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Facebook's New Grand Plan To Draw You In

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'Irresistible' By Design: It's No Accident You Can't Stop Looking At The Screen

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A Syrian woman and her child sit in their refugee living space in Lebanon. They are featured in Four Walls, a virtual reality presentation by the International Rescue Committee. YouVisit Studios hide caption

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Can Virtual Reality Make You More Empathetic?

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A woman tries on Google's virtual reality device "Daydream View" after the opening of Google's pop-up store in New York on October 20, 2016. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Even In A Virtual World, The Harsh Reality Of Sexual Harassment Persists

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At Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Calif., riders of the New Revolution Virtual Reality Coaster wear VR goggles to play a video game while the roller coaster twists and turns. Courtesy of Six Flags hide caption

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On Six Flags' Virtual Reality Coaster, The Ride Is Just Half The Thrill

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Virginia Anderlini (right) was the first private client to try out Dr. Sonya Kim's new virtual reality program for the elderly, and says she's eager to see more. Kim's handful of programs are still at the demo stage. Kara Platoni/KQED hide caption

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Palmer Luckey, founder of Oculus VR, demonstrates the new Oculus Rift headset during the "Step Into The Rift" event in San Francisco in June 2015. David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Virtual Reality Whiz Palmer Luckey: Future Will Be 'More Boring Than We Think'

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An attendant wearing an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset demonstrates a glove with a Yamaha Corp. rubber-like sensor at the Wearable Expo in Tokyo, on Jan. 13. Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Oculus Rift Launch Makes A Splash. Will It Lead A Wave Of VR Tech?

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UmmaGawd (Tommy Tibajia), a pilot in the Drone Racing League, flies his quadcopter in an abandoned power plant in New York. The Drone Racing League hide caption

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A Video Game IRL: Drone Racing League Aims To Be NASCAR In The Air

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Project Nourished's virtual eating gizmos. From left: An atomizer that releases the scents of a food; a virtual reality headset; a a device that mimics the chewing sounds transmitted from a diner's mouth to their ear drums; a cocktail glass with built-in sensors; a utensil that picks up on the diner's movements and integrates them into the virtual reality experience; and a 3-D printed food cube. Courtesy of Project Nourished hide caption

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We Sampled The Gastronomic Frontier Of Virtual Reality

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People sample the Oculus-made Samsung Gear VR Virtually Reality headset Sept. 24 in Hollywood, Calif., at the Oculus Connect 2 event. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Is 2016 The Year Virtual Reality Finally Goes Mainstream?

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