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There Are Too Many Studies, New Study Finds

Researchers say there is an “attention decay” in science.

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If you ever feel overwhelmed by the constant production of new research studies, imagine how scientists feel—they have to read the actual studies, and not just rudimentary summaries by journalists who have only a 10th grade understanding of science, like myself. A new study published by researchers in California and Finland finds that the volume of scientific literature produced is so massive that it has had a deteriorating effect on the attention spans of scholars and scientists. The researchers measured citation rates of published papers and discovered that scientists “forget” recent papers more easily than ones published in the past.

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NASA Creates Awesome iPad App for Science Education

The new "Visualization Explorer" app takes NASA's trove of satellite data and brings it to life in a free app.


The space shuttle program may be over, but NASA's ability to inspire the next generation of science, technology, engineering and math experts is as strong as ever. On Tuesday they released a free iPad app, the Visualization Explorer, which "allows users to easily interact with extraordinary images, video, and information about NASA's latest earth science research."

Designed by media specialists at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, the app's incredible visuals come from computer images based on data captured by NASA's satellites. The app has the potential to make teaching and learning about science a lot cooler. Imagine how instead of simply reading about topics like "climate change, aerosols, glaciers, hurricanes, volcanoes and wildfire" in a textbook, students with access to the app can explore the data-based visualizations and see those topics truly brought to life.

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