Technology 

Get to know the CNET family: Q&A with Katie Collins – CNET

Take a step behind the scenes at CNET to get to know some of our staff members better and learn what they do to make our site a success. Hello, CNET readers and members! I hope this column finds you well and enjoying all that the new year has brought you so far. Here I am with another installment of Get to know the CNET family. It’s been a while since I’ve published one of these, but here I am, back in saddle with a special treat.  All the way…

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Lifestyle 

Favourite songs will help you beat dementia: Old tunes can revive lost memories

Doctors believe we retain the clearest memories for songs we enjoyed between the ages of 10 and 30.  The effects are thought to be so profound that British researchers have set up a task force to explore the role music can play in mitigating dementia’s devastating effects.  They want people to learn to play instruments to help prevent the onset of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and have called for music-based therapies to be officially adopted.  Baroness Sally Greengross, chief executive of the International Longevity Centre, which has set up a…

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Science 

Cute cats the size of kittens are seeing their homes destroyed

The smallest cat in the AmericasCourtesy of Nicolas Galvez By Niki Rust One of the world’s smallest and cutest wild cats is on the road to extinction, even though it is more resilient than most species. Güiñas (Leopardus guigna), also known as kodkods, live in Chile and are the smallest cats in the Americas. They can weigh as little as 2-2.5 kilograms, half the size of most domestic cats. Güiña populations are in decline and there could be just 10,000 adults remaining – half the number of lions left today.…

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Science 

Motion-activated cameras capture animals being wild, weird

This 2013 photo from a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service motion-activated camera shows a bighorn sheep at the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona. Motion-detecting wildlife cameras are yielding serious science as well as amusing photos. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP) CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — How does a bighorn sheep say “cheese?” Some charismatic critters caught by motion-detecting wildlife cameras seem to know how to strike a pose. But it’s not just show business. As these devices get ever smaller, cheaper and more reliable, scientists across the U.S.…

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Technology 

Litter Robot looks like a spaceship for your cat to poop in – CNET

This self cleaning litter box keeps things tidy without you having to get dirty. Patrick Holland/CNET From far away the Litter Robot Open Air III looks like the pod from “2001: A Space Odyssey”. But as you get closer to it, you realize it’s full of cat litter. And here’s the cool part: The Litter Robot cleans up your cat’s doo-doo so you don’t have to. Without conducting an official poll, it can be said that no one likes cleaning a cat’s litter box. It’s messy, smelly and, well, there’s…

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Science 

FedEx Employee Discovers Largest Prime Number Ever at 23 Million Digits Long

FedEx Employee Discovers Largest Prime Number Ever at 23 Million Digits Long More Mathematicians are fascinated by prime numbers, those that can only be divided by themselves and the number 1. On Wednesday, it was announced that the new, longest known prime number had been discovered, according to New Scientist.   The discovery was made by Jonathan Pace, an engineer employed at Fedex and a volunteer with the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS), a collaborative project in which volunteers run software on their personal computers. The program searches for a type…

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Sport 

Aston Villa news: Adam Forshaw added to target list, Derby County and Sunderland keen

Forshaw has been on the fringes of Boro’s first team this term and is yet to feature since Tony Pulis replaced Garry Monk in the dugout.  Championship promotion-contenders Derby County and struggling Sunderland are also monitoring the 26-year-old’s availability, according to the Northern Echo.  The Black Cats are also interested in a move for Forshaw’s team-mate Adam Clayton.  Forshaw and Clayton are likely to start Middlesbrough’s FA Cup Tees-Wear derby against Sunderland on Saturday, with Pulis expected to ring the changes.  Pulis is due to hold talks with Boro chairman…

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Lifestyle 

Myanmar: Top 10 facts about the country formerly known as Burma

1. The country’s official name was changed in 1989 from Burma to Myanmar. Traditionally Myanma was the literary and Bamar the colloquial name. 2. The national sport of Myanmar is chinlone, a sort of six-a-side football in which the object is to keep a woven rattan ball in the air. 3. Burmese language has 33 letters and is written traditionally with no spaces between words. 4. One of Myanmar’s traditional dishes is lahpet thoke, a salad of fermented tea leaves. 5. Most cars in Myanmar have right-hand steering but are…

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Top Stories World 

Killer panther escapes zoo after mauling man to death during feeding attempt

His mutilated blood-drenched body was found with multiple bites inside the animal’s cage.  The male big cat called Milan “bit through the man’s neck” after pouncing on the Ukrainian aged between 25 and 30 as soon as he unlocked the entrance to the cage. The panther  escaped through the open door. The predator was caught “several hours later” following a major search, according to reports.  A picture shows the man’s body in the cage.  Another image highlights the animal after the fatal attack. Initial reports said the dead man was…

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Science 

Artificial Intelligence's "Holy Grail" Victory

In 1943, at the height of World War II, the U.S. military hired an audacious psychologist named B.F. Skinner to develop pigeon-guided missiles. These were the early days of munitions guidance technology, and the Allies were apparently quite desperate to find more reliable ways to get missiles to hit their targets. It went like this: Skinner trained pigeons to peck at an image of the military target projected onto a screen. Whenever their beaks hit the moving target dead center, he rewarded the birds with food pellets. Once the pigeons…

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