Minasuk/ April 26, 2015/ Uncategorized

The Secret Life of the Aluminum Can, a Feat of Engineering | Wired | March 2015 The seemingly unremarkable aluminum can is actually a marvel of modern manufacturing. It is, in fact, a glorious thing.

Minasuk/ September 27, 2014/ Uncategorized

How clutter affects you (and what you can do about it) | Crew | July 2013 On pain: “Your brain views the loss of one of your valued possessions as the same as something that causes you physical pain.” On tactility: “[T]he longer you touch an object, the greater the value you assign to it.” On stress: “Similar to what

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Minasuk/ September 13, 2014/ Uncategorized

Why Walking Helps Us Think | The New Yorker | September 2014 Since at least the time of peripatetic Greek philosophers, many other writers have discovered a deep, intuitive connection between walking, thinking, and writing. 

Minasuk/ September 4, 2014/ Uncategorized

New study links smartphone use in students with increased anxiety and bad grades | The Independent | December 2013 The research from Kent State University looked at 500 students, noting that “high frequency cell phone users tended to have a lower GPA [academic scores], higher anxiety, and lower satisfaction with life relative to their peers who used the cell phone

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Minasuk/ September 4, 2014/ Uncategorized

Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime | Scientific American | October 2013 Research on naps, meditation, nature walks and the habits of exceptional artists and athletes reveals how mental breaks increase productivity, replenish attention, solidify memories and encourage creativity.

Minasuk/ September 1, 2014/ Uncategorized

Take Notes by Hand for Better Long-Term Comprehension | Association for Psychological Science | June 2014 The results revealed that while the two types of note-takers performed equally well on questions that involved recalling facts, laptop note-takers performed significantly worse on the conceptual questions. The notes from laptop users contained more words and more verbatim overlap with the lecture, compared

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Minasuk/ June 14, 2014/ Uncategorized

Poor sleep equal to binge drinking, marijuana use in predicting academic problems | American Academy of Sleep Medicine | June 2014 A new study shows that college students who are poor sleepers are much more likely to earn worse grades and withdraw from a course than healthy sleeping peers.  

Minasuk/ June 10, 2014/ Uncategorized

What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades | New York Times | June 2014 Even as the emphasis shifts to the keyboard, experts say that learning to write by hand improves motor skills, memory and creativity.