Jul 20, 2014

Fruit colors evolved to please picky birds: study

Tropical Asian birds have a penchant for red and black — a proclivity that likely prompted jungle plants to sprout fruit in these colors, according to scientists. It has long been suspected that an abundance of red and black fleshy fruits in nature was ...

'Hubot' series focuses on human-robot divide

| Jul 18, 2014

'Hubot' series focuses on human-robot divide

by Erik Fau

He has no special interest in science fiction, but the creator of a Swedish sci-fi drama that pits robots against humans has struck a nerve among viewers. “Real Humans,” by screenwriter-actor Lars Lundstroem, stars humanoids called “hubots,” a word mixing humans and robots. They ...

Gaza Strip children scarred by third war

Jul 16, 2014

Gaza Strip children scarred by third war

The children of the Attar clan have lived through three wars in just over five years, each time fleeing home as Israel bombarded their neighborhood in the Palestinian Gaza Strip. Their psychological scars show. Some act out. Others cling to their mother or withdraw, ...

Etiquette gets reboot for digital age

Jul 10, 2014

Etiquette gets reboot for digital age

by Rob Lever

The digital age has created a host of new etiquette dilemmas. What should you do when your boss sends a Facebook friend request? Is it OK to take and share smartphone pictures at a friend’s wedding? When should you take off Google Glass, rather ...

Chimpanzee sign language translated

Jul 5, 2014

Chimpanzee sign language translated

Chimpanzees use their hands to say “follow me,” “stop that” or “take this,” according to new research seeking to translate the sophisticated messages flowing back and forth. Previous research had revealed that our nearest genetic relatives use gestures to communicate, prompting questions over whether ...

French woman stabs teacher to death in front of pupils

Jul 5, 2014

French woman stabs teacher to death in front of pupils

A primary school in southern France was in shock Friday after a teacher was stabbed to death in front of her young pupils by a student’s mother who was described as having “psychiatric problems.” After what Education Minister Benoit Hamon described as an “appalling” ...