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 noon and ordering brunch delivery. It’s always seemed like there was a fundamental difference between these people, hasn’t it? And now science has an intriguing explanation, which comes to life in this charming animated video. Don’t worry, if you’re a member of the latter group, you don’t have to leave the couch to watch it. Just push play. [YouTube via Laughing Squid]
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 of helium than this voiceover icon? This is a clip from the Science Channel series “Through the Wormhole,” which Freeman hosts, only the segment isn’t even particularly relevant to helium or whatever. He’s just, like, doing it for shits and giggles I guess? Love. [Entertainment Weekly]
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 by TIME.
The Frisky was not present when this study was conceived, but we like to imagine it looked something like this: Keep reading »
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 shoes then direct you there using subtle vibrations on the right or left side of your feet. This lets you meander to wherever you’re going without having to keep your eyes glued to a cell phone screen. Effective navigation with minimal distraction. Pretty cool, huh? Keep reading »
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 been female. But I have been black my whole life,” he begins, before drawing parallels between the ways societal forces have long created barriers based on race and gender that have prevented equal opportunity. This is just perfect. [The Mary Sue]
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. Keep reading »