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.

Dogs really ARE smarter than cats

The debate over whether dogs or cats are the smartest pet has raged for decades, if not centuries.

But in a twist that is sure to ruffle the fur of cat-lovers, new research shows that dogs are more intelligent than their feline foes after all, according to Daily Mail.

Experts showed that dogs have more than twice as many brain cells in a region linked with thinking, planning and other complex behaviours.

The researchers, say the number of neurons in an animal's cerebral cortex is a hallmark of intelligence.

The cortex is the largest layer of the brain and is associated with a range of complex behavioural characteristics.

Your music tastes can be changed in just a few minutes

Scientists can change your music tastes by jolting your brain with magnets.

Researchers found they could increase or decrease people's enjoyment of music by stimulating the front of the brain with magnets for just a few minutes according to daily mail.

The technique even changed how much money each person was willing to spend on the track.

The magnets could one day help treat the symptoms of disorders that affect the brain's reward system, including depression, Parkinson's disease and addiction.

Researchers asked 17 people to listen to pieces of music.

Babies understand you more than you think

Babies understand more speech than parents think and can link words to objects at a very young age, a study found.

At just six months they recognise the meanings of some words are more similar than others, researchers found, according to Daily Mail.

For example young children were able to tell words like car and prams were more alike than words such as car and juice.

The researchers claim that parents should talk to their children as much as possible because they are always listening and learning from what you say.