Serial killers of the sea
Great white sharks hunt down their prey in the same way as serial killers, scientists have found. Researchers used methods copied from criminology to show that great whites pick their targets in a highly focused fashion.
Couples who live together are more than twice as likely to become obese than those who live separately
The study to be published next month in the journal Obesity also showed that the risk of obesity rises the longer people live together.
Penny Gordon-Larsen, associate professor of nutrition at the University of North Carolina, found some positive health benefits to marriage, including decreased cigarette smoking and lower mortality.
This image shows brain activity in a stroke patient before (left) and after (right) two weeks of rehabilitative therapy.
New ways to analyze the brain’s electrical activity might soon help physicians diagnose brain disorders and assess the benefits of treatment. ElMindA, a startup based in Israel, is developing one such system, which it hopes will help doctors diagnose attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) more objectively and speed up treatment decisions for stroke patients. The company is partnering with pharmaceutical and medical-device companies and expects to have a product ready for clinical use in 18 months.
People using the “Conversation Clock”
Karrie Karahalios can show a child with Asperger’s Syndrome when he’s lost in a conversational riff or a taciturn spouse when he doesn’t speak very much.
High-school kids who watch too much TV are likely to have bad eating habits five years in the future. Research published in BioMed Central’s open access International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity followed almost 2000 high- and middle-school children and found that TV viewing times predict a poor diet in the future.
I know, it sounds like something out of a Sci-Fi movie where people are arrested for crimes before they commit them. Oh wait, that movie was already made.
Many older adults want to remain active and independent for as long as possible. Seniors want to age in their own homes and avoid moving to institutions or nursing homes.
Times Square Ball
Last year, the Times Square Ball got an LED makeover for its 100th anniversary. This year that tradition continues, all 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDs of it (and don’t forget the 2,668 Waterford crystals). The 12-foot-wide, 11,875-pound ball is capable of displaying “16 million vibrant colors and billions of patterns” – did you even know that many colors existed? – and all in all it’ll use 20% less energy than last year.
Science fiction movies have long been obsessed with the as yet unattained ability to project the thoughts of humans (dreams, intentions, etc.) onto a video screen. Now a group of Japanese researchers at the ATR Computational Neuroscience Lab in Kyoto have brought us a lot closer to making that technology real.
Featured Invention at the Colorado Inventor Showcase
Let’s face it: humans are not machines. Humans are complex. Life and business is chaotic, interconnected and self-organizing.
Pierre Vivant’s Traffic Light Tree
This bit of public art blends nature with traffic in one confusing sculpture. It’s Pierre Vivant’s Traffic Light Tree. A giant sculpture of fully-functioning traffic lights in London. For some reason it’s parked next to a roundabout near Canary Wharf.