Music really IS a universal language

The planet is covered with a multitude of cultures so diverse that it's no surprise that they sometimes don't get along, according to Daily Mail.   

But through all their differences, researchers have found the one thing that they seem to share: music. 

A recent study has found global links between musical form and vocals, meaning that a love ballad will sound the same no matter what culture it originates in.

What paw does YOUR cat prefer?

Female cats are more likely to be right-handed than males, research has indicated.

A study of 44 cats found there was a gender difference when it came to the animals using their right paw over their left one, according to Daily Mail.

The study found the majority of the cats showed a paw preference when reaching for food, walking down stairs or stepping over objects, and that their preference of paw was consistent in most of their tasks.

Dr Deborah Wells, the lead author of the study, said limb preference could be a useful indicator of a cat's vulnerability to stress, and left-limbed animals tend to show stronger fear responses and aggressive outbursts than right-limbed animals. 

Man behind 'Sophia' AI robot plans to create 'super-intelligent genius machines' that win humans' trust

David Hanson envisions a future in which AI-powered robots evolve to become 'super-intelligent genius machines' that might help solve some of mankind's most challenging problems, according to Daily Mail.

Hanson, 49, is perhaps best known as the creator of Sophia, a talk show-going robot

'You're talking to me right now, which is very "Blade Runner," no?' Sophia said during a recent visit to Hanson Robotics' headquarters its home since shortly after Hanson relocated here in 2013.

'Do you ever look around you and think, 'Wow I'm living in a real world science fiction novel?'' she asked. 'Is it weird to be talking to a robot right now?'

The robot duck that can help children with cancer

A plush, robotic duck may soon become a fixture in the world of children who have cancer a social robot that can be silly, happy, angry, scared or sick just like them, and help them cope creatively with their illness through the power of play.

The duck, developed by robotics expert Aaron Horowitz, is undergoing testing and is expected to be widely distributed by the end of this year, according to Daily Mail.

Horowitz said he was diagnosed as a child with human growth development deficiency and had to give himself daily injections for five years. 

Why lies about Santa are good for your child's mental health

Christmas is a magical time of year, especially for children. Unfortunately, between elaborate Elf on the Shelf staging and fending off questions about Santa, parents are often left wondering how much of the magic depends on them, according to Daily Mail.

Specifically, many parents worry about whether they should encourage their children's belief in the physical reality of Santa, about the potential impact of lying to them and what to do when their children realize they've been duped.

Research in the field of developmental psychology suggests that such fantastical beliefs are not actually harmful, but are associated with a number of positive developmental outcomes— from exercising the 'counterfactual reasoning skills' needed for human innovation to boosting emotional development.