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Summer Solstice And Strawberry Moon Make For A Perfect Day!

By Meera Dolasia on June 20, 2016
Summer Solstice And Strawberry Moon Make For A Perfect Day!

Today, June 20, happens to be the first day of summer or summer “solstice.” Derived from the Latin words “sol” for “sun” and “sisto” for “stop,” it is the day when the North Pole is most inclined towards the sun. As a result, residents of the Northern Hemisphere enjoy the longest day of the year. The opposite, of course, is true for the residents of the Southern Hemisphere who will experience the shortest day of the year. What makes today’s summer solstice even more unique is that for the first time in many years, it coincides with a full moon.

Smart Mother Goose Asks Police Officer To Help Free Her Entangled Gosling

By Meera Dolasia on June 7, 2016
Smart Mother Goose Asks Police Officer To Help Free Her Entangled Gosling

On Monday, May 9, James Givens, a police officer in Cincinnati, Ohio, was sitting in his cruiser when he heard what sounded like a knock. He turned around only to find a goose pecking at the car door. This was highly unusual given that the birds typically preferred to observe humans from a distance.

SkinTrack Technology Transforms Your Arm Into A Smartwatch Touchpad

By Maitreyi Mantha on June 6, 2016
SkinTrack Technology Transforms Your Arm Into A Smartwatch Touchpad

Controlling and interacting with content on a smartphone or tablet is a relatively easy task given their large screens. However, the same is not true for smartwatches which are proving to be more of a fashion statement than a piece of useful technology. Now a group of researchers from the Human-Computer Interaction Institute’s Future Interfaces Group (HCII) at Carnegie Mellon University is trying to change that with an invention that transforms the arm into a touchpad.

Guess What? Today Is National Donut Day!

By Meera Dolasia on June 3, 2016
Guess What? Today Is National Donut Day!

Though few people need an excuse to bite into a warm, gooey donut, it is always nice to have one. And what better reason to justify eating the treat than the fact that it is National Donut Day! Observed annually on the first Friday of June,  the origins of this yummy holiday can be traced all the way back to World War I.

The 3-D Zebra Crossings That Are Making India's Roads Safer For Pedestrians

By Meera Dolasia on June 2, 2016
The 3-D Zebra Crossings That Are Making India's Roads Safer For Pedestrians

Zebra crossings — the alternating dark and light stripes on the road surface — are meant to alert drivers that pedestrians may be trying to get across. Unfortunately, they are not very effective. A 1998 study done by the Department of Traffic Planning and Engineering at Sweden’s Lund University, revealed that three out of four drivers maintained the same speed or even accelerated as they were approaching a crossing. Even worse? Only 5% stopped even when they saw someone trying to get across. Now a mother-daughter team in Ahmedabad, India have devised a clever way to get drivers to pay more attention — A zebra crossing with an optical illusion.

ISS Astronauts Begin Testing BEAM — The World's First Inflatable Space Habitat

By Sarah Benton Feitlinger on May 31, 2016
ISS Astronauts Begin Testing BEAM  — The World's First Inflatable Space Habitat

On May 26, NASA astronaut Jeff Williams spent seven hours inflating the first expandable room at the International Space Station. Called Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM, the balloon-like structure that measures 10-feet by 13-feet, (about the size of an average bedroom) when fully inflated, is the first prototype of what NASA experts hope will be the space habitat of the future. The compressed module arrived at the ISS aboard the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft on April 8 and was put in place outside the Tranquility module by ISS’s robotic arm, Canadarm2.

Cracking Up With A Friend Or Politely Chuckling With A Stranger? Your Laughter Reveals It All!

By Shariqua Ahmed on May 29, 2016
Cracking Up With A Friend Or Politely Chuckling With A Stranger? Your Laughter Reveals It All!

Laughter, be it a loud guffaw or a well-mannered giggle, is a universal way to express joy. But as it turns out, your chuckle reveals a lot more than the fact that you are happy. It enables listeners, even those that cannot observe you, instantly realize if you are having a good time with a close friend or laughing politely with a complete stranger. 

EasyJet's Smart "Sneakairs" Makes Sightseeing Effortless

By Kim Bussing on May 27, 2016
EasyJet's Smart "Sneakairs" Makes Sightseeing Effortless

Most airlines go all out to ensure their passengers have the best possible flight experience. Now, Europe’s low-budget airline easyJet, wants to extend the positive experience beyond the plane ride with “Sneakairs” — Smart shoes that allow visitors to explore new cities and towns without ever looking at a map.

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