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The Kiera Wilmot Story Has A Happy Ending (That Includes Space Camp)

Bad Science Project
Teen girl got expelled for a science project gone wrong. Read More »
Space Oddity -- In Space
Chris Hadfield Space Oddity
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Girl Discovers Dinosaur
New dinosaur species named after 9yo girl who discovered it. Read More »

A couple weeks ago, we brought you the crazy story of Kiera Wilmot, a 16-year-old student in Florida whose ill-fated science experiment got her arrested and charged with a felony. Wilmot was set to be tried as an adult in Florida’s notoriously tough court system, but thanks to a public backlash and internet campaign, she was able to get a lawyer who represented her for almost no charge and the state of Florida finally dropped the charges against her on Wednesday. But the good news doesn’t stop there… Keep reading »

Science Explains Your Relationship With Mom

It’s Mother’s Day this weekend. If you’re lucky enough to spend time with your mom, you might spot some of these mother-daughter relationship realities explained by science. Many research dollars have been spent to find out why your mom loves to text you or why she always seems to mimic your fashion sense. Scientists have also discovered the very positive, and sometimes negative, influences moms can have on their daughters’ lives. Keep reading to find out what they are.

As She Gets Older, She Likes You More Than Dad.  If you noticed that your mom texts and calls you more and more, British researchers say that’s totally normal. A 2012 study analyzed two billion cell phone calls and half a billion texts and found that in early adulthood, women communicate most with romantic partners. But when a woman reaches her 40s, the attention goes to her daughter. And by 60, communication between a mom and daughter peaks. Read more on Tres Sugar…

Science Discovers What Causes Gray Hair — And How To Stop It

Gray-Haired Love
One woman on why she loves her gray hair. Read More »
Beauty How To
How to cover your gray hair. Read More »

If you, like me, spent a portion of your morning delicately pulling out gray hairs from the crown of your head, you’re going to want to hear about this. Science! Yes, the same science that told us that boobs shouldn’t wear bras and that there’s a neurological reason you can’t get Rihanna’s “Diamonds” out of your head, has figured out why hair goes grey as we age. It’s “massive oxidative stress,” silly. Keep reading »

You Guys, Eating Boogers Is Good For You

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This cheese is made from the bacteria of the human body. Read More »
Gross Beauty Rituals
The gross things we do to be beautiful. Read More »
Grosser Than "Moist"
20 words that make us gag. Read More »
'Snot Bad
Time to get picking!

When I was a kid, my oral fixation was gum. Grape or blueberry Hubba Bubba. I used to take my ABC gum and hide it in my dollhouse, under my bedside table, behind my book shelf for “later.” And then I would go on a “treasure hunt” for my gum and when I would “find it,” I would start chewing it again. I was so deep into gum that I slept with it in my mouth. It usually ended up in my hair in the morning which did not make my mother happy. While I thought my experimentation with chewing gum was totally normal, I made a point of making fun of Alex, the kid in my second grade class who picked his nose and ate it. I made up a song that I sang about his nasty habit to my friends:

Everybody knows, Alex picks his nose, his nose

Wipes it on his shirt and eats it for dessert

YUM! 

Eat it, Alex!

I wish you could hear me sing it because the melody is really bluesy and soulful. Anyhow, as it turns out, Alex was doing it right. University of Saskatchewan biochemistry professor Scott Napper is convinced that there are major health benefits to picking your nose and eating it.  He is doing some major snot research to back his claim up. Keep reading »

Exclusive! Poop Donors Needed For Important Poop Study

How To Poop 24 Karat Gold
These pills will do it! Read More »
Pooping Is A Feminist Issue
One writer talks about how pooping is a feminist issue. Read More »
10 Poop Bandits
The Top 10 Poop Bandits
Some criminals leave behind a smelly surprise. Read More »
Types Of Lady Poopers
A dude breaks down the types of female poopers. Read More »

Searching for something to do with your old poop? Does flushing it down the toilet just seem sad? Perhaps you should consider a fecal transplant — give the gift of your poo to someone else. This sign was photographed at the University of Adelaide in Australia and sent to us by a reader. “Donors wanted: Our research needs your poo,” it says. “We are conducting research into faecal [sic] transplantation as a potential treatment for ulcerative colitis and we need healthy volunteer donations.” Either this is the ickiest research study ever done Down Under (yuk, yuk) or someone is pranking Dr. Sam Costello and Dr. Jane Andrews bad. [Thanks, LR52185, for the pic!]

This 3-Year-Old Sea Lion Has Excellent Taste In Music

Baby Goats Jumping
These week-old baby goats are learning important jumping skills. Read More »
Science Explains Cute
Xiao Liwu panda
We like cute animals because they remind us of human babies. Read More »
Watch her rock out to "Boogie Wonderland"!

This is Ronan, a three-year old sea lion living at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and she loves to dance. She first bobbed her head to Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Down On The Corner,” and since then has rocked out to songs by the Backstreet Boys and Earth, Wind & Fire. Aside from being adorable, Ronan’s dance moves are actually kind of a big deal from a scientific perspective: researchers previously believed that animals could only keep a rhythm if they were able to mimic the sound vocally (which is why certain birds can “dance” to pop songs). “It may be that rhythmic ability is more widespread in the animal kingdom than previously thought,” says Peter Cook, one of the researchers who has been working with Ronan. Personally, I can’t wait for “So You Think You Can Dance: Animal Edition.” Ronan will be a tough act to follow. [YouTube via Huffington Post]

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