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Watch Out! April Fools' Day Is This Saturday!

By Meera Dolasia on March 30, 2017
Watch Out! April Fools' Day Is This Saturday!

In case it has slipped your mind, this Saturday is April 1st, or, as is popularly called, Fools’ Day. The origin of this fun day, when pranking people is not frowned upon, is hazy. Some believe the tradition began in 1852 when the world transitioned from the Julian calendar, which started the year in April, to the modern-day Gregorian calendar. Others think it was to celebrate the start of spring. Though individuals often prank each other, it is corporations that really get into the spirit with elaborate gags. Here are a few that were credible enough to fool people for days.

Humpback Whales Form Mysterious Super-Groups Off The Coast Of South Africa

By Maitreyi Mantha on March 28, 2017
Humpback Whales Form Mysterious Super-Groups Off The Coast Of South Africa

Like the rest of their species, the Southern Hemisphere humpbacks, or Megaptera novaeangliae, are not social animals. The baleen whales typically prefer to remain solo or amalgamate in small groups which disperse quickly. However, since 2011, researchers from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town have been observing a new phenomenon off the coast of South Africa — large swarms of whales, comprising anywhere from 20 to 200 individuals. Professor Ken Findlay and his team reported seeing 22 instances of the large groups on three different occasions in 2011, 2014, and 2015.

Video Of The Week — Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Pilots An Avatar-Style Robot

By Meera Dolasia on March 27, 2017
Video Of The Week — Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Pilots An Avatar-Style Robot

On Sunday, March 20, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, was observed behaving like a kid in a candy store — and for a good reason too. The beaming billionaire was among the first to be given the opportunity to pilot a 14-foot-tall mechanical robot, dubbed Method-2, at the opening of the Amazon-hosted MARS 2017 conference. Dedicated to Machine learning, home Automation, Robotics, and Space Exploration (hence the acronym MARS), the three-day invite-only event was attended by 130 guests from the business, entertainment, and robotics sectors.

Celebrate Women's History Month With These Inspiring Women

By Kim Bussing on March 26, 2017
Celebrate Women's History Month With These Inspiring Women

American historian Laurel Ulrich once said, “Well-behaved women rarely make history.” In celebration of Women’s History Month, here are a few of the millions of brave women that have broken all conventional rules to make a difference in the world.

Join The Earth Hour Party By Going Dark For Sixty Minutes This Saturday

By Meera Dolasia on March 24, 2017
Join The Earth Hour Party By Going Dark For Sixty Minutes This Saturday

Always wanted to help fight climate change? Then join the Earth Hour party on Saturday, March 25 by turning off all lights from 8:30 — 9:30 PM local time. This small action, taken by hundreds of millions of people around the world, will make a dent in our efforts to reverse global warming. More importantly, it will demonstrate what can be achieved if we all unite to protect our planet.

Finally! Smart Prescription Glasses That Adjust To Your Vision Automatically

By Viswa Teja on March 21, 2017
Finally! Smart Prescription Glasses That Adjust To Your Vision Automatically

As most people age, the crystalline lenses in their eyes start to stiffen and are unable to change shape as easily. As a result, objects in close range start to look blurry, forcing many middle-aged adults to carry reading glasses either around their necks or tucked away in a handbag. Those already suffering from nearsightedness, or myopia, a condition where distant objects appear blurry, have to depend on bifocals or, even worse, switch between two pairs of glasses. However, thanks to some Utah researchers there may finally be a solution — self-adjusting “smart” glasses.

Video Of The Week — Adorable Kids Crash Dad's Live Television Interview

By Meera Dolasia on March 20, 2017
Video Of The Week — Adorable Kids Crash Dad's Live Television Interview

On March 10, Professor Robert Kelly was doing what the expert on South Korea does regularly — discussing a political situation on live television with a BBC News reporter via Skype. In this case, the topic was South Korean President Park Geun-hye's unprecedented March 9th impeachment for committing “acts that violated the Constitution and laws.”

Rejoice! It's The First Day Of Spring And International Day Of Happiness!

By Meera Dolasia on March 20, 2017
Rejoice! It's The First Day Of Spring And International Day Of Happiness!

Residents of the US East Coast still recovering from last week’s record snowstorms will be happy to know that today is not just the first day of spring, but also the International Day of Happiness. First celebrated in 2013, this fun holiday was established by the United Nations (UN) to remind us that "the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal."

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