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The Future is Here: Robotic Warehouses

A lot of of our puzzles ship out of Amazon warehouses, which are reported to use Kiva robots to get the boxes off the shelves. You can see the Kiva robots in action here.

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Painter Kevin Sloan on "Burden of Formality" and his "Birds of America" Series

 One of our newest puzzles is Kevin Sloan's 21st century painting of a parrot weighed down by tea-cups called Burden of Formality.   To me, this painting is all about British India and colonialism, and we gave it an ornate British-India inspired edge and whimsies.  It's actually part of a series of Kevin Sloan paintings titled "Birds of America" (couple more paintings in this series pictured below) just like the famous John James Audubon study.  We asked him to tell us about it: Kevin Sloan: "I've always been a big fan of Audubon's work but a few years ago...

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Fun documentary on the Renaissance's first Art Historian:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pq6Wqe61_v4&list=PLEBE222747D3033BD

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High-Tech Ice Cream in San Francisco (Smitten!)

When I was a kid back in the 80's, I blew a week's allowance on the "high-tech" ice cream of the day: freeze-dried ice-cream (just like the astronaut's eat!) at our local science center. Turns out, freeze-dried ice cream is something you really only need to try once, unless you're trapped in space and don't have a lot of options.  But real, fresh, creamy ice cream... This weeked I was pleased to discover that Smitten in San Francisco is taking a new high-tech approach to their artisinal ice cream. As seen in the picture, they freeze each scoop of creamy...

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Computer Games for Aging Brains

A recent NIH-funded study reportedly shows some cognitive function improvements in normal seniors from playing the video game "Double Decision," which was designed by a San Francisco-based software company to help stave off mental decay. I didn't actually read the study to confirm this, but the related papers I did read suggested this was basically "good science." The effect of playing this game was apparently better than doing crossword puzzles on the tested cognitive functions.   What does the game do?  Exercises your visual attentiveness, very-short-term memory, and your ability to focus. These are much the same skills as doing...

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