Maw'ed Yehia

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Yan Yan, constipated panda, back from the dead

When the giant panda Yan Yan died of acute constipation in 2007, the entire German nation went into mourning. Today she is back<p>When the giant panda Yan Yan died unexpectedly in her enclosure at Berlin Zoo in 2007, there was speculation that a polar bear might have played a part. “Did the presence …

Why face-blind people can still ‘read’ movement

When you see someone you know, it seems like your brain effortlessly and immediately recognizes that person by his or her face and body. Your brain …

A 200-year life is a fate worse than death

Scientists have discovered the genes that give bowhead whales a 200-year lifespan. But who wants to live that long?<p>In <i>The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy</i>, Marvin the robot is left outside the time machine and has to wait for millions of years while his friends travel through millennia in an …

I tried a brain-altering wearable that allows users to change their moods on demand

The ambiance of the luxury suite on the 14th floor of the Wynn Hotel is at once both sybaritic—the remains of a generous lunch are visible piled on a large tray as I enter the door—and clinical, with an array of wires, patches, electrodes in evidence scattered on tables and other flat surfaces. It …

Wearable Tech

London personality maps show where nice, nasty and arty are most at home

Regardless of crime and income levels, people are happiest living in an area that matches their personality, claim researchers<p>The bustling streets and tourist attractions of central London and Westminster draw crowds from far and wide, but according to a survey by psychologists, they are home to …

Tales From the Superbowl of Astronomy

<i>SEATTLE — Each January, thousands of astronomers get together and spend four days talking about stars, galaxies, planets, the cosmos, and everything in between. This year’s winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society was held in Seattle from Jan. 4-8, and it was so stuffed with science that</i> …

Samsung hopes 'respected older generations' will dig its new flip-phones

It may be a <i>tad</i> ageist to presume that some older folks prefer simple flip-phones to souped-up smartphones, but Samsung isn't making any apologies. In fact, the firm's just introduced a new line of clamshell phones in South Korea aimed at "respected old generations." Dubbed "Samsung Master," the …