Teaching Creativity?

New research has experts thinking they may be able to train people to be creative and the method shows far more promise than previous practices.

The new method is based on narrative theory. It encourages people to think like artists and children—wherein one imagines alternate worlds, shift perspectives which leads to unexpected actions.

The method’s developers say it works, first, by recognizing that all people are creative. They stated that our society is obsessed with the idea that some people are more creative than others and this creates a severe undervaluing of the creativity of children and others. Researchers said it isn’t that one person is massively more creative than another but that people aren’t being trained correctly to tap their creativity.

Researchers were able to use their method to successfully train the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College. One researcher wrote a publicly available guide on how he tailored the narrative method to fit the needs of military officers and enlisted personnel.

The study authors have also worked with the Ohio State College of Engineering, Fortune 500 companies, the University of Chicago School of Business.

 

Hawaiian Coral Shockingly Resilient to Climate Change, According to Study

A long-term study of Hawaiian coral species has just been analyzed by researchers and they now have unexpectedly optimistic opinion on the survival chances of coral colonies in more acidic and warmer waters due to climate change.

Though researchers did want to be clear amidst their celebration of the analysis that three coral species did suffer significant mortality under the simulated future conditions. Some of the specifies experienced a 50% death rate.

However, the fact remains that none of them died off completely and some were even thriving by study’s end. Researchers believe this new evidence suggests a strong hope for the future of coral reefs in warmer more acidic environment.

Researchers were overjoyed with the positive outcomes in their which they stated is a pretty rare occurrence when it comes to studying coral mortality in warming oceans.

And there is more good news. Not only are the findings more optimistic than usual, but they are also probably more realistic according to scientists. This study lasted 22 months while the average coral study length is as short as days up to five months.

Researchers stated that some aspects of coral biology take a long time to change. Often coral will have a negative initial reaction to stressors but will bounce back if given time. A short-term study only sees part of the arch of major environmental change and its affect on coral.

 

Computer Artist Charles Csuri Dies at 99

The Ohio State University is mourning the loss of long-time faculty member and globally known digital art pioneer Charles “Chuck” Csuri. Csuri passed away quietly in Lakewood Ranch, FL at the age of 99 years. He is remembered as renaissance man whose achievements have left a lasting impression on the art world.

Csuri was a graduate of the Ohio State University and was a professor of computer and information science and art education at university for over 40 years. He formed the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design. He also confounded the Ohio Supercomputer Center and Cranston/Csuri Productions which was one of the first computer animation companies in the world.

Named the “father of computer art” by the Smithsonian Institute, Csuri was a pioneer in developing code the enabled artists to produce art in brand new ways on computers. His legacy was established by his early work with computer plotter drawings and computer animation and 3D imagery.

Csuri’s unparalleled work in the field has been applied to flight simulators, scientific visualizations, MRI, computer-aided design, education for the deaf, special effects for film and architecture.

Csuri’s work can be viewed at MOMA, the Victoria and Albert Museum as well as the Zagreb Museum of Contemporary Art. Noted artists Roy Lichtenstein and George Segal both feature Csuri’s work prominently in their private collections.

 

Scientists Discover Rare Link Between Bacteria and Humans

In their new research scientists have found out that humans have a receptor protein that can detect individual amino acids, but in the exact way that bacteria do.

This finding might lead to improvements in drugs created from the amino acid GABA. However, the evolutionary implications might be more interesting if not immediately practical. This adds to a small pool of evidence that suggests that humans and bacteria share commonalities in how they detect essential life components like oxygen and food.

Receptors on the surfaces of cells detect nutrients such as sugars, vitamins and fats. But they use different types of segmented proteins aptly named sensors. Yet, there are no known common chemical similarities between these mechanisms.

During this new research scientists found that there is a universal sensor present in lots of different receptors which detect amino acids. They work by interacting with two groups of atoms which amino acids all share.

In this work, scientists discovered a universal sensor present in many different receptors that detects amino acids by precisely interacting with the two groups of atoms that are shared by all amino acids.

Study authors couldn’t overstate the significance of finding this universal receptor—they noted that it is considered uncommon to find something so specific and universal that is shared between species which are separated by billions of years of evolution (3 billion in the case of bacteria and humans).