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 […]

 

New cell phone case designed to prevent sexual assault

Thursday, October 16th, 2014
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 A Kickstarter campaign has recently been launched for a new cell phone case called Whistl. The case works in tandem with a smartphone app and is designed to protect users from potential security threats and sexual assaults. The design is simple: if a user feels like they are in danger, they can click two buttons […]

 

Ello, world?: New social network picks up steam with anti-Facebook pitch

Sunday, October 5th, 2014
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The new social media upstart, Ello, is taking a clear stance against the money-grabbing practices of other mega social networks. The message in Ello’s manifesto is simple: Ello does not sell your data and it never will. Though the manifesto does not explicitly mention other companies, it is obvious they are throwing shade at companies […]

 

David Suzuki brings Blue Dot Tour to St. Johns.

Friday, October 3rd, 2014
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Canadian icon launches campaign to enshrine environmental rights in the Canadian constitution  On September 24, the David Suzuki-led Blue Dot Tour started its nationwide campaign at the Holy Heart Theatre in St. Johns. The tour aims to raise awareness in support of a national mandate for the fundamental rights to breathe fresh air, drink clean […]

 

A hook-up app for cuddling: Cuddlr

Thursday, September 25th, 2014
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Tired of hook-ups and starved for hugs? Now you can find platonic physical intimacy at the touch of a screen with Cuddlr: an app for cuddling. Cuddlr allows users to find people nearby who want to cuddle—not date or have sex—just cuddle. “Our culture doesn’t have a space for closeness without pressure,” said Cuddlr developers […]