Monique Ngatoro

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Hacking our senses to boost learning power

Some schools are pumping music, noises and fragrances into the classroom to see if it improves exam results – could it work?<p>What did your school smell like? Was it noisy or peaceful?<p>It might not seem important, but a growing body of research suggests that smells and sounds can have an impact on …

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Physics

8 U.S. States Band Together To Put Millions Of Zero-Emissions Cars On The Road

Oct 24 (Reuters) - The governors of California, New York and six other states have agreed to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the road within 12 years, which they said will help the environment and boost the economy.<p>The states will start by harmonizing building codes to make it easier to …

Astronauts And Mice Return From Space With Altered Eyes

About one in five astronauts report vision changes after space missions. A new, small study in mice takes a look at what might cause those changes at a molecular level.<p>When he rocketed up to the International Space Station in March 2009, NASA astronaut Mike Barratt needed glasses to see things in …

Astronauts point to next frontier: Stopping killer asteroids

For most people, going into outer space would be enough of a claim to fame — but the way astronaut Rusty Schweickart sees it, saving the world from killer asteroids is far more significant.<p>"Apollo and Skylab were great experiences for me personally, but my NEO [near-Earth object] work may really …

Space

Meet The Inspiring 18-Year-Old Who Built A Simple Water Purifier That Could Save Lives

A busy university professor didn’t have time to work closely with his high school student intern. So he sent her off to figure out her own project. What happened next will make you feel good about the future.<p>If you’re worried about the state of the planet, fear not. The next generation has it …

Intellectual Property

Design contest: Students envision appliances of future

An army of tiny flying robots won the big prize at this year's Electrolux Design Lab competition, an annual contest for futuristic home appliances hosted by the Swedish appliance maker.<p>For Mab, an automated household system that cleans the home with hundreds of flying robots armed with drops of …

Livescribe 3 smartpen digitizes notes straight to your iPad, starts at $150

Livescribe broke new ground last year with the Sky WiFi pen that could transfer handwritten and audio notes straight to the cloud (well, to your Evernote account anyway), so that they'd be accessible anywhere there's an internet connection. Having to jump on WiFi to send and retrieve those notes …

For $10, Convert Your Smartphone into a Microscope with Photo and Video Capabilities

[Update – 10:43AM 10/29/13] We actually built one of these $10 microscope stands. Take a look at the photos we took using it to see how well it works.<p>…

The human brain, its nervous projections, layers,... - Biomedical Ephemera, or: A Frog for Your Boils

<b>The human brain, its nervous projections, layers, and cortical blood vessels</b><p>Though we’re probably subconsciously aware of our brains on a day-to-day …

The science and magic of wine-making

… a new friend is as a new wine; when it is old, thou shalt drink it with pleasure. <i>Ecclesiasticus 9:10</i><p>I grew up on tales of my Dad's 1970s homemade hedgerow wines. Their fruity aroma and potency were legendary. All that remains of this heady era are five very dusty bottles of "vintage" wine sitting …

The Flu Shot May Cut Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke

Getting the flu vaccine may protect not only against the flu, but in some people, it may also reduce your risk of experiencing heart attack and stroke. According to a new study out in the <i>Journal of the American Medical Association,</i> though the flu vaccine had previously been linked to reduced …

The gravitational orbit of any moon, planet, star or galaxy forms a helix, when you view it traveling through a time dimension

<b>The gravitational orbit of any moon, planet, star or galaxy forms a helix, when you view it traveling through a time dimension.</b> A 3-dimensional helix is a ‘slice’ of the 4-dimensional shape of the orbit of a planet; Y is a time dimension, X and Z are space dimensions. One 2D slice of a 3D helix is a circle, another is a wave. One 3D slice of a 4D helix is a sphere; a planet in a specific moment of time.<p>Interesting patterns are revealed when you start thinking about the 4-dimensional shapes of …

Tax on shopping bags 'will lead to more food poisoning'

Shoppers who switch to reusable bags may be at risk of food poisoning because of a rise in the amount of contamination, experts have warned.<p>An increase in the use of “bags for life” could lead to a spike in illness rates as shoppers place new items in bags already used to store fresh meat and raw …

Mirach is guide star to three galaxies

The orange-colored star Mirach in the constellation Andromeda acts as your guide star to 3 different galaxies.<p>The star Mirach (Beta Andromedae) in …

How It Works: The Mechanical Bomb Sniffer

A guide to the machine that could change how we screen for explosive threats<p>Last fall, David Atkinson and a team at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory announced that they had "sniffed" certain explosives in ambient air for the first time. Most common explosives—RDX, PETN, blasting gels—exist …

Predicting Quakes Still Shaky, But Being Prepared Is Crucial

Morning recess at St. Augustine Catholic School in Culver City, Calif., is like recess in many other schools. Children run and play in the afternoon sun. But nearby, away from the basketball hoops and the games of tag, the staff is preparing.<p>Next to the playground sits a cargo container full of …

The Energy Fix: How To Clean Up Fracking's Bad Rep

If fossil fuels are to remain a large part of the nation’s energy mix, engineers need to reduce their environmental impacts.<p>Hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have opened up huge reservoirs of oil and gas across the U.S. The Energy Information Administration predicts that production of …

Crazy Ants Have Spread From Texas to Florida, and 3 Other States

Crazy ants started out in Texas in 2002 but are now in at least five states–including Florida, Louisiana, and Georgia–, and are “within four miles of …

How To Make Bricks Out Of Dirt

Dirt-cheap bricks—just add pressure<p>Bricks are fairly easy to make, but in the developing world, traditional fired bricks are sometimes weak and crumble-prone, while cement ones are often unaffordable. The Vermeer BP714 is the first compressed-earth-block machine that makes strong air-dried bricks …

Science Weekly podcast: female fertility and ageing

This week on Science Weekly with <b>Alok Jha</b> we hear from leading reproductive biologist <b>Professor Mary Herbert</b> of the Institute for Ageing and Health at the University of Newcastle about the latest scientific understanding of fertility and ageing in women.<p>Prof Herbert, in conversation with <b>Natalie</b> …