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Now kids can easily program a complex robot to recognize a smile

June 28, 2017 - 10:22 -- Admin

Plenty of toys on the market promise to provide the next generation of coders and engineers with the foundation they'll need to compete in the rapidly-changing job market. But in a sea of coding-for-kids products, an update to Anki's holiday-shopping darling, Cozmo the robot, offers a chance for young would-be coders to tap into a complex machine capable of advanced feats, like facial recognition.

A new microscope uses light to "cut" through tissue samples and find cancer

June 28, 2017 - 10:22 -- Admin

The ultimate goal of a lumpectomy is to remove all the cancerous tissue from a person's breast while saving as much of the healthy tissue as possible. But that's even harder than it sounds. Without the ability to look at tissue under a microscope, it's currently impossible to tell whether the area surrounding a tumor contains cancerous cells or not.

Scientific studies favor male mice—and that could hurt a lot of humans

June 28, 2017 - 10:22 -- Admin

The biological differences between men and women can affect the way they react to certain drugs and treatments, according to a new study in Nature Communications. If this sounds like a no brainer, you probably haven't looked at many biomedical studies. As PopSci noted earlier this year, biomedical researchers experiment almost exclusively on male animal subjects.

Aura uses artificial intelligence to deliver personalized meditations

June 28, 2017 - 10:22 -- Admin

If you struggle with stress or anxiety, you are far from alone. In fact, most US workers say they suffer from stress on the job. Thankfully, technology and science are teaming up to fix this growing issue with a whole slew of meditation and relaxation based tools. One example that's currently sweeping the industry is Aura, an app that helps you reach inner calmness through short, guided meditation sessions.

Reports of nasty side effects from cosmetics are way up, and a single hair company may be to blame

June 28, 2017 - 10:22 -- Admin

Ordinary shampoos contain harsh sulfates and chemicals to make lather that strip your hair of its natural oils. WEN by ChazDean doesn't. But it does seem to contain something that makes your hair fall maybe a few sulfates aren't that bad after all?

How to survive a tsunami

June 28, 2017 - 10:22 -- Admin

On May 22, 1960, the largest earthquake ever measured struck off the coast of southern Chile. Once the shaking stopped, Denis García, a resident of the nearby port town Corral, noticed something odd. He was searching for his family, not realizing they were safe and on high ground, when he caught sight of Corral Bay. The waters had drawn back, leaving the seafloor bare. García went to investigate. He did not see the 40-foot-high tsunami barreling toward him until it was too late.