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Curiosity can predict employees' ability to creatively solve problems, research shows
Employers who are looking to hire creative problem-solvers should consider candidates with strong curiosity traits, and personality tests may be one way to tease out those traits in prospective employees, new research from Oregon State University shows. (2016-11-17)

Curiosity is key to early childhood success in math and reading
Curious children are better able to grasp basic math and reading. This is according to a group of researchers from the University of Michigan, led by Prachi Shah. The study in the journal Pediatric Research, which is published by Springer Nature, is the first to investigate a possible link between curiosity and early academic success among young children. (2018-04-26)

Curiosity doesn't kill the student
Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it's good for the student. That's the conclusion of a new study published in Perspectives in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. (2011-10-27)

Curiosity helps learning and memory
Curiosity helps us learn about a topic, and being in a curious state also helps the brain memorize unrelated information, according to researchers at the UC Davis Center for Neuroscience. Work published Oct. 2 in the journal Neuron shows how piquing our curiosity changes our brains, and could help scientists find ways to enhance overall learning and memory in both healthy individuals and those with neurological conditions. (2014-10-02)

How curiosity changes the brain to enhance learning
The more curious we are about a topic, the easier it is to learn information about that topic. New research publishing online Oct. 2 in the Cell Press journal Neuron provides insights into what happens in our brains when curiosity is piqued. The findings could help scientists find ways to enhance overall learning and memory in both healthy individuals and those with neurological conditions. (2014-10-02)

Study explores link between curiosity and school achievement
The more curious the child, the more likely he or she may be to perform better in school -- regardless of economic background -- suggests a new University of Michigan study. (2018-04-30)

Can scientists agree on a definition of curiosity?
Philosopher Thomas Hobbes called it 'the lust of the mind.' Former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt said it was 'the most useful gift.' And, yes, we all know what killed the cat. But ask a group of scientists to define curiosity and you'll get a rousing debate. No more, argue researchers in a review of curiosity science in Neuron. They propose it's time for researchers to organize and focus on curiosity's function, evolution, mechanism, and development. (2015-11-04)

NASA's Mobile Mars Laboratory almost ready for flight
The Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite has completed assembly at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and is nearly ready for a December delivery to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, Calif., where it will be joined to the Curiosity rover. SAM and Curiosity are set to fly on the on the upcoming Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover mission scheduled for launch in the fall of 2011. (2010-10-08)

Curiosity's first attempt at gravimetry advances martian geology
By cleverly repurposing a device onboard Curiosity normally used to detect the rover's movements on Mars to measure slight variations in gravitational fields instead, researchers have refined the understanding of how Gale crater and the mountain at its center formed. (2019-01-31)

What we think we know -- but might not -- pushes us to learn more
Our doubts about what we think we know pique our curiosity and motivate us to learn more, according to new research from the University of California, Berkeley. (2019-05-23)

NASA taps Penn State geoscientist to join ancient Mars habitability project
When NASA began seeking new scientists to join its Curiosity Mars rover team, Penn State geoscientist Christopher House knew his experience could be a valuable asset to the project. (2016-05-05)

Curiosity has the power to change behavior for the better
Curiosity could be an effective tool to entice people into making smarter and sometimes healthier decisions, according to research presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association. (2016-08-04)

Martian dust storm grows global: Curiosity captures photos of thickening haze
A storm of tiny dust particles has engulfed much of Mars over the last two weeks and prompted NASA's Opportunity rover to suspend science operations. But across the planet, NASA's Curiosity rover, which has been studying Martian soil at Gale Crater, is expected to remain largely unaffected by the dust. The Martian dust storm has grown in size and is now officially a 'planet-encircling' (or 'global') dust event. (2018-06-20)

'Personality-gene' makes songbirds curious
Max-Planck scientists find evidence for an association between gene variants and exploratory behavior in great tits (Parus major). (2007-05-02)

