“Trav­ellers along the road car­ried with them ideas and philoso­phies…”

How It Works - - WELCOME - Jackie Snow­den

Did you know you can climb to the sum­mit of Ever­est, tour the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion and even ex­plore the wreck­age of the Ti­tanic all from the com­fort of your own home? And that’s just the tip of the vir­tual re­al­ity ice­berg. Be­yond the fun and games, vir­tual, aug­mented and mixed re­al­ity tech­nolo­gies can im­prove many other as­pects of our lives. Sur­geons can prac­tise pro­ce­dures on vir­tual sim­u­la­tions of their pa­tients; en­gi­neers can test prod­ucts with­out build­ing ex­pen­sive pro­to­types; and ar­chi­tects can walk you through your new home be­fore it’s been built.

Also in­side, dis­cover why viruses defy our def­i­ni­tions of life, learn how drones can re-plant en­tire forests, and find out how a net­work of trade routes changed the world. En­joy the is­sue!

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