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This dental hygiene game transmits information from your toothbrush to your phone

A new Indiegogo campaign is aiming to encourage kids to brush their teeth by introducing a toothbrush that sends information to your mobile phone as part of a dental hygiene game.<p>The Grush Brush uses motion sensing tech that detects the movement of the brush and transmits the information wirelessly …

Lion Cubs Adorably Attempt To Imitate Father’s Roar

In this video posted by nadosurf, three adorable lion cubs attempt to imitate their father’s mighty roar on a family outing in the Okavango River …

Thinking Racist Thoughts? The Problem Might Be Your Video Game Avatar

Seeing the world through the eyes of another has long been seen as an effective antidote to prejudice. Long-held biases can be compellingly …

Psychology

How to Get a Full Workout With Only Dumbbells | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Joe Hashey, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)</i>.<p>After a hard day’s work you head over to …

Memories Can Go Astray When We Step Outside Our Bodies

Our bodies may help us remember our lives, fixing experiences in place. By using virtual reality, scientists can make people feel like they're outside their own bodies. And when they do, the brain struggles to remember what happened.<p>The phenomenon is a bit like the disembodied sensation that some …

The architecture of your cerebral cortex is surprisingly logical

The cerebral cortex is the outermost layer of neural tissue in the brain and is one of the most extensively studied brain structures in the field of …

Computer game to find out how digital provenance affects decision-making

As well as giving gamers the chance to enter an online world as a double agent and infiltrate a corrupt government, new online alternate-reality game …

Newly Discovered Brain Region May Be Unique To Humans

Scientists have identified a part of the brain that seems to be unique to humans.<p>The brain region, called the lateral frontal pole prefrontal cortex, was described today (Jan. 28) in the journal Neuron, and is linked to higher thinking processes.<p>"We tend to think that being able to plan into the …

Scientists find new anxiety circuit in the brain

When researchers study anxiety, they tend to focus on the brain’s amygdala, an area known to play a role in fear. But a new study suggests that a …

Brain overload explains missing childhood memories

Scientists -- and parents -- have long wondered why we don’t remember anything that happened before age 3. As all parents know, no matter how momentous an event is in a toddler’s life, the memory soon drifts away and within months there isn’t even a wisp of it left.<p>Now a new study shows that …

18 North Carolina patients may have been exposed to rare brain disease

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C./NEW YORK (Reuters) - Eighteen neurological patients in North Carolina may have been exposed to an incurable and fatal degenerative brain disease while undergoing surgery at the Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center because surgical instruments were insufficiently sterilized, the …

Using Minecraft as a Teaching Tool

I am a huge fan of Mojang‘s excellent open-ended sandbox game <i>Minecraft</i>. For those of you who haven’t played it, Minecraft is a game that gives you an open world and the ability to use the raw materials around you to craft and shape tools, alter the landscape, build buildings, play music, or even …

Scan your real-life items into Minecraft

<b>An app pending approval for an iOS release lets you scan real-life objects and port them to Minecraft.</b><p>What would you like to see in Minecraft? Your …

Could Minecraft Actually Be the Ultimate Educational Tool?

Playing the video game Minecraft is a joke that writes itself. Ooh, look at nerds building the world they want to live in! But it's actually …

Minecraft

Minecraft Creations Enter the Real World With Augmented Reality App [VIDEO]

Imagine an alternate reality that blends Minecraft with the real world. Now, it's possible with a new iOS app that brings your best block creations …

Google: 'Where will future quantum computer scientists come from? Our best guess: Minecraft'

Google is hoping to inspire children's interest in quantum computing by using one of their favourite digital pastimes: Minecraft.<p>The company's Quantum A.I. Lab Team has collaborated with MinecraftEdu and Caltech's Institute for Quantum Information and Matter to launch a modpack for the popular game …

Using Minecraft To Teach Quantum Physics To Kids

<b>What's the Latest Development?</b><p>New from Google, qCraft is a modpack for the popular world-building game Minecraft that introduces players to some of …

Using Minecraft for Food System Education

Creative geniuses in the education department of the American Museum of Natural History have been experimenting with the video game Minecraft to promote learning museum content. Their first experiment is a carefully constructed world within the Minecraft universe called FoodCraft. This program is …

The Minecraft Cell: Biology Meets Game-Based Learning

A student at Quest to Learn playing Minecraft.<p>This semester, I used Minecraft for the first time in my ninth grade science class at Quest to Learn. I …

Study: pretending to be Voldemort could increase your villainous behaviour

Pretending to be Voldemort makes you more dastardly, whereas pretending to be Superman makes you more good natured -- at least, that's according to …

How did I get here?

This week I took my dad to Geneva, to show him CERN, and ATLAS, the experiment I work on at the Large Hadron Collider. Describing my job to people reminds me of how privileged and fortunate I am to be working on a project which would have been beyond my wildest dreams as a child, and the feeling is …

'Action Philosophers': Two Millennia of Philosophy in Comic Form

<i>A comic book brings philosophy to eye-popping, exquisitely drawn life.</i><p>Evil Twin Comics<p>A Poetic Antidote to City Life<br>• Affection, In Cartoon Form<br>• Animated Primers on Religions<p>Graphic nonfiction has established itself as a storytelling medium for educational entertainment and entertaining education, …

Teaching philosophy to children? It's a great idea

Recently I’ve seen a spate of articles along the lines of "what philosophy can do for you", focusing on the high results that philosophy students score on standardised tests, the marketability of philosophical skills, and the impressive earning potential of philosophy graduates. I’ve even seen …

The changing face of psychology

In 1959, an American researcher named Ted Sterling reported something disturbing. Of 294 articles published across four major psychology journals, 286 had reported positive results – that is, a staggering 97% of published papers were underpinned by statistically significant effects. Where, he …

A Prosthetic Hand That Restores the Sense of Touch

European scientists unveil a prosthetic arm that allows amputees to feel an object's texture, shape and consistency.<p><b>Dennis Sørensen smiles confidently as he</b> flexes his robotic fingers, and gingerly closes them around a disposable plastic cup. Although blindfolded, Sørensen instantly recognizes what …

Assistive Technology

Owl Wings Hold the Secrets for Noise-Canceling Tech

An owl's wing is perfectly constructed for a stealth attack. Now scientists are borrowing its design to build quieter wind turbines and airplanes.<p><b>Mechanical engineer Justin Jaworski was inspired</b>—and scared—when a great gray owl suddenly flew at his face during a visit to a bird sanctuary. The …

Drones and Ethical Separation of Human and Weapon

We worry about the "fairness" of drone warfare, but soon it will be the humans who will make more mistakes in targeting.Originally published at Esquire.com.<p>[pullquote align='C']<i>A top secret unmanned drone, said to be the most advanced aircraft ever built in Britain, has carried out its first</i> …

How Far Away Are Active Invisibility Cloaks?

New active cloaking technology prepares to leave the lab. Now you see me...<p><b>Despite the Harry Potter headlines they've</b> inspired, efforts over the last few years to create a real-life invisibility cloak have been simple proofs of concept. They're lab experiments, and not the kind of thing that could …

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