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Ted Abel investigates sleep deprivation’s effect on cognition.Blake Cole
The next time you choose to pull an all-nighter, cramming for a test or preparing for a work presentation, think again—you’re likely damaging the exact neurological systems you hope to utilize for success. The negative effect of a lack of sleep on cognitive abilities like memory may not seem like news. In fact, it is anecdotally taught to us from a very young age.
John Trueswell and Lila Gleitman use adults to mimic the language-learning process in infants.Blake Cole
Parents, you might want to go easy on the flashcards.
Video: Joshua Warren exposes the inner workings of sleep apnea.Blake Cole
We all struggle to get our 8 hours. Whether it’s that last-minute work project, a test you’re cramming for, or a newborn, there are a myriad of roadblocks to a good night’s sleep.
Angela Lee Duckworth explores motivation and self-control's impact on education.Blake Cole
Gone are the days of using careful pen strokes to change “Ds” to “Bs” on report cards. Students now have access to far more advanced technology—Photoshop for instance, can work wonders. But what if all the effort that went into dodging academic accountability could instead be channeled into a hunger for learning?
Larry Rome and John MacDermott introduce students to cutting-edge motion analysis technology. Three biomechanics students share their eye-opening videos below.Blake Cole
When the Matrix was first released, the slow motion shots of Neo, the hero, leaping mid-air through fields of bullets, quickly became iconic. Imagine having access to a camera, in class nonetheless, that could slow time to a fraction of those shots.
James Petersson uses customized amino acids to track the movements of proteins.Blake Cole
Ever wondered what exactly is going on inside a cooking egg to change it from its clear goopy consistency to an edible white? Like the majority of cellular activity, a protein is front and center. In this case, however, the protein is actually behaving erroneously, misfolding, in order to go through its metamorphosis.
Robert Kurzban, Associate Professor of Psychology, explains the mind's customized adaptations.Blake Cole
No one likes a hypocrite, or so the saying goes. But in a world driven more and more by technology like social networking, hypocrisy has never been so glaring.
Physicist Marija Drndic and her team use advanced nanotechnology towards achieving improved DNA sequencing.Diana Gitig
The Human Genome Project was a scientific breakthrough that harnessed an international consortium of experts and required 13 years to complete. It was a rewarding process, but also a grueling one that didn't initially lend itself to efficiency. But with new technology, researchers are attempting to cut sequencing time exponentially—not to years, but to minutes.
Biologists Peter Petraitis and Brenda Casper travel to northern Mongolia to chart climate change and its effect on local ecology.Blake Cole
A boggy dirt path is the only road to the nearest town. To accommodate rapidly shifting temperatures that might see a warm day in June turn into a couple of days of heavy snowfall, large circular tents, or gers, are draped with layers of felt. Yaks, sheep and cashmere goats graze amongst a diversity of plants that includes fresh thyme. This is northern Mongolia.
Penn Chemistry adopts innovative technology designed to supercharge testing processes.Blake Cole
The Gutenberg Press revolutionized efficiency; the once tedious transcription process was rendered obsolete, replaced by technology that facilitated a more open exchange of information. In an unassuming laboratory nestled in the basement of the Penn Chemistry building, a smaller—molecular—revolution is taking place.
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