science

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Maybe you've noticed this: you hear a news story about some scientific study making a dramatic finding. 

A few weeks later, you hear of another study that makes the opposite finding. 

Well, it's confounding to scientists, too.  A recent article in SCIENCE found that scientists performing psychology studies could replicate the experiments, but got different results more than half the time. 

The authors of the article are many, and they include Southern Oregon University Assistant Professor Cody Christopherson. 

University of Oregon

Fractals, those mathematical patterns, are fun to look at. 

And they may also help people with the ABILITY to look. 

University of Oregon physicist Richard Taylor was just awarded a patent for a fractal-based implant designed to help blind people see. 

If period novels or murder mysteries are not challenging enough for summer reading, maybe physics or cosmology are more up your alley.

University of Oregon physics professor Jim Brau is ready for you. 

Dr. Brau will give a public talk at the Eugene library this week (July 15) on "Why Antimatter Matters."

Here's our chance to find out more about this... er, substance?  that we heard so much about in Star Trek and other science fiction vehicles. 

Basic Books

Despite what it may sound like on the radio, How to Bake Pi is NOT a cookbook.  Or is it?

True, there are recipes in the book, but Eugenia Cheng's version of lasagna teaches us more about the number five than cooking technique. 

Exploring "The Island Of Knowledge"

Aug 14, 2014
Basic Books

Remember that set of thoughts on knowledge? 

You know: there are things we know we don't know, "known unknowns." 

And then there are the "unknown unknowns"… things we do NOT know that we lack in knowledge. 

Over time, we learn more, and expand what theoretical physicist Marcelo Gleiser calls The Island of Knowledge. 

A Mind For Numbers -- Yes, YOU

Jul 22, 2014
Tarcher/Penguin

Okay, non-math students, stop making those gagging sounds and listen up.  Your case is not hopeless. 

Barbara Oakley is now an engineering professor, but she's one of those people who flunked math in high school. 

Yet she turned things around as an adult, and points the way for other people to do the same. 

Rewarding A Drive For Science

Jul 18, 2014
Youtube

Do you love science?  Or at least like it a lot? 

We keep working as a society to engender interest in the STEM fields--science, technology, engineering and math. 

And an Oregon student, Rachel Lertora from Astoria, is a finalist in a national science competition climaxing on 4-H National Youth Science Day. 

The Art Of Tinkering

Apr 23, 2014
Weldon Owen Books

Once upon a time, a kid could have a great time with a screwdriver, a pair of pliers, and a kitchen appliance or radio that no longer worked. 

Hold on; that may still be possible. 

Despite the explosion of choices for places a kid can get information or entertainment, the art of tinkering is still with us. 

How To Build A Hovercraft (And More)

Jan 31, 2014
Chronicle Books

Maybe you're not a fan of either Diet Coke or Mentos candies, but they sure can put on a show together. 

A show Stephen Voltz and Fritz Grobe have been putting on for years now as the mad scientists of Eepybird. 

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Remember when the original Mozart Effect study came out in the '90s that claimed exposing babies to classical music (even in the womb) would make them smarter? That study has been expanded, but according to a recent article in The Guardian, it's really hard to measure. Read all about it here.

Enter The Future: Genetic Testing/Counseling

Sep 21, 2013
Journal of Cellular Biology

While we argue about insurance and payments, medical science continues to advance into the future.

Genetic testing is now available to patients in the Rogue Valley, through a partnership between Oregon Health & Science University and Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center