A new wave of psychological research has allowed virtual reality to demonstrate its power as a tool for psychology and mental health. Where will this take us to in the future?

Broadway Stage (©Ververidis Vasilis/Shutterstock)

In the winter of 2020, I did something really remarkable. I performed “Once Upon a December” with the cast on Broadway’s “Anastasia,” only to walk onto the famous The Voice UK audition stage three minutes later. I bet that’s not something anyone has done. Technically speaking, I haven’t either. If the experiences were for real I’d panic for not having practiced hours meticulously beforehand. I’d freeze on stage like…

Clean enough for a meeting with clients but casual enough for a get-together with friends.

Written by: Jolie Li, Parmin Sedigh, Klara Zietlow, Sora Shirai

170,000 years ago, clothing was invented. Now 170,000 years later, not much has changed…

Have you ever struggled to fit all your clothes for traveling? If so, you’re not alone. The average American buys 68 garments every year. No wonder we never have enough space to fit it all.

On top of increasing your packing stress, the way we handle clothes today also has great environmental implications. To meet our demand for more clothing, the amount of new garments produced today is nearly triple that of the 1960s.

This means more valuable resources are consumed and more CO2 is emitted into the atmosphere, just…

A deep dive into the nitty-gritty science behind how Twillica’s products work.

Written by: Jolie Li, Parmin Sedigh
Edited by: Klara Zietlow, Sora Shirai

Whoever said making revolutionary clothing would be easy? From the physics of carbon nanotubes to the crazy things shape memory polymers can do, Twillica is transforming your clothing. Based on science.

Pssst…. if you haven’t check out our article going over the basics of who we are and what we do, click here. If you’ve already read that article, the next section may seem familiar. Click here to skip to the physics section of this article and dive in deep 🌊

3 Layer Properties: Temperature, Breathability, and Waterproofing

The product uses both carbon nanotubes and…

A group of Japanese officials, guards, and scientists who are standing beside the first Shinkansen train series in celebration of its opening.
A group of Japanese officials, guards, and scientists who are standing beside the first Shinkansen train series in celebration of its opening.
Tokaido Shinkansen launched at Tokyo Station, 1964. Source

In the late ’90s, Japanese engineers modeled the Shinkansen bullet train after Kingfisher birds to solve one of their biggest problems… tunnel sonic booms.

Tokaido Shinkansen is one of the world’s busiest high-speed rail lines. Having moved almost 5 billion passengers from its opening in 1964 for the 2010 Tokyo Olympiad, it was fast, well-known, and ready to expand. Unfortunately, at the time when it was first designed, it was also well-known for disturbing thousands of nearby residents as it emerges from tunnels.

Boom, Boom, Boom!

In a reality governed by nature, solutions cover the world…

A Mantis Shrimp. Source

About 3.7–4.4 billion years ago, microbes left clues of their presence on Earth. It’s one of the earliest signs of life on this planet. Through billions of years of revolutionary coincidences and evolution, nature selected those with the fittest biological designs to survive and continue to reproduce. These designs are what allowed Peregrine Falcons to swift dive 200 miles per hour, Mantis Shrimps to pack a punch with the force of a a.22 caliber bullet, and Dung Beetles to be as strong as a human lifting 80 tonnes. …

Want to experience 4 cultural landscapes in 5 minutes? I got you covered…

The cultural landscape of a part of Bejing, China.

The cultural unit for my human geography class in both middle and high school was amusing. It puts me in the perspective to see what people value, know, believe, and celebrate around the world. Learning about other cultures draws me out of my own little bubble to understand the diverse community of individuals around me.

However, learning about culture from an outside perspective without being indulged in any of it really sucked. I wanted to see models of cultural creations up close, walk around landscapes, and really…

Technology

How a VR game was replicated to train senseless drivers from Crossy Road.

The Crossy Road game where players have to tap and swipe the screen to move the character, avoid moving vehicles, and cross rivers.

On November 20, 2014, Mat Hall and his co-developers launched an amazingly successful arcade video game app called Crossy Road. This app earned $10 million in its first 90 days and I jumped on the bandwagon in playing it after I saw my dad kill his first virtual chicken in the game. All my cousins were playing it at that point, and everyone was making “Why did the chicken cross the road?” jokes.

I got some good laughs from the game, but the entire time I was just thinking: “These cars suck at avoiding obstacles.” I mean, they just keep…

A familiar diagram we’ve all seen somewhere.

We probably all saw a diagram similar to this one at some point in school, and it was cool to glance through it, however, that minuscule engagement dissipates in less than a jiffy. I guess it might help to remember information when the teacher repeats for the third time that the heart pumps blood through the blood vessels, but I’d most likely be focused on cleaning my eraser or trading pens with my classmates. …

Trees, plankton, soil, and other natural features and processes aren’t enough to fix the fact our atmosphere is overheating into a global problem, but nanotechnology can…

The cube contains the amount of CO2 the average car produces a year

You casually walking into a giant cube. Every side of that cube is about two adult Killer Whales long, 42ft. A 42ft long cube has a volume of 74,088 ft cubed, and the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) the average car produces in a year (4 tons) fits perfectly in that box. Holy cow, all that is from a single car. …

Cutting-edge virtual reality (VR) tech is being utilized to transform the way students learn English…

Let’s be honest, in-person and distance education right now isn’t optimized for students to be engaged and learn content the most effectively. Five rows of desks aren’t going to encourage me to do a whole lot more than to doze off in class, and a computer screen I stare at for 8 hours isn’t helping much either. It’s pretty funny if someone thinks I would still remember half the concepts I’ve memorized to pass tests in classes.

I mean, I’m not ready to take a…

Jolie Li

I’m a 15-year-old innovator who writes about my journey in building and learning about rising technology like virtual reality.

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