Peter Ong

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Debunking common myths about video gamers

Tarred as an unhealthy subculture, “gamers” incites a number of stereotypical images.<p>In popular media, television shows such as the <i>Big Bang Theory</i> and <i>South Park</i> depict gaming as an activity for socially inept nerds who are desensitized to the world around them. As a result of this media portrayal, …

7 Tips to Improve Your Memory

Learning ability is probably the most important skill you can have.<p>Take it from Peter Brown, Henry Roediger, and Mark McDaniel, authors of <i>Make It</i> …

Narcolepsy medication modafinil is world's first safe 'smart drug'

Increasingly taken by healthy people to improve focus before exams, after a comprehensive review researchers say modafinil is safe in the short-term<p>Modafinil is the world’s first safe “smart drug”, researchers at Harvard and Oxford universities have said, after performing a comprehensive review of …

Would Chinese-style education work on British kids?

<b>The Chinese education system - with its long school days and tough discipline - tops global league tables. But how did British pupils cope when five Chinese teachers took over part of their Hampshire school?</b><p>For the BBC documentary Are Our Kids Tough Enough? Chinese School, an experiment was carried …

Education

Twitter is erasing stolen jokes

Hang around Twitter for long enough and there's a good chance that you'll see people rehashing jokes that clearly aren't theirs, whether they're spam bots or less-than-original friends. You might not see that copy-pasted humor for much longer, though: Plagiarism Is Bad has noticed that Twitter is …

Genetic Data Will Take Up More Space Than YouTube In 10 Years

A classic big data problem<p>Your little genes are about to take up a lot more space. In the next 10 years, genomic data could generate anywhere between 2 and 40 exabytes per year—at a minimum, that’s more than two million times what your home computer can hold. A study approximating the overwhelming …

Genetics

Scientists rush to freeze plant DNA before 'sixth extinction'

<b>As the world enters into a sixth great extinction, scientists are racing against the clock to save genetic evidence from plants around the world.</b><p>An ambitious project launched Wednesday to collect the genomes of the planet's major plant groups within the next two years and put them into deep …

Botanical Gardens