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  1. This Kinect Game Is Designed To Rehabilitate Stroke Patients – And It Works

    We're forced to assume the game somehow involves Riley, the Call of Duty dog.

    Over 325,000 suffer from Hemiparesis, a weakness or inability to move one side of the body, which can occur after a stroke. Since rehab can be an incredibly difficult and expensive process, researchers at Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center have come up with a new at-home healing processes - and it involves a game for the Kinect.

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  2. This Marching Band Formed A Giant T-Rex; Your Argument Is Invalid [Video]

    Oh look, it's the only reason some of us ever cared about football as kids!

    The Ohio State University marching band is pretty well known across the Internet for their complicated and imaginative formations -- remember their video game tribute from last year? In this year's tribute to "Hollywood Blockbusters," they play music from Man of Steel, Fellowship of The Ring, Harry Potter, and Jurassic Park. Needless to say, it's totally amazing.

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  3. Correcting Misinformation on the Internet Doesn’t Make Anyone Less Likely to Believe Misinformation

    If you read something on the Internet, it must be true, right? Sadly, that's not the case -- unless you're talking about this blog, where we guarantee we'll get everything 100% right all the time* -- and occasionally, misinformation slips past the armed guards of the world's networks and is posted to the Internet as fact -- take the tired "President Obama was born in Kenya" myth, for example. That's not great news on its own, but there's now worse news to accompany it. A recent study by researchers at Ohio State University shows that even instant corrections of misinformation that are built into websites don't much help straighten things out -- especially if the person reading it already wants to believe the lie.

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  4. Researchers Capture First-Ever Images of Atoms Moving Inside Molecule

    Researchers from Ohio State University have captured the first-ever images of atoms moving within a molecule. The technique used to capture used the energy in the molecule's own electron to act as something similar to a camera's flash in order to illuminate the movements, while a laser that shot 50 femtosecond pulses were used to actually take the pictures. A femtosecond is one quadrillionth of a second, so, you know, science.

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  5. Study: Only Scientists Listen To Scientists

    In a revelation that should come as no surprise to scientists, a new study has shown that scientists are typically the only people who listen to what other scientists have to say. The study, led by Ohio State University researchers Julie Suleski and Motomu Ibaraki, suggests that if scientists really want the public to pay attention to what they do, a new communication mechanism is sorely needed.

    The mainstay of scientific communication is the journal publication process. Journals are like the magazines of the academic world, they are a place for scientists to share their work once it has been reviewed and accepted by their peers. However, who are they really sharing their work with? Hint: it isn't the public.

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  6. Twilight Taught in Honors College Literature Course

    This is an actual thing happening at an actual college. Ohio State University is teaching sparkly tween paranormal romance Twilight as part of an honors literature course. Taken from the actual course's syllabus, which can be downloaded here:

    While we read and discuss some important, influential narratives about the supernatural – Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw, and Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight as well a few minor works – we will also explore how these texts, like much other fiction, try to create particular reading experiences, as they push us to consider the nature and importance of literary imagination and the way fiction’s seductiveness is tied to other potentially dangerous attractions.

    For good measure, here's how a fairly esteemed college feels about Twilight.

    (epicponyz via The Daily What)

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  7. Study Finds too Much Light at Night May Lead to Obesity

    According to a study conducted at Ohio State University, authored by doctoral student of neuroscience Laura Fonken and professor of neuroscience Randy Nelson, being exposed to light during nighttime may lead to obesity, even if no physical activity or amount of food consumed change from one's regular nighttime habits. Really.

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