Effective change of habits requires a process. A process that has been researched by positive psychology and top motivational speakers. Part of this process is found naturally in some video games and is demonstrated using Super Mario. Magic Mind wants to bring the world of video games and behavior change together by making empowerment games for children. For more information visit MagicMind.org
Perhaps what we need, what Facebook needs, what the world needs, is a Sympathize button. And, according to an engineer at the company, it’s something that the company has explored in the past.
Speaking yesterday at the company’s annual Compassion Research Day, Facebook engineer Dan Muriello said that another engineer for the company had whipped up the button at a previous compassion-themed hackathon. The announcement was first reported by Bianca Bosker at the Huffington Post.
It makes sense the company might consider a new button because Facebook users ask “Like” to do a lot. And, sometimes, that can be a problem. Since “like” is the only way to recognize you saw something on Facebook without writing or sharing something, sometimes we want to click it—to like something—even though we don’t strictly like something. At times when…
- your best friend laments something silly her parents did, or
- a friend complains about his puppy’s house-training skills, or lack thereof,
- or a cousin posts an update on how her own recovery from illness is progressing.
…we want to say, “Hey, I saw this!,” but we don’t want to say, “Hey, I am fond of this!”
The government has announced that it wants to make the UK a world centre for the development of driverless cars.
It said it would conduct a review next year to ensure that the legislative and regulatory framework is in place for such vehicles to be incorporated on Britain’s roads.
Drone Wars: DHL wants to test package drone in Germany
Drones are hip these days. Just like Amazon and UPS, DHL is testing drones as a way to deliver packages. An internal announcement reveals that the “Paketkopter” will deliver packages to the DHL headquarters from 09.12. to 13.12.2013 in Bonn, heise.de reports.
Employees can choose from a list of nine common cold medicines. The drone will fly off in a pharmacy (distance: 2,7km) between 12am and 2pm and cross the Rhine in a straight line.
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This colorful view from NASA’s Cassini mission is the highest-resolution view of the unique six-sided jet stream at Saturn’s north pole known as “the hexagon”. This movie, made from images obtained by Cassini’s imaging cameras, is the first to show the hexagon in color filters, and the first movie to show a complete view from the north pole down to about 70 degrees north latitude.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI/Hampton University
If you see an antimatter version of yourself running towards you, think twice before embracing.
The future is coming! Some are calling it the 3rd or “3D Industrial Revolution”. But how does 3D Printing work, and what can you expect?
A look at what Mars may have looked like once.
Video: The Evolution Of Mars.
This is a concept video by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland of how the Martian atmosphere and landscape may have changed in the past 4 billion years.
All going to plan, NASA will launch MAVEN this Monday, to find out whether the theories of change are correct. MAVEN will orbit Mars with a suite of instruments that will scan the upper atmosphere for proof of the existence of a much richer ancient atmosphere above the Red Planet.
The spacecraft will arrive at the Red Planet on Sept. 22, 2014, and slip into an elliptical orbit ranging from a low of 93 miles above the surface to a high of 3,728 miles. It also will take five “deep dips” during the course of the mission, flying as low as 77 miles in altitude and providing a cross-section of the top of the atmosphere
This is a revolutionary shift. Once upon a time, medicine was a discipline based on the nuanced diagnosis and treatment of sick patients. Now, Big Data, networked computers and a culture obsessed with knowing its numbers have moved medicine from the bedside to the desktop (or laptop). The art of medicine is becoming the science of an insurance actuary.
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