Living in an urban area with green spaces has a long-lasting positive impact on people’s mental well-being, a study has suggested.
UK researchers found moving to a green space had a sustained positive effect, unlike pay rises or promotions, which only provided a short-term boost.
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Living in an urban area with green spaces has a long-lasting positive impact on people’s mental well-being, a study has suggested.

UK researchers found moving to a green space had a sustained positive effect, unlike pay rises or promotions, which only provided a short-term boost.

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Study the way people make mobile phone calls in metropolitan areas and you can see a city breathe, say computer scientists. 
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Former NYSCI instructor Adiel Fernadez discusses his projects that can transform museums into real learning experiences.

Playable Fashion

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Computer hackers and fashion designers don’t usually have a lot in common. But this weekend at NYSCI, teenagers at the Playable Fashion workshop will be a little bit of both.

Twenty teens at the free, two-day workshop will learn how to hack a digital game and will design and create their own wearable, game controller glove. In the process, they’ll learn about sewing, circuits, switches, sensors and the digital tools needed to produce a video game. 

The program, a partnership between NYSCI, Eyebeam and the HIVE NYC Network, encourages a multidisciplinary approach to learning, covering skills in technology, fashion and video game design.

Design Lab Install, a set on Flickr.Get ready! Spring 2014 Design Lab is opening to the public #designthinking
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Design Lab Install, a set on Flickr.

Get ready! Spring 2014 Design Lab is opening to the public #designthinking
Unfortunately NYSCI will be closed between 10 am – 6 pm today due to the snowstorm. But we hope you stay safe and warm, enjoy the snow, and tomorrow we will be open again at our regular hours. How will you spend your snow day?

Unfortunately NYSCI will be closed between 10 am – 6 pm today due to the snowstorm. But we hope you stay safe and warm, enjoy the snow, and tomorrow we will be open again at our regular hours. How will you spend your snow day?

library-nysci:

We received a sweet holiday card from our friends at the UNI PROJECT. The Uni is a one-of-a-kind, portable reading room for NYC.  We contributed books to them in October 2012.  Here is what they wrote in the card:
"Dear Rebecca,We love having your carefully chosen books with us as we take the Uni around the neighborhoods. Thanks to all at the NY Hall of Science for your support of the Uni!  Best wishes for 2014."
Best wishes to you too, and thank you for the important work you do in our great city!

library-nysci:

We received a sweet holiday card from our friends at the UNI PROJECT. The Uni is a one-of-a-kind, portable reading room for NYC.  We contributed books to them in October 2012.  Here is what they wrote in the card:

"Dear Rebecca,We love having your carefully chosen books with us as we take the Uni around the neighborhoods. Thanks to all at the NY Hall of Science for your support of the Uni!  Best wishes for 2014."

Best wishes to you too, and thank you for the important work you do in our great city!

Now, the magnetic fields have once again started moving in opposite directions to begin the completion of the 22 year long process which will culminate in the poles switching once again.

"A reversal of the sun’s magnetic field is, literally, a big event," said Nasa’s Dr. Tony Phillips.

Via: Independent

Soviets Spent $1 Billion on “Unconventional” Science and Mind Control

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"The work built on a long-standing idea in Soviet science that the human brain could receive and transmit a certain kind of high frequency electromagnetic radiation and that this could influence other objects too." For example, Soviet researchers reported, electromagnetic radiation could stimulate the immune systems of plants and humans. Psychotronic weapons were also tested for their ability to alter people’s minds.

via: Gizmodo

Bill Bywater sculpts his take on ReMake the Holidays.