It's been a while since I've written any posts related to science on here. There are some really cool articles that have come out, specifically about books. (Hint: Books are good for your health, and can even improve your memory, according to Bustle.) Reading and Your Brain According to the Daily Mail, scientists have found that reading a novel can affect your brain for days … [Read more...] about The Science of Writing and Reading
These were all too good not to share. Awesome Projects "The Lab Discovering DNA in Old Books" on The Atlantic: "Studying the DNA in artifacts is still a relatively new field, with many prospects that remain unexplored. But in our own modern world, we’ve already started to change the biological record, and future archaeologists will not find the same trove of hidden … [Read more...] about Cool Tech-Related Projects and News
Ebooks, or maybe I should say stories, come in all shapes and sizes: EPUB, apps, virtual reality, games, and more. If you want to see some exciting, innovative new forms of storytelling, check out this list (sure devices have some limitations and enhanced ebooks haven't exactly taken off yet, but there are ways to make ebooks great): Ebooks "A Digital Mozart Book That … [Read more...] about Looking for Innovative Stories? Here’s a List of Ebooks, Apps, Websites, Games, and More
Turns out that the bands scientists have been attaching to penguins for 50 years to study them has been doing more harm than good. Because of the bands, penguins are producing fewer offspring and have a lower survival rate--probably because the bands impede their swimming abilities, which makes it harder to gather food. Still, the success of the penguins help indicate climate … [Read more...] about In the Name of Science
Science is constantly changing and scientists are always learning new things. This week, my focus is on the prehistoric, unsolved deaths, and green tech. Recently, researchers have reported that an extinct Jamaican bird, from the ibis family (but flightless), used its handbone as a clublike weapons. The fossil was discovered in 1997, and the bird became extinct around 12,000 … [Read more...] about In the Name of Science
Kristianstad, Sweden does not use oil, natural gas, or coal to heat its homes and businesses. Instead, it uses gas extracted from biomass like farm and food waste. This is not uncommon in European cities, but Kristianstad harnesses "biogas for an across-the-board regional energy makeover that has halved its fossil fuel use and reduced the city’s carbon dioxide emissions by … [Read more...] about Science Rules!
All kinds of good science news this week. First, late night Dec. 13 and early morning Dec. 14, there will be a "dazzling Geminid meteor shower" that is "expected to be the best display of so-called 'shooting stars' of the year." The Geminid meteor shower occurs every year, and they are a source of mystery to scientists. Meteor showers come about when "Earth passes through a … [Read more...] about Science Rules! Week 2
I used to write science articles, and I miss it. So I'm going to start blogging about it. You're welcome. Lots of interesting stuff going on today. For one, NASA had some exciting but also disappointing news. Yesterday they announced they would hold a press conference, which address how we're going to change the way we look at extraterrestrial life. Of course, everyone … [Read more...] about Science Rules!