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‘Tis the season for some science on generosity

Dec 20, 14 ‘Tis the season for some science on generosity

Posted by in Science, Seasonal

Kids are selfish. You don’t have to actually have one or be one to know this. Just a simple walk around a school playground and it becomes apparent that childhood really is a dog-eat-dog world. Recently a psychologist used neuroscience to help understand how children learn generosity, and perhaps even help parents “encourage” this trait during the holiday season.

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Top science breakthroughs of 2014: Rosetta tops Science Magazine’s list

Dec 20, 14 Top science breakthroughs of 2014: Rosetta tops Science Magazine’s list

Posted by in Science, Seasonal, Space

Science magazine and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) named the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission as the scientific breakthrough of the year on Thursday.

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The science behind why your teeth chatter when you’re cold

Dec 20, 14 The science behind why your teeth chatter when you’re cold

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Why do your teeth chatter when you’re cold? The quick answer to this question is that the cold causes your muscles to quickly relax and contract, resulting in the opening and closing of your jaw. But why does cold have this strange effect on our bodies? Well, to answer this, we’ll have to first explore the process of homeostasis.

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Possibility of widespread ‘deep-Earth life’ jolts scientists

Dec 19, 14 Possibility of widespread ‘deep-Earth life’ jolts scientists

Posted by in Science, Space

When we think of life on Earth, we usually picture blue oceans, green forests and the big animals that live in both. But what if Earth hosts another “biosphere” of tiny microbial organisms deep below the surface? And what if extraterrestrial life looks more like this deep, dark world than the sunny blue-green one we are familiar with?

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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

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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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Fact Or Fiction: Does Eating Carrots Really Improve Your Eyesight?

Dec 18, 14 Fact Or Fiction: Does Eating Carrots Really Improve Your Eyesight?

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At an early age, we were taught mother knows best, and unwillingly listened to her when she would say, “eat your carrots; they help you see better.” While some of us still struggle to chomp down on a carrot, we may begin to wonder if there’s any truth to this saying. In the new video, “Do Carrots Help You See Better?” the American Chemical Society shows how the popular phrase is just a myth and actually traces back to wartime espionage.

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Governor Cuomo Bans Fracking In New York

Dec 18, 14 Governor Cuomo Bans Fracking In New York

Posted by in Natural Science

After years of back and forth between environmental groups, industry groups, and state officials, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration announced Wednesday it would ban hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” statewide.

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The Link Between Music And Academic Success

Dec 18, 14 The Link Between Music And Academic Success

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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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Hot Temperatures Are Bad For Productivity – And The Economy

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

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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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The Science Of Binge-Drinking Blackouts

Dec 17, 14 The Science Of Binge-Drinking Blackouts

Posted by in Health, Science

Alcohol is the most widely used and abused drug in the world, and teens are using it to such extremes they blackout. Society has cultivated and nurtured a wrongfully-accepted drinking ritual that makes joking around about blackouts and binge drinking fun and lighthearted. The consequences of binge drinking aren’t as funny, and researchers explain exactly why in their new study.

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