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August 21st, 2014 at 12:02 pm

People absorb less on e-readers than print book readers

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Kindle readers performed significantly worse on the plot reconstruction measures.

Readers that used a Kindle to read were “significantly” worse than paperback readers at recalling when events occurred in a mystery story. This new study is part of major new Europe-wide research looking at the impact of digitization on the reading experience.

 

 

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August 6th, 2014 at 11:52 am

Chemotherapy will be obsolete in 20 years as scientists launch DNA project

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Scientists launch a new landmark project to map the genetic causes of disease.

Within 20 years, chemotherapy will be obsolete. Scientists have predicted the end of chemotherapy after launching a landmark project to map 100,000 genomes to find the genes responsible for cancer and rare diseases.

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July 18th, 2014 at 9:15 am

You can learn a foreign language in your sleep: Study

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Swiss study finds memory for new words reinforced by listening again during sleep.

Most tricks for enhancing learning that seem too good to be true usually are. Learning a new language while you sleep has exactly this kind of ring to it. How can anything you listen to while you are asleep possibly have much effect on learning?

 

 

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July 17th, 2014 at 9:21 am

How sniffing rosemary can increase memory by 75%

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Rosemary has been associated with memory enhancement since ancient times.

There are many well known health benefits of the herb rosemary but scientists are now studying its specific effects with regard to memory with outstanding results.

 

 

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July 11th, 2014 at 10:33 am

Why technology is not making us smarter: Study

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People have become uncomfortable being alone with their own thoughts.

Most Android users check their phones 150 times a day, according to Google. Wearable technologies like smart watches and Google Glass may eventually make us check our phones less often, but will almost certainly drive up the average user’s digital interruptions each day. Early users of Android Wear who were given Samsung Gear Live or LG G Watches at Google I/O report their wrists “constantly buzzing.” Digital technology has certainly increased the quantity of our mental stimulation, but what about the quality?

 

 

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July 2nd, 2014 at 9:46 am

Older moms more likely to live longer

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There is a genetic link between giving birth at an older age and longevity.

Being able to have children naturally later in life may be a sign that women will live an unusually long time, according to new research. The link between the ability to give birth at older ages and longevity may be explained by genetic traits that facilitate both.

 

 

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June 29th, 2014 at 8:30 am

Educational technology is making achievement gaps bigger between rich and poor

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Poor kids don’t receive as much guidance in a library as affluent kids do.

“The Badlands” is the local name for the Philadelphia neighborhood of Kennsington. The neighborhood is pockmarked with empty lots and burned-out row houses, the area has an unemployment rate of 29 percent and a poverty rate of 90 percent. The neighborhood of Chestnut Hill is just a few miles to the northwest of Kennsington but seems to belong to a different universe. In Chestnut Hill, educated professionals shop the boutiques along Germantown Avenue and return home to gracious stone and brick houses, the average price of which hovers above $400,000.

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June 26th, 2014 at 11:51 am

Australian physicists have simulated time travel

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Using photons, scientists have simulated a way that quantum particles could travel through a wormhole back in time.

University of Queensland in Australia physicists have used photons – single particles of light – to simulate quantum particles traveling through time and to study their behavior.

 

 

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June 23rd, 2014 at 11:48 am

Toddlers who play non-educational games on touch screens have lower verbal test scores: Study

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“Technology can never replace a parent’s interaction with his or her child.”

Children who played non-educational games using touch-screen devices had lower verbal scores upon testing, according to a recent study by pediatricians from the Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York. The study examined children from 0-3 years old that used touch-screen devices to determine if their use was of any educational benefit to infants and toddlers.

 

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June 23rd, 2014 at 11:35 am

Jobs lost to automation may not be all doom and gloom

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Arrival of human level automated systems marks a transformative time in history.

Nearly half of U.S. jobs could be at risk of computerization over the next two decades, according to a new study from the Oxford Martin Program on the Impacts of Future Technology. This does not necessarily need to be bad news, says futurist Thomas Frey in a recent Futurist Magazine essay.

 

 

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