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Fortnite isn’t addicting your kids — it’s just giving them what society won’t

Many parents are concerned with their child’s seemingly obsessive video game play. Fortnite, the most recent gaming phenomenon, has taken the world by storm and has parents asking whether the shooter game is OK for kids.<p>The short answer is yes, Fortnite is fine. Furthermore, parents can breathe …

Psychology

Worms frozen in permafrost for 42,000 years have come back to life and are eating

Scientists have made a discovery that is quite mind-blowing. Roundworms found in the permafrost in two areas of Siberia have come back to life in …

Biology

Why Talented People Don’t Use Their Strengths

If you watched the Super Bowl a few months ago, you probably saw the coaches talking to each other over headsets during the game. What you didn’t know is that during the 2016 season, the NFL made major league-wide improvements to its radio frequency technology, both to prevent interference from …

Leadership

Invasive treefrogs have snuck into Louisiana and they are not good neighbors

Keep an eye on your toilet bowl (seriously).<p>On the day Brad Glorioso and his fellow scientists began their hunt for the invasive Cuban treefrog, they weren’t sure what they’d find. They’d come to Audubon Zoo in New Orleans after the curator of reptiles and amphibians informed them that several …

America’s villages are collapsing—so who’s raising the children?

• <b>Identify places where you could use a villager</b>. Create a map of your family’s weekly needs. The point is not to see <i>if</i> you can make it all work—it’s to learn how to see the places where you can be open to seeking out and asking for help. It could be swim-lesson registrations, coordinating playdates, …

Siblings

These are the best books for learning modern statistics—and they’re all free

Statistics came well before computers. It would be very different if it were the other way around.<p>The stats most people learn in high school or college come from the time when computations were done with pen and paper. “Statistics were constrained by the computational technology available at the …

Machine Learning

My medical outlook changed after I jabbed my finger with a needle

A needle stick injury brought home that I needed to do more to protect myself and think twice before rushing in to help<p>As soon as I felt the deep sting of the needle as it entered my finger I knew what it meant – potential disaster.<p>I was cutting a space between the ribs of a patient in intensive …

Neuroscientists have figured out why you can’t concentrate at work

Even though most people think about themselves as primarily visual beings, neuroscience reveals a complex “connectome” of brain cells that connects all of our senses. Try writing a report in a noisy, uncomfortable place with the smells of the office microwave wafting over to your desk, and the …

The Brain

Nurse dragged out of hospital, arrested for doing her job

A nurse in Utah was forcibly arrested after she refused to draw blood from an unconscious patient, screaming “I’ve done nothing wrong” as an officer …

This eclipse photo shows the crazy dynamic range of today's image sensors

We talk about dynamic range (or lack thereof) a lot here at DPReview. But with all of the granular comparisons between the newest models, it's easy …

Nikon D750

Internet overuse may lead to neuropsychiatric dysfunction, says research- Technology News, Firstpost

Internet overuse has risen to epidemic proportions and people are becoming vulnerable to many neuropsychiatric dysfunctions such as irritation, …

Neuroscience

Here are Juno’s first closeup photos of the Great Red Spot

Less than 48 hours ago, NASA’s Juno spacecraft got its first up-close-and-personal view with Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, and today, the space agency …

5 things that can make your business plan fail — and how to avoid them

Creating a business plan is an essential step in getting a new company off the ground. Writing this document helps founders not only evaluate their goals, but also communicate them to other people, especially investors. A good business plan can be the difference between funding your dreams on …

5 chatbots that will help you find a job

Have you ever wished you had a personal assistant to help you find a new job or move up in your career? Well, now you can have one, thanks to the chatbot.<p>Chatbots know how to interact with people, because they either follow a human-composed set of rules or learn how to communicate via artificial …

The world’s first protein database for Machine Learning and AI

Ladies and gentlemen I am incredibly proud and excited to present the very first public product of Peptone, the Database of Structural Propensities …

Jaw exercises for TMJ pain

The temporomandibular joints open, close, and move the jaw. These joints are under pressure from chewing, talking, and other motions. That means they …

Muscle

Plant Seeds Use Mini 'Brains' to Decide When to Sprout

Plant seeds may use miniature "brains" to help them decide whether to sprout or stay dormant, new research suggests.<p>These seed "brains" don't have …

National Academy of Sciences

Forget your shrink. Woebot will see you now

I'm about to start a session with Woebot, billed as the first chatbot clinically shown to improve symptoms of depression and anxiety. And I'm skeptical. Chatbots do everything these days, from helping people manage bank accounts and practice language skills to keeping them company when they can't …

World's best Go player flummoxed by Google’s ‘godlike’ AlphaGo AI

Ke Jie, who once boasted he would never be beaten by a computer at the ancient Chinese game, said he had ‘horrible experience’<p>A Google algorithm has narrowly beaten the world’s best player in the ancient Chinese board game of Go, reaffirming the arrival of what its developers say is a …

Artificial Intelligence

Revealed: 9 Places in Your Garden Where You Need Ground Covers

Ground covers are versatile: they fill in those stubborn areas in your yard where nothing else will grow, require little maintenance, and can live …

Gardening

America has become so anti-innovation – it's economic suicide

The fall of Juicero isn’t just entertaining tech industry stupidity – it’s the sign of a country refusing to break new ground<p>If you’ve used the internet at any point in the past few weeks, you’ve probably heard of Juicero. Juicero is a San Francisco-based company that sells a $400 juicer. Here’s …

Tech Industry

New – USASpending.gov on an Amazon RDS Snapshot | Amazon Web Services

My colleague Jed Sundwall runs the AWS Public Datasets program. He wrote the guest post below to tell you about an important new dataset that is …

This Robot Completes a 2-Hour Brain Surgery Procedure in Just 2.5 Minutes

Doc Bot<p>Brain surgery is precision business, and one slip can spell doom for affected patients. Even in one of the most skilled jobs in the world, …

The Brain

Techniques of the Trade: Straw bale gardens let you grow anywhere — without soil

Gardening in straw bales is a flexible, waterwise way to plant a garden. Photo courtesy of strawbalegardens.comIs there any gardener who hasn’t …

Gardening

Reinventing Rice for a World Transformed by Climate Change - MIT Technology Review

Pamela Ronald stands in front of two rows of rice plants, sprouting from black plastic pots, in a stifling greenhouse on the edge of the University …

Agriculture

Almost every speed limit is too low

When lieutenant Gary Megge of the Michigan State Police attends a meeting, he sometimes asks, “How many of you broke the speed limit on your way here?”<p>Hearing his question, you might assume that lieutenant Megge is a particularly zealous police officer. The type of person who walks half a city …

USDOT

Voters have faxed 800,000 pages of political opinions to their elected officials using Resistbot

Plus, the tool’s creators are introducing new ways for voters to raise their voices in politics.<p>As voters scrambled for new ways to raise their voices after Election Day, two Silicon Valley engineers introduced Resistbot — a tool that turns voters’ text messages into notes faxed directly to their …

The Very Hungry Plastic-Eating Caterpillar

Could waxworms—or something inside them—help degrade the planet’s mountains of plastic waste?<p>When she’s not working in her lab at Spain’s IBBTEC institute, Federica Bertocchini keeps bees. One day, when she looked at her hives, she found them infested with caterpillars called waxworms. These …

Pollution

Trump Donor Wants Pesticide Study Killed