An archive of research links and resources highlighting preschool,
kindergarten and child research studies, conducted by educational and
independent sources and how they relate to childhood development, family
cohesiveness and educational values.
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NASA starts building faster-than-light warp engine
July 23, 2013
Researchers at NASA's Texas-based Johnson Space Center are trying to prove that it is possible to travel faster than the speed of light, and hope to one day build an engine that resembles the fictional Starship Enterprise.
NASA physicist and engineer Dr. Harold G. White, 43, believes it is possible to bend the rules of time and space that Albert Einstein constructed when he postulated that it is impossible to exceed the speed of light. White's research is based on the theories of Mexican physicist Miguel Alcubierre, who in 1994 theorized that exceeding Einstein's galactic speed limit was possible if scientists discovered a way to harness the expansion and contraction of space. And Harold and his team are trying to do just that.
July 20, 2013
With a national debt approaching $17 trillion, Uncle Sam is tightening his belt and looking under the cushions for extra change.
But a closer look at his pocket book reveals just how little he knows about where your money is going. Below are a few examples that will make you think twice about Uncle Sam's accounting skills.
Canadian engineering duo claim $250,000 prize for first human-powered helicopter
July 14, 2013
The world's first human-powered helicopter by a Canadian engineer has won the Sikorsky Prize after performing a minute-long flight at an altitude of 3.3 meters - fueled only by the pilot's pedaling of a modified bicycle.
The AHS Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition was established in 1980, in search for the first successful controlled flight of a human powered helicopter. The helicopter had to reach a height of three meters while hovering for at least one minute in a ten-square-meter area. The competition's $250,000 prize had never previously been awarded, with numerous creative engineers trying and failing to meet the criteria. "The AHS Sikorsky Prize challenged the technical community to harness teamwork, technical skills, and cutting edge technologies to meet requirements that were on the ragged edge of feasibility," Mike Hirschberg, AHS International Executive Director, said in a statement.
New Invention Makes Ocean Water Drinkable
by Susanne Posel
July 2, 2013
Chemists with the University of Texas and the University of Marburg have devised a method of using a small electrical field that will remove the salt from seawater.
Incredibly this technique requires little more than a store-bought battery. Called electrochemically mediated seawater desalination (EMSD) this technique has improved upon the current water desalination method. Richard Cooks, chemistry professor at the University of Austin said : "The availability of water for drinking and crop irrigation is one of the most basic requirements for maintaining and improving human health."
Teenager creates flashlight that runs on human body heat | DVICE
by Travis Andrews
June 29, 2013
A 15-year-old created a flashlight that doesn't require an outside power source, so long as you've got a hand.
What were you doing when you were 15? Probably not revolutionizing the way we deal with blackouts and coal mines and insert other dark place here. But maybe we should have been. After all, we've all had to decide between candles and flashlights when the power's gone out, and both have the same exact handicap: they eventually run out. Ann Makosinski, a 15-year-old student with Canada's St. Michaels University School, has created a flashlight that is powered solely by the heat of a human hand. For this, she has been chosen as one of 15 finalists for Google's global science fair.
Higher Perspective: Medical Breakthrough Allows You To Live Without Breathing
by Damien S. Wilhelmi
June 20, 2013
A team of scientists at the Boston Children's Hospital have invented what is being considered one the greatest medical breakthroughs in recent years.
They have designed a microparticle that can be injected into a person's bloodstream that can quickly oxygenate their blood. This will even work if the ability to breathe has been restricted, or even cut off entirely. This finding has the potential to save millions of lives every year. The microparticles can keep an object alive for up to 30 min after respiratory failure. This is accomplished through an injection into the patients' veins. Once injected, the microparticles can oxygenate the blood to near normal levels. This has countless potential uses as it allows life to continue when oxygen is needed but unavailable. For medical personnel, this is just enough time to avoid risking a heart attack or permanent brain injury when oxygen is restricted or cut off to patients.
Grandma's Experiences Leave Epigenetic Mark on Your Genes
by Dan Hurley
June 11, 2013
Your ancestors' lousy childhoods or excellent adventures might change your personality, bequeathing anxiety or resilience by altering the epigenetic expressions of genes in the brain.
Darwin and Freud walk into a bar. Two alcoholic mice — a mother and her son — sit on two bar stools, lapping gin from two thimbles. The mother mouse looks up and says, “Hey, geniuses, tell me how my son got into this sorry state.”
“Bad inheritance,” says Darwin.
“Bad mothering,” says Freud.
For over a hundred years, those two views — nature or nurture, biology or psychology — offered opposing explanations for how behaviors develop and persist, not only within a single individual but across generations.
Mind Powered Helicopter
June 6, 2013
A remote controlled helicopter has been flown through a series of hoops using the power of the human mind.
The feat was achieved by U.S. researchers who are hoping to develop future robots that can help restore the independence of paralysed victims and those suffering from neurodegenerative disorders. According to Professor Bin He, from the University of Minnesota, this it the first time that humans have been able to control the flight of flying robots using just their thoughts.
Download Knowledge Directly to Your Brain, Matrix-Style | Mind Blowing FactsMind Blowing Facts
May 28, 2013
Scientists from Boston University are developing a "Matrix like" technology that will let us upload/download skills directly into our brain.
Learning a martial art, how to fly a plane or how to speak a new language without even being awake is set to become a reality, say researchers. Scientists at Boston University and ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories in Kyoto, Japan, believe that in the future learning a new skill might involve nothing more than sitting in front of a computer screen and waiting for it to 'upload'.
Smart dust: A complete computer that's smaller than a grain of sand
by Graham Templeton
May 15, 2013
Called the Michigan Micro Mote, or M3, this tiny computer features processing, data storage, and wireless communication.
Most breakthroughs in miniaturization are important but boring; this substance can be stretched thinner than before, that manufacturing process is now 8% cheaper. This has always been in pursuit of a day when enough fundamental nano-breakthroughs have come together from materials and manufacturing that we can start inventing whole machines on that scale. Nobody's ever written a Star Trek episode about the world's smallest microchip, only about the world's smallest computer. Now, a team from the University of Michigan has built not just a very small microchip, but a whole functioning computer, and it's less than a cubic millimeter in size.