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Human Quirks: Living Well
July 16, 2020

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Move Over, Siri! Researchers Develop Improv-Based Chatbot

Computer scientists have incorporated improv dialogues into chatbots to produce more grounded and engaging ...

Our Animal Inheritance: Humans Perk Up Their Ears, Too, When They Hear Interesting Sounds

Many animals move their ears to better focus their attention on a novel sound. That humans also have this capability was not known until now. A ...

What It Means When Animals Have Beliefs

Humans are not the only ones who have beliefs; animals do too, although it is more difficult to prove them than with humans. Researchers have now proposed four criteria to understand and empirically ...

Digitize Your Dog Into a Computer Game

Researchers have developed motion capture technology that enables you to digitize your dog without a motion capture suit and using only one ...
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Giving Robots Human-Like Perception of Their Physical Environments

New model helps robots understand their environment as humans ...

Distorted Passage of Time During the COVID-19 Lockdown

A survey conducted in the U.K. suggests that social and physical distancing measures put in place during the Covid-19 pandemic significantly impacted people's perception of how quickly time ...

For University Classrooms, Are Telepresence Robots the Next Best Thing to Being There?

Telepresence robots help university students learning remotely to feel more a part of the class, new research ...

Anxious About Public Speaking? Your Smart Speaker Could Help

Researchers have developed a public-speaking tutor on the Amazon Alexa platform. The tutor enables users to engage in cognitive restructuring exercise -- a psychological technique that helps anxious ...

New Textile Could Keep You Cool in the Heat, Warm in the Cold

Imagine a single garment that could adapt to changing weather conditions, keeping its wearer cool in the heat of midday but warm when an evening storm blows in. In addition to wearing it outdoors, ...

Cocky Kids: The Four-Year-Olds With the Same Overconfidence as Risk-Taking Bankers

Overconfidence in one's own abilities despite clear evidence to the contrary is present and persistent in children as young as four, a new study has ...

The Placebo Effect and Psychedelic Drugs: Tripping on Nothing?

A new study suggests that, in the right context, some people may experience psychedelic-like effects from placebos alone. The researchers reported some of the strongest placebo effects on ...

Engineers Find Ankle Exoskeleton Aids Running

Researchers find that a motorized device that attaches around the ankle and foot can drastically reduce the energy cost of ...

Cannabis Compound Helps Fight Resistant Bacteria

Bacteria are increasingly becoming resistant to antibiotics. By combining antibiotics with the cannabis compound, cannabidiol, researchers have found a way to enhance the antibiotic ...

Wearing Clothes Could Release More Microfibers to the Environment Than Washing Them

In a first-of-its-kind study, scientists compared four different items of polyester clothing and how many fibers were released when they were being worn and ...

Why Is an Empty Shampoo Bottle So Easy to Knock Over?

It becomes annoyingly easy to knock over a shampoo bottle when it's nearly empty. This is an easily observed and annoying phenomenon that, according to a physics professor, yields insights into ...

Fur-Friendly 'Wearable for Pets' and Their Humans

Researchers have invented a new health tracking sensor for pets and people that monitors vital signs through fur or ...

Low-Cost 'Smart' Diaper Can Notify Caregiver When It's Wet

Researchers have developed a ''smart'' diaper embedded with a moisture sensor that can alert a caregiver when a diaper is wet. When the sensor detects dampness in the diaper, it ...

How the Brain's Immune System Could Be Harnessed to Improve Memory

Inflammation can send the brain's immune cells into damaging hyperdrive, an effect that has been linked to neurodegenerative diseases that affect memory, like dementia. A new study finds these ...

Breathing May Change Your Mind About Free Will

Is free will just an illusion? For decades, a signal from the brain called the 'readiness potential' has been interpreted to mean that free will may be an illusion. Backed by signals from ...

Physics of Giant Bubbles Bursts Secret of Fluid Mechanics

A study inspired by street performers making gigantic soap bubbles led to a discovery in fluid mechanics: Mixing different molecular sizes of polymers within a solution increases the ability of a ...

Security Risk for E-Scooters and Riders

New research finds e-scooters have risks beyond the perils of potential collisions. Computer science experts have published the first review of the security and privacy risks posed by e-scooters and ...

Horror Movies Manipulate Brain Activity Expertly to Enhance Excitement

A research team maps neural activity in response to watching horror movies. A study shows the top horror movies of the past 100 years, and how they manipulate brain ...

What It's Like to Live Without a Sense of Smell

New research reveals the impact of smell loss. As many as one in 20 people live without smell. But until now there has been little research into the range of emotional and practical impacts it ...

Brewing a Better Espresso, With a Shot of Math

Researchers are challenging common espresso wisdom, finding that fewer coffee beans, ground more coarsely, are the key to a drink that is cheaper to make, more consistent from shot to shot, and just ...

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