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March 14, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
The folks over at ASAP Science have pulled out their dry-erase markers to explain why we yawn. It's an appropriate topic given that today is World Sleep Day . But, as these smart people explain, yawning isn't necessarily about being tired. Guinea pigs yawn to display anger. Human fetuses yawn. We likely yawn as a form of empathy -- which explains its contagiousness -- and we also do it to keep our brains from melting.  OK, that's an exaggeration.  But many believe we yawn to pull extra oxygen into our lungs; ASAP says, rather, yawning likely helps to cool our brains when needed.
March 13, 2014 | By Amina Khan
Think of a robot. Chances are you imagined one with legs like C-3PO of "Star Wars" fame or something with wheels like NASA's Mars rover Curiosity . Neither of these rigid body types are particularly flexible and certainly can't move through water well. But what about a robot with a tail? Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have designed a soft robot based on a fish, which can bend its body and quickly flee the way that real fish do to escape predators. Typical robots are rigid with exposed mechanisms and unnatural movement, but the fish described in the first issue of the new journal Soft Robotics is covered in a soft silicone skin.
March 13, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Last month, Facebook created "Look Back" videos for its users as way to celebrate 10 years of the social network, and on Thursday, the company said that more than 720 million videos were created. The Menlo Park tech giant released a blog explaining the engineering behind the massive project. Facebook said the "Look Back" videos were a last-second project that staffers volunteered to work on and had less than one month to complete. Each video showed users a recap of their time on the social network.
March 13, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
President Obama's appearance on the Funny or Die sketch series "Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis" on Tuesday has become a viral sensation, with over 14 million views already. But not everyone is laughing, especially Stephen Colbert. On Wednesday night's "The Colbert Report," Colbert rounded up those who had a real beef with the leader of the free world doing a comedy sketch to drum up registration on the website. Not surprisingly, those pundits mostly existed on Fox News and "later in the day on Fox News," according to Colbert.
March 12, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley, who collapsed on his team's bench Monday after experiencing a cardiac event, appeared at a news conference Wednesday to thank the medical personnel who took care of him and others who have offered him support since the incident. However, one of his doctors, Robert Dimeff, said Peverley won't play again this season. The 31-year-old forward is scheduled to travel to Cleveland and undergo surgery in an attempt to regulate his heartbeat in the aftermath of an incident that caused him to lose consciousness as he returned to the bench during the first period of the Stars' game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
March 12, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Mozilla, the maker of Firefox, and Epic Games unveiled on Wednesday Unreal Engine 4 for the Web, software that could one day make it possible for the developers to create versions of their blockbuster games capable of running within browsers. By porting Unreal Engine 4 for the Web, Mozilla said video games built using the engine will be able to easily be replicated for the Web, allowing gamers to play top-tier titles on their browsers without having to install anything on their computers.
March 11, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
A nice afternoon at the ballpark during spring training. Sure sounds like the makings of a nice family outing. But there's one toddler in Juniper, Fla., who may want no part of it next time around. That's because of what happened during Monday's exhibition game between the New York Mets and Detroit Tigers. Everything was fine -- the tyke was chilling in his wagon behind the outfield fence when the Mets' Chris Young hit a ground-rule double in the bottom of the first inning. That's when the trouble started.
March 11, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Samsung has shifted its approach toward the tablet market in 2014, releasing a slew of new tablets geared specifically to those who want a device for getting work done. Leading the way is the company's Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, a large device complete with a stylus and a high-resolution screen designed with professionals in mind. Going along with the productivity theme, Samsung has loaded the tablet's software with the ability to run up to four apps on the screen at the same time.
March 11, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
"Hunger Games: Catching Fire" continued to post big numbers as it made its debut on retail shelves.  The "Hunger Games" sequel sold an estimated 3.9 million DVD and Blu-ray units in its first weekend in release, Lionsgate said Tuesday. The original sold 3.8 million units in its first weekend. Sales for digital copies of "Catching Fire" increased 40% from the first film, according to Lionsgate, which did not disclose how many electronic units were sold for either movie, though the company said "Catching Fire" marked its biggest digital debut ever.  WATCH: 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' exclusive clip shows Katniss on the run The opening weekend for the Jennifer Lawrence dystopian action picture generated $65 million in home entertainment revenue, Lionsgate said.  Blu-ray versions were more popular this time around, with the pricier format accounting for half of physical sales of "Catching Fire," compared with 35% of sales for the first picture.
March 11, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
President Barack Obama's appearance on Zach Galifianakis' Funny or Die Web series "Between Two Ferns" is the viral video of the day, but while your friends on Facebook may be laughing, not everyone is into the joke. Especially those on the White House press beat. During the daily briefing with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, ABC News' Jim Avila questioned whether the appearance had damaged the "dignity" of the office of the president. According to the political website Talking Points Memo , Avila asked, "How much discussion was there in the White House about the dignity of the office and whether or not, in order to reach these people who don't watch us at 6:30, or who don't watch this briefing.
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