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Want to boost your brain power? A new study says video games are the answer.

Want to boost your brain power? A new study says video games are the answer.

November 13, 2014

Remember when you told your kids that spending too much time playing video games would make them lazy?

Now there’s a perfect comeback: Playing video games can actually make you smarter.

Really. According to a study published this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, playing fast-paced action video games can make someone a better learner.

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Could playing video games make you smarter?

Could playing video games make you smarter?

November 12, 2014

“Prior research by our group and others has shown that action gamers excel at many tasks. In this new study, we show they excel because they are better learners,” said Daphne Bavelier, a research professor in brain and cognitive sciences at the University of Rochester. “And they become better learners by playing the fast-paced action games.” Bavelier said our brains keep predicting what will come next – whether when listening to a conversation, driving, or even preforming surgery. “

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Playing action video games can boost learning

Playing action video games can boost learning

November 10, 2014

A new study shows for the first time that playing action video games improves not just the skills taught in the game, but learning capabilities more generally.

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What aliens can teach us about global warming

What aliens can teach us about global warming

November 9, 2014

In the vastness of the universe, it’s very likely that other life forms have also evolved to an extent that they altered the atmosphere of their planets. If we looked at climate change as a predictable consequence of intelligent life — and a process that tends to follow specific patterns — we might be better equipped to figure out how to stop it.

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Trustee commits additional $1 million to scholarship

Trustee commits additional $1 million to scholarship

November 7, 2014

Trustee Cathy Minehan and her husband, Jerry Corrigan, have committed an additional $1 million to support the scholarship they established in 2004. The scholarship provides assistance for students in the School of Arts & Sciences with significant financial need, and preference is given to underrepresented minorities, athletes in good academic standing, and those pursuing research in the social sciences.

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Sustainability, astrobiology combine to illuminate future of Earth’s technological civilization

Sustainability, astrobiology combine to illuminate future of Earth’s technological civilization

November 6, 2014

How long can a technological civilization last? Will human-caused climate change or species extinctions threaten its collapse or can industrial development continue without restrictions? In a new paper, two astrophysicists argue that these questions may soon be resolvable scientifically.

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Native Hawaiian navigates oceans, scholastic success

Native Hawaiian navigates oceans, scholastic success

October 29, 2014

Traveling almost 5,000 miles away from his home in Waianae, Hawaii, freshman and Film and Media Studies major Isaiah Pule brings with him a passion for movies and a penchant for overseas navigation.

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‘Red Effect’ sparks interest in female monkeys

‘Red Effect’ sparks interest in female monkeys

October 17, 2014

Recent studies have showed that the color red tends to increase our attraction toward others, feelings of jealousy, and even reaction times. Now, new research shows that female monkeys also respond to the color red, suggesting that biology, rather than our culture, may play the fundamental role in our “red” reactions.

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