From Martian rocks, a planet's watery story emerges
After 18 months on Mars, the rover Curiosity has taken more than 120,000 measurements of surface rocks and soil, painting a more detailed image of how much water was once on the Red Planet. An article in Chemical & Engineering News describes the technique scientists are using to analyze the rocks and what they've found. (2014-04-02)

One in two users click on links from unknown senders
Most people know that e-mails and facebook messages from unknown senders can contain dangerous links. However, many users still click on them and researchers from Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg have investigated why. The results: up to 56 percent of e-mail recipients and around 40 percent of Facebook users clicked on a link from an unknown sender although they knew of the risks of their computer becoming infected with a virus. And the main reason? Curiosity. (2016-08-29)

'Curiosity' can be positioned with eclipses
Observations from 'Curiosity' when Mar's moon Phobos crosses in front of the sun, like in September, help us to understand exactly where the rover is on the red planet. Researchers at the Complutense University of Madrid have developed a method for achieving precisely this. (2012-12-13)

How information is like snacks, money, and drugs -- to your brain
A new study by researchers at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business has found that information acts on the brain's dopamine-producing reward system in the same way as money or food. The study is the first to demonstrate a common neural code for information and money. (2019-06-19)

Mars rover Curiosity makes first gravity-measuring traverse on the Red Planet
A clever use of non-science engineering data from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has let a team of researchers, including an Arizona State University graduate student, measure the density of rock layers in Gale Crater. (2019-01-31)

Scientists find 'new' science instrument on Mars rover Curiosity
NASA's Curiosity Rover may have been ambling around the Gale Crater on Mars for nearly seven years but scientists have found a way to use it for something new: making the first surface gravity measurements on a planet other than Earth. (2019-01-31)

Mars exhumes methane on a seasonal cycle, Curiosity reveals; rover also detects ancient organic matter
Data from the Curiosity rover, part of two separate studies, furthers scientists' understanding of methane on Mars -- suggesting some of it may be trapped in water-based crystals -- and identifies additional carbon-bearing molecules, central to understanding processes and conditions on the planet. (2018-06-07)

Curiosity leads us to seek out unpleasant, painful outcomes
Curiosity is a powerful motivator, leading us to make important discoveries and explore the unknown. But new research shows that our curiosity is sometimes so powerful that it leads us to choose potentially painful and unpleasant outcomes that have no apparent benefits, even when we have the ability to avoid these outcomes altogether. (2016-04-08)

Kansas State research team receives $1 million grant
A Kansas State University research team has developed a chemical method where they can make particles of nanometer dimensions -- or one-billionth of a meter in size. (2006-09-14)

New study assesses the impact of exposure to e-cigarette ads on young adults
Exposure to e-cigarette advertisements may enhance curiosity and usage among young adults, according to a study published this week in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research. (2015-11-19)

NASA Mars rover Curiosity finds water in first sample of planet surface
The first scoop of soil analyzed by the analytical suite in the belly of NASA's Curiosity rover reveals that fine materials on the surface of the planet contain several percent water by weight. The results were published today in Science as one article in a five-paper special section on the Curiosity mission. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Dean of Science Laurie Leshin is the study's lead author. (2013-09-26)

Chemistry on Mars video with Curiosity Rover from the American Chemical Society
Now hurtling through space at 13,000 miles per hour, NASA's Curiosity Rover is a fully equipped chemistry lab scheduled to touchdown on Mars on August 6. The newest episode of the American Chemical Society's (ACS') award-winning Bytesize Science video series highlights the Curiosity Rover's mission, scientific instrumentation and the role that chemistry plays in the search for life on other planets. The video, produced by the ACS Office of Public Affairs, is available at www.BytesizeScience.com. (2012-07-31)

Evidence of life on Mars?
In 2012 the Mars Science Laboratory landed in the fascinating Gale crater. The Gale crater is of such great interest because of the 5.5 km high mountain of layered materials in the middle. This material tells an intricate story of the history of Mars, perhaps spanning much of the existence of this mysterious planet. (2014-12-08)

