduate School of Social Work are building hyper-realistic virtual worlds to recreate situations that trigger cravings for nicotine, alcohol, weed, and now, hard drugs like heroin. Traditional relapse therapy usually involves roleplaying: Therapists often pretend to be a friend or some other familiar person and offer the patient their drug of choice in order to teach them avoidance strategies. By strapping patients into a virtual reality headset and running them through a familiar scenario where they commonly use the drug, like a party, the treatment can be much more realistic and effective, researchers say (video).

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Researchers Create Virtual Reality 'Parties' To Treat Drug Addiction

Slashdot - Fri, 01/08/2014 - 7:11am
Jason Koebler (3528235) writes To help people overcome drug addiction, researchers at the University of Houston's Graduate School of Social Work are building hyper-realistic virtual worlds to recreate situations that trigger cravings for nicotine, alcohol, weed, and now, hard drugs like heroin. Traditional relapse therapy usually involves roleplaying: Therapists often pretend to be a friend or some other familiar person and offer the patient their drug of choice in order to teach them avoidance strategies. By strapping patients into a virtual reality headset and running them through a familiar scenario where they commonly use the drug, like a party, the treatment can be much more realistic and effective, researchers say (video).

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Researchers Create Virtual Reality 'Parties' To Treat Drug Addiction

Slashdot - Fri, 01/08/2014 - 7:11am
Jason Koebler (3528235) writes To help people overcome drug addiction, researchers at the University of Houston's Graduate School of Social Work are building hyper-realistic virtual worlds to recreate situations that trigger cravings for nicotine, alcohol, weed, and now, hard drugs like heroin. Traditional relapse therapy usually involves roleplaying: Therapists often pretend to be a friend or some other familiar person and offer the patient their drug of choice in order to teach them avoidance strategies. By strapping patients into a virtual reality headset and running them through a familiar scenario where they commonly use the drug, like a party, the treatment can be much more realistic and effective, researchers say (video).

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Researchers Create Virtual Reality 'Parties' To Treat Drug Addiction

Slashdot - Fri, 01/08/2014 - 7:11am
Jason Koebler (3528235) writes To help people overcome drug addiction, researchers at the University of Houston's Graduate School of Social Work are building hyper-realistic virtual worlds to recreate situations that trigger cravings for nicotine, alcohol, weed, and now, hard drugs like heroin. Traditional relapse therapy usually involves roleplaying: Therapists often pretend to be a friend or some other familiar person and offer the patient their drug of choice in order to teach them avoidance strategies. By strapping patients into a virtual reality headset and running them through a familiar scenario where they commonly use the drug, like a party, the treatment can be much more realistic and effective, researchers say (video).

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Researchers Create Virtual Reality 'Parties' To Treat Drug Addiction

Slashdot - Fri, 01/08/2014 - 7:11am
Jason Koebler (3528235) writes To help people overcome drug addiction, researchers at the University of Houston's Graduate School of Social Work are building hyper-realistic virtual worlds to recreate situations that trigger cravings for nicotine, alcohol, weed, and now, hard drugs like heroin. Traditional relapse therapy usually involves roleplaying: Therapists often pretend to be a friend or some other familiar person and offer the patient their drug of choice in order to teach them avoidance strategies. By strapping patients into a virtual reality headset and running them through a familiar scenario where they commonly use the drug, like a party, the treatment can be much more realistic and effective, researchers say (video).

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Mobile app of the day: Climendo

Thinq - Fri, 01/08/2014 - 7:00am

If you don’t always find the forecasting in your regular weather app is accurate, you should give Climendo a whirl.

Read more: http://www.itproportal.com/2014/08/01/mobile-app-of-the-day-climendo/

Elite Systems promises to order ZX Spectrum revival in two weeks

El Reg - Fri, 01/08/2014 - 6:58am
Also, Specy dev seeks help to name all-new game

Elite Systems, the company that last year launched a crowdfunding campaign to revive the ZX Spectrum as a Bluetooth keyboard, says it will place an order for the devices on August 14th.…

Wireless charging stretches the friendship by 45mm

El Reg - Fri, 01/08/2014 - 6:30am
Qi standard now works over longer distances

The Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) has boosted the range of its Qi wireless charging standard, which can now deliver electricity to devices 35 millimetres away from a charger.…

REGULAR FISTING is GOOD for your HEALTH, says respected surveyor

El Reg - Fri, 01/08/2014 - 6:05am
Wagwan, bruv, come bump the rock with me like Ali G, init

In the 21st Century it seems there are more ways to shake hands than there are Facebook gender categories (which number 56, if you're wondering). So what's an Englishman to do when faced with this breakdown of traditional decorum?…

5G about the whole network, not just speed, says Alca-Luminary

El Reg - Fri, 01/08/2014 - 5:29am
Devices and networks need to decide the best - not just fastest - link for each app

So in The Register's ongoing untangling of what 5G might mean, we spoke to Tod Sizer of Alcatel-Lucent.…

Retailers shot up by PoS scraping brute force cannon

El Reg - Fri, 01/08/2014 - 5:01am
Run end-to-end crypto or die trying, hacker warns

The US Computer Emergency Response Team has warned of a new point of sale malware that is targeting retailers.…

Linode open-sources its secret support sauce

El Reg - Fri, 01/08/2014 - 4:28am
IaaS operator happy for you to edit its tutorials

