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Thursday, June 07, 2012

Nearly 15 Percent of Work Email Is Gossip

According to some estimates, the average corporate email user sends 112 emails every day. About one out of every seven of those messages, says a new study from Georgia Tech, can be called gossip. Assistant Professor Eric Gilbert of the School of Interactive Computing examined hundreds of thousands of emails from the former Enron corporation and found that 14.7 percent of the emails qualify as office scuttlebutt.

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Posted by Craig Jones on 06/07 at 11:44 AM
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Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Mosquitoes Fly in Rain Thanks to Low Mass

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Even rain can’t deter mosquitoes. The blood-sucking insect can fly in a downpour because of its strong exoskeletons and low mass render it impervious to falling drops. Georgia Tech researchers determined this using high-speed videography.

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Posted by Craig Jones on 06/05 at 11:06 AM
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Friday, June 01, 2012

NASA’s Hubble Shows Milky Way is Destined for Head-on Collision with Andromeda Galaxy

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NASA astronomers announced they can now predict with certainty the next major cosmic event to affect our galaxy, Sun, and solar system: the titanic collision of our Milky Way galaxy with the neighboring Andromeda galaxy. The Milky Way is destined to get a major makeover during the encounter, which is predicted to happen four billion years from now. It’s likely the Sun will be flung into a new region of our galaxy, but our Earth and solar system are in no danger of being destroyed.

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Posted by Craig Jones on 06/01 at 08:35 AM
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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Mathematicians Can Conjure Matter Waves Inside an Invisible Hat

An international team of mathematicians has devised an amplifier that can boost light, sound or other waves while hiding them inside an invisible container.

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Posted by Craig Jones on 05/29 at 02:18 PM
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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Moderate Weight Loss Reduces Hormones Linked to Breast Cancer Risk

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Even a moderate amount of weight loss can significantly reduce risk of breast cancer

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Posted by Thom Canalichio on 05/24 at 10:01 AM
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Sugar Makes You Stupid: Study Shows How a High-Fructose Diet Sabotages Learning, Memory

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A new UCLA study is the first to show how a diet steadily high in fructose slows the brain, hampering memory and learning—and how omega-3 fatty acids can minimize the damage.

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Posted by Craig Jones on 05/15 at 04:37 PM
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Thursday, May 03, 2012

New Evidence of Supermassive Black Hole Shredding a Star

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Astronomers have gathered the most direct evidence yet of a supermassive black hole shredding a star that wandered too close.

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Posted by Craig Jones on 05/03 at 10:04 AM
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Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Link Between an Injectable Contraceptive and Breast Cancer Risk in Young Women Discovered

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The first large-scale U.S.-based study to evaluate the link between an injectable form of progestin-only birth control and breast cancer risk in young women has found that recent use of a year or more doubles the risk. The results of the study, led by breast cancer epidemiologist Christopher I. Li, M.D., Ph.D., of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, are published online ahead of the April 15 print issue of Cancer Research.

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Posted by Craig Jones on 04/04 at 12:44 PM
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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Your Mind Will Wander as You Read This Article

A new study investigating the mental processes underlying a wandering mind reports a role for working memory, a sort of a mental workspace that allows you to juggle multiple thoughts simultaneously.

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Posted by Craig Jones on 03/15 at 02:22 PM
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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

80% of U.S. Farmland Will Have to Be Devoted to Growing Corn to Meet Current Biofuel Target

Almost 80 percent of current farmland in the U.S. would have to be devoted to raising corn for ethanol production in order to meet current biofuel production targets with existing technology, a new study has found. An alternative, according to a study in ACS’ journal Environmental Science & Technology, would be to convert 60 percent of existing rangeland to biofuels.

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Posted by Craig Jones on 02/29 at 01:00 PM
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