Your Coffee Habit, and How to Kick It #newsfornerds

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  • 8/22/2014 |
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Your Coffee Habit, and How to Kick It  #newsfornerds
This week's News for Nerds batch: Your coffee habit is an actual habit Five cool new ways that science is driving ID technology How to operate on zero sleep (for one day, at least) Twitter helped identify some sketchy restaurants in Chicago A 16-foot tall fart machine (yes, really) * * * * * More than 80 percent of American adults drink coffee. Some days it probably feels like all of those people are in front of you in line at Starbucks. But the truth is that for many people, the very first cup of the day comes at home, in the kitchen, and n …

Smart is Cool is Now Available Everywhere!

  • 8/19/2014 |
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Smart is Cool is Now Available Everywhere!
Great news! Today is the official publication date for my new book, Smart is Cool: Building a Better Student Through Attitude. I have been working with students, teachers, and parents for nearly 20 years. My passion for education and youth development was the impetus behind all of the school programs, published authors, donated technology, and student empowerment that The Big Brain Club is known for. And now my first non-fiction book for parents is available everywhere, from major outlets like Amazon and Barnes & Noble to local independent book stores like The Tattered Cover …

Outer Space Without a Helmet #newsfornerds

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  • 8/15/2014 |
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Outer Space Without a Helmet  #newsfornerds
Welcome back to News for Nerds! This week we'll explore the future of vibrating shoes and the possible utility of cat poop in cancer treatment. But first, here are your headlines. * * * * * Ever wondered what would happen to your body if you wound up in space without a spacesuit? Scenes like this have been depicted in movies and comic books for decades, but it may not surprise you to learn that reality looks a little different than the Hollywood version. First, the good news: you won't suffer long. The lack of oxygen will cause you to blackout within 10 or 15 seconds. Yo …

News for Nerds - Can Sitting Too Much Really Cause Cancer?

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  • 6/20/2014 |
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News for Nerds - Can Sitting Too Much Really Cause Cancer?
Welcome back to News for Nerds! This week we'll talk soccer, garlic breath, and a bachelor party for the ages. But first, here are your headlines. * * * * * One of the unintended consequences of living in such an information-rich world is that we can sometimes feel like we're getting new forms of bad news every single day. The latest example: researchers now believe that even prolonged sitting can significantly increase your cancer risk. Sitting! A recent meta-study (encompassing four million people in 43 different studies) has shown that with each 2-hour increase in our …

A Tribute to Casey Kasem

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  • 6/17/2014 |
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A Tribute to Casey Kasem
When Casey Kasem died this weekend, millions of older Americans reminisced about his famous countdown program on the radio, American Top 40. As a teen in the mid-1970s I listened every weekend, and even tried to guess what record would hold the coveted top spot. But although the show was wildly popular, it was the host who was iconic. And, frankly, would AT40 have been a hit if some guy named Harry Wilson had been at the mic? (Apologies to any readers named Harry Wilson.) Personally, after almost 37 years in the radio business myself, I consider Casey Kasem to be one of the three …