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Most annoying speaker!!

By LTbalticLV - Mar 24 2009
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There is pretty interesting info., but the speaker is just so annoying to listen too that it just isn't worth it. The speaker really does sound like a "phoney used car sales man" (as on reviewer posted earlier).

A little too patronizing

By rusty-border - Jul 30 2008
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Interesting topics but terrible to listen to, each topic was skimed over and the speaker spoke like a phony sales man talling to a bunch of kids.

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Most annoying speaker!!

By LTbalticLV - Mar 24 2009
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There is pretty interesting info., but the speaker is just so annoying to listen too that it just isn't worth it. The speaker really does sound like a "phoney used car sales man" (as on reviewer posted earlier).

A little too patronizing

By rusty-border - Jul 30 2008
Read more
Interesting topics but terrible to listen to, each topic was skimed over and the speaker spoke like a phony sales man talling to a bunch of kids.
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Waters from warmer latitudes, or subtropical waters, are reaching Greenland's glaciers, driving melting and likely triggering an acceleration of ice loss, reports a team of researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Mar 04 2010

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Viral Vrooom

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Researchers at MIT have shown that they can genetically engineer viruses to build both the positively and negatively charged ends of a lithium-ion battery.

Feb 23 2010

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No Brainer

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Neuroscientists at MIT have developed a powerful new class of tools to reversibly shut down brain activity using different colors of light. When targeted to specific neurons, these tools could potentially lead to new treatments for the abnormal brain activity.

Feb 17 2010

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Mess O' Predators

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A new study led by Oregan State University shows that declining populations of "apex" predators such as wolves, lions or sharks has led to a huge increase in smaller "mesopredators" that are causing major economic and ecological disruptions.

Jan 20 2010

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Amoeba Cheaters

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New research out of Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine says that cheaters may prosper in the short term, but over time they seem doomed to fail, at least in the microscopic world of amoebas where natural selection favors the noble.

Jan 20 2010

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Reservoir Bots

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Michigan State University researchers have designed robots that, in the future, could be ocean-going and cooperatively track moving targets underwater. Schools of swimming robots would be able to work together to do things that one could not do alone, such as tracking large herds of animals or mapping expanses of pollution that can grow and change shape.

Dec 14 2009

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Unreasonable Facsimile

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Princeton University researchers have come up with a new twist on the mysterious visual phenomenon experienced by humans known as the "uncanny valley." That twist is that monkeys experience the same exact feeling. The uncanny valley describes that disquieting feeling that occurs when viewers look at representations designed to be as human-like as possible.

Dec 14 2009

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Sprint Condition

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Longer toes and a unique ankle structure provide some sprinters with the burst of acceleration that separates them from other runners, according to biomechanists at Penn State University.

Dec 03 2009

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Risky Business

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A new analysis of climate risk, published by researchers at MIT and elsewhere, shows that even moderate carbon-reduction policies now can substantially lower the risk of future climate change. It also shows that quick, global emissions reductions would be required in order to provide a good chance of avoiding a temperature increase of more than 2 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial level.

Nov 13 2009

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Family Roots

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Plants may not have eyes and ears, but they can recognize their siblings, and researchers at the University of Delaware have discovered how. Plants recognize family members by detecting chemical cues secreted by their roots. The finding not only sheds light on the intriguing chemical sensing system in plants, but also may have implications for agriculture and even home gardening.

Oct 29 2009

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Toddler Vision

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A new study done by researchers at the University of Massachusetts found that when a TV is on in a room both the quantity and the quality of the interactions between parents and their children drops. The researchers studied about 50 1-, 2-, and 3-year-olds, each of whom was placed with one of their parents in two half-hour sessions.

Oct 20 2009

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Virtual Vacation

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A new computer algorithm developed at the University of Washington uses hundreds of thousands of tourist photos to automatically reconstruct entire cities in about a day. The tool harnesses the increasingly large digital photo collections available on photo-sharing Web sites such as Flickr.

Oct 20 2009

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Ardi-Facts

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An international team of scientists has for the first time thoroughly described Ardipithecus ramidus, a hominid species that lived 4.4 million years ago in what is now Ethiopia. The female skeleton, nicknamed Ardi, is 4.4 million years old, 1.2 million years older than the skeleton of Lucy.

Oct 15 2009

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Bacterial Bouncers

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A team of researchers in Denmark, at the University of California, Davis, and at UC Berkeley have identified a group of plant proteins that "shut the door" on bacteria that would otherwise infect the plant's leaves. The findings provide a better understanding of plants' immune systems and will likely find application in better protecting crops and horticultural plants against diseases.

Oct 14 2009

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Mind Scans

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Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say you're more likely to scan a room, jumping from object to object as you search for something. In addition, the timing of these jumps appears to be determined by waves of activity in the brain that act as a clock.

Sep 30 2009

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Cloak Works

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University of Utah mathematicians have developed a brand new cloaking method that functions through wave cancellation and could someday shield submarines from sonar, planes from radar, buildings from earthquakes, and coastal structures from tsunamis. Most previous research used interior cloaking, where the cloaking device envelops the cloaked object. Researchers say this new method "is the first active, exterior cloaking" technique.

Sep 18 2009

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Rock the House

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Stanford engineers and others have created a structural design that lets buildings rock during earthquakes, then correct themselves when the shaking stops, confining damage to replaceable steel "fuses."

Sep 18 2009

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Trained Ear

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A Northwestern University study is the first of its kind and demostrates that having musical training can help a listener distinguish between background noise and sound that the listener is meant to hear.

Sep 15 2009

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Computer Personal

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Oregon State University researchers are pioneering the concept of "rich interaction" -- computers that do, in fact, want to communicate with, learn from, and get to know you better as a person.

Sep 15 2009

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Pilot Program

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University of Illinois researchers report that they have assembled a new cancer drug delivery system that, in a cell culture, is able kill tumor cells and spare healthy cells.

Sep 03 2009

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Most annoying speaker!!

By LTbalticLV - Mar 24 2009
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There is pretty interesting info., but the speaker is just so annoying to listen too that it just isn't worth it. The speaker really does sound like a "phoney used car sales man" (as on reviewer posted earlier).

A little too patronizing

By rusty-border - Jul 30 2008
Read more
Interesting topics but terrible to listen to, each topic was skimed over and the speaker spoke like a phony sales man talling to a bunch of kids.