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Neuroarchitecture And The Emotional Response

Neuroarchitecture And The Emotional Response

Human emotions are not something we may stop and reflect on throughout the day; however we are certainly aware of when we are in a bad mood, and how that is drastically different from being in a good one. It is nothing new that design can influence mood. The idea that emotions can be effected by design choices like color, light and exposure to nature has long been studied. However, the field of neuroarchitecture tries to go further to understand why and how the human brain’s response to its environment has such an effect. According to the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture,… read more

More Connected Than Ever-But In The Right Way?

More Connected Than Ever-But In The Right Way?

We are more technologically connected than ever, but are we less connected to each other? Seemingly, the answer is yes. And research is backing this up with interesting findings in the quest to better understand human behavior in a social media crazed society. Why do we need to be constantly connected to all things media? Why have we become wired this way? An article published in 250 words examines those of us who have our feet in both worlds; born before the era of the internet, but now rooted and immersed daily in the world of technology. Referring to those… read more

Ever Been Told To Quit Daydreaming?

Ever Been Told To Quit Daydreaming?

In a society that has gadgets galore, turns out the best one is still the human brain, and it even has its own snooze button. Simply put – our brains need a break, and that’s where daydreaming comes in. Daydreaming, though it may seem like a pointless waste of time, actually serves several purposes. However, research studies have been contradicting themselves regarding just what these are. Everyone, everywhere, has been subject to daydreaming. Though it varies for each individual, many of us can spend as much as 30 to 50% of our hours spent awake daydreaming. A normal part of… read more

Why Do We Learn What We Learn?

Why Do We Learn What We Learn?

Learning about activity and responses in the brain can allow insight into human behaviors, and why we act the way we do. One study has provided an interesting glimpse into what helps us to learn. Recently published in Neuron, the findings from this research on how curiosity charges the brain to enhance learning gives an in depth look at our internal reactions to learning behaviors and memory retention. It may be no surprise that the more intrigued we are about something, the more we want to know about it. However, what is it that actually sparks learning? Those who participated in the study rated… read more

Smarter Power Designs

Smarter Power Designs

Gadgets and gear are all encompassing; smothering the retail market with each new upgrade, add-on or novel needed feature. These 2 designs are creative spins on their existing versions, but also promise to still be future relevant. A smart charging station is determined to take over the mass array of chargers. DODOcase and Stikwood created a docking station called the Charging Nest that is supposed to cover the present and the future with its all-encompassing charging features. It has an old fashioned look that gives it character, but it is a fully modern, adjustable charging dock. Made from reclaimed wood, it can charge devices… read more

The Concerns With BPA

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Bisphenol A, or more commonly known as BPA, has been found to have extreme health consequences, and research has yet again caused loud alarms to ring which question the risks of the substance. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association conducted by New York University researchers suggested that exposure to increased BPA levels is a considerable factor in the progression of obesity in children and adolescents. Data which included measuring body mass and BPA levels concluded that American children with high exposure can have a 5 times greater chance of developing obesity, as compared to other children with lower… read more

What Influences Kids’ Food Selections

What Influences Kids’ Food Selections

What shoppers purchase and why is always of interest to the retail industry and market researchers. Packaging, placement and other marketing tactics have a major influence on customers, even the youngest of consumers. But choices at the grocery store aren’t always predetermined at the place of purchase. They may actually be internally programmed long before arriving at the market. An article and webcast called Why We Overeat: The Toxic Food Environment and Obesity from Harvard’s School of Public Health discussed the food environment, which includes all aspects related to food in our daily lives. From what we are offered at… read more

When Scientific Research And Legos Collide

When Scientific Research And Legos Collide

To some children, Legos are a first primer to serious architecture. Though in the fun guise of play, most of us don’t recall the strategy, composing and hours of constructing, erecting and regrouping to begin again, that was involved in a serious afternoon of Lego assembly. Science, who is no stranger to hours of constructive exploration, often strays from the ordinary to investigate and find answers, and when searching for a solution to fill a laboratory need one team did just that. Researchers at Iowa State University wanted to investigate what effects the environment has on plant development. In order to… read more

Science Fun For Energetic Minds

Science Fun For Energetic Minds

Children’s curiosity allows them to catch onto a concept and wrap themselves up in the idea of it, generating experiences that naturally invoke learning. The following are a few ways for kids to learn and apply real world technical applications that will enhance their knowledge while being science literate and having fun. Code.org is a computer science based site that offers online classes and educational resources for a range of ages. The site features games, videos, tutorial apps as well as lessons and advice from guest lecturers. Users can test out different skill sets, like learning JavaScript, creating and performing commands and… read more

Shrimp Is The New Plastic

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A solution to the world’s plastic overload may have been found in a shrimp. Or actually, in the shrimp’s composition. A research team from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University are on to something huge. They have developed an interesting procedure for making bioplastic that is completely biodegradable and could someday replace commercial plastics that are not sustainable. The process uses a substance called chitin, which is an abundant natural source that can be collected from certain shelled organisms. Examples of the organic material can be seen in the protective coverings on shrimp and other crustaceous… read more