Rover findings indicate stratified lake on ancient Mars
A long-lasting lake on ancient Mars provided stable environmental conditions that differed significantly from one part of the lake to another, according to a comprehensive look at findings from the first three-and-a-half years of NASA's Curiosity rover mission. (2017-06-01)

Inclusion of experimenters in e-cigarette prevalence studies of 'questionable' value
The inclusion of experimenters -- who are unlikely to become habitual users -- in e-cigarette prevalence studies is of 'questionable' value for monitoring population public health trends, finds research published online in the journal Tobacco Control. (2015-06-18)

Hunters and busybodies: Researchers use Wikipedia to measure different types of curiosity
In the past, research on curiosity has mostly tried to quantify it, rather than to understand the different ways it can be expressed. Now, a new study led by researchers at Penn and American University uses Wikipedia browsing as a method for describing curiosity styles. Using a branch of mathematics known as graph theory, their analysis of curiosity opens doors for using it as a tool to improve learning and life satisfaction. (2021-01-12)

Evidence for long-lasting lakes on Mars
New data from the Curiosity rover reveals that a transient water system of deltas and lakes once dominated the landscape at Mars's Gale crater. (2015-10-08)

University of Tennessee engineering team develops chip for Mars rover
Ben Blalock, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, and two graduate students -- Stephen Terry, now an alumnus, and Robert Greenwell -- designed a tiny microchip that weighs close to a paper clip and helps control the motors on the rover. (2012-08-08)

Ancient streambed found on surface of Mars
Rounded pebbles on Mars represent the first on-site evidence of sustained water flows on the red planet, according to a new study by a team of scientists from NASA's Curiosity rover mission, including a University of California, Davis, geologist. (2013-05-30)

Curiosity is key personal growth in many spheres, including intimate relationships
It might have killed the cat, but a new study by psychologists at the University at Buffalo suggests that curiosity is very good for people. Their study concludes that the degree to which people are curious actively influences their personal growth opportunities and the level of intimacy that develops when they meet someone new. (2002-12-16)

Curiosity rover will serve as terramechanics instrument in explortation of Martian soils
NASA has announced that Raymond E. Arvidson, a planetary scientist at Washington University in St. Louis, will be a participating scientist on the Mars Science Laboratory, a mission operate a rover named Curiosity on Mars. Arvidson proposed that he use the rover itself as a terramechanics instrument to learn about Martian soils. He will be using a simulation of the rover and of the Martian terrain to contribute to path planning and to look for crusted soils created by the modern Martian water cycle. (2012-01-19)

Galileo didn't invent thermometer that bears his name
The great Italian scientist Galileo may have been the first person to use a telescope to observe the heavens, helping spark the scientific revolution of the 16th century, but Galileo definitely did not invent the famous thermometer and captivating curiosity that bears his name. That's the message of an article in ACS' Journal of Chemical Education. (2012-09-05)

Curiosity's SAM instrument finds water and more in surface sample
The first scoop of soil analyzed by the analytical suite in the belly of NASA's Curiosity rover reveals that fine materials on the surface of the planet contain several percent water by weight. The results were published today in Science as one article in a five-paper special section on the Curiosity mission. (2013-09-26)

How Mars' atmosphere got so thin: New insights from Curiosity
New findings from NASA's Curiosity rover provide clues to how Mars lost its original atmosphere, which scientists believe was much thicker than the one left today. (2013-07-18)

Antidote for partisanship? In science, curiosity seems to work
Disputes over science-related policy issues such as climate change or fracking often seem as intractable as other politically charged debates. But in science, at least, simple curiosity might help bridge that partisan divide, according to new research. (2017-01-26)

NASA Goddard scientist receives Lindsay Award for Mars research
Dr. Paul Mahaffy, an expert on the chemistry of Mars, received the John C. Lindsay Memorial Award for 2014. The award, presented annually, is the highest honor given by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland for space science. The award was presented Oct. 1. (2014-10-07)

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