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Military taps avatars, video game tech, for virtual training

Defense giant Raytheon is using motion capture and video game-based technology to develop sophisticated virtual simulators for the U.S. military.<p>The defense contractor uses motion capture technology to create ‘avatars,’ or virtual service members, who can help in the training of military …

Why a 'Walkable' City Is Good for Your Mental Health | Inc.com

It’s well known that living in an easy-to-walk community can improve your health. A new study from the University of Kansas has found that walkable neighborhoods also encourage cognition such as better memory in older adults.<p>"The investigation shows neighborhoods that motivate walking can stave off …

Mental Health

This Battered Woman Wants To Get Out Of Prison

Tondalo Hall was sentenced to 30 years in prison for allowing child abuse — while the actual abuser got only two years. Now she seeks clemency, and a women’s rights group is backing her with an online petition.<p>In December 2006, Tondalo Hall’s boyfriend pled guilty to breaking the ribs and femur of …

Domestic Violence

Google's Algorithm for Happiness at Work and in Life

We all want to be happy. Some even say that achieving happiness is the goal of life. While we don't consider happiness the purview of technology …

What Do Your Dreams Say About You?

Self-help

Hong Kong protesters carry out 'yellow ribbon' march

<b>Hundreds of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong have marched to the office of China's top representative in the city.</b><p>Activists are angry about a decision by China to screen candidates for Hong Kong's 2017 leadership election. They want direct talks with Beijing.<p>Government supporters also took to …

Hong Kong

Cannibal murder 'was preventable' says killer's mother

<b>The mother of a man who murdered a woman in an act of cannibalism claims the attack "could have been prevented".</b><p>Cerys Marie Yemm, 22, died after being attacked by Matthew Williams at a hostel in Argoed, Caerphilly county.<p>Sally Ann Williams claims her son was a paranoid schizophrenic and did not get …

Crime

Meet The Network Of Guys Making Thousands Of Dollars Tweeting As “Common White Girls”

The Twitter illuminati that made "Alex From Target" an overnight sensation can drive millions of clicks with a simple retweet.<p>Cameron Asa is a 21-year-old communications major at the University of Tennessee. He's also the owner of Tweet Like A Girl, a Twitter account with 1.2 million followers.<p>Asa …

Social Media

Hundreds mourn Army vet who survived Afghanistan, but not LA streets

Hundreds gathered Sunday at a makeshift sidewalk memorial in Los Angeles to honor an Army soldier who had been gunned down hours earlier, just months after returning from the treacherous battlefields of Afghanistan.<p>Francisco Garcia, 21, was killed moments after leaving a party that had carried in …

Taking to India's buses to see if women are safer

It is almost two years since the fatal gang rape of a young woman on a bus in Delhi sparked huge protests in India.<p>A bill was passed in March 2013 to try to reduce sexual violence against women. But what impact has it had?<p>The BBC's Leana Hosea took a bus ride with student activist Afiya Khalid to …

India