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Finally! An App That Cures Laziness!

I'm a procrastinator. I've even procrastinated about writing this article. I read somewhere that you only procrastinate on the things you don't want to do. But then I read somewhere else that procrastination is good for you. Who knows.

Isn't there an app for this? Of course there is. And today it's free. It's called Finish.


Iranian Teacher Builds A Robot To Teach Kids To Pray

While we're still some decades away from robots that are capable of finding religion, we're most definitely living in an era where they're capable of teaching it. An Iranian schoolteacher has taken it upon himself to build a robot that will instruct his students on proper Muslim prayer techniques.

Atari Co-Founder: Video Games Really Are The Perfect Teaching Tool

The merits of educational gaming have been sung many times, and now one more voice has been added to the chorus: games industry veteran Nolan Bushnell. Best known as the co-founder of Atari and the man who gave Steve Jobs his first job, Bushnell's latest venture involves games as tools for teaching.

Anti-Myopia School Desks “Bar” Chinese Students From Nearsightedness

An elementary school in Wuhan, China has installed swinging metal bars on classroom desks that prevent students from looking too closely at reading and writing materials, therefore helping them avoid becoming nearsighted.

A Look At James Dyson's New Robotics Laboratory

As some of you have likely already heard, British inventor Sir James Dyson this weeek launched a collaboration with The Imperial College in London to the tune of £5 million (approximately $8.34 million USD) . The purpose? To found The Dyson Robotics Laboratory. Pretty cool, right?

Scientists: If A Robot Could Express Emotion,Would It Feel More Human?

Scientists based out of the School of Computer Science at the University of Lincoln have created a robot that's capable of showing everyone how it feels...well, sort of. The researchers are using expressive robot ERWIN to study how relationships form betwen robots and humans.

Read This Book -- Writing Inventions: Identities, Technologies, Pedagogies

All too often, computers in the classroom are treated like typewriters or filing cabinets -- just a convenient place to type and store information. For teachers and students interested in creating better classrooms by engaging with technology in a deeper way, Writing Inventions: Identities, Technologies, Pedagogies by Scott Lloyd DeWitt is a must-read. In this book, Dewitt details why -- and how -- to use the web to transform learning.

At This Year's GDC, Riot's Going To Teach Us All About Sportsmanship

Earlier today, it was revealed that Riot Games will be in attendance at this year's GDC. The developer will host a keynote regarding online sportsmanship. After all, if anyone knows all about sportsmanship, it'd be the studio that made League of Legends, right?

Need This New Innovation? Award-Winning Film About Eating Disorders For Teens, By Teens

Two middle school girls in Greenwood Village, Colorado, were given an assignment to make a film for their film class at Aspen Academy. They put their heads together and came up with an idea for a docu-drama on the eating disorder anorexia nervosa. Their finished product, just four silent minutes long, has been making some serious waves.

Unfamiliar Territory: Why We Find Boston Dynamics' Robots So Unnerving

As most of you have probably noticed, everyone's still booming about the Google/Boston Dynamics acquisition. Many people seem focused on one particular: how creepy many of the designer's robots look. I won't argue with the sentiment. Instead, I'm going to look at the reason behind it.

Memrise CatAcademy App Teaches Spanish You Won't Forget

Would you remember the phrase "Quiero vomitar" if a cute cat said it?  After seeing this image, how could you forget it?

Introducing Microsoft’s “The Prime Challenge” - A Challenge To Find The Lost Primes!

It’s up to you, the dedicated math geek, to help Microsoft to discover the “lost primes!” While people have searched tirelessly to discover the largest prime numbers possible, untold amounts of perfectly prime numbers are waiting to be found with the aid of cloud computing!

The Path To Better Robots Lies In Teaching Them Human Interaction

If we're to create robots that can truly relate to human beings, they can't simply be developed in a laboratory. That's a recipe for disaster. Instead, more researchers across the world are turning to other men and women to help them develop their machines...through simple interaction.

Strategies To Make Science Appealing For Youngsters

It probably went unnoticed for the outside world but, during last week, the 6th World Science Forum took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With the attendance of figures from many different countries around the world, it was discussed what is wrong and what should be improved in terms of Science-related policies. There were some conclusions drawn out which, if well applied, can be important for the future of Science in general.

5 Innovative Companies Changing The Course Of Education

Nelson Mandela once said, "Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world." From Coursera offering first-rate college courses free of charge, to OpenStudy bringing together study buddies across the world, to Irynsoft bringing school to the palm of your hand, here are some innovative companies seeking to change the world by equalizing educational access.

What Will History Think Of Video Games?

When future historians look back at video games, what will they think? That's exactly the question prestigious universities and museums across the country have begun to ask. The answer is surprisingly simple: they'll think whatever the evidence at their disposal leads them to think.

Artificial Intelligence Programs To Help Schools Teach Kids Writing

The artificial intelligence of machines is now being used to build real intelligence in human students, especially when it comes to developing writing skills. Three innovative software programs designed to support classroom writing instruction have been selected for nationwide classroom trials this fall. These programs give students instant feedback on their essays, helping them learn to write more effective prose.

We're Going To Need Better AI To Truly Explore The Depths of Space

For the time being, manned space travel is out of the question. If we're to truly explore the universe, unmanned probes are currently our best bet. Unfortunately, unmanned space exploration comes with its own array of challenges, the greatest of which is...well, robots aren't all that smart yet.

IBM's Watson Supercomputer Is Now A Software Developer

IBM's Watson supercomputer is now open to the public. Well, sort of. The manufacturer this week announced that its cognitive computing system will very soon serve as a cloud-based development platform, helping programmers create software with its 'cognitive computing intelligence.'

Teach Your Kids About Programming With Play-i's Adorable Robots

I've always sort of regretted never learning programming as a kid. With how digitized today's sociey has become, it seems a downright indispensible skill. Parents: do your children a favor. Teach them. There's even a robot to make the job easier: it's called Play-i.