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Want An Athletic Scholarship, But Aren't Much For Sports? At Robert Morris University, You Can Just Play League of Legends

According to Robert Morris University-Illinois, an athlete is an athlete, whether their playing field is physical or digital. The institution this week announced that it has added the first ever eSports sector to its Athletics program. Four words, folks: League of Legends scholarships.

A Really Smart Solution To The Hearing Aid: The Soundhawk

Please note: the developers of the Soundhawk, Mike Kisch and Mike Nuttall, will tell you that the Soundhawk is not a hearing aid.  Well, it's not a  traditional 'hearing aid.'  But it is a new kind of hearing aid, one which perhaps other developers will emulate in the future.  Soundhawk doesn't just help you hear; it helps you listen.  Let me explain....

Study Shows 'Cut The Rope' Video Game Improves Executive Function In Adults

Psychologists who study the impact of video games on the human brain have an interest in how games can be utilized to reinforce certain everyday thinking skills. Assistant Professor of Psychology at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Michael D. Patterson, is considered an expert in the psychology of video games.  He has previously identified certain thinking skills enhanced by individual games, but the game 'Cut The Rope' is the first one, according to Patterson, that shows evidence of improving 'executive function' in adult gamers.

Apparently, Pinball Machines Have Been Banned In Oakland For The Last Eighty Years

Apparently, pinball has been illegal in the city of Oakland for just shy of a century. The City Council's public safety committee just this week met to talk about the fact that just maybe the ban was a bad idea. What took so long?

Robot, Make Me A Sandwich! Tell Me Dave Is A Robot That Can Do Pretty Much Whatever You Order It To

Researchers at Cornell University are hard at work designing the next generation of housekeeper with a project called Tell Me Dave. They're using human volunteers to train robots to recognize verbal commands. Their end goal is simple: to create robots that can respond directly to a human being's request.

The Steam Summer Sale Is In Full Swing: Here's How To Avoid Destroying Your Wallet

It's that time again. Steam is having its annual summer sale. Virtually every title worth playing on the platform is getting a price cut; discounts range from 10% to a whopping 75%. With such a sale, it's easy to lose sight of how much you can actually spend...here's how to avoid doing that.

This Army Of Robots Could Be Responsible For Building The Cities Of Tomorrow

The system by which we actually put together our buildings, roads, and cities actually leaves a lot to be desired. It can be messy, inefficient, and fraught with human error.  A group of researchers is looking to remove that human element - and instead consign construction to an army of robots.

'Hang w/' Is Little Bit Twitter, Little Bit Instagram, Little Bit Rap, Little Bit Celebrity Ham

As social apps continue to proliferate the Web and our smartphones, it's not a great surprise that a platform like Hang w/ -- the latest shiny new thing -- would inevitably roll off a developers' assembly line. Described by some, as a 'melting pot of social networks,' this app (free at Google Play and the App Store) is an intriguing proposition and a nice complement to what went before.

Rice University Researchers Give Big Boost To Solar Power

Though great advances have been made to maximize the amount of sunlight that is absorbed by solar cells, the best solution, until now, is a two-step chemical process that enables the cells to absorb 96 percent of the sun's light.  That's an excellent result.  But Rice University chemists have created a single-step process that enables the cells to absorb 99 percent of the sun's light, a process that is not only more efficient than other current processes, but less expensive.

High-Res Square Display Adorns BlackBerry's Next Smartphone

The ailing Canadian smartphone shoppe's next device probably won't appeal to everyone, what with its width-heavy block of a screen and hunched demeanour, but a few key perks keep it interesting.

Apparently League Of Legends Developer Riot Games Is Paying Its Employees To Quit

League of Legends developer Riot Games is trying something very, very different with its new hires: it's paying them to quit. The developer this week rolled out a new program called Queue Dodge. The premise is simple: it's paying new hires cash to quit. Wait, what?

Next Time You Get Your Audi Repaired, The Job Might Be Done By A Robot

The next time you take your Audi in for a little bit of work, there might be a rather unusual mechanic waiting to assist you. The Volkswagen Subsidiary is looking into providing telepresence robots in order to assist technicians with repairs. The droids are currently part of a pilot program at 18 dealerships, with plans to bring them to 100 in the near future.

