Alexa has made some headlines for helping kids cheat on homework, but it can also be an honest tool for your child's intellectual enrichment. Check out some great ways Alexa can help kids become scholastic stars. Math computations Alexa has the ability to help with math problems beyond simple addition and subtraction -- it can tackle complex equations. Just say, "Alexa, what's 1/8 times 2/9?" and it gives the right answer. Enabling skills like Smart Math can sharpen a student's math knowledge. That particular skill gives them 40 seconds to solve as many addition, subtraction, multiplication or division problems as they can. Dictionary and thesaurus As a kid, I always had a dictionary on my desk. It drove me crazy not to know a word's meaning. Alexa's dictionary would've saved me a lot of time and paper cuts. Now as a writer, I use Alexa's thesaurus all the time to pick better words than one I first thought of. So, Alexa's dictionary and thesaurus should help any … [Read more...] about 5 ways Alexa can help your kids do their homework
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Slime molds are among the world’s strangest organisms. Long mistaken for fungi, they are now classed as a type of amoeba. As single-celled organisms, they have neither neurons nor brains. Yet for about a decade, scientists have debated whether slime molds have the capacity to learn about their environments and adjust their behavior accordingly. Quanta Magazine About Original story reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine, an editorially independent publication of the Simons Foundation whose mission is to enhance public understanding of science by covering research developments and trends in mathematics and the physical and life sciences. For Audrey Dussutour, a biologist at France’s National Center for Scientific Research and a team leader at the Research Center on Animal Cognition at Université Paul Sabatier in Toulouse, that debate is over. Her group not only taught slime molds to ignore noxious substances that they would normally avoid, but demonstrated … [Read more...] about Slime Molds Remember—But Do They Learn?
Square Enix's announcement of Dragon Quest 11 delighted many-a JRPG fan. The game's western debut marks the first time in over a decade that we've seen a Dragon Quest title made for a major console. With that comes a whole new opportunity to get fans of the series back into the game, as well as an original story for newcomers to enjoy. If you haven't already imported Dragon Quest 11, this is one awesome game to keep your eye on. Here's everything you need to know about it. What is Dragon Quest 11? If ever you needed an example of a Japanese RPG, Dragon Quest is perhaps the purest. It's a high-fantasy game that features exploration, an overwhelmingly charming cast, character progression, and - you guessed it - turn-based combat. It's a style of game that's become increasingly rare as the industry moves toward more action-oriented gameplay systems to keep players' adrenaline rushing. Square Enix has remained committed to keeping this beloved genre alive. Dragon Quest 11 will be no … [Read more...] about Dragon Quest 11 for PlayStation 4: Everything you need to know
Next week we have no new "AAA" releases on Xbox One, but there are still a few surprises here and there. Notably, Slime-san is finally launching on the console, and Grab the Bottle transports you to a world filled with arm-bending goodness. With that in mind, here are all the biggest games launching next week, between June 18 and June 22, 2018. Slime-san: Superslime Edition Slime-san is finally making its way to Xbox One. Slime-san: Superslime Edition includes all three major campaigns as well as some new, exclusive levels and features. For example, in Mama's Madness, you've been swallowed by a giant worm. Your goal is to platform yourself through its intestines, back out its mouth before you're digested. Slime-san should launch on June 22, priced at $14.99. Those who preorder the game can get it for $11.99. See at Microsoft Store See at Green Man Gaming Grab the Bottle Grab the Bottle is a quirky puzzle game in which you solve puzzles by stretching your arm through the level. You … [Read more...] about Most anticipated Xbox One games launching next week: Grab the Bottle, Slime-san, and more
DO your children spend loads of time watching videos on YouTube? There's plenty of dodgy content available on the site, so you need to make sure they're not viewing inappropriate clips – and we've got some handy tips to help. In just a few of our YouTube investigations, we've uncovered adverts for steroids and porn sites, hardcore sex videos, and even XXX playlists designed to lure in children. So it's really important that you're mindful about what your child has access to. Sadly, the biggest problem is that YouTube has very limited parental controls. But there are still some ways to protect your kids. YouTube Restricted Mode Restricted Mode is an optional setting on YouTube that helps filter out mature videos. It's not perfect, but it's a good way of scrubbing out a large portion of the adult material on YouTube. However, you have to turn it off manually for each browser or device your child is using – it can't simply be applied at account level. On your computer, go to … [Read more...] about How to keep your kids safe on YouTube – the settings you need to change today