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Twitter takes time, but pays off says study of scientists’ social media activity

By Jessica McMathis / November 30, 2014

A recent study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison finds that researchers are more often turning to venues like Twitter to share their work—and their social media activity is paying big dividends.

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Social media stereotypes? Study identifies four types of users among academics and researchers

By Jessica McMathis / May 26, 2014

A study of academics and researchers from German universities and the Association’s research institutions has pinpointed four types of social media users in research and academia.

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California fried chicken? Super solar plant singes wings and blinds pilots with its 300,000-plus mirrors

By Jessica McMathis / May 12, 2014

The bright lights of Las Vegas have long lit up the desert. But a new solar power plant near the California-Nevada border—the largest on the planet—is providing new illumination in the midst of the Mojave.

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To tweet or retreat? Survey shows researchers aren’t tapping in to social media’s powers of dissemination

By Jessica McMathis / April 22, 2014

A new paper by a Michigan State University (MSU) researcher suggests that university scholars have all-but-ignored social networks in distributing scientific findings and connecting with their tweet-happy, tech-savvy students.

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Billion-dollar global development lab seeks scientific solutions to end extreme poverty by 2030

By Jessica McMathis / April 16, 2014

The newly formed US Global Development Lab is set to offer up scientific solutions to the world’s poverty problems—and end extreme poverty by 2030.

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Creativity and innovation—married, dating, or just friends?

By April Gocha / April 12, 2014

New research from Rice University, University of Edinburgh, and Brunel University suggests that there is a serious gap between creativity and innovation when it comes to implementation in business and academia.

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Wearable tech market to reach beyond wrists in 2014

By Jessica McMathis / April 2, 2014

According to analysts, 2014 is the year wearables—which include health, sports, and activity trackers, as well as smart-glass products—that will become a “key consumer technology.”

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Google veep: Advances in science, engineering vital in meeting global energy challenges

By Jessica McMathis / March 30, 2014

Google’s vice president of energy believes the work of scientists and engineers will be key in finding solutions to global energy challenges.

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Thumbs up? Solar-powered drone maker could be worth $60 million to Facebook (with video)

By Jessica McMathis / March 18, 2014

If reports of Titan Aerospace’s acquisition by Facebook are true, the solar-powered drone company is about to acquire 60 million new friends.

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Get outta my dreams, get into my car—Volvo tests magnets to guide driverless cars

By April Gocha / March 16, 2014

Volvo Car Group announced it has completed a research project to investigate the use of road-equipped ferrite magnets to guide driverless cars.

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