The notion of 'presence,' of forgetting your actual surroundings and fully buying into this first-person narrative, is at the centre of what makes VR such a powerful tool when it comes to raising awareness of serious issues. Far from being an isolationist medium, there are many who believe VR will help us connect with stories and with other people in a more profound way than has previously been possible.
Einstein and his famous theory of gravity - general relativity - are once again in the news. The LIGO-Virgo collaboration announced yesterday 11th February that they had directly detected gravitational waves for the first time. This brought worldwide excitement to the field of science.
He knew that behaviour was an important player in the evolutionary game. He was also aware that not all behaviours were inherited and some appeared to be acquired (learnt from each other) and he noted that some behaviour may be beneficial to the group rather than the individual.
At a book festival a few months ago, I claimed that the evidence suggests that we underestimate how important a woman's intelligence is to men who are seeking a life-partner, whereas we overestimate how important a woman's breast size is. Over the coming days the UK press translated this into 'Cambridge Professor Says Brains More Important Than Boobs"...
Our reluctance to talk about death is often taken as evidence that we are afraid, and therefore suppress thoughts about it. However, there is little direct evidence to support that we are. So what is a "normal" amount of death anxiety? And how does it manifest itself?
It's been a really interesting experience watching the process at close quarters right from the beginning when it was just an idea right through to it being Jamie's full time job with trips all over the world to test and construct hugely technical equipment in China.
It is time to stop playing party politics with a decision of this magnitude, that will have such far reaching repercussions for the UK's future security, international standing and identity. It is time to bring in the scientists. Look at the facts.
Following in the footsteps of eminent scientific figures like Isaac Newton and Ernest Rutherford is no easy feat, yet two months into his five-year presidency at the Royal Society, Sir Venki Ramakrishnan is taking it all in his stride.
This is a fascinating exhibition. And it's interesting that even when you set aside the hyperbole and examine the man's work, you still find yourself a little in awe of this man who blended his radical thinking with a prodigious talent. He really was a one-off.
Across many universities beside York, from St. Andrews to Chester, university Christian Unions are known for their regular acts of goodwill and their members' enthusiasm. 'Grilling a Christian' is not the first time that the University of York's Christian Union has hosted an atypical event on campus and it won't be the last.
Cancer is a genomic disease. It's caused by changes in our DNA, our genome, which make cells grow and divide uncontrollably. We are sequencing the genomes of cancer patients both from tumour and healthy cells. By comparing the two we will be able to understand more about what is causing their cancer and which treatments might work best.
Sport is a good symbol in the fight against ISIS, but science is far better. The free world must unite around a common project that not only holds scientific and liberal values at its core but also, crucially, projects them out across the world - Mars is that project.
Whatever the shape or size, the search and rescue robots of the future will accompany and assist humans in dangerous conditions, or may even be able to go it alone, leaving their human operators in the safety of the control room.
We have failed to listen to Sir Fleming and we now find ourselves in the situation of increasing antibiotic resistance. This resistance stems from appropriate and inappropriate use of antibiotics in food production, veterinary medicine and human health, as well as poor infection control.
Lithium, a very soft silver white metal belonging to the alkali group of metals which carries the atomic number 3 is about to become one of the most sought after substances on earth, if it hasn't already!
He's a British Astronaut making history. If he can't occupy the Twitterati on more than one occasion, no one can. What makes Peake special however, is not his ability to take centre stage on social media. It's his ability to shape an entity much more precious and long lasting - the future generation.