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Today's Children Are Officially Potty Mouths 449

Posted by samzenpus
from the kids-say-the-#@^*est-things dept.
tetrahedrassface writes "When the Sociolinguistics Symposium met earlier this month swearing scholar Timothy Jay revealed that an increase in child swearing is directly related to an increase in adult swearing. It seems that vulgarity is increasing as pop culture continues to popularize vulgarities. The blame lies with media, public figures, politicians, but mostly ourselves. From the article: 'Children as young as two are now dropping f-bombs, with researchers reporting that more kids are using profanity — and at earlier ages — than has been recorded in at least three decades.'"
Science

Morphing Metals 121

Posted by samzenpus
from the forge-ahead dept.
aarondubrow writes "Imagine a metal that 'remembers' its original, cold-forged shape, and can return to that shape when exposed to heat or a magnetic pulse. Like magic out of a Harry Potter novel, such a metal could contract on command, or swing back and forth like a pendulum. Believe it or not, such metals already exist. First discovered in 1931, they belong to a class of materials called 'shape memory alloys (SMA),' whose unique atomic make-up allows them to return to their initial form, or alternate between forms through a phase change."
Medicine

High Fructose Corn Syrup To Get a Makeover 646

Posted by samzenpus
from the same-great-taste dept.
An anonymous reader writes "With its sweetener linked to obesity, some cancers and diabetes, the Corn Refiners Association (CRA) doesn't want you to think 'fructose' when you see high fructose corn syrup in your soda, ketchup or pickles. Instead, the AP reports, the CRA submitted an application to the FDA, hoping to change the name of their top-selling product to 'corn sugar.'"
Science

+ - Video: DIY Chemistry Yields Magnificent Explosions->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "It takes some guts to test out a thermite reaction in your backyard--but as this video segment shows, plenty of home chemists take on the challenge. A thermite reaction occurs when you mix iron oxide with aluminum powder, resulting in an awesome fiery explosion that can reach more than 2700 degrees Fahrenheit and can melt iron--like the toy car pictured in this video. Because conditions are so extreme, one DIY chemist took the prudent step of trying his experiment on a frozen lake."
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+ - State of Virginia technology centers down->

Submitted by bswooden
bswooden (1574815) writes "Some rather important departments (DMV, Social Services, Taxation) in the state of Virginia are currently without access to many documents and information as a technology meltdown has caused much of their technology to be offline for over 24 hours now. State CIO Sam Nixon said "A failure occurred in one memory card in what is known as a 'storage area network,' or SAN, at Virginia's Information Technologies Agency (VITA) suburban Richmond computing center, one of several data storage systems across Virginia." How does the IT for some of the largest departments in a state come to a screeching halt over a single memory card? Oh and also the state is paying Northrup Grumman $2.4 billion over 10 years to manage the states IT infrastructure."
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Nuns Donate Their Brains to Alzheimer's Research 148

Posted by samzenpus
from the bring-me-a-pious-brain dept.
Many Catholic religious orders are participating in a long range Alzheimer's disease study. Rush University's Religious Orders Study began in 1993 and tracks the participants' mental abilities through yearly memory testing. In addition to the annual tests, the study subjects agree to donate their brains. From the article: "The researchers sought members of religious orders, hoping they would be willing to donate and would not have children or spouses interfering with that arrangement at the last minute. More than 1,100 nuns, priests and brothers across the country representing a wide range of ethnic groups are taking part."
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Monkeys Exhibit the Same Economic Irrationality As Us 254

Posted by samzenpus
from the I-wanna-spend-like-you-oo-oo dept.
grrlscientist writes "Laurie Santos is trying to find the roots of human irrationality by watching the way our primates make decisions. This video documents a clever series of experiments in 'monkeynomics' and shows that some of the stupid decisions we make are made by our primate relatives too."
Biotech

Fly Eyes Used For Solar Cells 73

Posted by samzenpus
from the windows-to-the-power-pole dept.
disco_tracy writes "Researchers took corneas from blow flies, fixed them on a glass substrate, added a polymer to protect the shape and then coated nine-eye arrays in nickel within a vacuum chamber. The result was a master template that retained those useful nanoscale features and can be used to make solar cells."

Sigmund Freud is alleged to have said that in the last analysis the entire field of psychology may reduce to biological electrochemistry.

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