Posts tagged "science"

Life Dream Status: Bill Nye & Jessica Williams Will Help Us Explore Science

GE’s #EmojiScience campaign, which launched today conducting experiments in NYU’s science labs, provides a divine outlet for we non-Ph.D. folk who stew over burning scientific questions while wishing we had an astrophysicist on speed dial. Over the next two days, stars like Bill Nye, Jessica Williams of “The Daily Show,” Gary Vaynerchu and Baratunde Thurston will help GE…

Claire Hannum / December 10, 2014

Science ‘N’ Stuff: 10 Very Important & No Doubt Stupid Questions I Have About Our Mirror Universe

Are you ready for your minds to be BLOWN? Via PBS and Scientific American, a new theory contends that when the Big Bang occurred and the universe expanded, it did so in two directions not just one, creating a mirror universe on the other side of the Big Bang. Except instead of time moving forward…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 9, 2014

Black Women Are More Confident About Entering STEM Fields

A new American Psychology Association study shows that while STEM is associated with masculinity cross-culturally, black women associate STEM with men less than white women do. The study mentions that African American women also study STEM majors more frequently than white women.
The stereotypes women — as well as men, as well as teachers,…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 25, 2014

5 Technological Breakthroughs That Will Change The Way Men & Women Interact

Many of society’s roles and traditions that govern the male/female relationship have their roots in a single biological imperative: to procreate. We long understood that in order to keep our species from going extinct, certain rules and guidelines must be put in place to help men and women get along and keep it together long…

Tiffanie Drayton / October 21, 2014

Watch This Red Leech Swallow An Earth Worm Like It Ain’t No Thang

Happy Monday! I hope your lunch has had time to settle, bwahahahaha….

Amelia McDonell-Parry / September 29, 2014

Sex Like You’ve Never Seen It Before: Through An MRI Scan

This video from Vox shows magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of human beings doing all kinds of nifty things, like blowing a trumpet, drinking pineapple juice, giving birth, and even having sex. Watching a penis thrust into a vagina — or what I assume was a vagina — is far less erotic than you think…

Jessica Wakeman / September 22, 2014

Study: The 20th Century Was Good For Women’s Brains

Women gain intelligence faster than men as society improves, potentially because of a need to learn more quickly in order to combat discrimination, according to a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Researchers behind the study argue that in fighting extra hard to succeed in a world traditionally dominated…

Claire Hannum / July 30, 2014

Study: Women In STEM Careers Are Facing Sexual Harassment During Fieldwork

As tough as it can sometimes be to foster young women’s interest in the science, tech, engineering and math (STEM) fields, an even greater struggle awaits once they begin a career there. According to a new paper published in the journal PLOS ONE called “Survey of Academic Field Experiences (SAFE): Trainees Report Harassment and Assault,” women i…

Claire Hannum / July 17, 2014

Did The Supermoon Affect You?

Unless you were a total shut in this weekend, then you probably caught a glimpse of the lovely supermoon on last night. Scientists call it the supermoon when a full moon coincides with when the moon is closest to Earth, resulting in the it appearing bigger than its usual size. I was waiting to tur…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 13, 2014

Meet China’s Hands-Free Sperm Extractor Machine (For The Times When A Regular Handjob Won’t Do)

File this one under “Things I Had To Check Weren’t A Clickhole Post First”: hospitals in China have machines to extract sperm. The hands-free gizmos are used by urology departments to manually pump out semen through a “massage pipe” when extracting it the, ummm, normal way doesn’t work anymore. Apparently it is used for sperm…

Jessica Wakeman / June 25, 2014

There Are 237 Reasons People Have Sex, According To Science

I would naively assume that the main reason a person would have sex would be simply because they wanted to. As it turns out, there are a whole slew of complicated reasons why people have sex.

The University of Texas conducted a study to find out exactly what motivates people to get busy…

Claire Hannum / June 9, 2014

Storm Sexism: People Take Male-Named Hurricanes More Seriously Than Female Ones, And The Death Toll Rises Because Of It

There are a lot of places women don’t get taken seriously as seriously as men — workplaces, sci-fi conventions, the military, politics — but a new study just proved that our culture’s tendency to think of women as weak and inconsequential actually has a measurable death toll, in a surprising form: hurricanes. Weather researchers noticed…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / June 3, 2014

Finally, A Scientific Excuse For Netflix Binges: There Might Be A Couch Potato Gene

There are some people who seem to be physically incapable of sitting still, whose idea of a great Saturday morning is waking up early, running 10 miles, and pumping some iron. There are other people who seem to be physically incapable of leaving the couch, whose idea of a great Saturday is sleeping in til noo…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / May 24, 2014

Just Cause: Morgan Freeman On Helium

Morgan Freeman, in addition to being a very talented actor, is arguably the world’s greatest narrator. It’s his soothing baritone and not Tim Robbins that makes it impossible for me to shut off “The Shawshank Redemption” whenever it’s on TV. So who better to demonstrate just what happens when you suck on a balloon full…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 24, 2014

An Imagined Conversation Between Researchers Who Studied How Attractive Women Are When They Wear Makeup

A study by researchers in Bangor University and Aberdeen University surveyed 44 students and reported that subjects found women with makeup less attractive than the same women without makeup. They actually proved this with numbers. Numbers! Look, Mom, I scienced! The study was published by the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology and picked up yesterday

Kale Bogdanovs / May 1, 2014

Need: Vibrating Insoles That Give You Toe-Tickling Directions While You Walk

Contrary to popular belief, “vibrotactile ticklers” is not the latest trend in sex toys, it’s the name of the high-tech motors embedded in a crazy new navigation system called SuperShoes. SuperShoes are flexible insoles that you can add to a pair of normal shoes. You plug in your destination with your smartphone, and the shoe…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 27, 2014

Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Statement On Race, Gender, Genetics & Science Is Yet Another Reason We Love Him

I didn’t think it was possible for me to love Neil deGrasse Tyson more than I already do, but then the “Cosmos”‘ host went dropped some real talk in a discussion about whether genetics — specifically difference between the sexes — is to blame for there being so few women in STEM fields. “I’ve never bee…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 22, 2014

Oh Dear: New Study Claims That Our Brains Peak At 24

According to a research team at Simon Fraser University, your brain hits a major peak at 24. Think about that for a moment: your cognitive motor performance is all downhill after your early-20s.

Claire Hannum / April 16, 2014

Vaginas Can Be Grown In Labs Now

See, girls, science is really fun: vaginas can now be grown in laboratories and implanted in the human crotch.

In a pilot study on regenerative medicine, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina grew vaginal organs for four teenaged girls missing a vagina or uterus, using their own cells. All the girls suffer…

Jessica Wakeman / April 11, 2014

6 Celebrities With Completely Weird Ideas About Science

One of the weirder bits of news making headlines this week was that our beloved Red on “Orange Is The New Black” may be a little bit kooky in real life. Why would I say such a thing? Because the actress Kate Mulgrew has narrated a documentary with some pretty kooky beliefs about science:  namely,…

Jessica Wakeman / April 9, 2014
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