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Science Proves That Watching Cat Videos Is Good for Your Health

Looking for a healthy mid-day pick-me-up? No need to exercise or eat kale. Just watch a cat video, and let nature run its course.

Grumpy Cat. Image via Flickr User Paul Anderson

Americans might be divided by class and geography, but if there’s one issue that unites them all, it’s their unending love for cat videos. For far too long, cat videos have been derided as “silly,” “absurd,” or—the harshest yet—a “waste of time.” Thank God science came in last week this week to the rescue, with a profound new study confirming what few Americans have only dreamed of: cat videos are actually great for your health.

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How Dogs Hack Our Brain To Make Us Love Them The Way We Love Human Babies

Research suggests a whole new layer of meaning to the term “puppy dog eyes”

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We all know them: People who baby their dogs a little too much. Maybe they let the pooch sleep on the bed with them, or feed it scraps right from the table. Maybe they even give their dog open mouth French kisses. There are a lot of ways dogs have come to occupy special places in our lives, and now a team of researchers think they know why.

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Why I'm Building a DIY Science Lab

The ultimate goal of the lab is to show how important citizen science and hands-on education in teaching science really is. Hopefully, more and more facilities will be opened allowing the general public to come and do research, which will not only increase the interest in STEM, but also make each of these communities more invested in the protection and conservation of local resources.

I, like many others, went through school wondering when I was going to use a lot of the information I was being taught. I didn’t know how it all fit together. I would say to myself, “Ok, I get that biochemistry is the study of the chemistry of life, but I’m not getting the big picture, only pieces of information.” Similarly, “When am I ever going to use statistics in my everyday life?”

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What Causes Phantom Smartphone Buzzing?

You know the feeling—you think your phone is buzzing in your pocket, you go to see what’s up, and there’s nothing there. Why does it happen?

If you’re addicted to your smartphone, you probably don’t need to have the concept of “phantom vibration” explained to you. You know the feeling—you think your phone is buzzing in your pocket, you go to see what’s up, and you discover that there’s nothing there. You simply imagined the vibration. Does that mean you’re spending too much time obsessing over your smartphone? Well, probably. But at least you’re not alone: one study conducted at a medical center found that 68 percent of the staff had experienced phantom vibrations, and now some scientists are trying to explain its causes.

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An Underwater Lab for Forecasting the Ocean's Future

Researchers created an underwater lab-in-a-box near the Great Barrier Reef, allowing them to tinker with ocean water in its natural state.

The effects of climate change are hard to predict, at least with total precision. How quickly will rising temperatures wipe out forests? Will there be more volcanic eruptions and earthquakes? How will the oceans change as they absorb more carbon dioxide? Considering that increasing ocean acidity threatens to destroy coral reefs, that last question is pretty important. Researchers have come up with a creative way to answer it: building an underwater mini-lab off the coast of Australia.

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Are Schools on the Verge of a Mobile-Phone Revolution?

Over 75 percent of teens own cell phones, making them the perfect tool for learning—if teachers are on board with using them.

These days its pretty impossible to find a teen without a cell phone—over 75 percent of them own one—which means that schools should be seriously looking at how to harness the technology in the classroom. In fact, given the possibilities for learning through games, simulations, virtual environments and interfaces, we could be on the verge of a mobile education revolution. But, while isolated schools or school districts have experimental pilot projects, many educators are still pretty wary of mobile-based learning, and some even ban mobile phones from being on campus.

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