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The Sleep-Retardant Properties of My Ex-Girlfriend

by Ryan Shaun Baker Human-Computer Interaction Institute Carnegie Mellon University, Pittburgh, Pennsylvania The importance of a good night’s sleep can not be overestimated. Getting more than 7 hours of sleep a night helps in retention and deep encoding of information, which is essential in graduate school.[1] Also, getting sufficient amounts of sleep results in a better [...]

Electronic Suspenders Remind You to Sit up Straight

Tobias Sonne, a student at Carnegie Mellon University, developed a pair of suspenders that encourage the user to sit up straight. He attached a strip of conductive fabric to one side. When it’s compacted, a buzzer activates. It’s not bad. But, as Lauren McCarthy’s Happiness Hat demonstrates, an electric shock would probably be more effective. [...]

Forget Your Password: Typing Rhythm and Computer Security

Patricia Loring, a research associate at Carnegie Mellon University, presses tiny blue dots on my fingers and the back of my hand. She tells me to adjust the keyboard as she maneuvers three webcams. On a monitor, I see a split screen, displaying images of my hands and posture (which is terrible). The blue stickers [...]

Criminologists Puzzled Over Falling Crime Rates

There’s a mystery afoot in the world of crimes that has got law enforcement officials scratching their collective heads in amazement: despite the Great Recession, crime rates continue to decline. “Striking,” said Alfred Blumstein, a professor and a criminologist at the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University, because it came “at a time when everyone anticipated [...]

45 of the Weirdest College Scholarships

I love that the only way you can qualify for the Van Valkenburg Memorial Scholarship – is if you’re a direct descendant by birth or adoption. Why even have the scholarship? Other scholarships may be easier to qualify for -IF you know about the opportunity! Here are a few examples: 9. Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling [...]