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Cozmo is what happens when AI meets mischievous child

I’ve reviewed a robot or two in my time. I’ve played with many more that I didn’t deem worthy of writing about. Cozmo is, as consumer robots go, easily the best I’ve seen. In fact, even before Anki released its new robot toy, we were smitten.<p>When unpacking Cozmo, it’s easy to be underwhelmed. The …

When sex roles get reversed, some females develop a 'penis'

In many species, the males develop elaborated sexual traits to attract females and dissuade potential rival males through competition. Some iconic …

Alberta

Final Fantasy 15 VR Made Me Cry

Fantasy has become reality.<p>Final Fantasy's ability to let players escape into a realm of magic and wonder has always meant a lot to me. As a lonely …

Final Fantasy

How often you should wash your hair, according to science

The question is a vexing one. And there are lots of different answers people swear by.<p>For example, Kim Kardashian says she only washes her hair twice a week.<p>Outside the shower, our scalps gradually get shinier, darker, and oilier.<p>So why does it happen? And how often should you wash to keep the …

Hair

WATCH: You Are Actually Two Brains Living in One Person

This is really freaking us out.<p>People toss around the term "mind-blowing" a lot these days, but when it comes to knowledge that is capable of …

The Brain

Microsoft reveals the tricks behind its Magic Mirror

The concept of a smart mirror has been around for a while, but none of them have really materialized into a real product yet. Microsoft joined the …

New York police are getting even more aggressive on marijuana

People of color accounted for more than nine out of 10 arrests made on suspicion of marijuana possession and sale in New York City from January to March, according to statistics from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services obtained by the Police Reform Organizing Project.<p>PROP also …

Justice

12 of your biggest cooking questions answered with science

Without further ado, here are the scientific answers to some of your biggest quandaries in the kitchen.

Baking

DIY - Garden Love Seat - Quiet Corner

This slatted garden bench makes the perfect garden love seat.<p>You will need:<p>1 of 900 x 900mm 16mm marine plywood*<br>• 7 of 20 x 94mm PAR pine – cut to …

Woodworking

Everything Scientists Know About Male Multiple Orgasms (Yes, They’re Real!) | Men's Health

Yes, you may be able to teach yourself to be superhuman in the orgasm department. But first it helps to understand what Wibowo means when he talks about “multi-orgasmic” men.<p>What Are Multiple Orgasms?<p>After you orgasm—most of the time—your body needs <i>at least</i> 20 minutes to reload before you can …

DIY smart mirrors are still irresistible, and this one has a touchscreen

Every few weeks a new homespun smart mirror pops up on Reddit. The formula is pretty staid by now: put an LCD and a Raspberry Pi behind a one-way mirror, and now you have a weather widget to look at while you brush your teeth. There are even GitHub repos to do the software work for you. And yet I …

Raspberry Pi

Google has a crazy idea for injecting a computer into your eyeball

Google has filed a patent for what sounds like a bionic eye.<p>A patent filed in 2014 and published Thursday describes a device that could correct vision without putting contacts in or wearing glasses everyday.<p>But to insert the device, a person must undergo what sounds like a rather intrusive …

Google Patent Application Shows Device That's Injected Directly Into Your Eyeball To Improve Vision

Google has a penchant for far-out tech that never reaches the market. The latest is a method of injecting a device into an eyeball, mostly as a means to correct poor vision. Described in a patent application dated April 28, 2016, the device is injected in fluid that then solidifies to couple the …

Biotechnology

No trace of Neanderthal DNA on Y chromosome of modern men - Science News - ABC News

Modern men have no traces of Neanderthal DNA on their Y chromosome, the first-ever analysis of the male Neanderthal sex chromosome has revealed.<p>Key …

Google's new robot is the craziest one we've seen yet

Although Google is selling Boston Dynamics to distance itself from "terrifying" humanoid robots, there's still plenty of robot projects underway. The latest: a humanoid robot with a whole lot of leg and wide range of skills.<p>SCHAFT, a Tokyo-based robotics company run by Google's parent company …

