• Extroverts as Materialists: Correlating Personality Traits, Materialism, and Spending Behavior
    Author:
    Alexis E. Jackson and Jason Scott
    Focus:
    , , ,

    19 February 2017 9:52 PM |

    The authors investigated the relationship between personality traits and adolescent materialism, as well as how materialism relates to spending habits. Results indicate that extroversion was positively correlated with materialism, and that adolescents' purchases were affected by the purchasing behaviors of their friends or peers. Moreover, materialistic youth were more likely than non-materialistic youth to spend money on themselves when given a hypothetical windfall of $500.

    Read More

  • The Author’s Take: Manasa Pagadala

    17 February 2017 9:43 AM |

    Read More

  • Phytoplankton Plastid Proteomics: Cracking open Diatoms to Understand Plastid Biochemistry under Iron Limitation
    Author:
    Skyler J. Nunn (1,2), P. Dreux Chappell (3), Kristofer Gomes (4), Anasthasia Bonderenko (2,5), Bethany D. Jenkins (4), Brook L. Nunn (2)*

    10 February 2017 6:56 PM |

    In many areas of the world’s oceans, diatoms such as Thalassiosira pseudonana are limited in growth by the availability of iron (Fe), which is an essential nutrient for diatoms. The authors of this study examined if Fe-limitation makes a significant difference in the proteins expressed within the chloroplast, the power source for diatoms, utilizing a new plastid isolation technique specific to diatoms and completing 14 mass spectrometry experiments.

    Read More

  • Do Initial Strategies or Choice of Piece Color Lead to Advantages in Chess Games?
    Author:
    Sameer Ponnaluri and Mary J King

    07 February 2017 5:54 PM |

    White pieces make the first move in chess games, and there are several opening strategies and consequent defense strategies that white and black pieces, respectively, can take . The author of this paper investigated whether taking a specific opening and defense strategy, as well as playing as white vs. black, can increase the chances of winning the game, by playing against various human and computer opponents.

    Read More