Media Consumption Overtakes Sleep

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A new report suggests the average Brit spends more time using media devices than they do sleeping. But that claim comes with a catch. The report comes from Ofcom, the British equivalent to the Federal Communications Commission. It surveyed the media consumption of 2,800 adults and children over one week. Ofcom’s summary of the report […]

Limited Gaming Can Boost Child Wellbeing

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A new “study of studies” suggests that a small amount of video gaming can help children’s psychosocial adjustment. But it’s not an effect strong enough to outweigh other developmental factors. Dr Andrew Przbylski of Oxford University collated the results of several surveys covering around 5,000 British children aged 10 to 15. He filtered the results […]

Robot Walks With Broken Leg

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Researchers have developed a robot that can figure out in just a couple of minutes how to get around despite one limb being incapacitated. It could make it more viable to use robots in remote locations. The project involved staff in universities in Paris and Wyoming who’ve just published a research paper. They wanted to […]

OKCupid Admits Matching Unsuited Couples in Social Experiment

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Dating site OKCupid has admitted it experimented by deliberately “matching” incompatible partners to see how much weight its recommendations carry. The revelation has caused some controversy, following shortly after it emerged that Facebook deliberately emphasized negative posts in some users’ news feeds to see if it changed the tone of their own posts. It’s certainly […]