The Fidgeting Brain
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The Fidgeting Brain

A new review paper in The Neuroscientist highlights the problem of body movements for neuroscience, from blinks to fidgeting. Authors Patrick J Drew and colleagues of Penn State discuss how many types of movements are associated with widespread brain activation, which can contaminate brain activity recordings. This is true, they say, of both humans and…

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What “First Man” Gets Fabulously Right About NASA: An Interview with Apollo 15 Astronaut Al Worden
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What “First Man” Gets Fabulously Right About NASA: An Interview with Apollo 15 Astronaut Al Worden

Neil Armstrong (left) as portrayed by Ryan Gosling in First Man (Credit: Universal) First Man is not like other movies about the space race, and I mean that in a very good way. I’ll admit, I was skeptical about the director of La La Land telling the story of Neil Armstrong’s historic landing on the…

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Visualization of Pacific ocean temperatures shows El Niño brewing, heralding possible winter weather impacts
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Visualization of Pacific ocean temperatures shows El Niño brewing, heralding possible winter weather impacts

This animation shows how sea surface temperatures have departed from the long-term average, from August through early October 2018. (Animation by climate.gov; data from NOAA’s Environmental Visualization Lab.) It’s still not here yet, but El Niño sure looks like it’s coming. In its latest forecast, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center says there is a 70 to 75 percent…

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Hurricane Michael: dramatic satellite view of the monster's eye as it buzz-saws into the Florida coast
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Hurricane Michael: dramatic satellite view of the monster's eye as it buzz-saws into the Florida coast

An animation of images captured by the GOES-16 weather satellite shows Hurricane Michael making landfall along the Florida Panhandle on Oct. 10, 2018. (Source: Rick Kohrs, University of Wisconsin /SSEC) The utter devastation wrought by Hurricane Michael’s storm surge and 155-mph winds simply boggles the mind. “It appears that the impact of the hurricane was…

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Book Review: Citizen Science for Your Littlest Researcher
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Book Review: Citizen Science for Your Littlest Researcher

Forrester, Anna. Bat Count: A Citizen Science Story. Arbordale Publishing, 2017. 32 pages. Paperback (English and Spanish editions) $US9.95. Bathala, Neeti, Keats Curtis, Jennifer, & Jones, Veronica V. (Illustrator). Moonlight Crab Count. Arbordale Publishing, 2017. 32 pages.Paperback (English and Spanish editions) $US9.95. A very young reader! Looking for some not-so-spooky reads for your little ones?  Just in time for…

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Brain Network Lets Three People Communicate With Their Thoughts
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Brain Network Lets Three People Communicate With Their Thoughts

Scientists are making science fiction a reality. For the first time, three people have read each other’s minds, researchers report in a new study recently posted to the preprint server arXiv. The new interface combines noninvasive brain imaging and brain stimulation to let multiple people communicate through their thoughts. Its creators say the fresh tech could allow…

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Europa Lander Could be Greeted by Massive Ice Spikes
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Europa Lander Could be Greeted by Massive Ice Spikes

Penitentes on the Upper Rio Blanco, Central Andes of Argentina. Such fields of jagged ice could cover Europa’s equatorial latitudes. Arvaki (Wikipedia) Jupiter’s icy moon Europa has come into the spotlight as one of the likeliest places in the solar system to find Earth-like life. Scientists believe that beneath its icy shell lurks a liquid…

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Designing Citizen Science for Both Science and Education
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Designing Citizen Science for Both Science and Education

In January 2017, eleven field science advocates gathered in an unlikely location: indoors. These individuals were educators, scientists, and web platform developers participating in the Designing Citizen Science for Both Science and Education workshop, hosted by the BSCS Science Learning (BSCS) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The workshop focused on georeferenced field studies, which are projects that involve the collection…

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Is a Little Radiation Good For You? Trump Admin Steps Into Shaky Science
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Is a Little Radiation Good For You? Trump Admin Steps Into Shaky Science

A technician scans for radiation with a Geiger counter. (Credit: PRESSLAB/Shutterstock) For decades, studies have shown that even low doses of radiation are harmful to humans. This week, the Associated Press reported that the Trump administration may be reconsidering that. The Environmental Protection Agency seemed to be looking at raising the levels of radiation considered dangerous to humans based on a…

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Large-Scale Wind Farms Could Warm the U.S.
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Large-Scale Wind Farms Could Warm the U.S.

(Credit: By Angela Rohde/Shutterstock) If we humans want to slow down global warming due to carbon emissions, clean energy is the way. But, as with all things, there are cons to go along with those pros. New research reports that installing large-scale wind farms across the country could raise the temperature of the continental United…

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