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Robot baby helps shed light on the motive behind an infant's smile

When a baby smiles, it is hard not to smile back. Now, with the help of a toddler-like robot, researchers from the University of California-San Diego …

This Personal Solar Desalinator Delivers Fresh Water To People Who Need It

It’s simple technology that can produce up to a gallon of water a day, which could be useful in disaster recovery.<p>Put Mike Wofsey’s Water Wasp out in the sun, fill it with filthy seawater, and wait. A day later, you can enjoy fresh, clean, and salt-free water.<p>Desalination is expensive, but only if …

Water

When Success Leads to Failure

The pressure to achieve academically is a crime against learning.<p>I’ve known the mother sitting in front of me at this parent-teacher conference for years, and we have been through a lot together. I have taught three of her children, and I like to think we’ve even become friends during our time …

Self Control

5 Art Installations That Will Boost Your Faith in Humanity

<b>There’s a lot of cool art out in the world, but how much of it confronts today’s biggest challenges?</b><p>From a salt installation built in honor of brain …

Discover 30 of New York City's Best Secret Gardens - Curbed NY

Tired of being cooped up in a cubicle—or in your apartment? Seeking somewhere to hang while waiting for your air-conditioned movie to start? Just looking for a spot to get away from it all? As much as we love the city's biggest green lungs, New York City is full of smaller, lesser-known gems. …

Red Sea

Giphy's new Chrome extension feeds animated madness with each tab

Forget about getting anything done — ever.<p>Giphy has released Giphy Tabs for Google Chrome, a new extension that serves up a wacky animation with each new tab.<p>Giphy Tabs is an evolution of Giphy TV, a continuous feed of the staff’s favorites.<p>In addition to Giphy TV launching and occupying your …

Astronomers Glimpse Very First Stars in the Universe

Bright galaxy is home to huge, superhot early stars that lived fast and died young.<p>Peering to the edge of the visible cosmos with some of the most powerful telescopes on the planet, astronomers have detected light from the very first generation of stars to emerge after the big bang.<p>These behemoths …

Giant tortoise walks Tokyo's streets - slowly

A huge reptile is on the prowl through Tokyo's streets -- but unlike Godzilla, who stomped across Japan's capital in a blaze of destructive energy, …

Japan

Woking Bedser cricketer statues unveiled by Sir John Major

<b>Statues of cricketing twins Sir Alex and Eric Bedser have been unveiled by former prime minister Sir John Major.</b><p>The life-size bronze statues at either end of the Bedser Bridge in Woking, Surrey, show Sir Alec bowling from the town side to his twin brother Eric.<p>Sir Alec bowled for England in the …

Surrey

When 100 people lift a bus

<b>Modern life is often characterised as cold and uncompromising. But last week, about 100 bystanders acted entirely against the stereotype. It's the latest in a series of events which challenges assumptions about apathy.</b><p>It is an unremarkable place for something remarkable to happen. The junction of …

Sociology

Microsoft starts prompting Windows 7 and Windows 8 users to ‘reserve’ their free Windows 10 upgrade

In January, we learned that for one year, Microsoft would offer free Windows 10 upgrades to those running Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1. While Windows 10 for PCs isn’t launching until July 29 and Windows 10 for phones is coming after that, we’re now seeing the first indications of …

Take a virtual journey through Vietnam's massive Son Doong cave

No risk involved<p>The Son Doong cave is one of the world's largest, but until now you had to travel to Vietnam to experience its misty, majestic glory. <i>National Geographic</i> recently created a virtual tour of its massive tunnels and little jungles, so now you don't even have be wearing shoes to stroll …

Vietnam

Watch the Solar Impulse 2 takeoff live from Nanjing, China

Takeoff is scheduled for 6PM UTC<p>Pilot André Borschberg is about to fly solo from Nanjing, China to Hawaii in a cramped, cold, solar-powered plane, the Solar Impulse 2. Solar Impulse is currently streaming today's takeoff, which has been delayed several times due to inclement weather, live. Takeoff …

Solar Impulse

“Always maintain your masculinity”: Misogynists freak out over Charlize Theron’s role in “Mad Max”

Men’s rights activists are calling the film “feminist drivel filth” for so much as including female characters<p>The already widely acclaimed "Mad Max" reboot has received glowing reviews not only for its incredible chase scenes, but for centering on the struggle of a group of female characters in a …

Mad Max

Noomi Rapace to play Maria Callas in tale of Aristotle Onassis affair

Biopic will be written and directed by Niki Caro, the New Zealand-born film-maker known for Whale Rider and North Country<p>The Swedish actor Noomi Rapace is to play opera legend Maria Callas in a biopic that will centre on the diva’s infamous two-decade affair with the Greek shipping magnate …

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What if Disney Pixar Had Made 'Fast And Furious 7'?

<b>The Fast And Furious franchise is known for its intense, action-packed films full of car chases, guns and explosions.</b> So what would the movie look a …