An Audiologist Explains Why You Hear ‘Yanny’ or ‘Laurel’ — Or Both

An audiologist has an explanation for why everyone on the internet can’t stop asking: “Yanny” or “Laurel”? By JAMIE DUCHARME  http://educateinspirechange.org/science-technology/audiologist-explains-hear-yanny-laurel/ “This all comes down to the brain,” says Dr. Kevin Franck, director of audiology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear. “The fact that brains go in one way and some brains go in the other means that…

Apple Watch Credited With Saving New York Man’s Life

A man from Westchester, New York was rushed to a hospital last month when his Apple Watch alerted him to a dangerously fast heartbeat. By Mary Papenfuss https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/apple-watch-helped-save-mans-life_us_5aebe575e4b0ab5c3d63abd3   That notification helped save his life, doctors said.   William Monzidelis, 32, was working at his family’s bowling alley in the Bronx when he became dizzy and…

Sweden Just Announced World’s First Electric Road That Charges Cars As They Drive

Sweden is paving the way for renewable energy after debuting the world’s first vehicle-charging electrified road, setting the nation well on its way to reaching its goal of a 70 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. By Madison Dapcevich http://www.iflscience.com/technology/sweden-just-announced-worlds-first-electric-road-that-charges-cars-as-they-drive/ It works by recharging the electrical batteries of vehicles as they drive along the road,…

Japan’s Old Robot Dogs Get Traditional Funeral

The departed robot dogs will serve as organ donors to other defective robots Offbeat | Agence France-Presse |https://www.ndtv.com/offbeat/japans-old-sony-aiba-robot-dogs-get-traditional-funeral-1845904 Kofukuji temple chief priest offers a prayer for Sony’s pet robots lined up before the funeral (AFP) ISUMI, JAPAN:  The robot dogs lined up in their dozens Thursday in Japan were no tech fair display. They were the dearly departed being…

Disney Just Invented This Crazy VR Jacket to Give You Hugs, or Punches, or Even Wrap You in Snakes

A big, green snake slithers up your body, squeezing your rib cage, but you’re not afraid. It’s strangely exhilarating. https://www.sciencealert.com/disney-vr-jacket-simulate-hugs-punches-snake-slithering-across-your-body HAMZA SHABAN, THE WASHINGTON POST In this virtual-reality simulation, the snake isn’t real, but the feeling in your chest is. In addition to seeing the snake through a virtual-reality headset strapped to your face, you’re…

Alexa now lets you donate to nearly 50 nonprofits

The voice assistant now lets you donate to nearly 50 nonprofits via voice using Amazon Pay, an Amazon spokesperson said Monday. You can tell your Amazon Echo speaker, “Alexa, donate $10 to American Cancer Society” or “Alexa, make a donation.” “This is just the beginning — this list will continue to grow,” the spokesperson said….

Here Are The Most Astounding Science Facts We’ve Learnt in 2018 So Far

1. SpaceX didn’t just launch a Tesla Roadster into space back in February – there was a second payload hidden inside the car. A small Arch (pronounced ‘Ark’) designed to last for millions, if not billions, of years in the extreme environments of space is now making its way across our Solar System, carrying with it a library’s worth…

Facebook bans Britain First and its leaders

Facebook has banned Britain First from its platform, saying the far-right group has “repeatedly posted content designed to incite animosity and hatred against minority groups”. Britain First’s Facebook page, which had more than 2m likes, and the pages of the two leaders, Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen, have been banned from the social network. “We are…

China just built a 250-acre solar farm shaped like a giant panda

The Panda Power Plant in Datong, China.   China Merchants New Energy/Panda Green Energy Most solar farms align their solar arrays in rows and columns to form a grid. A new solar power plant in Datong, China, however, decided to have a little fun with its design. China Merchants New Energy Group, one of the country’s…

Pizza Can Make You More Productive At Work, According To Science

While you should all be maintaining the illusion that you love your jobs no matter what (‘I love my boss! Yes, I’d love to stay late every day this week! Nah, don’t bother with a pay rise!’), there’s no denying that a little incentive here and there works wonders. But while many employers dish out…