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Article ID: 697467

Dim That Light: Settling Your Child to Sleep

Family Institute at Northwestern University

Settling youngsters down to sleep at night isn't always easy. Recent research suggests that the amount of exposure children have to bright light in the hour leading up to bedtime

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17-Jul-2018 1:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 697345

Researchers Turn Exercise Into a Game and See Encouraging Results

University of Iowa

A team of University of Iowa researchers built a web-based app called MapTrek. When synced with a Fitbit, MapTrek allows users to go on virtual walking tours of locations such as the Grand Canyon or Appalachian trail while competing against other users. A study showed MapTrek and Fitbit users averaged 2,200 more steps per day than a control group that used only Fitbits.

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12-Jul-2018 10:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 697136

Majority of Drivers Don’t Believe Texting While Driving is Dangerous

Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

People who text while driving are six times more likely to be involved in a car crash. To combat this problem, more and more states are adopting driving laws that require people to use hands-free devices in the car. Yet a new study shows that many drivers are still willing to take the risk, as ‘fear of missing out’ and separation anxiety keep them from abiding by the law. The study, published in Risk Analysis: An International Journal, reveals that many drivers don’t perceive texting and driving to be dangerous in certain driving scenarios.

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9-Jul-2018 10:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 697073

Novel App Switches You to Healthier Options

Northwestern University

With a simple barcode scan, free new mobile app FoodSwitch -- developed by Northwestern University researchers -- will suggest healthier alternatives to the typical fat-, salt- and sugar- laden packaged foods on grocery store shelves. If a particular food is not listed in 268,000-product database, the food can be quickly added to the app in real time through crowdsourcing. Packaged food manufacturers change products frequently, and FoodSwitch can quickly track how well they are reducing sodium, added sugars or saturated fats in their foods.

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5-Jul-2018 5:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 697028

S&T Announces Transition of New Phishing Protection for Mobile Devices

Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

New and enhanced mobile phishing and content protection capabilities are being transitioned to the government and private-sector, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced today.

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5-Jul-2018 10:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 697010

Merging Antenna and Electronics Boosts Energy and Spectrum Efficiency

Georgia Institute of Technology

By integrating the design of antenna and electronics, researchers have boosted the energy and spectrum efficiency for a new class of millimeter wave transmitters, allowing improved modulation and reduced generation of waste heat. The result could be longer talk time and higher data rates in millimeter wave wireless communication devices for future 5G applications.

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4-Jul-2018 1:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 696860

Is Venmo Making You Less Likeable?

University of Virginia Darden School of Business

New research from UVA Darden Professor Tami Kim shows that, among friends, people who pay the exact amount owed are liked less than those who round up or down, even if the rounded amount is less.

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29-Jun-2018 11:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 696399

Chameleon-Inspired Nanolaser Changes Colors

Northwestern University

• Chameleons change color by controlling the spacing among nanocrystals on their skin • Northwestern’s nanolaser changes color similarly — by controlling the spacing among metal nanoparticles • By stretching and releasing an elastic substrate, the nanoparticles move further apart or closer together to control color

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20-Jun-2018 1:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 696394

What a Pain: The iPad Neck Plagues Women More

University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

Gender and posture -- not screen time -- are the biggest risk factors behind developing "iPad neck," says a UNLV study published this month in The Journal of Physical Therapy Science.

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20-Jun-2018 1:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 696310

Bad habits that lead to cancer, chronic disease corrected by simple lifestyle intervention

Northwestern University

A lifestyle intervention could fully normalize these four unhealthy behaviors, which put people at risk of developing heart disease and common cancers, including breast, colon and prostate.

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19-Jun-2018 1:05 PM EDT
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