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‘Cyborg’ Drummer Holds Down The Beat With Prosthetic Arm

Bands and music ensembles that don’t have a human drummer often opt for a drum machine. But now there’s a third choice, a “cyborg” drummer — half man, half machine. Two years ago, Jason Barnes, an aspiring musician, was electrocuted while cleaning a restaurant vent hood. Doctors were forced to amputate his arm below the […]

Decades Later, Education Helps Stave Off Dementia

To some extent, dementia is just a part of growing old. And as more people live longer, the number of people suffering from dementia is growing as well. Some estimate the amount of people living with the condition will triple worldwide to 135 million by 2050. It’s a reality that has doctors and policymakers concerned […]

NASA To Award Asteroid-Finding Citizen Scientists With Cash Prizes

NASA wants help locating asteroids. And so they have teamed up with private company Planetary Resources Inc. of Bellevue, Wash., to offer an open platform contest for amateur asteroid hunters. The Asteroid Data Hunter challenge calls on citizen scientists to submit improved algorithms for identifying asteroids using telescope imagery. As much as $35,000 in cash […]

Researchers Find Elephants Can Tell Languages Apart

NAIROBI, Kenya (UPI) — African elephants have the ability to distinguish between human languages, researchers have determined. A team of researchers found that elephants in the Amboseli National Park region of Kenya have learned to differentiate between the dialect of the Maasai tribe, whose members have a history of killing elephants, and the languages of […]

Excessive Homework Is Counterproductive, Study Finds

Kids everywhere, rejoice! A researcher at Stanford University has determined homework to be counterproductive and unhealthy — too much of it, anyway. In a study led by Denise Pope, senior lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, researchers found that excessive homework proved detrimental to student well-being and engagement. The study cited previous research […]

Grass Carp Threaten Great Lakes

As many as 45 grass carp were caught in the Great Lakes between 2007 and 2012, a new study finds. Grass carp, a plant-eating species of the invasive Asian carp family, have also been found spawning in Lake Erie and its many tributaries. The study was published in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic […]

Heat From Volcanoes Helped Ancient Plants And Animals Survive Past Ice Ages

CANBERRA, Australia (UPI) — During past ice ages, when glaciers blanketed much of the globe, the steam and heat from active volcanoes helped sustain life. A new study, led by a team of researchers from Australia, analyzed the concentration of Antarctic plant and animal species in relation to volcanoes. In studying the thousands of records, […]

Are You Smarter Than A Preschooler? New Research Suggests Not!

BERKELEY, Calif. (UPI) — Ever wish things were just simpler? Preschoolers generally don’t. In their minds, things are already simple. Whereas adults overcomplicate, kids keep it elementary. Now, scientists say a preschooler’s way of thinking — having more flexible and less biased ideas about cause and effect — can help them outperform adults in figuring […]

U.S. Expresses Concern Over Libyan Oil Seizure

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — Reports that illicit shipments of oil were taken from the Libyan port of As-Sidra are deeply concerning, the U.S. State Department said. Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan threatened to use force against a North Korean-flagged ship, Morning Glory, that’s been docked at the rebel-held port since last week. The U.S. government said […]

Are You Smarter Than A Preschooler? New Research Suggests Not!

BERKELEY, Calif., (UPI) — Ever wish things were just simpler? Preschoolers generally don’t. In their minds, things are already simple. Whereas adults overcomplicate, kids keep it elementary. Now, scientists say a preschooler’s way of thinking — having more flexible and less biased ideas about cause and effect — can help them outperform adults in figuring […]

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