The Best Way to Take Notes

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Whether you’re at school or in business, taking notes at lectures and meetings is the best way to keep track of what’s happening. But traditional paper notes can turn into a disorganized mess. Pages may get mixed up or lost, and there’s no way to edit or organize them. Fortunately, technology offers plenty of solutions; it’s just about picking the ...

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Bird's eye perspective

Humans belong to a select club of species that enjoy crisp color vision in daylight, thanks to a small spot in the center of the retina at the back of the eye. Other club members include monkeys and apes, various fish and reptiles, and many birds, which must home in on their scurrying dinners from afar or peck at tiny ...

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How to Select the Best Window Air Conditioner

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There is no need to suffer through summer heat when inexpensive, energy-efficient air conditioners are widely available. Since October 26, 2015, all ENERGY STAR rated room air conditioners have been required to meet a new standard, ENERGY STAR 4.0, that sets maximum power use at 10% less than older models following the 2014 guidelines. And, when used to provide cooling ...

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The mere presence of your smartphone reduces brain power, study shows

Your cognitive capacity is significantly reduced when your smartphone is within reach — even if it’s off. That’s the takeaway finding from a new study from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. McCombs Assistant Professor Adrian Ward and co-authors conducted experiments with nearly 800 smartphone users in an attempt to measure, for the first ...

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Why Is My Email Disappearing?

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If you use two different devices (i.e. a phone and your computer) or different apps to access your email and your email messages seem to disappear sometimes, you’re not imagining things. They are being removed from your inbox. But you don’t need to worry. There’s an easy way to fix the disappearing email problem.  Why your email is disappearing from ...

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Genes, ozone, and autism

A new analysis shows that individuals with high levels of genetic variation and elevated exposure to ozone in the environment are at an even higher risk for developing autism than would be expected by adding the two risk factors together. The study is the first to look at the combined effects of genome-wide genetic change and environmental risk factors for ...

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Origins of Sun's swirling spicules discovered

At any given moment, as many as 10 million wild jets of solar material burst from the sun’s surface. They erupt as fast as 60 miles per second, and can reach lengths of 6,000 miles before collapsing. These are spicules, and despite their grass-like abundance, scientists didn’t understand how they form. Now, for the first time, a computer simulation — ...

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Alzheimer's disease study links brain health, physical activity

People at risk for Alzheimer’s disease who do more moderate-intensity physical activity, but not light-intensity physical activity, are more likely to have healthy patterns of glucose metabolism in their brain, according to a new UW-Madison study. Results of the research were published online in Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Senior author Dr. Ozioma Okonkwo, assistant professor of medicine, is a researcher ...

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5 Tech Faux Pas You Don't Want to Make

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Summer is a time for weddings and graduation parties — celebrations that unite the generations and generate much joy, as well as a fair share of annoyance from the use and overuse of technology. Who hasn’t been bothered by someone snapping a selfie at an inappropriate moment or place, or a partner checking Facebook instead of conversing? With this in ...

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