How to always pick the perfect gift

If you've ever had trouble choosing a gift for a friend or loved one, you're not the only one - but scientists say they have the answer.

Researchers say found choosing between a sentimental or superficial gift is one of the most frequently-confronted gift giving tradeoffs.

Gift-givers choose superficial gifts more often because they're unsure whether a sentimental gift will be liked, and they tend to think that a superficial gift aligning with someone's interests will be enjoyed - but what recipients really prefer are sentimentally valuable gifts.

Researchers found that gift-givers view a sentimental gift as having the potential to be very well liked or not at all.

'Essentially, givers seem to view sentimentally valuable gifts as having the potential to be either home runs or strikeouts, but they view preference-matching gifts as a sure single,' says Julian Givi, a PhD candidate in marketing, and the lead author of the study.

'Rather than risking a strikeout, they go for the sure thing, when what recipients truly desire are sentimentally valuable gifts.' 

The researchers discovered the gift-giving mismatch by conducting three experiments.

Is this the world's oldest emoji?

The world's first emoji may have been carved in Turkey in 1700 BC.

Archaeologists have discovered a 3,700-year-old pitcher engraved with what appears to be a smiley face in an ancient city. According to Daily mail

The vase-like, off-white coloured pot features a small handle, and has a prominent smiley face drawn on its front.

It was discovered under the guidance of Professor Nicolo Marchetti, an archaeologist

'We have found a variety of cubes and urns,' Professor Marchetti said

The most interesting of them is a pot from 1700 BC that features an image of a "smile" on it.

'The pot was used for drinking sherbet.

'Most probably, [this depicts] the oldest smile in the world,' he added.

Professor Marchetti said much of the pottery found at the site depicts the era of an ancient civilisation.

Giving to others really DOES make you happier

Being generous really does make people happier, according to new research.

Areas of the brain that are triggered during altruistic acts were found to be linked to feelings of contentment.

The discovery sheds fresh light on why people feel gratification from giving, even when it comes at a cost to themselves, according to Daily Mail.

Merely promising to be more generous was enough to create changes in our brains that makes us happier, the study suggests.

Robot, named Kuri, can recognise your PETS

If you're living with a troublesome pup, then help could be at hand - in the form of a small robot.

According to Daily mail Kuri is a knee-high robot that can recognise pets and children and even tell them off if they're misbehaving.

The robot, is also getting belt treads as feet instead of wheels which means it will be able to move more easily on rugs and soft furnishings.

Robot uses deep learning and big data to write and play its own music

A marimba-playing robot with four arms and eight sticks is writing and playing its own compositions in a lab. The pieces are generated using artificial intelligence and deep learning.

Researchers fed the robot nearly 5,000 complete songs -- from Beethoven to the Beatles to Lady Gaga to Miles Davis -- and more than 2 million motifs, riffs and licks of music. Aside from giving the machine a seed, or the first four measures to use as a starting point, no humans are involved in either the composition or the performance of the music.