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‘Hamlet’ in Virtual Reality Casts the Viewer in the Play

Hamlet is in a bathtub with water up to his neck delivering “To be, or not to be.” Look to your right and you’ll see his mother, Gertrude, in her bedroom putting on makeup. Look in the distance, and you’ll see Laertes, practicing with his sword.And if you look to your left, you will see your own reflection in a gilded mirror. You will appear haggard, bloody, ferocious and, in fact, dead. Because in this virtual reality version of Shakespeare, you are the ghost of Hamlet’s murdered father.That version, “Hamlet 360: Thy Father’s Spirit,” is a joint production of two very different outfits: Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, which…

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Trilobites: 3-D Color X-Rays Could Help Spot Deadly Disease Without Surgery

AdvertisementTrilobitesA new medical scanner, derived from technology used by particle physics researchers at CERN, “is like the upgrade from black-and-white film to color,” one of its developers said.July 17, 2018ImageA three-dimensional scan of physicist Phil Butler's wrist, including watch, made using a new scanner developed by Dr. Butler and his son, Anthony Butler, a radiologist.CreditMars BioimagingResearchers in New Zealand have captured three-dimensional color X-rays of the human body, using an innovative tool that may eventually help diagnose cancers and blood diseases without invasive surgery.The new scanner has its origins in a tool that contributed to research into the universe’s fundamental particles and functions much like a camera.…

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After Volcano Eruption in Guatemala, Re-creating a Truck Covered in Ash

AdvertisementHow 727 photos taken in 29 minutes became an immersive 3D experience.By Niko KoppelJune 20, 2018Screen capture of Augmented Reality experience of truck buried by Volcano in GuatemalaPublished OnJune 20, 2018CreditImage by Niko Koppel/The New York Times Times Insider delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how news, features and opinion come together at The New York Times.On June 3, Volcán de Fuego in Guatemala erupted, sending burning lava, rocks and gas surging down the slopes toward the communities at the volcano’s base. The village of San Miguel Los Lotes was swallowed by the volcano’s pyroclastic flow — a current of gases, sand, ash, rocks and tree trunks. More than…

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