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Archive for December, 2004

Math and the Mona Lisa
December 25th, 2004 - (0 Comments)

Was Leonardo da Vinci aware that, in painting the Mona Lisa, he was using a mathematical formula commonly referred to as the “divine proportion?” Artist and physics professor Bulent Atalay (University of Mary Washington) top left suggests da Vinci consciously integrated many principles of math and science into his art, making the Mona Lisa a product of a […]

Rhythms of the Heart
December 18th, 2004 - (0 Comments)

Over two million Americans suffer from an abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation and many of them are not even aware of it. Atrial fibrillation can decrease the heart’s pumping ability by 40-percent. Dr. Mike Mangrum (University of Virginia) says a new surgical procedure called catheter ablation offers the closest thing to a cure; patients can resume […]

Can U Rite?
December 11th, 2004 - (0 Comments)

The new version of the SAT coming out in Spring 2005 has a writing component. For the first time, students will be asked to compose an essay that colleges will use to evaluate their writing skills. In the world of high-stakes testing, writing professor Carl Whithaus (ODU) is concerned that this new part of the SAT […]

Strangers to Ourselves
December 4th, 2004 - (0 Comments)

It turns out that old cliché is true… Money can’t buy happiness. Social psychologist Timothy Wilson (University of Virginia) says studies show a person with close friends and a loving family is generally happier than someone who has won a million dollar lottery ticket. He says lottery winnings bring a temporary happiness while the pleasure of […]