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Common Virtual Reality Induced Diseases

Posted on February 3, 2022

Virtual reality (VR) is an inevitable part of technological progress since the 80s of the 20th century. Its application ranges from global entertainment to training simulations. While the first old-timers represented simple recordings of actual events, projected into the mind of the recipient through a pair of 3D goggles and sensory gloves, the technological evolution gave us a variety of devices such as external brain stimulators, VR cameras, implants, and even nanobots. In any case, a larger and larger percentage of humanity, employing VR in everyday life has developed some kind of addiction and, more or less, is susceptible to a variety of VR-induced diseases. The present article summarizes several of the most common VR-related syndromes and their impact on society.

Notes on the origin and biology of Pumpkinhead

Posted on February 3, 2022

In the widely accepted New Hierarchical Classification of Demons and Evil Spirits (NHCDES), the demons, summoned on several occasions in the United States during the second half of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century are named [Novae Terrae] Daemonium luminare vindicta cucurbitaeformi. Literally, this means New World lesser demon of revenge in the form of pumpkin. These demons originated from popular beliefs in the colonies of North America and are not related to the original fallen angels in Christianity, or any of the older religions.

Channeling the One Power – genetic basis and inheritance

Posted on February 2, 2022

Channeling is the unique ability of some people in the Westlands to take advantage of the True Source, thus driving the One Power for modeling of both matter and time. In other words, these are the magicians in the Wheel of Time universe. However, not all human beings are able to channel, and not all channelers are equal in this ability, which led to the conclusion that some kind of genetic predisposition exist. The current study explores the existing evidence, summarizes the scarce information and tries to explain the genetic basis of channeling.

Ecology of Hyperion’s Tesla trees

Posted on February 1, 2022

Named after the Old Earth inventor Nicola Tesla and his infamous Tesla coil, the Tesla trees are plantiform dominant species in the flame forest of Hyperion. They are characterized by their unique ability to perform electrical discharges in certain seasons, thus causing forest fires of gargantuan proportions. The whole ecosystem of the flame forests is shaped and adapted to this seasonality. The present paper summarizes the biology of Tesla trees, the molecular mechanism of electric discharge, and the ecological significance of this process.