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Santa baby, slip a can of Slim-Fast under the tree, for me

Dec 19, 14 Santa baby, slip a can of Slim-Fast under the tree, for me

Posted by in Health, Seasonal

Okay, let's see here. Stress and a full schedule. Check. 942 emails, unread. Check. Dull headache about to blossom in to a migraine. Check. Left over treats from the latest of several holiday gatherings that began at Thanksgiving. Hmmm. Clothes that looked cuter and fit better three months ago, now shoved to the back of the closet. Darn it. Forgiving, fat pants moved to front and center. Sigh. What is going on here?

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The Hack Bot

Have you ever wanted to do more with a Roomba? You know, those little cleaning/vacuum robots you see from time to time. If yes, then creator iRobot has you covered with their latest project, the Create 2, which is purposely being built for hacking and modification.

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Your social media friends may not have your best interests at heart

Dec 19, 14 Your social media friends may not have your best interests at heart

Posted by in Technology

I've seen it happen all too often. People make fools of themselves on Facebook and Twitter, and they lose all social media street cred. Then people stay connected with them only to make sure they have a front-row seat when they fail. Not if. When. Your so-called friends aren't going to tell you they find you more entertaining than useful, but I will. Help me help you by starting with these tips designed to make sure you stay relevant.

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Don’t let your eyes fool you: How the optical illusion of silencing works

Dec 19, 14 Don’t let your eyes fool you: How the optical illusion of silencing works

Posted by in Science

Silencing is a type of optical illusion that shows it’s more difficult to notice details when objects are moving. The illusion is the work of Harvard researchers Jordan Suchow and George Alvarez, who developed the eye trick a few years back to illustrate just how easy it is to trick both the mind and the eye.

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Stop doing ultrasounds for fun; they could harm your baby

Dec 19, 14 Stop doing ultrasounds for fun; they could harm your baby

Posted by in Health

Commercial ultrasound businesses often set up shop in malls and are operated by untrained technicians, yet plenty of pregnant mothers use them to get ultrasounds of their babies without having to see a doctor to do so. The FDA has, for years, been warning consumers about the potential hazards of these “keepsake” ultrasounds.

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The Link Between Music And Academic Success

Dec 18, 14 The Link Between Music And Academic Success

Posted by in Science

Teachers have long observed the effect that music education can have on students, but recent research is showing just how integral learning a musical instrument is to a child’s development. Using the most advanced brain analysis technology, Dr. Nina Kraus from Northwestern University has been able to show precisely what happens to “the brain on music.”

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Evil Hackers Get The Better Of Bond

It is often quite bizarre, to me anyway, how Hollywood takes the chaos of the real world and turns it into entertainment, reducing it down to a two-hour package to be enjoyed from the comfort of our living rooms or a movie theater. But with Sony Pictures being hacked, suspiciously around the same time that they are about to release a movie that mocks North Korea, reality is biting back.

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Hot Temperatures Are Bad For Productivity – And The Economy

Dec 18, 14 Hot Temperatures Are Bad For Productivity – And The Economy

Posted by in Science

There’s something so refreshing every September when the temperature begins to drop, and the light gradually darkens in the evening. It makes us want to sit down with a cup of coffee and start anew on various projects: whether they’re for school, work, or our own independent creative endeavors. Now, there’s research to back up the notion that the fall is a time for increased productivity.

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Teens Aren’t Smoking Weed As Much As They Used To

Dec 18, 14 Teens Aren’t Smoking Weed As Much As They Used To

Posted by in Health

Ever since Colorado and Washington first legalized marijuana in 2012, opponents have worried that it would lead to more use among teens. Two studies, however, found this to be untrue. In fact, while one found that it had remained about the same, another one found that it had dropped just a bit.

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NJ Tech Whiz Hosts Hanukka ‘Hackathon’

Dec 18, 14 NJ Tech Whiz Hosts Hanukka ‘Hackathon’

Posted by in Seasonal, Technology

Zach Feldman, who grew up in a Conservative Jewish home in Scotch Plains, is a computer coding whiz. He is also a cofounder and currently chief academic officer of the New York Code + Design Academy, in lower Manhattan. Putting all that together, Feldman found himself hosting a 25-hour marathon of software and hardware development linked to Hanukka.

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