With telepresence robots serving as stand-ins, there’s no reason for sick kids to miss school. Some children may prefer to skip class, of course, but for those with serious immune system disorders, telepresence ‘bots are a lifeline to the outside world.
By Emily SchwartzPosted 08.04.2010 at 3:05 pm 1 Comment
With resumes that list achievements like "built wallpaper that turns noise into energy" and "devised a nuclear-fusion reactor," these 10 inventive teens are headed to America's best colleges. After that? It's off to save the world- or maybe invent a new one.
Microsoft's Kinect, the controller-free, gesture-based gaming platform that finally saw an official unveiling at E3 this week continues to surprise us, but not always necessarily in good ways. For instance, we think it's awesome that the non-peripheral peripheral can tell when a child is playing and adjust gameplay to be easier. However, we're quite nonplussed with the discovery that Kinect apparently doesn't work well at all if you're sitting down. Being a couch potato suddenly became difficult, and we certainly didn't see that coming.
Cambodian children grow up in a nation where millions of landmines left by decades of civil war have continued to cripple and kill hundreds of people each year. Now they could get a life-saving lesson from a video game developed by Michigan State University researchers.
In the game, players navigate photos of Cambodian jungle landscapes in search of photos for several adorable cartoon pets -- no cartoon landmine characters here. The point of the maze-like game is to train players and embed warning signals about landmines in their minds.
By the time they are two years old, most children from middle and upper-income families have been vaccinated against polio, mumps, measles, rubella and tetanus. But many low-income children--too many, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Vaccines for Children Program-- have not. A new study examining the results of the U.S. National Immunization Survey carried out between 1995 and 2007 showed "significant disparities in timely vaccination coverage...
What do young people think about the environment? A new report surveying teens from 57 countries has some surprising answers
By Dr. Bill ChameidesPosted 05.04.2009 at 10:53 am 10 Comments
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It seems like every couple of years there are some new baby rules. Don’t lay them down on their stomachs. Don’t lay them down on their backs. Do yoga while pregnant. Don’t do yoga while pregnant. Breast feed. Don’t breast feed. In light of a new study, the latest piece of baby advice you might hear from your doctor may be “don’t conceive in the spring or summer.”
I've seen 2050. It's an interactive exhibition animated by four noseless characters with British accents.
Buz, Eco, Tek, and Dug (the orthography of the future is apparently destined to be streamlined) each have unique views on how the human race can best careen forward. And they each have an "S," presumably for Survival, on their futuristic garb.