The National Science Foundation has committed $10 million to build robots that will act as "personal trainers" for children, in an effort to influence their behavior and eating habits. The government has spent $2.15 million so far for the five-year project, which is being led by Yale University. The project, "Robots Helping Kids," will ultimately "deploy" robots into homes and schools to teach English as a second language, and encourage kids to exercise. read more
Inventor Colin Furze of the British TV show Gadget Geeks is working on a fart machine to blast from the Cliffs of Dover that can be heard in France. "People are always saying 'I would hate to live next to you, you make too much noise' and it's fair to say, I do make a bit of noise and I do do the odd silly thing from time to time. Let's see if we can make a noise that they can hear. The loudest thing I've ever made is a pulse jet. I'm going to make the biggest pulse jet I've ever made, I'm going to take it down to the White Cliffs of Dover, point it towards France, see if they can listen," he said. The event is scheduled for July 24 at 6-7 p.m. local time (1-2 p.m. Eastern in the U.S.). read more
Creationist Ken Ham, who recently debated TV science educator Bill Nye over the origins of the universe, is calling for an end to the search for extraterrestrial life because aliens probably don't exist -- and if they do, they're going to Hell anyway. "You see, the Bible makes it clear that Adam's sin affected the whole universe," Ham wrote on his blog on Sunday. "This means that any aliens would also be affected by Adam's sin, but because they are not Adam's descendants, they can't have salvation." The post was driven in part by NASA experts saying that they expect to find evidence of alien life within the next 20 years.
(CNN) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry will send 1,000 National Guard troops to help secure the southern border, where tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America have crossed into the United States this year in a surge that is deemed a humanitarian crisis.
Perry will also call on President Barack Obama and Congress to hire an additional 3,000 border patrol agents for the Texas border, which would eventually replace the temporary guard forces, according to a person in his office with knowledge of his plans.
James Garner, the understated, wisecracking everyman actor, has died at his Los Angeles home of natural causes. He was 86. Garner starred in two television shows, Maverick in the '50s and The Rockford Files in the '70s, and had big-screen success in The Great Escape, The Americanization of Emily and Victor/Victoria. Asked why he became an actor, Garner told the Los Angeles Times, "What was I qualified to do to make a living? Nothing. You don't need qualifications as an actor or a politician. And I didn't want to be a politician." read more