Archive: 09/16/2013

Learning cursive in the first grade helps students

By 2014, 45 American states will stop teaching cursive writing in favour of keyboard proficiency. In Québec, there are no plans for the moment to abandon this type of writing. "Teaching and daily use of handwriting are essential, ...

Sep 16, 2013
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How politically effective is terrorism?

Why do some militant groups continue to use terrorism when it's politically ineffective, even counterproductive? The answer lies in their leadership deficits, according to Max Abrahms, a terrorism theorist and newly appointed ...

Sep 16, 2013
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How your smartphone got so smart

In 1947, the Cold War, David Letterman, and the CIA were born; the future Queen Elizabeth got married; and a U.S. postage stamp cost 3 cents. That was also the year the seed that would eventually grow into ...

Sep 16, 2013
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Literacy level divide

A Cardiff University academic has uncovered evidence that children at age seven in Wales do not do as well as their contemporaries in England when it comes to literacy.

Sep 16, 2013
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Remote traffic pollution detection system created

A group of research centers and companies in which the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid participates has created the first infrared and remote system able to detect pollutants from cars on highways up to ...

Sep 16, 2013
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Design concepts for Houston flood barrier

This month it will be exactly five years ago that Hurricane Ike caused enormous damage in and around Houston and Galveston in the US state of Texas. With more than $38 billion in damage and over 100 deaths, ...

Sep 16, 2013
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Automated comfort for free-range hens

A new control system from Siemens is providing free-range hens with more comfort and also reducing their risk of infection. The system automatically controls the daily routine - e.g. feeding, lighting changes, ...

Sep 16, 2013
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Concrete which can heal its own cracks

Cardiff University researcher Dr Diane Gardner has won the 'You Heard It Here First' event at the British Science Festival for her work on self-healing concrete. The award considers the UK's brightest early ...

Sep 16, 2013
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Snake robot on Mars?

The ESA wants its operations on other planets to have greater mobility and manoeuvrability. SINTEF researchers are looking into whether snake robots could be the answer.

Sep 16, 2013
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The koala: Living life on the edge

Koalas living at the edge of their natural habitat range behave differently to those living well within in it, finds a study published in the open access journal Movement Ecology this week. The research has im ...

Sep 16, 2013
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