Human-like robot tricks people into thinking it has a mind of its own

Study co-author Agnieszka Wykowska pictured with the deceptively “self-aware” robot iCub. (Image credit: Italian Institute of Technology) (opens in new tab) An uncannily human-like robot that had been programmed to socially interact with human companions tricked people into thinking that the mindless machine was self-aware, according to a new study.  The digital deceiver, which the […]

Listeria outbreak that sickened 23 people tied to ice cream brand

A Listeria outbreak that resulted in 22 hospitalizations and one death has been linked to an ice cream brand called Big Olaf Creamery, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced (opens in new tab) July 2. Big Olaf Creamery, based in Sarasota, Florida, is voluntarily contacting stores to “recommend against selling their ice […]

Three people gored by bison in a month at Yellowstone National Park. Why do these attacks happen?

A bison approaches a walkway full of visitors in Yellowstone National Park. (Image credit: Shutterstock) (opens in new tab) Three people have been gored by bison in a single month at Yellowstone National Park, with the two most recent attacks coming just two days apart. Park officials warned visitors to be respectful of the enormous […]

Golden history of Kazakhstan’s Saka warrior people revealed | Archaeology

Wisdom, as Bob Marley put it, is better than gold. From next month however, the precious metal is central to a major new historical exhibition in Cambridge using loaned artefacts telling the story of an ancient civilization little known beyond Kazakhstan. Golden objects unearthed from ancient burial mounds built by the Saka warrior people of […]