MUN updates its app

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
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Memorial University quietly updated its mobile app with a newly updated and functional design earlier this semester. The app allows students to check course schedules, view important dates and information and see a university map. It is mostly just a mobile portal for the university’s webpage, full of little bits of information that you may […]

 

When in doubt, “Holla”

Monday, December 1st, 2014
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New app created by MUN Students aims to take the social media scene by storm. This past month, Holla was launched in St. John’s—an app that aims to take the anonymity of a page like Spotted at Mun and match it with location awareness. The app was initially developed over the course of a marathon […]

 

Are fitness orientated video games the future?

Thursday, November 27th, 2014
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Five years in, the jury is still out on the efficacy of fitness video games. When people think of exercising, they tend to think of running on a treadmill, going to the gym, or taking part in various sporting activities and organizations. Usually when mentioned, people wouldn’t think of playing a video game to get […]

 

Reflecting on Chris Hadfield

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014
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On November 17, I had the opportunity to see Cmdr. Chris Hadfield speak as part of his cross-Canada tour. Over the course of an hour-long discussion, Hadfield brought his signature charisma and specialized knowledge of life in space to a sold out crowd at Mile One Centre. One of the stories that exemplified Chris’s humour […]

 

This is my brain on coffee

Thursday, November 20th, 2014
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In October, I quit coffee. I became my own test subject by ceasing coffee consumption for two weeks. Though I supplemented my morning coffee for a healthy fruit shake, my brain knew something was missing. In the first few days without coffee, I experienced crippling fatigue. I grew anxious and irritable, perhaps in part due […]

 

When music is free, who pays?

Monday, November 17th, 2014
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How do you listen to music these days? Ask any number of students and you are bound to get different answers. Some will say that they listen mostly off of YouTube, streaming music services, iTunes purchases or even shared Dropbox folders. A majority of young people, however, rarely feel the need to buy music. When […]

 

DEAR SCIENCE: Why am I so afraid of clowns?

Friday, October 31st, 2014
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Every human being experiences fear in one way or another. Fears can be totally subjective: they range from clowns, to dark hallways, to abandoned buildings, and even to different foods that touch each other on your dinner plate (the horror). But getting to the bottom of why humans respond with fear to different stimuli is […]

 

How big is too big?

Thursday, October 30th, 2014
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Increased use of smartphones correlates with increased size of smartphone displays. Since the iPhone was released in 2007 at a then standard size of 3.5 inches, phone screens have only continued to grow larger. Samsung was a pioneer of larger screen sizes when they first introduced the Note at 5.3 inches. When the phone first […]

 

Genetics and Genomics: Where does Newfoundland fit in?

Monday, October 20th, 2014

A conversation with Memorial researcher Dr. Steven Carr The future of genomics and biotechnology embarrasses science fiction in its ingenuity. Genetic researchers are literally unlocking the codes for a massive breadth of human disease, tracking our ancestry, providing predictions of our disease susceptibility, and revolutionizing the medical profession to render it amazingly more proficient. The […]

 

First they came for the celebrities…

Saturday, October 18th, 2014
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iCloud Photo Leaks represent turning point in how we look at online security and privacy The two dominant mobile operating systems now in use are Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. Starting around the time the iPhone was released in 2007, devices have begun to hold more and more of our personal information. The phones we […]