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Socioeconomic Status May Determine A Person's Overall Understanding Of Science
2014-07-07 15:21:20

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Socioeconomic status may have an effect on the reading comprehension of science-related information, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Published in the journal Science Communication, the study found individuals with higher socioeconomic status tended to score better on tests of factual knowledge than those of lower socioeconomic status – despite the fact that both groups said they...

social media cyberloafing
2014-07-01 04:30:12

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from researchers in Norway has found that people who like to browse social media at work tend to be male, single and/or have a higher education. Published in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, the “cyberloafing” study also found that managers have a negative attitude toward social media at work, but top-level managers admitted to doing it the most. “It is very interesting that top executives, who are...

New Fossil Evidence Shows Reproductive Changes During Transition From Dinosaurs To Birds
2014-05-30 13:14:34

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Over the course of millions of years, some dinosaurs evolved into the modern birds we see today – and that transition included the shift to a single-ovary reproductive system, according to a new report in the National Science Review journal. The study authors said this change was probably advantageous to flying animals that evolved toward lighter and lighter weights. "The most widely accepted hypothesis for the presence of a...

Mars' Atmosphere Loss To Be Measured By NASA's MAVEN Orbiter
2014-05-15 10:47:48

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission arrives at its destination later this year, an instrument on board could help to determine why Mars has slowly lost much of its atmosphere and become the barren planet we see today. After MAVEN enters into an orbit above Mars, its Solar Wind Ion Analyzer (SWIA) will begin sampling the small electrically charged particles in and above the planet’s wispy atmosphere....

Male Fertility Relies On A Key Protein That Also Protects Against Disease
2014-05-13 10:58:14

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Male infertility prevents many couples from being able to conceive a child and a new study published in the journal Nature Communications has found a specific protein that is a major determining factor in determining a sperm’s ability to fertilize an egg. The protein, known as Chd5, is responsible for effectively packaging DNA inside the head of a sperm, where space it at a premium. Each cell in the body contains an entire copy of...

shocking lucid dreams
2014-05-12 12:40:00

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Although dreaming takes place entirely within the mind, dreamers often feel like they are living in a reality in which they have no control. However, some dreamers can reach a state in which they are aware they are dreaming and can take control of the dream – a phenomenon called lucid dreaming. While some people try to train themselves into becoming lucid dreamers, a new study in the journal Nature Neuroscience has found dreamers...

Has The Winning Formula For 'Rock, Paper, Scissors' Been Cracked?
2014-05-02 08:54:38

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Played for fun as a child and to settle bets as an adult, rock-paper-scissors is a game played around the world by people of all ages. While winning the game may seem to be completely up to luck or fate, a team of Chinese researchers claims to have hacked the game and developed a winning strategy. According to a report published by the team, game participants tend to follow fairly predictable patterns of behavior. The study team based...

Ancient Hunting, Herding Structures Found In Lake Huron's Depths
2014-04-29 11:39:33

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Ancient peoples of North America relied on caribou hunts for food and a new study from a team of Michigan researchers has revealed the discovery of 9,000-year-old hunting infrastructure at the bottom of Lake Huron. The study authors said the newly-discovered hunting blinds and herding structures provide unprecedented insight into the social and seasonal habits of ancient North Americans living around the Great Lakes. "This site and...

Graphene-Based Spaser Could Lead To Printable Smartphones
2014-04-25 04:23:53

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a new report in the journal ACS Nano, a team of Australian engineers have modelled a kind of laser called a “spaser” that would allow for the creation of smartphones so small and flexible – they could be printed on a t-shirt. Simply put, spasers are nanoscale lasers that emit a beam of light via the vibration of free electrons, as opposed to the relatively space-consuming beam of a traditional laser. While spasers,...

Chocolate Milk Bans Have Backfired In Some Schools
2014-04-17 11:35:14

[ Watch the Video: Banning Chocolate Milk Has Surprising Consequences ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Citing insufficient nutritional value, some schools have banned chocolate milk from their lunch programs and offered skim milk instead. However, that move may be counterproductive as a new study published in PLOS ONE has found that kids who no longer have the choice on chocolate milk take 10 percent less milk and waste 29 percent more. The researchers came to...


Word of the Day
lunula
  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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