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Wii bit of fun at Rice University has serious intent

Why are some people fast learners? Can we teach everybody to be like them? Yes, Wii can. A Rice University research project recently funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) is making use of Nintendo's popular video game technology to codify learning systems in ways that can be used in ...

Eat chocolate, drink wine, add fun to life: SLU geriatrician shares secrets of staying young

ST. LOUIS Little lifestyle changes can pay big dividends to aging baby boomers who want to stay vibrant, says John Morley, M.D., director of the division of geriatric medicine at Saint Louis University, in a new book that outlines a 10-step program to improve quality of life as we age. Living ...

Argonne to showcase science and technology at community open house

... 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for a day of discovery and fun for the whole family. The event is free and open to the public. "The open house will be great fun for everyone," said Eric Isaacs, director of Argon... Calculate your environmental footprint Have fun with extreme cold and cryogenics Witness how ...

Researcher finds Girl Scout meetings provide an opportunity to increase girls' physical activity

... activities. "We were striving to get the girls and parents to spend some of their leisure time together being active and taking steps together for fun and health," he said. Rosenkranz worked with 10- and 11-year-old girls who were members of Girl Scout troops in Manhattan and the surrounding area....

New species of phallus-shaped mushroom named after California Academy of Sciences scientist

..., coordinate and lead multiorganism biotic surveys on Sao Tome and Principe," according to the Mycologia paper. "It's a wonderful honor and great fun to have this phallus-shaped fungus named after me," says Drewes. "I have been immortalized in the scientific record." Phallus drewesii is not th...

MU study finds connection between evolution, classroom learning

...to expand," said David Geary, Curators' Professor of Psychological Sciences in the MU College of Arts and Science. "Learning is not always going to be fun and children should not expect it to be. Attempting to engage children by making activities fun, causes those activities to become more similar to wha...

Researcher garners major award from NIH for further exploration into the mechanisms of obesity

...b's team, Bartness credits Song, a research scientist, with greatly facilitating progress in his research across the past 15 plus years. "It's been fun and hard work, and I've had a good team," he said. "This doesn't happen with me alone, and across the years, her exceptional abilities and continuous ...

International honor for University of East Anglia ocean researcher

...imate change. "I feel greatly honoured and thrilled to be awarded this prize," said Prof Heywood. "Trying to understand how the ocean works is such fun and to be awarded a prize like this, for doing what I enjoy, is the icing on the cake. Really it is a tribute too to the great people in my research g...

Names turn preschoolers into vegetable lovers

.... "Whether it be 'power peas' or 'dinosaur broccoli trees,' giving a food a fun name makes kids think it will be more fun to eat. And it seems to keep working even the next day," said Wansink. ...

American Institute of Physics announces awards for best science writing

... Delbruck and other members of the nuclear physics institute in Copenhagen performed the skit as a diversion -- a way for the young physicists to make fun of their elders at the end of a conference that was organized and run by the brilliant and profoundly influential theorist Niels Bohr. Though the...

Italy's geologic history becomes a personal tale in Walter Alvarez's new book

...lly, have met since first visiting Italy in 1968. "I thought it would be fun to write a book that had a lot of human interest in it as well as geology,"... and humanity and the chance events underlying historical change. "It is fun to think about contingency in history," he said, that is, when some unfores...

Caltech researchers get first look at how groups of cells coordinate their movements

...med division means, it's a clear sign that there are many more layers of order in embryonic development than had been previously suspected. "What's fun about this," says Fraser, "is that all the different parts came together at the same time--genetics, labeling, imaging, analysis. It was like a perfec...

UNC study: Text messaging may help children fight off obesity

... to most children now, since they've grown up with it," Shapiro said. "By using this technology, we were hoping to make self-monitoring seem more like fun to them and less like work." Fifty-eight children aged 5 to 13 and their parents participated in Shapiro's study, which was conducted at UNC Hospit...

Stroke patients soon may have fun, high-tech tool

...21st-century version of the childhood game "Whack-a-Mole." "It has to be fun so patients will actually do their physical therapy exercises," said Eileen...ut stroke is that it is very isolating," she said. "If we can make the game fun for everyone, maybe grandchildren will jump in while grandma is doing her e...

Entertainment Software Association Foundation awards grant to FAS for immune attack

...h Immune Attack TM the first biologically accurate immunology video game through a generous grant awarded by the ESA Foundation (ESAF). This bold and fun game is available for download at http://fas.org/immuneattack . "We expect to release the next version of Immune Attack in February 2009," said Me...

Sony Cyber-shot Cameras Get Smarter

... date, smile or face, including children and infants; displayed in calendar or chronological views; organized in folders; and shared as slide shows or fun scrapbooks. Unlike previous models, this one allows you to store and manage images on both its 4GB internal memory and an optional Memory Stick(R) m...

Pfizer inks global license to Genomatix Software and databases

...ffort in molecular genomics. We believe our tools will provide a great value to their research effort, but the proof is always in the results. Now the fun really begins!" he concluded. ...

