Wednesday, July 15 2015
Iowa State analysis of national FITNESSGRAM data reveals needs for improvement in youth fitness
A new Iowa State University study provides a snapshot of physical fitness levels for U.S. schoolchildren in grades first through 12th. Researchers analyzing data collected nationally through the NFL PLAY 60 FITNESSGRAM Partnership Project found that fitness levels sharply declined as students got older. The study is published in the Journal of Pediatrics.
Iowa State study finds it’s not what you do, but how you get yourself to exercise that matters
Developing any habit—good or bad—starts with a routine, and exercise is no exception. The trick is making exercise a habit that is hard to break. According to a new Iowa State University study, that may be easier to accomplish by focusing on cues that make going for a run or to the gym automatic.
Industry to follow Disney’s lead on selfie sticks, says Iowa State professor
The decision to ban selfie sticks at all Disney theme parks is one that Iowa State assistant professor Eric D. Olson expects other amusement parks and entertainment venues will soon start implementing if they haven’t already made such a move. Zlatan Krizan, an associate professor of pyschology, says It’s important to recognize the role of technology when trying to understand the fascination with the selfie trend.
Team PrISUm confident of quick laps at this month’s Formula Sun Grand Prix
The students of Team PrISUm are preparing their solar racing car for this month's Formula Sun Grand Prix at the Formula 1 track in Austin, Texas. The team is confident its car, Phaëton, can turn some very fast laps.
New research outlines potential for ‘slow money’ in local food and sustainable agriculture
Recently published research from Iowa State University shines a spotlight on the “slow money” movement, which seeks to match locally produced and environmentally friendly food and artisanal products and services with fresh capital investment.
Iowa State’s Steve Kawaler helps sleuth out the timing of famous V-J Day kiss, photo
Iowa State's Steve Kawaler helped a team of celestial sleuths study old maps, photos and sun data to determine the exact time of the famous V-J Day kiss photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt. Their findings -- 5:51 p.m. on Aug. 14, 1945 -- are published in the August issue of Sky & Telescope under the title “Telltale Sun and Shadow: Astronomy & the VJ Day Kiss.”
Decision to remove artificial ingredients a challenge, says Iowa State professor
Several major food companies have announced plans to remove artificial ingredients, such as color and flavor, from their products within the next few years. It’s a move driven by consumer demand and one that will be a challenge for the industry, says Lester Wilson, University Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University.
Iowa State engineers develop micro-tentacles so tiny robots can handle delicate objects
Jaeyoun (Jay) Kim and his research group have developed microrobotic tentacles that can be the hands and fingers of small robots designed to safely handle delicate objects. The engineers describe their micro-tentacles in the journal Scientific Reports.