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‘Alexa, give me a cookie!’ Are digital assistants ruining my son?

“L’Lexa, play songs from Lego Batman.”<p>Silence.<p>“L’Lexa! I said, PLAY SONGS from Lego Batman!”<p>Silence, again.<p>In some households, Amazon’s Alexa will …

15 Impossible-to-Kill Outdoor Plants

With summer in full swing, it’s hard not to admire the yards and gardens around town that are filled with greenery and colorful blooms. If you’ve …

Wallis Simpson’s marriage to Edward VIII was shockingly miserable

The story of a calculating social climber from Pennsylvania who managed to claim the title of “duchess” and cause England’s first abdication in the …

TaylorMade's new putter can analyze your golf stroke

Blast Motion is known for making sports sensors aimed at improving your golf, baseball or softball performance and now they've teamed up with TaylorMade on a putter that can analyze your putting strokes. The Spider Interactive Powered by Blast putter marries TaylorMade's most popular putter with …

Education most affordable in WA

WA is predicted to be one of the most affordable places in Australia to educate a child born this year, according to figures released today.<p>In its …

Australia

SpaceX buys produce from this high-tech farm in a shipping container — take a look inside

A growing movement of people believes that indoor farming could be a solution to the increasing demand for food. Instead of natural sunlight, crops grow under LED lights and in a nutrient-rich water-based solution that mimics soil.<p>Using this technique, farmers can grow produce year-round in urban …

5 teacher-approved apps to boost kindergarten skills

Prepare your kindergartener for school with apps that strengthen everything from counting to concentration<p>If your child is entering kindergarten this year, you may be wondering — or worrying about — school readiness. Many parents of kindergartners-to-be spend the weeks leading up to the first day …

Is It Time To Rethink The Scientific Method? | Inc.com

Designing an airplane has long been an exercise in tradeoffs. A larger airplane with more powerful engines can hold more people and go farther, but is costlier to run. A smaller one is more cost efficient, but lacks capacity. For decades, these have been nearly inviolable constraints that …

Machine Learning

Overlooked water loss in plants could throw off climate models

Errors could cause researchers to overestimate the rate of photosynthesis when water is scarce<p>Errors in how scientists account for water loss from leaves may be skewing estimates of how much energy plants make through photosynthesis, according to the latest research. This in turn could jeopardize …

How young is too young to talk to kids about science? Never, says one quantum physicist

At what age should your kids start learning about science?<p>For Dr Chris Ferrie, a senior lecturer in quantum physics at the University of Technology, …

The jobs puzzle: bad news for those waiting for a pay rise

All these indicators of a tightening labour market would normally force bosses to pay more for staff, you might think.<p>However, economists are …

The deadly risk of eating your placenta

The GBS-infected placental tissue, in the form of dehydrated pills, were ingested by the mother and then passed on to the baby.<p>The mother, who may …

Gina Rinehart 'confident' of winning Chinese approval for live-cattle exports: Hancock Prospecting

Mining magnate Gina Rinehart's company is confident it is only months away from winning Chinese Government approval to start exporting cattle to …

China

Slugging it out with a new contender in the GMO debate

Are GMOs harmful to humanity? It’s a rough question to answer<p><i>This post originally appeared on Grist.</i><p>It was the closest thing you get to a blind date between a scientist and a journalist.<p>I had never met the entomologist John Tooker before he opened his door at Penn State, where I was giving a …

A Lot of American Adults Think Brown Cows Make Chocolate Milk

Around seven percent apparently believe we live in some kind of Wonka-fied world where cow udders lactate Ovaltine.<p>A survey put together by the National Dairy Council found that a whopping seven percent of adult Americans—real, functioning, grown-ass humans—think that chocolate milk comes from …

Cows

Universal basic income could greatly improve workers' lives, report argues

A former senior policy adviser in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, a coalminer in the Latrobe Valley and a family farmer from New South Wales are among a disparate group of Australians who say a universal basic income could significantly improve their lives.<p>The Green Institute has …

Australia

Why Ethereum is outpacing Bitcoin

While Bitcoin is currently trading at close to its all-time high, its dominance in terms of proportion of total cryptocurrency market cap is rapidly decreasing — ground largely given up to Ethereum.<p>This shift is probably being driven by a few factors. Despite its recent appreciation in value, as a …

Cryptocurrency

Stock Tank Pools Are the Coolest (and Cheapest!) Way to Beat the Heat This Summer

If you’re without a pool, you might start feeling some FOMO this summer when you scroll through a feed chock-full of floaties and colorful pool parties. But did you know you can add a giant tub to your backyard without dropping a ton of cash? Stock tank pools are the newest, most wallet-friendly …

How our progressive tax system doesn't reach the ultra-rich

Our tax system, rather self-evidently, isn't much of a burden at all for the ultra-rich. In fact, it's a stretch to even call the system …

Are you making one of these blunders on your résumé - or all 35 of them?

Hiring managers rarely have the time or resources to look at each résumé closely.<p>They typically spend about six seconds on their initial "fit/no fit" …

HomeKit light bulbs to start from $12 as Ikea announces smart lighting compatibility

The ability to use Siri and a single app to control your smart home technology makes HomeKit compatibility almost a must these days, but so far that has not come cheap – as both Zac and myself discovered. Smart bulbs from the market leader Philips mostly cost $30 per bulb for white and $50 for …

Home Automation

Yelo wins long-running feud against ‘confused’ council

The owner of popular beachside cafe Yelo has won his battle with the City of Stirling, which accused him of breaching planning rules by accommodating …

Why rent bidding apps will make the rental market even more unaffordable

Renters are already the weak party at the negotiating table because they cannot ignore their need for a place to live.<p>But a new series of apps that …

Unsustainable labour challenges leave Australia's vegetable supplies to rot

"We do not have a sustainable way at present of meeting labour supply in this industry."<p>The new study by researchers from the University of Adelaide …

Brisbane

Nicole helps ... see the value of rewards cards

But leaving interchange – ahem – changes aside, credit card bells and whistles have come at a cost in general … far higher annual fees. In just five …

It's not as bad as the last one, but this budget is still dismantling my generation's future

The budget is rich in measures that will steadily increase the downward pressure young Australians already feel on the backs of their necks<p>As the big banks and backbench conservatives are grappling with a new political reality after budget 2017, young Australians find themselves in much the same …

Australia

Japan's luxurious Shiki-shima sleeper train – in pictures

The futuristic champagne-gold Train Suite Shiki-shima, operated by East Japan Railway, has five-star lounge, dining and observatory cars and features a menu devised by a Michelin-starred chef. The 10-car train accommodates just 34 passengers in 17 suites, and the most expensive room, the …

Trains

These 20 apps and games are currently free or on sale

If you’re looking for new apps for your Android device, you’ll be happy to hear that there are a bunch of them on sale over on the Google Play Store. We have compiled a list of the most interesting ones from different categories including tools, health and fitness, photography, education, and more. …

Apps

10 essential money lessons in just 10 minutes

1. How to calculate your net worth<p>"Your net worth is a measure of your financial health," said certified financial planner Mary Beth Storjohann, …