Beaded viruses and geology-inspired paintings show the art in science

...o the formation of the U.S. Rocky Mountains. "I spend a lot of time helping people learn about earthquakes and volcanoes and moving plates. It is just fun to have a blue and orange Farallon hanging on the wall for people to wonder about!" ...

Fixing the education digital disconnect one video game at a time

... WASHINGTON DC On Thursday, 22 May 2008, the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) will launch Immune Attack TM, an exciting, fun and fast-moving video game that teaches the critical scientific facts of immunology. The cutting-edge game is designed to teach how the immune sys...

14-year-old CEO makes chemistry a game with 'Elementeo'

...lways wanted to show the world that the youth can start a business and have fun at the same time, says Samar. Like other popular trading card games, Ele...orld or create a boring education textbook world, but combine the two where fun and learning come together without clashing! Samar received $500 in seed...

Study shows Darwin was wrong about the origins of chickens

...uitous. It could have been that yellow skin was perceived to be a marker of health or size or egg production, or it could just be that yellow skin was fun to look at. Were really not sure. Furthermore, the gene we have identified may be important for carotenoid-based pigmentation in other species like th...

Airborne bacteria may play large role in precipitation

...DNA technology allows researchers to distinguish the bacteria, and giant computers allow people to do meteorological studies with satellites. "It's fun to see something come out after 25 years," Sands said, "particularly when we knew back then it was true." More studies must be done, though, becaus...

Quantum weirdness, parallel worlds, dinosaur poop, and the ultimate fate of the universe...

...e only briefly before collapsing into a single location. Folger spent a week talking to Penrose prior to writing his award-winning article. "It was fun meeting with him," says Folger, "but it took a little time to figure out what he was saying." In addition to his magazine work, Folger is the serie...

Penn researchers shine the light of venus to learn how the herpes virus invades cells

...t this is a major step forward for us and the field, and now we have a new toy to play with to help us with a whole new set of questions. That is the fun of science: there is always another question. ...

NIH grants enable energy studies

.... "We are the experts in genetic engineering of such nanowire proteins and they are the microbial fuel cell experts, a perfect fit that has been a fun collaboration, "said Kranz. "Once we have the preliminary data, our plan is to write up a joint grant on extending these efforts. The grant preparat...

UC-San Diego Engineering Honor Society wins most outstanding chapter award

...s professional development is the goal of the events. Sometimes the goal is fun and sometimes the fun comes from throwing pie as outlined in project number 24 UCSD Tau Beta Pie...

Freshman class sparks start-up company

... over the summer, developing the characters and storyline that will drive the action. We want to take the complexities inside a cell, and make them fun for kids to learn, says Mike Metzmaker, a sophomore from Massachusetts and spokesman for the group. Other students in the group are Sara Branson of...

Soccer burns more fat than jogging

...at a moderate pace, you only use the slow fibres, says Peter Krustrup. fun takes focus from pain During the process, the participants were asked how ...ood chances of growing a permanent affiliation with a sport when it is both fun and combined youre your social life, says Krustrup and continues: - It ...

Elephantnose fish 'see' with their chin

...ith their body length the animals have a larger brain than humans. 'They are really intelligent,' the zoologist says fondly, 'that's why it is so much fun working with them.' At one point he tried to train electric fish from South America. 'That was a flop,' he reminisces, 'the fish are beautiful, but de...

A reason why video games are hard to give up

...s and adults will stay glued to video games this holiday season because the fun of playing actually is rooted in fulfilling their basic psychological needs...intrinsically satisfying. "We think there's a deeper theory than the fun of playing," says Richard M. Ryan, a motivational psychologist at the Unive...

Fire ants: Their true story told by the scientist who loves them

... "Fire ants specialize in exploiting disturbed habitat, and they've thrived in part because humans have done a lot of disturbing," he said. Other fun facts center on the familiar dirt mound around which smart humans cut a wide swath; it's actually a solarium that collects heat to warm its residents....

Smooth sailing: 'cruise ship virus' tackled by UH, Baylor College of Medicine

... You're on vacation, having fun sailing the seven seas, when your stomach starts rolling worse than the waves. Before you know it, nausea and vomiting have replaced shuffle board an...

Technique speeds up detecting, treating wound bacteria

...a really good mystery or detective story. "But it is real life and one can see the results in one's own patients," he said. "So, one can have great fun while accomplishing worthwhile things." With a grant from the Department of Defense, Finegold has taken his passion for research and applied it to...

How marine reserves are giving coral reefs a helping hand

...are unlikely to reduce the amount of grazing even afterthe number of predators rises." Peter added, "Diving in the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park was fun because a large number of sharks turned up to watch us work. Sharks have been heavily fished on most coral reefs so it's always a thrill to visit one ...

Grass makes environmentally friendly biofuel

... Grow grass, not for fun but for fuel. Burning grass for energy has been a well-accepted technology in Europe for decades. But not in the United States. Yet burning grass pe...

GeneNotes - A novel information management software for biologists

.... and your job is to make sense of this puzzle in a biologically meaningfull way. Applications are being developped to make it all easier, leaving the fun part : biology! GeneNotes is one of them; I didn't have time to try it yet, but it seems like it could help. Nothing revolutionnary judging from the t...
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