SUN CHASING ROBOT MOVES IN & OUT TO CARE FOR PLANTS LIVES ON ITS HEAD

Back in school, I remember learning that plants are “heliotropic,” meaning they grow toward light. I always found this oddly touching, as if those green tendrils stretching out to the sun proved the plant was yearning to live. And why not? That is why they do it. But what if plants could do more than […]

PHOTOGRAPHY CAN HELP TO CULTIVATE MINDFULNESS AND GRATITUDE IN KIDS

If you were to think about teaching both mindfulness and gratitude to students, photography might not be the first method that comes to mind. But mindfulness is, at its core, a state of open awareness and attention—and to feel gratitude, we first have to truly notice the good things in life. Looked at that way, […]

HOW PARENTS CAN HIT THE PAUSE BUTTON ON THE SCREEN TIME

All parents want happy and successful children. Yet, too often we are led to believe that the best way to ensure that is to add more of everything to our children’s lives—more studying, more lessons, and more sports practices. That makes for a jam-packed, high-pressure family life for everyone. What children require to thrive is […]

DRONES ARE BEING USED TO FIGHT AGAINST MALARIA

The drone makes a conspicuous racket as it lifts off on a mission to capture images of the reservoir below. The sight and sound of this strange device stirs interest among locals as they make their way to and from the town of Kasungu in central Malawi. It takes a matter of minutes for a […]

TRUMP MOST FOLLOWED LEADER ON TWITTER, PM MODI BAGS THE THIRD PLACE

US President Donald Trump is by far the most followed world leader on Twitter, with the Pope trailing him by some 4.5 million followers, a study showed Tuesday. The number of Trump’s followers has “more than doubled since taking office”, the study authors said. With more than 52 million followers, the @realDonaldTrump account also counts […]

A GADGET THAT TELLS HOW BAD YOU STINK

Body odor is a very serious issue, so serious in fact that there is actually a market for high-tech devices that alert users if they start to stink. The problem with body odor is that you can’t really smell is on yourself, and in an exceptionally polite society like Japan’s that can put people in […]

WIKIPEDIA DOWN IN SEVERAL COUNTRIES IN EU LAW PROTEST

Wikipedia went down in at least three countries Wednesday in a protest at an upcoming European Parliament vote on a highly disputed law that could make online platforms legally liable for copyrighted material put on the web by users. In Spain, Italy and Poland, an explanatory protest statement about the upcoming vote came up when […]

GOOGLE SAYS YOUR GMAIL MESSAGES ARE SOMETIMES READ BY THIRD PARTIES

Private emails sent and received by Gmail users are sometimes read by third-party developers, Google admitted, despite promises to stop the practice. Users whose accounts are linked to third-party apps may have unwittingly given developers access to their emails, a report by the Wall Street Journal published Monday said. Allowing third-parties to access user data […]

THE HIGH-TECH MOBILE AIRBAG THAT KEEPS DROPPED PHONE INTACT

People drop and break their smartphones all the time, but a German engineering student named Philip Frenzel may have the solution to save everyone some time, money, and unneeded stress. Spotted by DesignBoom, Frenzel has created the mobile airbag, a case that senses when your phone is in free fall and releases metal prongs to […]

CHINA BUILDS LASER RIFLE THAT COULD REMOTELY SET FIRE TO PEOPLE’S SKIN

Chinese researchers are working on a new handheld laser weapon capable of burning skin and clothing from up to half a mile away, according to its developers. Boasts about the high-powered laser rifle’s capabilities come amid a diplomatic row between the US and China over the use of blinding lasers on military aircraft. The new […]