Posts tagged "science"

Scientists Working On Very Important Project To Make Bacon Even Tastier

Sometimes science is used for good. Sometimes science is used for evil. Depending on the depth of your love for bacon, it may be difficult to tell whether the Swine Genome Sequencing Consortium is Batman or Bane in this scenario: an international team of researchers has sequenced all of the DNA in a female pig…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 19, 2012

5 Everyday Things That Can Literally Drive You Crazy

We’re still living in the Stone Age when it comes to our understanding of mental illness. If you find out that your mom needs pills to control her blood pressure, you shrug and forget about it; if you find out that your mom needs pills to keep from hearing voices in her head, you think…

By: Cracked / November 18, 2012

Will Somebody Take Me To Space, Please?

Space fun fact: IT MAKES YOU TALLER! Astronauts who orbit the earth have gained up to two inches in height while floating in oute0r space. The lack of gravity in space allows the vertebrae in the spine to stretch out and separate. The lack of gravitational pressure gives the spine the freedom to spread out…

By: Julie Gerstein / November 17, 2012

Why Do Men Get Morning Wood? Here’s An Explanation

Ever rolled over in the morning to snuggle your dude and got jabbed in the belly button? Thought so. That’s because all men experience “noctural penile tumescence,” AKA morning wood.  As the folks as ASAP Science explain above, morning wood has to do with REM sleep, a neurotransmitter called norepinephrine, and even the dude’s bladder. I…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 14, 2012

6 Things Men Do To Get Laid That Science Says Turn Women Off

As we mentioned in this article, attracting a woman can be so easy you don’t even realize you’re doing it. Of course, most of the methods are totally outside of your control and can only be done on accident.

Unfortunately, it turns out there are just as many things you’re doing to repel women,…

By: Cracked / November 8, 2012

Science Says Beauty Is Boring, And What The Hell Is Beauty, Anyway?

How many times have you met someone really, really ridiculously good-looking, only to discover that the catch-22 of such genetic physical advantage is that they’re also really, really ridiculously terrible — or, perhaps even worse, really, really ridiculously boring? At long last, scientists have proven that there’s actually something behind what we’ve suspected for years:…

By: Rachel Krause / November 5, 2012

It’s Impossible To Empathize And Analyze At The Same Time, Study Says

A study done at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio found that the parts of our brains that empathize and the parts that analyze are essentially unable to function at the same time.  Instead, our brains move back and forth between the two functions. “This is a cognitive function we’ve evolved.Empathetic and analytic thinking are,…

By: Ami Angelowicz / November 2, 2012

Lady Gaga Gets A Gender-Bending Fern Species Named After Her

When Dr. Kathleen Pryer and her team at Duke University’s herbarium discovered a new species of fern that produces spores that grow into male, female, or bisexual plants, their minds turned to–who else?–Lady Gaga. “We wanted to name this genus for Lady Gaga because of her fervent defense of equality and individual expression,” said Pryer.

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / October 25, 2012

Study Determines The Top Ten Most Annoying Sounds, Like You Don’t Already Know What They Are

Knowing is half the battle, right? And I know I have misophonia — which is when you are insanely irritated by particular sounds — like chewing, or crinkling bags, or typing or mouth-breathing or whatever. I have it, and bad. And that’s why I seriously visibly cringed when I heard that scientists had determined the…

By: Julie Gerstein / October 18, 2012

Please Yield To The Space Shuttle

This weekend, the streets of Los Angeles were graced with a sight much more spectacular than the usual gridlock as the Space Shuttle Endeavor was moved to its new home at the California Science Center. As breathtaking as it is to see a space shuttle rounding a corner next to a Sizzler, my palms are…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / October 15, 2012

Be My Pet: Fanged Dwarf Porcupine Dinosaur

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Pegomastax africanus, a newly discovered dinosaur about the size of a house cat, with self-sharpening fangs and porcupine-like quills. It looks vicious, but scientists believe Pego (that’s its nickname from now on, OK?) was an herbivore who used those fearsome teeth for nothing more than foraging yummy plants and defending it…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / October 4, 2012

“Edit-a-thon” On Wikipedia Targets Crappy Entries About Women In Science

The Royal Society, a prestigious science group in the UK, will host a Wikipedia “edit-a-thon” on October 19 and encourages smart peeps to contribute to Wiki pages about women in the sciences. A Royal Society Fellow proposed the idea after learning that the average person who edits Wikipedia is a 26-year-old man. [Daily Dot]…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 26, 2012

Women In Science Screwed By Sexism

Men applying to science positions at research universities were deemed more competent than women applicants, according to a new study. Or as blogger Kay Steiger put it, “Science documents discrimination against women in science.” I know we have a bunch of Frisky readers who’ve studied or are currently studying science. Care to weigh i…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 21, 2012

As You Can See, We’re All Made Of Stars

When astrophysicist Carl Sagan said, “We’re made of star stuff,” he was speaking about the fact that human beings are quite literally composed of elements that were forged within the cores of stars that went supernova. “Some part of our being knows this is where we came from,” he posited, “because the cosmos is also…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / September 13, 2012

Candy Physics Is My New Favorite Branch Of Science

Finally a team of physicists has devoted the proper time and effort to answering the age old question, “Is it better to bite into a round piece of candy, or continually suck on it?” In a paper poetically titled, “Sticky physics of joy: On the dissolution of spherical candies,” researchers from the University of Graz…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / September 10, 2012

Please Explain: Why Am I So Addicted To Chocolate?

I am certain that I am a woman. Here’s proof: these two mammary glands, my monthly menstruation and, oh yes, I am utterly addicted to chocolate.

The way I eat chocolate — the way I fiend for it — you’d think there was some Darwinian motivation behind it. Throughout my life, I have…

By: Kate Hakala / September 1, 2012

The Aurora Borealis Cocktail Is The Coolest Drink Ever

Want to know a neat trick? Apparently if you add pink lemonade concentrate to gin (or vodka) and tonic, you’ll have a pretty pink cocktail that turns into a crazy bright aquamarine OUTER SPACE DRINK under a black light. So round up your friends, mix up some of these Aurora Borealis cocktails, re-watch the footage…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / August 17, 2012

How To Watch This Weekend’s Perseid Meteor Shower

This Saturday — tomorrow! — night, the Earth will pass through a cloud of debris from the Swift-Tuttle comet, resulting in a fantastic display of meteors streaking across the sky (or through the atmosphere, if we want to get technical). Known as the Perseid meteor shower, this celestial show is like Christmas for space nerds,…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / August 10, 2012

Study Looks At Doctors Using Steroid To “Prevent” Lesbianism

What in the what now? American doctors have been using a non-FDA-approved steroid called dexamethasone to try to “prevent” lesbianism, bisexuality and intersexuality (i.e. both male and female genitalia) in fetuses. Pregnant women are given the steroid if their fetus is seen to be at risk for something called “congenital adrenal hyperplasia,” which result…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 6, 2012

5 Things You Need To Know About Bobak Ferdowsi, AKA NASA’s Super Hot “Mohawk Guy”

So, how awesome was the successful landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars last night? As incredible as it was to watch space exploration happening live, we must admit we were a bit distracted–along with the rest of the nation–by a certain technician in the control room with a mohawk and immaculate bone structure. Tur…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / August 6, 2012
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