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Video Of The Week - Hawaii's Big Island A Winter Wonderland?

By Meera Dolasia on December 12, 2016
Video Of The Week - Hawaii's Big Island A Winter Wonderland?

Hawaii’s Big Island is known for many things — its rich culture, active volcanoes, black sand beaches, green rainforests, and of course year-round warm, humid, weather. This year, the sunny paradise can add snow to this impressive list. Since early December, almost three feet of snow has blanketed the over 13,000-feet high volcano peaks of the Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, and more is expected.

Study Suggests Small Fibs Snowball Into Larger Lies As Brain Adapts To Dishonesty

By Maitreyi Mantha on December 12, 2016
Study Suggests Small Fibs Snowball Into Larger Lies As Brain Adapts To Dishonesty

Chronic or compulsive lying has largely been considered a mental illness. However, a new study from the University College London suggests that there may be a biological explanation as well. The researchers believe that small, self-serving lies desensitize our brains to the negative emotions connected to dishonesty, paving the way for bigger lies.

Adorable Pig Calms Stressed Travelers At San Francisco Airport

By Meera Dolasia on December 11, 2016
Adorable Pig Calms Stressed Travelers At San Francisco Airport

On December 5, San Francisco Airport (SFO) officials introduced LiLou, the newest member of the Wag Brigade, family, a group of friendly therapy dogs that roam the airport terminals to provide comfort to harried travelers. However, Lilou is not a canine, but a small breed of pig called Juliana. The two-year-old is the first pig to be certified with the SPCA, Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) Program, in the United States.

Japanese AI Robot To Get A "Real" Job After Failing University Entrance Exam For Fourth Consecutive Year

By Maitreyi Mantha on December 9, 2016
Japanese AI Robot To Get A "Real" Job After Failing University Entrance Exam For Fourth Consecutive Year

Since 2013, Torobo, a robotic arm designed to test the limits of artificial intelligence, has had one aspiration — to be admitted to the University of Tokyo, one of Asia’s top-ranked educational institutions. However, despite having an extensive database of textbooks and other teaching materials to draw upon, Torobo, (short for Todai Robot) has repeatedly failed to obtain the university's required minimum 80% score in the National Center Test, a standardized entrance examination adopted by Japanese universities. This year was no exception.

Amazon Go Aims To Make Grocery Shopping Hassle Free And Fun!

By Meera Dolasia on December 8, 2016
Amazon Go Aims To Make Grocery Shopping Hassle Free And Fun!

On Monday, December 5, online retailing giant Amazon announced the opening of its first brick and mortar grocery store. Called Amazon Go, the Seattle-based store that is currently being tested by company employees, closely mimics regular convenience stores except for one thing — thanks to Amazon’s proprietary “Just Walk Out” technology, all purchases are handled electronically. This means that there are no cashiers, checkouts, or lines. Shoppers simply grab what they want and leave.

Australia's Thorny Devil Lizards Drink Water By Burying Themselves In The Sand

By Sarah Benton Feitlinger on December 7, 2016
Australia's Thorny Devil Lizards Drink Water By Burying Themselves In The Sand

The thorny devil, named for the sharp spikes that cover its head and body, is a lizard that dwells in the Australian Outback’s hot and arid desert. Though its scary appearance has earned it other equally alarming names like the thorny dragon or the mountain devil, the palm-sized reptile is a harmless, slow-moving animal that has managed to adapt to one of the world’s most inhospitable environments. While researchers know a lot about these hardy lizards, the one mystery that had never been completely solved, is how they keep hydrated.

Video Of The Week — Jetmen Trio Fly In Formation With French Military Jets

By Meera Dolasia on December 5, 2016
Video Of The Week — Jetmen Trio Fly In Formation With French Military Jets

During the past 15 years, Yves “Jetman” Rossy has strapped on his jetpack — carbon fiber wings powered by four small engines — to conduct many heart-stopping stunts. The former Swiss Air Force pilot has soared across the Grand Canyon, circled Japan's Mt. Fuji and even flown alongside the world's largest commercial airplane, the Airbus A380. On November 25, the daredevil upped the ante when he and protégés Vince Reffet and Frédéric ‘Fred’ Fugen, flew in formation with eight Alpha Jets from the Patrouille de France, the precision aerobatics demonstration team of the French Air Force.

These Stylish Shoes Are Crafted Entirely From Chocolate!

By Jeffrey Shao on December 4, 2016
These Stylish Shoes Are Crafted Entirely From Chocolate!

With Christmas around the corner, Valentine’s Day is probably the last thing on your mind. However, don’t tell that to Motohiro Okai. The chocolatier who works at the Rihga Royal Hotel Chocolate Boutique L’éclat in Osaka, Japan, has been feverishly working to perfect an exclusive line of “shoes” that will delight even the most discerning man.

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