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Today is Valentine’s Day, a day of conversation hearts, heart-felt cards and carnations. But have you ever stopped to consider the reasons we feel attraction and fall in love?

Although shared interests and compatible personalities may set you and a partner up for a great first date, that coveted “spark” of attraction may be a result of biochemistry. Researchers at the University of Bern in Switzerland believe that initial attraction comes down to pheromones.

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Do you believe that beauty is in the eye of the beholder? Many of us have the idea that a person’s attractiveness is purely subjective or that human beauty is up for interpretation.

Believe it or not, these ideas are fairly outdated—by 2,400 years! There is actually hard science behind what we perceive as attractive.

Pythagoras was the first to consider the math behind what humans consider “beautiful.” He came up with the idea of Phi, an irrational number from which he derived the Golden Ratio. This ratio, 1:1.618, is believed to be the most aesthetically pleasing to the human eye.

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Ever dream of becoming a super hero? Playing the hero in video games may actually help make that a reality!

Violent video games have long been thought to increase aggression, but it appears that the opposite is true as well. A study done at the Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Laboratory shows that having superpowers in a video game can make people more altruistic.

Stanford researchers used a simulation game to test their theory. One at a time, 60 men and women strapped on virtual reality goggles and were whisked away to a virtual cityscape. Their airborne mission: to deliver insulin to a diabetic child. Half of the test subjects completed their mission by flying in a helicopter; the other half controlled their flight by a series of arm motions, like Superman.

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We got moving during this Member Monday outing as parents and their little ones sang children songs, blew bubbles, rolled some balls and played the parachute game!

Thanks to everyone who participated as well as Gymboree of Orlando and Gymboree of Winter Park for their support!




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The Orlando Science Center, in partnership with the Walmart Foundation, provided educational workshops at the 24th annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities in Eatonville last weekend, Feb. 1–3.

Students engaged in “Discovery Health: Investigating the Cardiovascular System,” a 60-minute session that introduces physiology and body systems while integrating health science curricula and health care pathways. The workshop was geared toward middle school students and supported the festival’s Education Day.

The Science Center also hosted hands-on activities and health science demonstrations throughout the weekend. Festival-goers explored physiology concepts utilizing Vernier Probeware, learned how to measure heart rate, analyzed the effects of physical activity on the heart, discovered the function of muscles and even performed a real chicken heart dissection!

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Take a trip down memory lane to the last time you played with Legos. Believe it or not, these childhood building blocks weren’t only fun—they actually helped develop your aptitude for math and science!

That’s right—besides building space cruisers, helicopters and pirate ships, Legos are also building the next generation of engineers. They allow children to use their imaginations, plus every Lego project also teaches basic engineering and design principles! Building with these little plastic blocks helps kids develop spatial reasoning and learn about structural integrity, design and a practical sense of geometry.

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Thinking back to high school geometry, did you ever think you might calculate the hypotenuse of a triangle in your adult life? Or apply the principles of acceleration learned in physics class?

For aviators, understanding math and physics is a must for reviewing flight plans and calculating fuel usage. Students, however, often don't see a correlation between math and science and their life experiences. Like generations before, they find themselves questioning when they will ever use the lessons taught in school.

What kids do understand is technology. 

When it comes to technology in education, there is an enormous amount of evidence that indicates immersive, game-based learning environments foster deeper learning and provide opportunities to develop and exercise collaborative skills.

It’s all a matter of harnessing gaming power for an academic purpose. Lockheed Martin is working to combine technology and learning for professionals and students through its Prepar3D® simulation software. It’s one conduit to help engage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies.

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