Category Archives: ScienceWire

Serikawa: Personalizing the Nudge

phonemotiontrackerWhere there’s an app there’s a way, writes Kyle Serikawa (@kyleserikawa) in Xconomy. Right now, activity trackers like the Fitbit and apps like Moves nudge some people to walk more, take breaks from sitting, and remember to exercise. But app developers could be even better at motivating healthy behaviors, says Kyle, with a little research, vision, and cooperation.

Kwok: Not Just for the Barbie

file0001055795738Roberta Kwok (@robertakwok) covers the latest science stories for Conservation This Week, including news from PNAS about disease-fighting West African prawns. A schistosomiasis outbreak after a dam was erected on the Senegal River led to experiments that discovered just how the the native crustaceans protect residents from parasites. Read more from Roberta at robertakwok.com.

Doughton: Full Rip Revisited

1906_San_Francisco_earthquake_seismographDidn’t we all think of Sandi Doughton’s book Full Rip: 9.0: The Next Big Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest when the New Yorker article about Seattle earthquakes went viral? So did Dan Savage of The Stranger, who had a lively Q&A with Sandi about earthquakes (and, of course, sex during earthquakes). Ask Sandi (@SandiDoughton) yourself: Wednesday, August 12, 7 pm Blue Star Cafe & Pub with Alan Boyle, Pluto expert.

Lindley: Neuroscience Backstory

file000894312228Neuroscience is a hot field but it has a long history, writes Robin Lindley for History News Network. In the latest in a series of interviews with authors of science and medical books, Robin talks with Dr. Mitchell Glickstein, formerly of the University of Washington and now at University of London. Dr. Glickstein’s book is Neuroscience: A Historical Introduction.