eternalkazumi  asked:

Hey! (: Can you recommend me an apps for studying? I often spend my time outside because I have a lot of extracurricular activities. Meanwhile I am always got my phone on my hand everywhere than my notebook. Thank u!

Hello! Of course! Here are some apps that might interest you (I’ll try to separate them into categories):

Time Management & Productivity Apps:

  • Flattomato - a pomodoro timer app.
  • 30/30 - another type of productivity timer like the one above.
  • Maths Alarm Clock - makes you solve a maths question before turning your alarm off to ensure that you wake up. 
  • Timetable - again just one example because there are a lot of timetabling apps so definitely check out alternatives to find one that suits you / is available on your device.
  • Timeful -  acts as a calendar and to-do list, allowing you to keep your entire schedule in just one place.
  • Remember The Milk - a to-do list app.
  • Wunderlist - another to do list (this is the one that I tend to use).
  • EpicWin - each “task / to do” you complete earns XP which can be used to improve an in-app character.

Note Taking:

  • Evernote - gather your notes, ideas, and thoughts in one place, organised in notebooks.
  • Prezi - create presentations across devices.
  • Super Notes -  allows the saving of notes, recordings, images and more.
  • OneNote -  type, hand write, draw, and clip things from the web to get down your thoughts into your notebook.

Study Apps:

  • GoConqr -  create online Mind Maps, Flashcards, Online Notes and Quizzes 
  • My Study Life -  see homework due and overdue for classes, classes which conflict with your exams and even add revision tasks for a specific exam.
  • Khan Academy -  learn using videos, interactive exercises, and in-depth articles.

Mental Health:

  • Viridi - nurture some succulents; I find it very relaxing.
  • Code Blue - “provide teenagers struggling from depression or bullying with support when they need it. Users can choose several contacts to be part of their support group. With just a few taps, the app will alert the support group that the user needs immediate help.” 
  • Lantern - “combines cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques with advice from real experts. Users start by taking an assessment test to determine their strengths and weaknesses in five areas: body, stress/anxiety, mood, sleep, and social life. Lantern provides daily exercises tailored to suit users’ needs based on the results of their assessment. Each user is also matched with a professional coach trained in CBT who can provide feedback and answer any questions.”
  • BellyBio - teaches a breathing technique that’s helpful for anxiety disorders.
  • Optimism - “track your moods, keep a journal, and chart your recovery progress with this comprehensive tool for depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorders.” 
  • Relax Melodies -  mix and match nature sounds with new age music.

Reference & Other:

  • The Oxford Dictionary /  Merriam-Webster - there are lots of other dictionary apps but I think these are the main two that people use.
  • Photomath - scans equations and solves mathematical problems.
  • Babylon - a translation app.
  • RealCalc Scientific Calculator - for if you leave your calculator at home but need a scientific one, not just the average built in one.
  • TED - educational talks and presentations.
  • Sworkit - exercise & fitness; can create five minute exercise plans.
  • Circle of 6 - safety app; good for walking at night / whenever you feel unsafe; there are lots of similar apps so worth checking the stores to find one that suits you and your needs.

If anyone has any other app recs please add them in the notes and replies!

Melatonin, biological clock keep singing fish on time

In the 1980s, people living on houseboats in the San Francisco Bay were puzzled by a droning hum of unknown origin that started abruptly in the late evening and stopped suddenly in the morning.

A lengthy investigation revealed the culprit: male plainfin midshipman fish (Porichthys notatus) that sing at night to attract mates. The fish, which can grow to 15 inches in length, live along the Pacific coast from Alaska to Baja, California.

A study published online Sept. 22 in the journal Current Biology reveals how melatonin, a time-keeping hormone, and daily light cycles keep the nocturnal fish singing through the night.

Ni Y. Feng, Andrew H. Bass. “Singing” Fish Rely on Circadian Rhythm and Melatonin for the Timing of Nocturnal Courtship Vocalization. Current Biology, 2016; DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2016.07.079

A nest with male and female midshipman fish (Porichthys notatus) and developing embryos attached to the rock. Credit: Margaret A. Marchaterre; Image courtesy of Cornell University