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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.

 

Are VTech’s Switch & Go Dinos The Boy Toy Of 2013?

From what I’ve seen, it seems that VTech scored a homerun with their large lineup of colorful, educational and entertaining dinosaur/vehicle hybrids. Any toy that dares to teach kids about the long-clawed Therizinosaurus is a winner in my book!

Making Friends With Your Bot: Researcher Explains Robot-Human Relations

The age of robots isn't just coming. It's already arrived - none of us really noticed. Truth is, most of us have probably interacted with a robot very recently. The interaction just didn't register, claims former Willow Garage Rsearcher Leila Takayama, because we expect too much from machines.

Could Video Games Be Used For Anger Management?

About a year ago, researchers at the Boston Children's Hospital used video games to help children deal with out-of-control emotions, teaching them to regulate and reign in their anger. Today, I'd like to ask a very simple question: could the same tactics be applied to adults? 

Gaming For Knowledge: SimCityEDU Teaches Kids All About City Planning

I've long held that video games are a powerful educational tool in the right hand, and now one more organization is proving that notion correct. In a collaboration with EA and Maxis, non-profit Glasslab recently finished developing an education and formative assessment mod known as SimCityEDU.

How Has Gaming Changed The World? A New Documentary Aims To Find Out!

Video games have had a huge impact on Western society, of that there can be no doubt. But just how have they impacted our lives and changed our culture? Charlie Brooker - a satirist and games critic from the UK - is going to find out with a new documentary titled "How Video Games Changed the World."

Turns Out Men Actually Need Their "Guy Time" To Stay Healthy

Turns out, a night at the pub with some friends might not be so idle a pastime as one might think. Quite the contrary: According to Oxford University Professor Robin Dunbar, it's absolutely integral to men's health, and they should definitely make an effort to go more often.

Why The Playstation 4 Costs Almost Two Thousand Dollars In Brazil

Word's been floating around the blogosphere lately that in Brazil, you're probably not going to be buying yourself a PS4 unless you're fabulously wealthy. For some odd reason, although Sony's console only costs about $400 here, it's retailing for almost two grand there. Wait, what?

Google Has Turned Minecraft Into A Quantum Physics Simulator

The team at Google's Quantum AI Lab have recently done something rather exciting with the immensely popular block building video game Minecraft: they've added quantum physics. qCraft, as it's called, is a mod that adds blocks which exhibit a number of theories present in current-day quantum physics.