Although most of us probably won’t step foot on Mars, one Facebook campaign is utilizing the red planet and the social network to get kids excited about science, technology, engineering, and math. Through Raytheon Company’s Mission to Mars, students can explore the planet virtually and interact with Facebook to earn grants.
Facebook has persuasive powers, but can the social network curtail bad behaviors such as smoking? That’s what researchers want to find out. A study in the most recent issue of Science magazine tries to figure out whether or not Facebook has the kind of power to help people change for the better.
Scientists are studying how social networking sites like Facebook causes us to release oxytocin, a cuddly chemical that is linked with all kinds of feel-good emotions.
This team of researchers from the Smithsonian’s National Museum turned to their Facebook friends to help identify over 5,000 specimens of fish in 24 hours.