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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.

President Trump Signs "Energy Independence" Executive Order

By Meera Dolasia on March 29, 2017
President Trump Signs "Energy Independence" Executive Order

While campaigning to be the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump often referred to global warming as a “hoax” and promised Americans that, if elected, he would lift all “job-killing (climate change0 restrictions.” On Tuesday, March 29, the US leader made good on his promise with an executive order that reverses many of the regulations the Obama administration put in place to protect the environment.

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.

Do We Sleep To Forget Irrelevant Memories? Some Scientists Certainly Think So!

By Sarah Benton Feitlinger on March 23, 2017
Do We Sleep To Forget Irrelevant Memories? Some Scientists Certainly Think So!

Researchers have long maintained that we sleep to accomplish a neural or physiological function that cannot be completed when awake. Why else would higher animals waste a third of their lives sleeping when they could be doing more important things like looking after their families, working, or hunting? Some scientists believe sleeping helps recharge the body, while others think it is important for consolidating newly-formed memories. Now, there is new evidence which suggests that the purpose of sleep may be to forget some of the millions of new things we learn each day.

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.

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