Infrastructure-as-a-service and cloud concern Linode has open-sourced the support documentation it offers to users.…

Nintendo Posts Yet Another Loss, Despite Mario Kart 8

Slashdot - Fri, 01/08/2014 - 4:02am
redletterdave (2493036) writes Nintendo posted its third loss in four quarters on Wednesday. Even though Mario Kart 8, its big first-party game released in May, shipped more than 2.82 million copies by the end of June, the Mario-themed racing game was not enough to help Nintendo's struggling Wii U console perform in this particular quarter. The company said it lost $97 million between March and June. Nintendo shipped 510,000 units of the Wii U in the June quarter, bringing the total to 6.68 million consoles sold — it's a big jump from the 160,000 units it sold in the same quarter a year ago and a small improvement over the 310,000 units it sold in the March quarter. Still, the Wii U is still lagging behind the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, and Nintendo must also contend with mobile games available on Apple and Google's app stores, which cost but a fraction of a Nintendo game.

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CIA super-spy so sorry spies spied on Senate's torture scrutiny PCs

El Reg - Fri, 01/08/2014 - 3:56am
That thing we swore blind we never did? About that…

CIA Director John Brennan has apologized after his staff snooped on computers used by the US Senate during a probe into spies' use of torture. Brennan was speaking at a closed meeting with senators on Thursday.…

What's that? A PHP SPECIFICATION? Surely you're joking, Facebook

El Reg - Fri, 01/08/2014 - 3:31am
Zuck's engineers unveil formal spec based on PHP 5.6

A group of Facebook developers has decided to break with 20 years of tradition and release a formal specification for the PHP programming language.…

Twitter: Hey. Remember us? Hello, yes. Govts want to spy on us too!

El Reg - Fri, 01/08/2014 - 2:29am
Report shows information requests going through the roof (unlike the website's profits)

Twitter has seen government requests for user information climb nearly 50 per cent over the last six months.…

Was America's Top Rocketeer a Communist Spy? The FBI Thought So

Slashdot - Fri, 01/08/2014 - 2:01am
New submitter IMissAlexChilton (3748631) writes Frank Malina masterfully led the World War II effort to build U.S. rockets for jet-assisted takeoff and guided missiles. As described in IEEE Spectrum, Malina's motley crew of engineers and enthusiasts (including occultist Jack Parsons) founded the Jet Propulsion Lab and made critical breakthroughs in solid fuels, hypergolics, and high-altitude sounding rockets, laying the groundwork for NASA's future successes. And yet, under suspicion by the Feds at the war's end, Malina gave up his research career, and his team's efforts sank into obscurity. Taking his place: the former Nazi Wernher von Braun. Read "Frank Malina: America's Forgotten Rocketeer". Includes cool vintage footage of early JPL rocket tests.

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Was America's Top Rocketeer a Communist Spy? The FBI Thought So

Slashdot - Fri, 01/08/2014 - 2:01am
New submitter IMissAlexChilton (3748631) writes Frank Malina masterfully led the World War II effort to build U.S. rockets for jet-assisted takeoff and guided missiles. As described in IEEE Spectrum, Malina's motley crew of engineers and enthusiasts (including occultist Jack Parsons) founded the Jet Propulsion Lab and made critical breakthroughs in solid fuels, hypergolics, and high-altitude sounding rockets, laying the groundwork for NASA's future successes. And yet, under suspicion by the Feds at the war's end, Malina gave up his research career, and his team's efforts sank into obscurity. Taking his place: the former Nazi Wernher von Braun. Read "Frank Malina: America's Forgotten Rocketeer". Includes cool vintage footage of early JPL rocket tests.

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Was America's Top Rocketeer a Communist Spy? The FBI Thought So

Slashdot - Fri, 01/08/2014 - 2:01am
New submitter IMissAlexChilton (3748631) writes Frank Malina masterfully led the World War II effort to build U.S. rockets for jet-assisted takeoff and guided missiles. As described in IEEE Spectrum, Malina's motley crew of engineers and enthusiasts (including occultist Jack Parsons) founded the Jet Propulsion Lab and made critical breakthroughs in solid fuels, hypergolics, and high-altitude sounding rockets, laying the groundwork for NASA's future successes. And yet, under suspicion by the Feds at the war's end, Malina gave up his research career, and his team's efforts sank into obscurity. Taking his place: the former Nazi Wernher von Braun. Read "Frank Malina: America's Forgotten Rocketeer". Includes cool vintage footage of early JPL rocket tests.

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Was America's Top Rocketeer a Communist Spy? The FBI Thought So

Slashdot - Fri, 01/08/2014 - 2:01am
New submitter IMissAlexChilton (3748631) writes Frank Malina masterfully led the World War II effort to build U.S. rockets for jet-assisted takeoff and guided missiles. As described in IEEE Spectrum, Malina's motley crew of engineers and enthusiasts (including occultist Jack Parsons) founded the Jet Propulsion Lab and made critical breakthroughs in solid fuels, hypergolics, and high-altitude sounding rockets, laying the groundwork for NASA's future successes. And yet, under suspicion by the Feds at the war's end, Malina gave up his research career, and his team's efforts sank into obscurity. Taking his place: the former Nazi Wernher von Braun. Read "Frank Malina: America's Forgotten Rocketeer". Includes cool vintage footage of early JPL rocket tests.

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