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Biological Sciences

Mapping the electromagnetic field in front of a microwave oven

Mapping the electromagnetic field in front of a microwave oven

Xiang et al. | Sep 21, 2019

There is limited evidence that extended exposure to an electromagnetic field (EMF) has negative health effects on humans. The authors measured the power density and strength of EMF at different distances and directions in front of a microwave oven, and they discuss the safety of different distances.

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Antibacterial activity and absorption of paper towels made from fruit peel extracts

Antibacterial activity and absorption of paper towels made from fruit peel extracts

Prashanth et al. | Sep 21, 2019

Unsatisfactory hand hygiene leads to the spread of bacterial infections from person to person. To address this problem, the authors developed and tested the PeelTowel, an antibacterial and water-absorbing towel made of a combination of fruit peels and recycled paper waste.

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Nitric Oxide Synthesis Inhibitors Reverse Alcohol-Induced Heart Rate Decrease in Daphnia magna

Nitric Oxide Synthesis Inhibitors Reverse Alcohol-Induced Heart Rate Decrease in Daphnia magna

Gunturi et al. | Sep 17, 2019

Chronic alcohol consumption can cause cardiac myopathy, which afflicts about 500,000 Americans annually. Gunturi et al. wanted to understand the effects of alcohol on heart rate and confirm the role of nitric oxide (NO) signaling in heart rate regulation. To do this, they used the model organism...

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Physical Sciences and Engineering

A temperature-based comparison of compounds found in Bao Chong tea, green tea, and black tea.

A temperature-based comparison of compounds found in Bao Chong tea, green tea, and black tea.

Lin et al. | May 14, 2019

While tea has a complex history, recently the health benefits of this beverage have come into focus. In this study, researchers sought to compare the levels of caffeine, catechins and L-theanine between different types of tea using NMR spectroscopy. Further, the impact of brewing temperature on...

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Measuring Exoplanetary Radii Using Transit Photometry

Measuring Exoplanetary Radii Using Transit Photometry

Tang et al. | May 07, 2019

Studying exoplanets, or planets that orbit a star other than the Sun, is critical to a greater understanding the formation of planets and how Earth's solar system differs from others. In this study the authors analyze the transit light curves of three hot Jupiter exoplanets to ultimately...

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Examining what causes perceived dissonance in musical intervals and the effect of timbre on dissonance

Examining what causes perceived dissonance in musical intervals and the effect of timbre on dissonance

Hsu et al. | Apr 10, 2019

Music is an important part of the day for many of us, but what makes some combinations of sound more pleasant to the ear than others? In this article the authors investigate the role of some characteristics of sound on the perception of a pleasant vs harsh musical note.

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Social Sciences

The parent-child relationship during the college planning process

The parent-child relationship during the college planning process

Vanden et al. | Sep 19, 2019

As college admissions have become increasingly competitive, high schools have been forced to redesign college counseling programs to better serve students. One important aspect of a successful outcome in this process is parental involvement. To further explore the parent-child relationship during...

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Giving Teens a Voice: Sources of Stress for High School Students

Giving Teens a Voice: Sources of Stress for High School Students

Corson et al. | Sep 09, 2019

The authors investigate the negative effects stress has on teen mental and physical health. Through a survey, they give Virginia teens a voice in revising the Health and Physical Education curriculum to include a standards of learning (SOL). Notably they identify factors contributing to stress...

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Majority and minority influence in teenagers for different social dilemmas

Majority and minority influence in teenagers for different social dilemmas

López-González et al. | Sep 03, 2019

Because humans live in societies, they may feel social pressure to conform to majority opinions. This follow-up study explores whether teenagers are likely to change their opinions to match others’, particularly in ambiguous situations.

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