Calling All Inventors! NASA Wants Your Ideas For Mindshift

Inventors, get your minds in gear to apply NASA's Mindshift technology to your next invention.  NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has partnered with Edison Nation to identify the best consumer inventions or adaptations of products to use with its powerful mind control tool, Mindshift. 

@WikiBaghdady Tweets Reveal ISIS At Center of Iraq Coming Full Circle

As trite as it might sound, "what's old is new again," appears to be an apt description of the current status of Iraq, with the U.S contemplating the possibility of reentering an old war zone. Coupled with this controversial move is the establishment of a Twitter account with the handle @WikiBaghdady -- a profile that emerged six months ago and is providing the world with an inside snapshot of the conspiratorial ascension of a new group of terrorists. . . 

The Steamboy Project Is An Awesome Fusion Of PC And PSP

Although Valve and its correlators are entirely focused on dragging the PC into the living room, one group of designers is attempting to take things a step farther. They want to take PC gaming beyond the living room, and into day-to-day life.

The Next Hitchhiker You Pick Up Might Be A Robot Named Hitchbot

If you met a robot, would you give it a ride? That's the question researchers from Ontario are looking to answer with Hitchbot, a chatty little robot which will soon be hitch-hiking its way from Nova Scotia all the way to BC, sharing the experience online every step of the way.

GPSports Tracking Device: It's a Bra; It's a Bro; It's Wearable Tech!

Do male athletes in Australia wear sports bras? Or are things not like they seem and has a new wearable technology reared its most innovative head? Read on for details about this exciting  breakthrough in athletic sportswear.

To The Moon, ISSpresso... Well, To The Space Station For Now

If the crew on the International Space Station can have a zero-gravity football (aka soccer ball), they can certainly have a zero-gravity espresso machine - if no one minds drinking espresso through a straw. Two Italian companies, coffee roaster Lavazza and space food expert Argotec, have developed a special espresso maker for the ISS, they aptly named the ISSpresso.

Want This New Invention? EZ Leaps Teach Shoe Tying

Growing up is full of a number of leaps and bounds: learning to crawl, learning to walk, and learning the ABCs. One of those leaps that kids often struggle with is learning how to tie their shoes. It can be a real challenge to their fledgling motor skills. EZLeaps Shoe Tying Tool has been designed to help kids learn this important task in a fun and colorful way with a simple and inexpensive tool.

Next In Cat Social Media Toys: The Cat2See

"Cats are the most viral thing on the Internet after sex," Gilad Gelfand told Israeli newspaper Haaretz, as he explained how Cat2See, his remote cat play-watch-feed invention, would fit into the booming cat watching and sharing arena.  Cat2See, indeed, has its similarities to existing cat watching apps, but it has its differences too.  What I like about it most is its R2D2-looking robotic fishing rod holder!

Twitter Scavenger Hunt, Social Experiment For Paying-It-Forward

New Yorkers and tourists are scouring the boroughs of New York City this weekend in a massive treasure hunt created by a California millionaire and self-proclaimed 'philanthropist-for the-people' Jason Buzi. Started in San Francisco, it's a viral campaign that is prompted by posted clues on the Twitter account @HiddenCash to direct people to where Buzi buried some cash.

Move Over, Star Trek: NASA Is Developing A Fully-Functional Warp Drive

So, uh...Star Trek's warp drives might not be the domain of science fiction for much longer. The company late yesterday unveiled a "warp ship" that can legitimately travel faster than the speed of light. Guess it'll soon be time for us to explore the Final Frontier, won't it?

E3 2014: Mario Maker Started Out As A Tool For Nintendo's Developers, And Now It's An Awesome Game

As those of you who've been paying attention to E3 are no doubt already aware, one of the games unveiled by Nintendo was Mario Maker; a title which will allow players to create their own Mario levels. Turns out, it was never intended to be a game - it was originally designed as a development tool.

Wearable Tech: Intel's New And Very Snazzy Smart Bracelet

Appealing to an emerging geek-chic fashion trend, Intel has developed a new smart bracelet that will be released by the end of the year. This stylish wearable tech device is slated to be cooler than cool. Check out more details below.

E3 2014: If You Want To Be A Couch Potato On Your PC, This Keyboard's Just The Ticket

PC gaming on a couch would be pretty awesome, save for one unpleasant little detail - couches aren't exactly made for a traditional mouse-and-keyboard setup. We've been treated to a rather elegant solution to that problem at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo. I kind of want one.