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She's Almost Real: The New Humanoid On Customer Service Duty In Tokyo

The latest robot sensation in Japan is so lifelike that when she was on the floor of a Tokyo department store recently, she was confused for a human being. The new humanoid's name is Aiko Chihira, and she was working in customer service, clad in a traditional silk kimono.<p>"She's 165 centimeters [5 …

Robotics

#TheDress: have researchers solved the mystery of its colour?

Gold and white or blue and black? Why did people see The Dress so differently? Researchers believe the key might lie in our exposure to artificial light<p>The image of The Dress that went viral this year and split friends and families over the colour of its stripes has sparked a fresh debate among …

University of Pennsylvania

This AR horror game looks like the future of fear and 'nope'

Virtual reality has shown a lot of promise in creating spooky experiences for the horror genre, but augmented reality might just be where it's at. A new project called <i>Night Terrors</i>, which uses AR to create a creepy environment, aims to be "the scariest game ever made."<p><i>Night Terrors</i> uses your phone …

Video Game Streaming Will Kill The Console

0<p>SHARES<p>Right now, the fastest way to start playing a new game is to download one from the internet. PC services such as Steam and all three major …

Streaming

The Top 5 Queer Voices in Anime and Manga

Anime and manga hold a strange allure for teens. I was a total anime geek in high school, the kind that watched anime with friends at every hangout, …

Artist creates incredibly lifelike 3-D models of anime characters (and Sexy Rilakkuma)

Have you ever imagined what <b>your favorite anime characters would look like in real life?</b> While there’s some talented cosplayers out there who can make …

Marvel Finally Acknowledges Japanese Spider-Man

In <i>The Amazing Spider-Man #12</i> Marvel have finally and officially acknowledged the Toei produced Japanese Spider-Man TV series from the end of the 70s.<p>The Japanese version, as you might expect, deviates from the classic Spider-Man in a multitude of ways. From an extra-terrestrial origin story to the …

Anime

How Lizard Squad brought down both Sony and Microsoft, and how to help stop them

The secret sauce in Lizard Squad's malicious attack on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network over the Christmas holiday was accomplished using a network of hacked consumer-grade routers, reports Krebsonsecurity.com.<p>Calling the anonymous members of Lizard Squad a "group of young hoodlums," Krebs reports …

Final Winter 2015 Anime Chart Update and Preview Compilation

Winter 2015 is here and a couple of tools have been compiled to help plan out your viewing schedule. While a new update has been committed to the …

Anime

Want to hack your home? Meet the young woman scientist who can help

The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures are an annual treat, making science accessible and fun. Claire Cohen meets the enthusiastic female scientist behind this year's wacky experiments - which use everyday objects - as well as one giant game of Tetris...<p>“The best thing you can do is to take …

Wearable Tech

Red meat triggers toxic immune reaction which causes cancer, scientists find

Scientists at the University of California discovered that the human body views red meat as a foreign invader and launches an immune response<p>Red meat has been linked to cancer for decades, with research suggesting that eating large amounts of pork, beef or lamb raises the risk of deadly tumours.<p>But …

Meet The Former Pastor Who Spent A Year Living As An Atheist: ‘I Don’t Think God Exists’

Religion is always quite the touchy issue to bring up, I think mostly because faith is that sort of risk that people take on a personal level and they don’t want to be wrong. What happens when we die is beside the point to these debates we have, meaning it has little bearing on why we have them in …

Fighting Game J-Stars Victory VS+ is a Fun Eye-Candy Filled Fan Service

One Piece, Naruto, Bleach, Dragon Ball Z fighters finally get to battle in the West.<p>For the first time outside of Japan, fans will be able to battle …

Latest "Tsukimonogatari" Anime Preview

As with the New Year's Eve airing of <i>Nekomonogatari (Kuro),</i> 2014 will be closing out with a broadcast of the four-episode adaptation of …

Noitamina Announces Punch Line Original Anime

Tetsuya Komuro composes music for MAPPA anime series about boy who will destroy world if he sees underwear<p>Fuji TV programming block Noitamina …

The Pokémon Company goes full creepy with its latest collaboration

The Pokémon Company is getting into the Halloween spirit — at least in Japan — with a new "Kowapoke" promotion, the most important portion of which is a surprising collaboration with horror manga artist Junji Ito.<p>Ito, whose comics include the deeply unsettling <i>Uzumaki,</i> a series about a town's …

The Best Jobs For Every Personality Type

Does your job fit your personality?<p>The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality test, which measures preferences like introversion and extroversion, has been part of business culture for decades. Today about 80% of the Fortune 500 and 89 of Fortune 100 companies use it to analyze the …

Personality

The man who grew eyes

Growing nerve tissue and organs is a sci-fi dream. I met the pioneering researcher who grew eyes and brain cells<p>The train line from mainland Kobe is a marvel of urban transportation. Opened in 1981, Japan’s first driverless, fully automated train pulls out of Sannomiya station, guided smoothly …

The Truth About Video Game Journalism

It’s been a strange week in video game land, particularly on the front of the unfortunate war between gaming fans and the gaming press, which is reaching new levels of insanity. All this week, every forum thread I read is decrying the state of the gaming press. My Twitter feed, conversely, full of …

Influenza: How the Great War helped create the greatest pandemic ever known

The Great War helped create the influenza pandemic of 1918, which eventually brought an early end to the Great War<p>I had a little bird,<br>Its name was Enza.<br>I opened the window,<br>And in-flu-enza.~ Children's Skipping Rhyme, 1918<p>Like most rhymes that one learns as a child, I had no idea at the time what …

Outrage follows sexist outburst at Tokyo assembly meeting

Outrage is growing in Japan after lawmakers hurled sexist comments at an assemblywoman giving a speech this week about the need for more services for women.<p>Male colleagues heckled Your Party member Ayaka Shiomura on Wednesday during a Tokyo assembly meeting. They interrupted her with comments …

Google may soon let you know when it's required to hide something from you

A European Union court recently ruled that Google must respect the EU’s “right to be forgotten” and remove links to web pages that individuals find embarrassing.<p>Now, the Guardian reports, Google may soon add a note to its edited search results to indicate when something is missing.<p>Google already …

Are You Ready? Here Are The Top 10 Skills For The Future

As big disruptive shifts hit the workplace we all get taken out of our comfort zones. Whereas once we felt in control, the stakes are evolving rapidly and our ability to adapt is falling behind. If we consider the recent gallup poll results that indicates that only a mere 30% of the workforce is …

12-year-old Wisconsin girl stabbed 19 times; friends arrested

They thought they had something to prove to someone they found on a ghoulish website, police say. So, two girls lured a third girl into a wooded area in Waukesha, Wisconsin, over the weekend and stabbed her 19 times, according to authorities.<p>The suspects allegedly left the victim to crawl to her …

An Adorable Plush Octopus Backpack

Artist Jennifer Mones recently made an adorable plush octopus backpack. Mones is also an illustrator in addition to her design work — her …

Musical anhedonia: why some people just don't like music

New research reveals that some people are incapable of having an emotional response to music<p>We’ve all been either the perpetrator or victim of music snobbery, but new research has shown that it’s not all about taste – in fact, some people are biologically incapable of registering any emotional …

Do Cats Control My Mind?

New neuroscience research says that Toxo—the cysts in our brains from cats—can improve our self-control. For the 30 percent of people who have this infection, it's about more than promiscuity, schizophrenia, and car crashes.<p>“It is definitely not smart to intentionally infect yourself. I’ve already …