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The Avengers - Age of Ultron

Started by Steph S. Apr 27. 0 Replies

Here is the website and trailer to the movie coming out May 1, 2015.I am looking forward to seeing this movie.http://marvel.com/movies/movie/193/avengers_age_of_ultron…Continue

What Be Your Nerd Type?

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Steph S. Apr 15. 56 Replies

http://www.gotoquiz.com/what_be_your_nerd_typeTake the test and see what you get.This is what I am -Science/Math nerd and Gamer/Computer Nerd…Continue

10 bold predictions for 2015

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Joseph P Apr 14. 5 Replies

Life extension is one of the hottest topics around these days, but that…Continue

1000 years from now: What will we be like?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Joseph P Apr 14. 4 Replies

What will humans be like in 100 years?  1000?  One million?  One trillion?My main reason for this discussion is to see if my thinking is that far off.  I’ve mentioned this subject several times before on Atheist Nexus, in relation to living forever,…Continue

Tags: bodies, mechanical, Future

Not-really-free smartphone apps

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joseph P Apr 2. 10 Replies

Ads in free mobile apps have hidden costs for both users and developersThose free smartphone apps actually cost you plenty.Advertising may allow developers…Continue

Tags: free apps

Electromagnets make Origami dance

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 6. 2 Replies

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Tags: fusion of science and art

Self-defending Software

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joseph P Nov 14, 2014. 3 Replies

Self-repairing software tackles malwareBreakthrough!Computer scientists have developed software that not only detects and eradicates never-before-seen…Continue

Tags: self-repairing software

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Comment by Steph S. on May 1, 2014 at 10:17am

Summer movies are almost here! Anyone waiting to see anything in particular?

Comment by Steph S. on April 21, 2014 at 4:09pm

Thanks for the video Ruth.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 21, 2014 at 4:08pm

Nice.  Among other uses, Geckskin is one step closer to giving us the ability to climb rocks and walls without handholds.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 20, 2014 at 5:33pm

Geckskin from UMass Amherst sticks to many surfces, and removes easily for reuse.

... the UMass Amherst invention does not rely on mimicking the tiny, nanoscopic hairs found on gecko feet, but rather builds on "draping adhesion," which derives from the gecko's integrated anatomical skin-tendon-bone system. As King explains, "The key to making a strong adhesive connection is to conform to a surface while still maximizing stiffness."

Gecko-like adhesives now useful for real world surfaces

Comment by Steph S. on March 26, 2014 at 10:21am

Good discussion Grinning Cat - Joan those learning games sound wonderful for kids.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 25, 2014 at 11:32pm

Grinning Cat, it has been many years since I was into the research on the role TV, video games and the like, and found that violent ones were clearly causing problems with young people. Not only the kids from troubled homes, but for those who had stable, safe, secure and loving homes. I am not surprised the new research is finding the same results. Observing violence creates a particular way the brain develops and that is a permanent effect. It is a little like when a stroke victim has to learn new ways to do things by practicing and creating new brain connections. We didn't have fMRI technology when I was working in the field, but I am certain that the responses to violence would show up in brain studies. 

My great-grandson kept me company when I was recovering from heart surgery. He was a little tyke then, and I looked up some games on the internet appropriate for his pre-school age. I was really impressed with what I found because he had to use eye-hand coordination, some were memory games with butterflies and animals of the forest. They were really nice, very benign. Sorry I can't remember their names. I just googled games for his age and looked over what came up and found some that delighted him and pleased me. As an old school marm, that was of value to me. Yes, If I find anything I will post on Ruth's site.

 

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 25, 2014 at 11:00pm

Worth reading: a study showing that kids playing video games over and over learn thought and behavior patterns: "... with violent games -- you practice being vigilant for enemies, practice thinking that it's acceptable to respond aggressively to provocation, and practice becoming desensitized to the consequences of violence."

"However, that does not mean all games are bad and that children will only develop bad habits.... prosocial media -- video games, movies or TV shows that portray helpful, caring and cooperative behaviors -- positively influence behavior regardless of culture."

If you can recommend any such "prosocial" video games, where characters cooperate and help each other (but not with a violent goal such as fighting a war), it would be good to reply to Ruth's post about video games in Parenting Little Heathens. Thanks!

Comment by Steph S. on March 18, 2014 at 9:59am

Suzanne welcome to the group.

Comment by Steph S. on March 16, 2014 at 9:06pm

Thank you and that looks so yummy.

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 14, 2014 at 10:58pm

Happy belated pi day, everyone! (That discussion could have gone here in Geek & Nerd Haven just as well as in Food!)

 

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