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July 24, 2014

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11:03 PM | Spinach could lead to alternative energy more powerful than Popeye
Spinach gave Popeye super strength, but it also holds the […]
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6:00 PM | Using media as a stress reducer can lead to feelings of guilt and failure
It seems common practice. After a long day at work, […]
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5:34 PM | Background TV and Children don’t Mix
Coming from a, to put it gently, very broken home, my babysitter was the television. Yep, so now that you are feeling nice and awkward let’s talk television. New research, […]

Linebarger DL, Barr R, Lapierre MA & Piotrowski JT (2014). Associations Between Parenting, Media Use, Cumulative Risk, and Children's Executive Functioning., Journal of developmental and behavioral pediatrics : JDBP, 35 (6) 367-77. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25007059

Lapierre, M., Piotrowski, J. & Linebarger, D. (2012). Background Television in the Homes of US Children, PEDIATRICS, 130 (5) 839-846. DOI: 10.1542/peds.2011-2581

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5:05 PM | The Race that Wasn’t
Ever heard of the Red Green Regatta? It’s held every year in Fairbanks as part of Alaska Days, scheduled this year for July 20. The idea is a short race on the Chena River (downstream) between “boats” made of whatever, incorporating the Red Green theme (you do watch the PBS show, don’t you?) and held […]
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3:50 PM | Is Internet-Centrism a Religion?
On the evening of March 3 in 1514, Steven is sitting next to Friar Clay in a Nottingham pub, covering his face with his hands."I am losing the will to live", Steven sobs, "Death may be sweeter than life in this world of poverty, injustice and war.""Do not despair, my friend", Clay says, "for the printing press will change everything."*******Let us now fast-forward 500 years and re-enact this hypothetical scene with some tiny modifications.On the evening of March 3 in 2014, Steven is sitting […]
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3:00 PM | How camouflage may make better pacemakers
Nature has had millions of years to come up with solutions to biological problems. We can learn a lot from nature if we just stop and look. Squids and octopuses are masters of camouflage – they can change shape and colour in seconds. That ability is, in part, thanks to a protein called reflectin, which […]
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2:40 PM | A Surveilliance Drone That Can Fit Inside A Soldier's Pocket
U.S. Army engineers are working on a mini aerial surveillance drone for troops working in challenging environments. Once deployed, the scifi-like device could allow soldiers to get a bird's-eye view of their immediate area, or scan the contents of a room as they clear a building. Read more...
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2:33 PM | The Shale Boom is Big and Good (Bad) for the Economy
Hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) has flipped the global energy discussion on its head. Over the past five years, the world has watched the U.S. shift its focus from fears of peak oil and... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:00 PM | 12 delightful resources for word nerds everywhere
My recent post about specialized dictionaries got me thinking about the fun books and sites I have encountered about words and language. I thought I would share a slightly off-topic post about my... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:53 PM | Researchers create the first model of the DNA ‘replication fork’
Human cells make new copies of their DNA billions of […]
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1:50 PM | Forward osmosis desalination not energy efficient
The two-step process is better suited for other applications In […]
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1:44 PM | New combo material may boost computer memory
The discovery of a new material combination that could lead […]

July 23, 2014

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10:13 PM | Where should the science funding dollars be going?
A few weeks ago I headed up the hill to Victoria University to hear science and innovation minister Steven Joyce launch a document called the “Draft National Statement of Science Investment 2014 – 2024“. If you are a scientist in New Zealand, or involved in the science system, this should be very important to you. [...]
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6:55 PM | Internship Opportunities at the VisLab!
Learn about the VisLab and its’ internship/volunteer opportunities at http://tinyurl.com/vislabNRC!
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5:21 PM | Voyager has hit interstellar space…. maybe?
Poor Voyager, he just can’t catch a break. We’ve said it’s hit interstellar space more times than we want to admit and in 2012, the Voyager mission team announced that […]

G. Gloeckler & L. A. Fisk (2014). A test for whether or not Voyager 1 has crossed the heliopause, Geophysical Research Letters, Other:

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2:57 PM | The Shale Boom is Big – and Good (Bad) for the Economy
Hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) has flipped the global energy discussion on its head. Over the past five years, the world has watched the U.S. shift its focus from fears of peak oil and... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:40 PM | Army Chow Could One Day Be Made With 3D Printers
The military has always looked toward new technologies to keep its soldiers fed while in the field. Canned food, for instance, was first created to provide sustenance for Napoleon's troops. Now the U.S. Army is investigating 3D printers as a way to produce more nutritious, and hopefully tastier, military rations.Read more...
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1:34 PM | Building up bamboo
MIT researchers study bamboo for engineered building material, similar to […]
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1:29 PM | Unbreak my heart: Scientists image a beating heart in 3D
Researchers of the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology […]
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1:28 PM | K computer runs largest ever ensemble simulation of global weather
Ensemble forecasting is a key part of weather forecasting today. […]
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1:26 PM | Chinese hunt dark matter with new underground PandaX detector
The new PandaX facility, located deep underground in the southwestern […]
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7:43 AM | New Campaign to Boost Engineering Numbers at Polytechnics
Yesterday, an new initiative to encourage enrolments into engineering qualifications at polytechnics was launched by Steven Joyce, a move welcomed across the polytechnic and industry sectors. Graduates of the three year Bachelor of Engineering Technology and the two year New Zealand Diploma of Engineering are in demand in industry – according to the National Engineering [...]
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5:42 AM | Multi-Bit MRAM May Be Better Than Flash Memory
Magnetic random access memory (MRAM) is intriguing because of demand for fast, low-cost, nonvolatile, low-consumption, secure memory devices. MRAM relies on manipulating the magnetization of materials for data storage rather than electronic charges, boasts all of these advantages as an emerging technology, but so far it hasn't been able to match flash memory in terms of storage density.read more
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4:58 AM | Why is the grass always greener on social media?
Are you on social media? I’m willing to bet you’re on at least one channel (and it’s probably Facebook). In December 2013, 73% of adults online were using a social networking site... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:58 AM | Why is the grass always greener on social media?
Are you on social media? I’m willing to bet you’re on at least one channel (and it’s probably Facebook). In December 2013, 73% of adults online were using a social networking site... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:58 AM | Why is the grass always greener on social media?
Are you on social media? I’m willing to bet you’re on at least one channel (and it’s probably Facebook). In December 2013, 73% of adults online were using a social networking site... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:58 AM | Why is the grass always greener on social media?
Are you on social media? I’m willing to bet you’re on at least one channel (and it’s probably Facebook). In December 2013, 73% of adults online were using a social networking site... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:00 AM | 100 Ideas that Changed Photography
By Mary Warner Marien Synopsis: This compelling book chronicles the most influential ideas that have shaped photography from the invention of the daguerreotype in the early 19th century up to the digital revolution and beyond. Entertaining and […]

July 22, 2014

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11:42 PM | Army researchers develop pint-sized spy drone
Researchers at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and […]
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6:43 PM | Under the Dome: Scientific American Editor Talks to the Senate
Scientific American editor-in-chief Mariette DiChristina testifies before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation about the value of scientific research and development. Also... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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