• Does Gaming Improve Cognitive Skills?
    Author:
    Mohnish Chakravarti and Arati Chakravarti
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    26 January 2015 11:22 AM |

    Playing video games may improve mental performance by encouraging practicing logical reasoning skills. Students who played video games in between two tests tended to perform better on the second test than those that did not play video games.

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  • The Author’s Take: Sam Weitzman

    18 January 2015 11:55 PM |

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  • Towards an Integrated Solution for Renewable Water and Energy
    Author:
    Rex Hung-Gang Chen and Chi-Ming Chen
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    09 January 2015 10:48 AM |

    An integrated plant that would generate energy from solar power and provide clean water would help solve multiple sustainability issues. The feasibility of such a plant was investigated by looking at the efficacy of several different modules of such a plant on a small scale.

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  • The effect of different concentrations of iron on the growth of Egeria (Elodea) densa
    Author:
    Alexander Hu, Stacey Holliday, and Steven Smith
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    08 January 2015 12:37 PM |

    Minerals such as iron are essential for life, but too much of a good thing can be poisonous. Here the authors investigate the effect of iron concentrations on the growth of an aquatic plant and find that supplementing small amounts of iron can help, but adding too much can be bad for the plant. These results should help inform decisions on allowable iron concentrations in the environment, aquatic farming, and even home aquariums.

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  • Durability of the Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion (CSII) Patch Adhesive
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    Maya M. Levy and Yair Levy
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    07 January 2015 2:47 PM |

    Insulin infusion patches are a common way for diabetics to receive medication. The durability of two different patch adhesives was compared on artificial skin with and without artificial sweat.

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