03:25 PM EDT 07/29/2014
Originally posted 07/28/2014 06:00PM
With the help of scientists at the University of Central Florida, one little boy got to do something he'd never before: give his mother a hug with two hands.
Like more than a thousand people each year, Alex Pring was born without an arm.
Originally posted 07/20/2014 10:35AM
Is this the summer of Kickstarter? We've seen no shortage of drives for off-the-wall causes, foremost among them that infamous Kickstarter for potato salad that has so far received more than $50,000 in pledges. But potato salad hasn't cornered the market on weird ideas. Here are five that caught our eyes.
Originally posted 07/01/2014 06:30PM
Originally posted 06/27/2014 11:00AM
Journalist Esther Honig wanted to see what beauty standards were like in different cultures. She could have simply bought a magazine or watched some films, but instead she decided to try an experiment.
For her Before & After project, Honig used the power of crowdsourcing to see how different illustrators around the world see beauty in their own cultures.
Honig found 40 artists – a mix of amateurs and professionals – from dozens of countries, and sent them an un-retouched image of her head and shoulders. She paid them a small fee to fulfill one simple job: Make her "beautiful."
Originally posted 06/26/2014 03:35PM
Athletes aren't the only ones playing the field at the World Cup.
According to a report from Quartz, Brazil's influx of World Cup tourists are trying to do a bit of scoring on their own – mobile dating apps like Tinder and Grindr are seeing their numbers skyrocket in the South American nation.
Originally posted 06/19/2014 12:00PM
This is the kind of thing that the smiling, heart-eyed emoticon was made for. Earlier this week, the Unicode Consortium announced that its latest update (coming in July) would include over 250 new emoji, which means that we can finally – FINALLY – stop over-Tweeting our old favorites; we're looking at you, uncontrollably sobbing sad face.
Some of the newest items on Unicode's list of textable signs and symbols include a chipmunk, a spider, a chili pepper and a levitating businessman – which will be perfect for when your boss finally implements those new Gravity-Free Fridays.
Unfortunately, the new additions won't immediately appear on our iPhones or Android devices. Apple and Google will have to redesign the symbols for their respective platforms, and each of them will decide which ones will be added to their own emoji dictionaries. (Emojionaries?) But still! Here are ten of our favorite new icons, along with some helpful suggestions for how to use them.
Originally posted 06/16/2014 02:40PM
Originally posted 06/03/2014 11:30AM
Originally posted 04/30/2014 01:00PM
[YOUTUBE "dk3oc1Hr62g"] The future is arriving in fits and starts: You may never get that jetpack you covet, but according to Google, robot cars may be arriving sooner than you think.
In a promotional video showcasing its self-driving-car program, the tech company gives an inside look at how its autonomous autos are handling driving on busy city streets, where they have to deal with everything from trucks to trains to packs of bikers.
Originally posted 04/04/2014 02:00PM
Hey, teacher: Leave that kid alone!
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