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Virtual reality was supposed to change the world. What we got instead was some fun headsets and a few bite sized games—something to entertain grandma at Thanksgiving, then put back on the shelf. But new research has discovered a before-unknown benefit of VR. Researchers at UCLA discovered that mice, hooked into tiny, specialized VR rigs, experience a boost in the theta rhythms in their brains. It would be a completely forgettable finding, except that theta rhythms are critical in our cognition. And the ability to boost them, inside VR, could (theoretically) help us juice our own ability to think and learn. The possibilities are both wild and barely understood. While I keep scratching my head about what’s next, read my interview with the project’s lead researcher here.

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How VR could make you smarter

A scientist just proved that virtual reality can induce powerful brain states for intelligence and health. Read more.

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You’re still dealing with burnout the wrong way. Here are 3 tactics that will actually help

Burnout expert Kelley Bonner notes that not many are talking about how to deal with the underlying issues that masquerade as burnout. Read more.

How this cat has helped me live rent-free for the past 10 weeks

A growing group of websites helps people travel cheaply by connecting them to people who need housesitters or petsitters. The only trick is getting your first gig. Read more.

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What will it take for brands to design products that aren’t disposable?

The new book “Meaningful Stuff: Design That Lasts” examines how product design can move from planned obsolescence to a new model of repair, reuse, and longevity. Read more.

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How Brandon ‘Sad Papi’ Skier became TikTok’s chillest cook

Brandon Skier worked in fine dining for over 10 years until the pandemic hit. Here’s how TikTok went from something to pass time to a full-time career. Read more.

Apple’s updated podcast app got you frustrated? Here are 6 alternatives

The Apple podcast app is awful. These alternatives will help you break free. Read more.

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With this simple browser trick, your to-do list will be inescapable

Here’s how to schedule time with your to-do list so it’s impossible to ignore. Read more.
This outrageously exuberant couture collection celebrates Black inventors erased from history

Pyer Moss’s Kerby Jean-Raymond was the first Black American invited to present at Haute Couture Week. His show pushed back against racism and elitism in high fashion. Read more. 

10 stylish summer dresses that’ll take you from work to play

These dresses are chic, functional, and perfect for transitioning back into the office. Read more. 

This company mines everyday plants for breakthrough discoveries
On today’s World Changing Ideas podcast, we explore the ‘dark matter’ inside the plants we think we know so well.
Plot twist: Hollywood movies aren’t dead​​​​​​
According to a new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers, global box office revenue is poised for a dramatic comeback, returning to pre-pandemic levels by 2023 and exceeding them in 2024.
Movie ticket sales took an unprecedented hit when COVID-19 first struck, fueling speculation that the sector could be permanently damaged as theaters shuttered. Last year, global cinema revenues fell to below $12 billion, compared to more than $40 billion the year before, PwC reports.
But they’re bouncing back this year and could hit close to $42 billion in 2024 as studios line up more and more franchise-friendly tentpoles, crossing their fingers and hoping that vaccines keep COVID-19 and its variants at bay.
The revenue projections were included as part of PwC’s “Global Entertainment & Media Outlook” report for 2021-2025, which was released on Monday.
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