4 Scientifically-Backed Reasons You Should Choose Experiences, Not Things

May 29, 2017

… a larger part of ourselves than the objects we own. So no matter how much you love your shiny new car or your spacious house, they still remain separate from you. Rock-climbing in New Zealand and snorkeling in the Caribbean, however, are experiences that shape who you are. They become part of your identity. Since our lives are basically an accumulation of events, it makes sense that experiences have greater impacts on us than what we own. An unusual event might force you to adapt somehow, learn …

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These new 3D scan fit helmets could make football safer

… said. “Weve collected about five million impacts, and we have enough of a database now that you can really see differences in impact profiles. We think were at the point where we can tune helmets to be optimized for playing position, skill level, because players see different types of impact profiles depending on those factors.” Ide said integrated sensor tech and position-specific helmets will be expected in helmets in as little as five years, and individual “impact …

May 28, 2017
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Cold War-era nuclear tests actually changed the space environment around our planet

… radiation around Earth that can affect our environment. The tests were a human-generated and extreme example of some of the space weather effects frequently caused by the sun, Erickson said. The space weather effects mentioned by Erickson are usually caused by the sun when it emits a huge burst of solar plasma in Earth’s direction. Once that plasma reaches our planet, it impacts our magnetic field. Sometimes during solar storms, bits of charged particles manage to make it through the …

May 20, 2017
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Climate change is pushing U.S. trees north and west

… animals to cope. Image: Songlin Fei Previous studies on how climate change affects trees have generally shown a strong correlation between changes in temperature and shifting tree ranges. But this new study revealed that precipitation also plays a significant role in tree movement. Fei said the westward shift of deciduous trees was among researchers’ most surprising findings. “When analyzing the impact of climate change, precipitation had a much stronger near-term impacts on …

May 20, 2017
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Apple spotlights how accessible tech helps people with disabilities thrive

… engineer is transforming the tech world at only 22 Meera is nonverbal, living with a rare condition called schizencephaly that impacts her ability to speak. But with the help of her iPad and text-to-speech technology, she can make her thoughts and opinions known and she sure does. From her love of Katy Perry to her passion for soccer, Meera will let you know exactly what’s on her mind. All it takes is a few taps of her tablet, and with a specialized app stringing letters into words, and …

May 19, 2017
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