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Static electricity’s tiny sparks

Static electricity’s tiny sparks

By Sebastian Deffner, University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Static electricity is a ubiquitous part of everyday life. It’s all around us, sometimes funny and obvious, as when it makes your hair stand on end, sometimes hidden and useful, as when harnessed by the electronics in your cellphone. The dry winter months are high season for

Sexual assault enters virtual reality

By Katherine Cross, City University of New York. Although various forms of online sexual harassment have been with us since the dawn of the internet, recent news suggests that it’s moving into another dimension – the third, to be precise. Gropers are now finding a way to target women through the fully immersive headsets of

Why insurance companies control your medical care

By Christy Ford Chapin, University of Maryland, Baltimore County. It’s that time of year again. Insurance companies that participate in the Affordable Care Act’s state health exchanges are signaling that prices will rise dramatically this fall. And if insurance costs aren’t enough of a crisis, researchers are highlighting deficiencies in health care quality, such as

Feds: We can read all your email, and you’ll never know

[Editor’s note: this article is themed on legal and ethical issues than science, but we felt our readers would want to know!] By Clark D. Cunningham, Georgia State University.  Fear of hackers reading private emails in cloud-based systems like Microsoft Outlook, Gmail or Yahoo has recently sent regular people and public officials scrambling to delete entire accounts

How Tiny Primate Virtual Brains Help with Understanding Evolution

Virtual brains reconstructed from ancient, kiwi-sized primate skulls could help resolve one of the most intriguing evolutionary mysteries: how modern primates developed such large brains. Paleontologists found clues in the remarkably preserved skulls of adapiforms, lemur-like primates that scurried around the tropical forests of Wyoming about 50 million years ago. Thought to be a link