Monday, August 25, 2014

Delay morning school start for teens   

Science

Andrew Seaman, reporting for Reuters: Middle and high schools should delay their start times to at least 8:30 a.m. to benefit the health and welfare of students, according to a new policy statement from a large organization of U.S. pediatricians. … Continue reading →

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Michelangelo’s David ‘risks toppling’   

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Italian news agency ANSA: Michelangelo’s statue of David risks toppling under its own weight, researchers in Florence warned on Wednesday. The National Research Council (CNR) and the University of Florence sounded the alarm after performing tests on 10cm plaster replicas … Continue reading →

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Nuclear Fusion Reactions See Net Gain in Energy   

Science

Lisa Winter, writing for IFLScience: Using controlled nuclear fusion for a source of virtually unlimited power that is pollution-free has been a dream of physicists since Einstein’s day – but many had written the process off as science fiction. Though … Continue reading →

Friday, December 20, 2013

Giant Ant Colony Excavated   

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Amazing Earth: This abandoned ant colony revealed how genius these tiny creatures are. Ants live underground – we usually see a relatively small exit on the surface. But you won’t believe the structures they build below. A group of researchers, … Continue reading →

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Single men swap bed sheets just 4 times a year   

Health

CBC News: The average single man washes his sheets just four times per year, according to a survey by U.K. mattress company Ergoflex. The survey asked Britons about their bed sheet hygiene and found a few stomach-churning results. Among single … Continue reading →

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Impact of Vaccines in Canada   

Health

Toronto Public Health shows the impact of vaccines in a simple to understand infographic. Short story: they work really well. (Via Popular Science)

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Simulating One Second of Brain Activity   

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Derrick Harris writing for GigaOM: The hardware necessary to simulate the activity of 1.73 billion nerve cells connected by 10.4 trillion synapses (just 1 percent of a brain’s total neural network) for 1 biological second: 82,944 processors on the K … Continue reading →

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Chocolate craving comes from total sensory pleasure   

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Philippa Roxby writing for BBC News: “It’s difficult to tease apart which chemicals may be contributing to which psychological functions. There are over 500 chemicals in consumer chocolate products, so there’s a lifetime of chemical analysis still to be done,” … Continue reading →