An Ottawa computer engineer is developing a power wheelchair users can move around with a smartphone or remote control with voice commands.
Buying the cheapest computer in the world is now cheaper than buying your lunch.
The recipient of this year’s Wellcome Trust Screenwriting Fellowship, filmmaker Carol Morley talks science, magic and women in film
“When I was at primary school, I was really interested in science. I even wrote to Jim’ll Fix It; I think I wanted to do an experiment with test tubes and a white coats and everything, but I never heard back.” says filmmaker Carol Morley. “Of course, looking back, that’s probably for the best ...”
Morley, whose recent films include Dreams of a Life and The Falling, has just been named as the recipient of the Wellcome Trust Screenwriting Fellowship, which is awarded in partnership with BFI and Film4. Finally, without the dubious aid of a disgraced TV presenter, she’ll live her dream. From January she’ll have access to a treasure trove of scientific material and experiments galore. The fellowship, now in its third year, offers a huge prize: access to the trust’s library, archive and curio collection, visits to research institutions, a personal MRI brain scan and genome analysis, direct access to research trials and a space to work in at the Wellcome Collection. The £30,000 bursary also adds a sweetener to rival the coveted Jim Fixed It For Me medallion.Continue reading...
With Black Friday, Christmas shopping and the winter sales all approaching, what is it that makes some of us susceptible to irrational purchases?
With Black Friday, Christmas shopping and the winter sales all approaching, consumers around the world will once again overindulge in systematic unplanned purchases that provide little more than a short-term emotional fix. At times, this can cause long-term problems, such as regret, debt and spiritual emptiness.
It is indeed the season for impulsive buying, one of the few areas in which marketers and businesses appear to be up to speed with the science of psychology, not least because of their desire to leverage it at the expense of consumers’ rationality. From sales assistants who compliment you on your looks, to those who pour you a glass of champagne, and machine-learning algorithms that nudge you into buying things you don’t need – but still want – a big chunk of marketing budgets are devoted to stimulating reckless and mindless spending.Continue reading...
The dwarf planet most recently is famous for the two mysterious, bright spots on its surface.
A Halifax man has found a beer bottle nearly as old as Canada, with century-old suds still inside.
When you sit down for your holiday dinner, you may want to give thanks to bees and other pollinators. Their health is tied to your food. What's behind the bee declines? Watch our video investigation.