This is part of CNET's "Tech Enabled" series about the role technology plays in helping the disability community.A hospital room has an odd duality. When my mom occupied one, it was both the best place for her to get better and the last place she'd ever see. She spent months in that light-gray room battling complications from kidney and heart disease.My family and I did everything we could to make her feel comfortable, but we couldn't bring her the thing she wanted most: our family cat Capucine.My mom's desire for her cat when she was ill wasn't unusual. Stroking a pet stimulates hormones that help you relax. An animal's breath and heartbeat feel soothing. But furry friends have a lot of limitations when interacting with sick people in a hospital. If they're allowed at all, they have to supervised, need bathroom breaks and are limited to visits at certain times. Robots called comfort companions can fill this void, by offering the benefits of therapy animals without the downsides of … [Read more...] about Next time you’re sick, a robot duck or seal might be your best source for comfort
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Richard Dawkins wants to know if lab-grown meat will eradicate the taboo against cannibalism. In a tweet on March 3, the outspoken evolutionary biologist linked to an article about the possible commercialization of meat grown in a laboratory by the end of 2018. Dawkins was practically drooling, but it wasn't over the food: "I've long been looking forward to this," he wrote. "What if human meat is grown? Could we overcome our taboo against cannibalism?" Lab-grown meat, he continued, would be an "interesting test case" pitting consequentialist morality against "yuck reaction" absolutism. In other words, lab-grown human meat might be ethical in the sense that no one experiences any bad consequences — no killing, no desecrating corpses — but humans might still instinctually recoil at the idea of eating it. [9 Disgusting Things That the FDA Allows in Your Food] Dawkins' question isn't a new one, though research suggests that getting people to eat lab-grown meat at all might … [Read more...] about Would You Eat Human Meat Grown in a Lab?
Image Comics never fails to surprise us with its fantastic line-ups and the never-ending talented creators on their roaster. Fresh from Image Expo, comic fans watched many new, fresh and exciting comics coming soon to a comic shop near you. Image Expo gave us so much to be hype for and so many future stories for us to devour. One of the many comics announced was UNNATURAL, a gorgeous fantasy erotica by way of a dystopian future and anthropomorphic animals. Geek had the opportunity to talk with Mirka Andolfo, the creator of UNNATURAL about what inspired her to create this world, these characters and a hint of whats to come! The story of Unnatural feels so unique, super sexy and like Big Brother meets little pig & big bad wolf. What inspired you to create Unnatural? How long did it take you to develop this story? First of all, I have to admit that before the story I created Leslie, the main character. I have not planned that she would be the principal character of my … [Read more...] about Mirka Andolfo’s Unnatural is a Gorgeous Fantasy Erotica Must Read
In his late 40s, with an average build and short, dark hair flecked with gray, Olson has lived in Prattsville all his life. Soft-spoken almost to the point of shyness, he delivers mail for a living, and cannot help but know most everyone in town. Until 2011 Olson primarily associated flooding with cold weather. When he was young, the Schoharie Creek — a gentle tributary of the Mohawk River that runs along Main Street, past the firehouse — used to jam with ice, forcing water onto the road. On such occasions, the fire department had often helped pump out waterlogged basements. He suspected that Sunday might be similar. Olson woke around 6:30AM at his home in the hills above town. He got in his Dodge Ram 3500 pickup, a 2006 model that would not survive the day, and drove down to the station, where he monitored the creek. Rain fell hard and warm through the humid air. Though he felt no panic, at 8AM, he decided to man the firehouse, sounding its alarm to summon to duty roughly … [Read more...] about We’re bad at tracking deadly storms, but New York has a new way to see them coming
One of Nintendo’s greatest, weirdest strengths has always been its ability to create something that absolutely no one asked for — and make us want it anyway. Animal Crossing, its long-running video game franchise about a human player living, working, and camping in various forests populated by anthropomorphic animals, is perhaps the quintessential expression of this off-beat creative mission. The game’s objectives, insofar as they exist, are to wander around in the woods, make friends, and decorate your domicile in whatever manner you see fit. This has led, inevitably, to some unsettling creations, but by and large, Animal Crossing is an all-ages community simulator designed to feel gentle, playful, and kind. But does something darker lie beneath its cheerful exterior? Animal Crossing has always been a game that is as strange as it is cute, full of odd tics and design choices that raise probing questions about what, exactly, is going on in the larger world of this … [Read more...] about Animal Crossing is a dystopian hellscape