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What I'm Reading - 3/29/2018

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LESS THAN A YEAR AFTER CHARLOTTESVILLE, THE ALT-RIGHT IS SELF-DESTRUCTING

Some have turned federal informant. Others are facing prison time. More are named in looming lawsuits. All of them are fighting. Last summer, the American alt-right was presenting itself as a threatening, unified front, gaining national attention with a deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The collection of far-right and white nationalist groups proclaimed victory after President Donald Trump hesitated to directly condemn them and instead blamed “both sides” and the “alt left” for the violence. But less than a year after Charlottesville, the alt-right is splintering in dramatic fashion as its leaders turn on each other or quit altogether.

INDEED.COM: U.S. GAME JOBS ARE GROWING IN AR, VR, AND ESPORTS

...the number of job postings for VR and AR have risen 93 percent since 2015, with 17 percent of that growth happening in the past year. Those jobs are dispersed across the U.S. but Indeed.com noted that five cities have the most VR and AR job listings. In order, they are New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Jose, and Atlanta.

HOW A CREATIVE THINK TANK IN AUSTIN IS DEVELOPING A NEW GENERATION OF INTERACTIVE STORYTELLERS

In the world of immersive entertainment, high-end activations like HBO’s sprawling, real-world re-creation of Westworld or Disney’s upcoming Star Wars expansion lands get most of the attention. But at this year’s South by Southwest, one of the most exciting and forward-thinking pieces of immersive work wasn’t there to promote a movie or TV show. It was an interactive story experience called OpenMind, which played out in hotel rooms, office buildings, and public locations across Austin, Texas, over a period of four days.

RARE GALAXY FOUND WITHOUT ANY DARK MATTER

...up until now, practically every other galaxy we’ve spotted in the Universe has had some kind of dark matter signature. In fact, dark matter is thought to be the most abundant material inside galaxies. But this new one, detailed today in Nature, has 400 times less dark matter than researchers expected to find, based on the galaxy’s size and volume. The galaxy is made up of just the mass of the star clusters inside it. There’s either a very tiny amount of dark matter — or none at all. That means this galaxy must have formed in such a unique way that it wound up without any dark matter in it. And it raises the possibility of even more galaxies out there lacking the material, too.

BONUS LINK: WANT TO FREAK YOURSELF OUT? I'M GONNA SHOW JUST HOW MUCH OF YOUR INFORMATION THE LIKES OF FACEBOOK AND GOOGLE STORE ABOUT YOU WITHOUT YOU EVEN REALISING IT

 

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