Robotics

Need for tetanus booster every 10 years overturned with new study

Tetanus, or as it is commonly called, lockjaw, is a very serious disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 13 …

Public Health

Samsung Smart Windshield needs to go into production ASAP

Every once in a while, a concept comes along that makes so much sense you wonder why it doesn't already exist. The Samsung Smart Windshield is one such example. While technology for cars and trucks seems to move at a fever pitch, advancing what's possible each and every year, motorcycles just don't …

Netflix has revealed an elite category of binge-watcher, and they honestly sound a bit terrifying

In a video describing how Netflix views binge-watching, Yellin said there was a percentage of Netflix users who will finish a Netflix series in the <i>exact</i> amount of time it has been up.<p>"There is a tiny minority of people who will just binge through the whole thing in the exact amount of time, from …

Televisions

Keyless entry systems are still vulnerable to simple hack

ADAC, the German Automobile Club, is sort of the AAA of Germany. Recently, the group revealed the findings of some auto security tests they'd run to bring attention to how easy it is for thieves to exploit keyless entry systems and steal cars, despite the fact that the vulnerability has been known …

'Holoportation' demo makes live-video holograms look easy

Last June Microsoft showed off its HoloLens tech that created holograms from live video. Now it's putting that into practice and giving it an official name: Holoportation. It uses multiple 3D cameras to capture a subject from all angles, creating a "temporally consistent model" that can mimic the …

This female beetle uses unsexy pheromones to calm horny dudes

Beetle sex and beetle facts!<p>If a female burying beetle doesn’t want sex, none of the males around her can get turned on. That’s because she emits pheromones that nip a male's sexual desire in the bud — temporarily, at least.<p>A report in <i>Nature Communications</i> this week reveals that female burying …

Insects

Microsoft says it faces 'difficult' challenges in AI design after chat bot Tay turned into a genocidal racist

Microsoft issued an apology in a blog post on Friday explaining it was "deeply sorry" after its artificially intelligent chat bot turned into a genocidal racist on Twitter.<p>In the blog post, Peter Lee, Microsoft's vice president of research, wrote: "Looking ahead, we face some difficult - and yet …

Chatbots

New technology lets anyone control Donald Trump's face

If given the opportunity, what would you do to the melted clump of leftover Kraft Dinner that is Donald Trump’s visage? While this is surely a …

Donald Trump

Scientists Unveil the World's First Cyborg Plant

The concept of “green energy” got a whole lot more literal this week, when scientists announced they’d successfully turned living roses into …

The origins of… ellipses, commas, and other punctuation marks

Everyone is now expected to add punctuation when writing, but that wasn’t always the case. It took centuries for the English language to build up the list of rules that has now become commonplace. Here’s a brief look at how we came to use these well-known punctuation marks.<p><b>Colons, commas, and</b> …

Linguistics

Jotun Review - IGN Video

Thunder Lotus Games' mystical journey through Norse mythology is a gorgeous storybook punctuated by hectic fights against titanic foes.

Gaming

Men's happiness in later life is determined by the age of 27

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh find that if you're not on the path to happiness by the time you're 27, you're unlikely to get there at all<p>Men who fail to reach their early career goals by the age of 27 may experience a reduced sense of well-being and happiness in later life, new …

Happiness

The psychology behind why couples always fight when assembling Ikea furniture

If you have assembled a piece of Ikea furniture with a partner, then you have probably argued with a partner about assembling a piece of Ikea furniture. Domestic battles over the Swedish retailer’s products are such a common feature of modern cohabitation that comedian Amy Poehler once joked that …

Success

Fox News’ big welfare lie gets demolished: The shiftless moocher meme is one giant myth

Conservatives punish welfare recipients to force them to find work, but what about the millions who have jobs?<p>You might recall a spate of stories from about a month ago involving state legislatures pushing measures intended to make life even more difficult for low-income recipients of government …

Republicans

How Diseases Can Be Linked to Your Month of Birth

Load Error<p>A new study done by researchers from Columbia University has found a significant link between birth month and disease risk, after studying …