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By April Garbuz, Wilton High School Social psychologist Lora Park and a team of researchers examined the impact of everyday striving for romantic goals on women’s attitudes toward science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Their results, which were published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, were consistent with the hypothesis that women may distance themselves from STEM when their goal is to be romantically desirable.
By April Garbuz, Wilton High School I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. John Rogers about his recent work in creating electronics that mimic the physical structure of skin. These epidermal electronic are applied to the body like a temporary tattoo. The medical possibilities for this non-invasive technology are seemingly limitless.
By April Garbuz, Wilton High School I spoke with Pedro Nakazato Andrade who designed an orthopedic cast, called 'Bones', that integrates electromyographic sensors to constantly monitor the electrical activity produced by muscles around a bone fracture. The data is then sent to a health management Web site that can be accessed by both the patient wearing the cast and the doctor monitoring the patient.
By April Garbuz, Wilton High School Love R2-D2? Have you ever wanted to create your own robot? I spoke with Maja Matarić about her exciting work designing robots with the ability to help people, especially those with special needs. Here she gives us the inside scoop about robotics. Talk about a dream job!
By April Garbuz, Wilton High School In this slideshow, learn about a spot on the Deerfield River, at the base of Salmon Falls in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, that is the site of the largest pothole on record. Formed at the conclusion of the last “Glacial Age,” the glacial potholes were carved when rushing rocks created a drilling, whirlpool effect.
By April Garbuz, Wilton High School I spoke with Scott McIntosh, a scientist at NCAR's High Altitude Observatory, about his study, published in the July 28 issue of the journal Nature, that suggests magnetic waves are responsible for making the Sun's outer atmosphere (corona) 20 times hotter than its surface. This research can take scientists closer to understanding the solar cycle and the Sun's impacts on Earth.
By April Garbuz, Wilton High School I learned from Tom Chudleigh, Canadian carpenter and founder of Free Spirit Spheres, how engineering and physics can be used to just have fun! Using science to build floating spheres, Tom revolutionized tree houses and has made a living doing so. Talk about a dream job!
By April Garbuz, Wilton High School The US Treasury has made it clear that if the US debt ceiling is not raised by August 2nd, the country will not legally be able to fulfill its financial obligations. How this might affect the scientific community?
By April Garbuz, Wilton High School Do you want to heal broken hearts? Dr. Charles Augenbraun shared with me what it's like being a cardiologist. His favorite part of the job? The ability treat and modify diseases that would otherwise shorten people's lives or limit their ability to remain fully active and live a full life.
By April Garbuz, Wilton High SchoolNew findings link estrogen to the prevention of gastric cancer. Though it is unlikely that men will be treated with estrogen in order to prevent gastric cancer, this discovery will help us learn more about how to manage immune responses and prevent some cancers. I spoke with the study's lead author, Alexander Sheh, a Postdoctoral Associate at MIT, about his estrogen research and what it might mean for cancer prevention.
By April Garbuz, Wilton High SchoolWith all the evidence of global warming, the question of why global temperatures remained constant during the last decade has baffled many and given climate change skeptics something to cite as evidence of global warming. But now a team of scientists led by Robert Kaufmann of Boston University has discovered why global surface temperatures did not continue to rise between 1998 and 2008. The study found that sulfur particles sent into the atmosphere by coal-burning power plants countered the effects of global warming.
By April Garbuz, Wilton High School I spoke with behavioral ecologist Manuel Leal, an assistant professor in the Biology Department at Duke University, about his recent discovery that lizards have the ability to learn and relearn. Leal's experimentation with the cognitive abilities of lizards was inspired by his long-time love for lizard diversity. This drove him to study their evolution and behavior.
By April Garbuz, Wilton High School In this Q & A with Justin Couchman, he talks about his recent finding that Rhesus monkeys have self-agency. He explains: "Basically, I wanted to see if rhesus monkeys understood that some actions were under their control. If they had that understanding, then I could say they have a basic sense of self-agency, which is closely related to self-awareness."
By April Garbuz, Wilton High SchoolThe sticky surfaces found on tree frog feet are self-cleaning, according to Niall Crawford, a researcher at the University of Glasgow, who shared his findings on Sunday at the Society for Experimental Biology Annual Conference in Glasgow.
By April Garbuz, Wilton High SchoolA desert tortoise from the United States Southwest and northwestern Mexico has been described as a new species. This discovery answered questions that have been asked for over a century. For 150 years, the Agassiz Land (Desert) Tortoise had been cloaking the existence of two species.
By April Garbuz, Wilton High SchoolWomen will try anything to achieve fuller, sexier, more kissable lips. As we smear our mouth with sticky glosses, what are these lip plumpers really doing?
By April Garbuz, Wilton High School Standing in the drug store, we see two types of mascara: water-soluble and water proof. Despite the fancy names and colorful packaging, the true difference between lash lengtheners is whether the ingredients are dissolved in water or oil.
By April Garbuz, Wilton High School motional problems triggered by bullying may be a result of more than playground bullies; studies suggest that genes make kids more sensitive to these emotional effects. Psychologist Karen Sugden’s studies have found that symptoms of anxiety, depression, and social withdrawal appear most often in regularly bullied kids who have two copies of the short allele of serotonin transport protein 5-HTT.
Sheril Kirshenbaum’s witty book, The Science of Kissing, defies the words of anyone who has ever said, “It was just a kiss!” One may be under the false impression that a scientific book on kissing would tarnish the romance of the act, but, the book emphasizes the romance while explaining the biology. It is no secret that something happens when lips lock, but what drives us to kiss to begin with? What makes a romantic kiss differ so greatly from kisses from family? How does the battle of the sexes play into kissing?
By April Garbuz, Wilton High School It is no secret that we spend hours searching Facebook and other social networking sites. We sign on to Facebook with the intention of checking our notifications, and that quickly develops into hours of clicking through profile pictures and reading wall-to-walls. Why do we spend so much time compulsively tracing people’s lives through Facebook? A study that monitored the emotional responses we have while navigating Facebook suggests there is a scientific reason it is so addictive.
By April Garbuz, Wilton High School In our culture, little girls spend their time changing dolls’ clothes and playing house, while little boys spend time wrestling in the mud. A young boy playing with dolls is considered a major taboo in our civilization, as is a young girl rough-housing. While children’s choice of play seems to be a direct response to society’s expectations, there may be another influence on this behavior.
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