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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Oppo F9 Pro
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Oppo F9 Pro

69 The Oppo F9 Pro looks stunning from the outside, but is good looks all there is to it? Oppo F9 Pro Rating 69100100 Our Verdict The Oppo F9  Pro certainly looks stunning. The design including the gradient glass back and the water drop notch does make the phone stand out. The new UI also…

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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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Next Generation Telescopes Could Use “Teleportation” to Take Better Images
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Next Generation Telescopes Could Use “Teleportation” to Take Better Images

Telescopes have come a long way in the past few centuries. From the comparatively modest devices built by astronomers like Galileo Galilei and Johannes Kepler, telescopes have evolved to become massive instruments that require an entire facility to house them and a full crew and network of computers to run them. And in the coming…

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Realme 2
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Realme 2

10990 79 The Realme 2 brings a diamond-cut glass design and the infamous notch the budget-segment. Oppo Realme 2 Rating 79100100 Our Verdict The Realme 2 offers good value for money for the Rs 10,990 price tag it comes in. It’s a handy phone for someone who isn’t a power user, and looks for a…

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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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Dyson Pure Cool Air Purifier
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Dyson Pure Cool Air Purifier

43900 71 The Dyson Pure Cool air purifier bears the same design as its predecessor but promises better air purification with additional features. The company has also added a small LCD screen that displays extra information on how the air quality inside a room is and how it’s affected when the device is operational. Dyson…

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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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Fufjifilm X-A5
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Fufjifilm X-A5

47999 73 The Fujifilm X-A5 sports an APS-C CMOS sensor, offers a touchscreen and manages to take some very good looking photos Fujifilm X-A5 Rating 73100100 Our Verdict The Fujifilm X-A5 is an able-bodied camera for any beginner, but you’d be better off buying just the body and pairing it with another Fuji lens, perhaps…

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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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