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 […]

Congressional Computer Banned By Wikipedia

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An IP address at the House of Representatives has received a 10-day ban from anonymous edits on Wikipedia. It follows malicious edits receiving unwanted publicity. A Twitter account, @congressedits, automatically posts a message whenever a computer using any IP address assigned to Congress makes an edit. While it may be that some representatives and their […]

Facebook Adds Read-It-Later Feature

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Facebook has added a “Save” feature that acts like a bookmark tool for linked content on your news feed. Unlike tools such as Instapaper, it doesn’t allow offline viewing. The feature will be available on both the desktop website version of the site and on the official Android/iOS apps. On posts which contain a link, […]