For kids, getting parents to understand what they're thinking or feeling can be a challenge all on its own. But having additional speech impairments or developmental delays can make basic communication a serious hurdle.
In fact, the effect actually increases as a game gets more competitive, the researchers out of the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology, the University of Helsinki, and Aalto University -- all in Finland -- report in the journal PLOS One.
In the study, participants played the game Hedgewars, which involves both managing one's own team of hedgehogs and using ballistic artillery to destroy as many of the opposing team's hedgehogs as possible. Basically, whoever kills more hedgehogs wins. To mix up the type and degree of competition, sometimes the players were playing one another, other times the computer.
All the while, the players were being monitored using facial electromyography (fEMG) to measure facial muscle reactions and electroencephalography (EEG) to measure brain activity.… Read more
What makes a truly fine blue cheese so spectacular can be partly due to particular kinds of bacteria that are encouraged to grow on it. Now, imagine if those bacteria came from someplace unusual... like food author Michael Pollan's belly button. Yep, you get human-flavored cheese. Hungry yet?
Scientist Christina Agapakis and scent specialist Sissel Tolaas came together for a project that combines art and synthetic biology. They collected bacteria samples from donors and used them to create unique cheeses for each person.… Read more
A roomful of youthful programmers -- all of them undocumented citizens -- listened closely Wednesday night as notable Silicon Valley visionaries offered their support for immigration reform.
Industry leaders including Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, and Dropbox founder Drew Houston, are personally consulting with the teams as they spend 24 hours building prototypes for advocacy tools to help advance meaningful immigration reform -- something FWD.us believes is long overdue.
FWD.us, the hackathon's host, is an organization promoting better policies to keep the United States and its citizens competitive in a global economy -- including … Read more
Earlier this year, billionaire Dennis Tito -- best known as the first "space tourist" who paid his way onto the International Space Station in 2001 -- laid out his audacious plan for a manned fly-by of Mars.
There was just one catch: the mission would need to launch in late 2017 to take advantage of a rare alignment of the planets that would greatly shorten the trip, or maybe in 2021, the second best option.
Then on Wednesday Tito went before the House Science Subcommittee on Space during a hearing on commercial space to share the findings of a study into the proposed mission and reveal another catch: Tito needs to borrow NASA's new Space Launch System (SLS), which is currently still under development, and have the federal government foot part of the bill. … Read more
"By f/2.8, this lens is already sharper than most excellent lenses will get at any aperture...Zeiss did what they said they had done: gave it exceptional performance even in the corners at widest aperture," said Cicala, who tested the lens on a Nikon D800e. That camera has a very high resolution 36-megapixel image sensor and, for a little bit of extra sharpness, omits the antialiasing filter that's present in its D800 sibling.
And DxO Labs put the Otus 55mm at the top of its ranking of dozens of lenses, with an "excellent" DxOMark score of 45 on the D800. The closest rival is Nikon's 85mm f1.4 with a score of 40. … Read more
Inspired by bicycles, scooters, and skateboards that make their users feel happy, and designed by former Sony, Toyota, and Olympus engineers, startup Whill has taken its first wheelchair, the Type-A, from an idea to production. The company says the chair is now available for preorder and will start shipping within the US in early 2014.