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What will it take for the metaverse to live up to its potential? (Shutterstock)

What is the metaverse, and what can we do there?

The metaverse is being hyped as a game-changing virtual platform that will transform our digital lives. But it has some inherent challenges to overcome in order to achieve mass adoption.
A future marked by the Metaverse may fundamentally change how we operate on a daily basis. (Marc Lee/Wikimedia Commons)

How the metaverse could change the purpose and feel of cities

New virtual realities are changing the way we interact with our urban spaces. How will the metaverse make some urban amenities redundant and others indispensable?
Gaming nous and the ability to manage multiple digital identities gives young people an edge in the VR workplace. Dan Rentea / Alamy Stock Photo

Working in the metaverse: what virtual office life could look like

Young people have lost out from recent developments in the labour market. Could the shift to working in virtual reality be about to turn the tables?
In the metaverse, your avatar, the clothes it wears and the things it carries belong to you thanks to blockchain. Duncan Rawlinson - Duncan.co/Flickr

The metaverse is money and crypto is king – why you’ll be on a blockchain when you’re virtual-world hopping

For the metaverse to work, people need to own their virtual bodies and possessions and be able to spend money. The same cryptographic technology behind bitcoin will make that possible.
Like much else, scientific labs have been shut down by the pandemic. Cavan Images/Cavan via Getty Images

Sold-out supplies, serving a public need and other adventures of doing science during a pandemic – 4 researchers share their experiences

Supply chain issues, emergency science, social distancing requirements and a lot more free time offered both challenges and opportunities for research scientists.

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