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Sunday, October 12, 2014

ScienceDaily: Top Technology News

ScienceDaily: Top Technology News

Interactive history beats interactive chat for website engagement

Posted: 10 Oct 2014 12:52 PM PDT

Small cues that display a user's transaction history may help a website feel almost as interactive as chatting with an online customer service agent, paving the way for more cost-effective websites, according to researchers.

Some adolescents adept at media multitasking, Research by high school students reveals

Posted: 10 Oct 2014 12:50 PM PDT

Telling youths who are juggling multiple electronic devices to 'focus on the task at hand' may not always be good advice, according to research. Contrary to popular belief that multitasking leads to poor performance, researchers found the opposite is true for adolescents who spend a lot of time switching between media devices and tasks. "Maybe practice really does make perfect," one investigator said.

Impact of patient-to-physician messaging reviewed in study

Posted: 10 Oct 2014 12:49 PM PDT

While it may take time before it's known what impact email exchanges might have on patients and their care, a new study offers some early insights into the effects on doctors, suggesting that reimbursement models and physician workflow may need to adjust to accommodate message management.

Space-based methane maps find largest U.S. signal in Southwest

Posted: 09 Oct 2014 01:38 PM PDT

An unexpectedly high amount of the climate-changing gas methane, the main component of natural gas, is escaping from the Four Corners region in the US Southwest, according to a new study. Four Corners sits on North America's most productive coalbed methane basin. Coalbed methane is a variety of the gas that's stuck to the surface of coal. It is dangerous to miners (not to mention canaries), but in recent decades, it's been tapped as a resource.

Does Facebook make you lonely?

Posted: 09 Oct 2014 01:34 PM PDT

Existing research on the impact of Facebook on loneliness has been examined in a recent study. The conclusion: Facebook didn't make people lonely, but lonely people were more likely to use the popular social media site.

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