Monthly Archives: December 2014

Samsung’s ‘Look at Me’ app teaches autistic children to communicate

Autism is a developmental disorder that hampers a person’s ability to communicate with people, but it’s believed that its sufferers do enjoy using computers. It was from that spark that Samsung, working with two universities in Seoul, was inspired to … Continue reading

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Microsoft kicks off Skype’s Translator preview on Windows 8.1

Tu madre es una tarantula. Entiendes? If you didn’t catch that, Skype’s got you covered. Microsoft just kicked off Skype’s Translator preview, which, as the name suggests, can automatically translate speech in real-time. While English and Spanish are the only … Continue reading

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The hidden meaning behind 40 famous logos

Companies spend millions of dollars coming up with unique and compelling logos that define their brands and make them stand out from their competitors. We see hundreds of them everyday, but do we really get what those logos mean? This … Continue reading

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What you need to know about your digital life after death

“One small fact: You are going to die,” Death says in the opening of The Book Thief. “Despite every effort, no one lives forever.” If you’ve come to terms with that (or have at least thought of death at one … Continue reading

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Stretchy Artificial Skin Lets Prosthetic Hand Sense Heat, Humidity, and Pressure | Popular Science

Prosthetic limbs that can be controlled by an amputee’s thoughts or muscle movements already exist. But what if they could also sense the environment and then send that information back to the amputee’s nervous system?In order to create prosthetics that … Continue reading

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The Soaring U.S. Outbreak of Vaccine-Preventable Disease, Visualized

Mealses, mumps, polio, rubella, whooping cough… All diseases that are eminently preventable by vaccination. But, as this data visualization shows, while their incidence has decreased by 57 percent around the world between 2008 and 2014, in the U.S. it’s soared … Continue reading

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How to Establish a Morning Routine for Kids That Actually Works

Getting an entire family up, dressed, fed, and out the door before the sun even comes up could easily be a recipe for disaster or at least a meltdown or two!. But it doesn’t have to be. If you set … Continue reading

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The perfect human is Puerto Rican | Bits of DNA

The nearest neighbor to the “perfect human” is HG00737, a female who is… Puerto Rican. One might imagine that such a person already existed, maybe Yuiza, the only female Taino Cacique chief in Puerto Rico’s history: via The perfect human is Puerto Rican … Continue reading

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Official NORAD Santa Tracker

For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s flight. The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement misprinted the telephone number for children to … Continue reading

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These Dollar Bill Concepts Are Better Than The Real Thing

While U.S. currency does change a little on occasional, the basic design of the notes has stayed fairly constant: green/black background, a portrait on one side, and a pretty picture on the other. These concepts take that classic design, and … Continue reading

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