Archive: 10/16/2013

Separating the good from the bad in bacteria

There are good bacteria and there are bad bacteria—and sometimes both coexist within the same species. Take, for instance, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a microbe common in soil and water. This bacterium has been found to col ...

Oct 16, 2013
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As chimpanzees grow, so does yawn contagion

As sanctuary-kept chimpanzees grow from infant to juvenile, they develop increased susceptibility to human yawn contagion, possibility due to their increasing ability to empathize, says a study published ...

Oct 16, 2013
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Women scientists, Wikipedia under microscope in US

Look up a female scientist or technologist on Wikipedia, and you might not find what you're looking for. Many don't have detailed pages or any page at all on the free online encyclopedia created by contributors, ...

Oct 16, 2013
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New soil testing kit for third world countries

Researchers at the University of Maryland and Columbia University have developed a new soil testing kit designed to help farmers in third world countries. On-the-spot soil testing could have major impact ...

Oct 16, 2013
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Microsoft releasing Windows 8.1, a year in making

Microsoft is releasing its long-awaited Windows 8.1 upgrade as a free download starting Thursday. It addresses some of the gripes people have had with Windows 8, the dramatically different operating system ...

Oct 16, 2013
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What makes a data visualization memorable?

It's easy to spot a "bad" data visualization—one packed with too much text, excessive ornamentation, gaudy colors, and clip art. Design guru Edward Tufte derided such decorations as redundant at best, useless ...

Oct 16, 2013
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