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May 24, 2015
Google aims to patent child toy that pays attention
San Francisco (AFP) May 23, 2015
Google has filed a patent for toys that pay attention to who is in a room and can interact with other media devices. The US Patent and Trademark Office shared diagrams Thursday depicting what resembled rabbit and bear toys with microphones in their ears, cameras in their eyes, speakers in their mouths and motors in their necks. The envisioned devices were described as being able to listen for someone, turn a head to make "eye contact," hear what they say and respond with pre-recorded phrases. ... read more

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Microsoft: Humans have shorter attention span than a goldfish
A small study by researchers at Microsoft has found the human attention span is shortening. At just 8 seconds, they say it is now shorter than the attention span of the average goldfish. ... more
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A new chapter in Earth history
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Can skull shape determine what food was on prehistoric plates
When paleontologists put together a life history for a long-extinct animal, it's common to infer the foods it ate by looking at modern animals with similar skull shapes and tooth patterns. But this ... more
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Study finds ancient clam beaches not so natural
Casting a large interdisciplinary research net has helped Simon Fraser University archaeologist Dana Lepofsky and 10 collaborators dig deeper into their findings about ancient clam gardens in the Pa ... more
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Human weapons may not have caused the demise of the Neanderthals
The demise of Neanderthals may have nothing to do with innovative hunting weapons carried by humans from west Asia, according to a new study published in the Journal of Human Evolution. The research ... more
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DARPA Aims to Accelerate Memory Function for Skill Learning
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Insight into how brain makes memories
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Scientists urge moratorium after Chinese 'edit' human embryos
Global scientists on Thursday renewed calls to halt controversial research to genetically edit human embryos after a Chinese team published details of a breakthrough attempt in this new frontier in science. ... more
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Large heads, narrow pelvises and difficult childbirth in humans
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Technology can transfer human emotions to your palm through air
Human emotion can be transferred by technology that stimulates different parts of the hand without making physical contact with your body, a University of Sussex-led study has shown. Sussex sc ... more
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MIT study links family income, test scores, brain anatomy
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World's oldest tools found near Africa's Lake Turkana
A group of archaeologists say they've uncovered the world's oldest tools. At 3.3 million years old, the newly unearthed tools predate the evolution of modern humans. ... more
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Neanderthals manipulated bodies shortly after death
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Mountain gorillas enter the genomic age
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Complex cognition shaped the Stone Age hand axe
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