March 2016 archive

Need to reduce indoor pollution? House plants will help you with that

“However, Dr Fraser Torpy, director of the University of Technology Sydney Plants and Indoor Environmental Quality Research Group, says the air circulating inside our buildings is often more polluted than the air outside, and this can have a very real impact on our health. … The good news is that indoor plants can remove VOCs 24/7 …

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Cancer’s penicillin moment: Drugs that unleash the immune system

“The new drugs that saved Jimmy Carter are giving years of extra life to people with bleak prognoses. Have checkpoint inhibitors turned the tables on cancer?” from New Scientist – Current Issue Articles See Link via IFTTT

Digital fitness devices help patients monitor health and activity, improve outcomes

“A digital fitness device, technology already owned by 1 in 10 Americans, provides a unique opportunity for patients to monitor their activity levels, medication use, weight, sleep patterns, rehabilitation progress, and other personal health data, ultimately empowering them to improve clinical outcomes, according to a new study.” from Latest Science News — ScienceDaily See Link …

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Peanuts, peanut butter may hold key to preventing obesity

“A study found middle school children at risk for being overweight or obese reduced their Body Mass Index by eating a snack of peanuts, compared to those children who did not.” from Latest Science News — ScienceDaily See Link via IFTTT

A Huge, Rooftop Farm Takes Root In Chicago

“The owner of the two-acre vertical farm — New York-based Gotham Greens — claims there’s no bigger rooftop greenhouse in the world.” In Chicago, on nearly two acres of land, a greenhouse sits on top of a factory in the historic Pullman neighborhood. from Urban Organic Gardener See Link via IFTTT

How to Write Short: Master Word Craft In the Digital Age

“Whether you identify as one or not, everyone is a writer. Between social networks, dating profiles, blogs, and the day-to-day tasks of most jobs, writing is an essential skill. In How to Write Short, author Roy Peter Clark illustrates the value of brief, short-form writing in our technology-driven world, and shows you how to do …

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How filmmaking made me a better science communicator

See Kevin MD One of my favorite shows to watch as a kid was Bill Nye the Science Guy. I fondly recall being glued to the television as Bill enthusiastically explained the mysterious wonders of the universe with all of his props, gizmos, and gadgets. Unlike science teachers at school, whose seemingly endless lectures bored …

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Google grants presidential hopefuls a digital podium Google is giving this year’s crop of US presidential candidates a pretty big stump to stand on…

Growing from seeds

As the song line says, “from little things big things grow”. This is true in life but doubly true in the garden. With money tight, now is a smart time to learn how to grow your own plants from seed. See Link

Galaxy S7’s camera is so good, it makes DSLRs look bad

We’ve already watched the Galaxy S7 batter the iPhone 6s in a series of camera tests, but how well does it stack up against a professional DSLR? When it comes to phase detection autofocus, surprisingly well, actually. See Samsung’s new smartphone make the Nikon D70 look bad in the mind-blowing autofocus test below. Isn’t that incredible? …

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