Posts tagged "science"

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…
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 in with…
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 always kept…
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…
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 results i…
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

Mr. Wizard Was Kind Of A Dick

Yeah, yeah, Mr. Wizard, Nickelodeon's resident science guy, taught us all lots about how electricity worked, and gravity and all kinds of other stuff. But seriously? Sometimes he could be kind of jerky --I mean,  he spent his life hanging out with 8-year-olds so it's not like I blame him. This hilarious video shows u…
By: Julie Gerstein / July 18, 2012

Life Dream Status: Someday We Might Speak Dolphin

Dolphins are like humans in a lot of ways: they have sex for pleasure, mingle with different social groups, and enjoy looking at themselves in the mirror. They also spend a lot of time talking to each other in whistles, clicks, and pulses (coincidentally, this is how many of us communicate with our best friends).
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / July 11, 2012

Sexed-Up Science PSA Fails To Attract Potential Female Scientists

Women hold less than 25 percent of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) jobs within the field, and are less likely than males to work in a STEM occupation. But while I understand that there is a severe lack of women within the science field, this PSA out of the European Union of what my…
By: Daley Quinn / June 28, 2012

Emma Stone Loves Science, Regrets Skipping College

"[The studio] took us to these labs and this was the first time in my life that I've really been very angry about not going to college, because I went to these labs and I was fascinated! I knew what they were talking about. I was learning about regeneration. We looked at stem cells that…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / June 26, 2012

Addicted To Facebook? Answer These 6 Questions To Find Out!

Many of us will 'fess up to being a little Facebook-obsessed. Maybe we update our status a little too often or scroll through the newsfeed during boring dinner parties, but is it possible to actually be addicted to Facebook? Norwegian researcher Cecilie Schou Andreassen thinks so, and she's devised a questionnaire to support her theory.
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / June 5, 2012

Love As Hard As You Can For 5 Minutes

Warning: This video may inspire a serious case of the squishes. Stanford hosted something called the "Love Competition," in which participants of all ages had five minutes to love someone as hard as they possibly could. During the love sessions, contestants' brain activity was mapped and whoever's brain reflected the highest neurochemical experience of love…
By: Ami Angelowicz / May 29, 2012

Scratch And Sniff Newspapers Deliver All The News That’s Fit To Sniff

Newspaper readership is decreasing every day, but perhaps more people would be snapping up papers if they were able to smell the headlines instead? If a recent scratch and sniff edition of the Telegraph is any indication, this trend might be catching on. As part of a bakery promotion, the front and back pages of…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / May 24, 2012

In The Future, We Will Poop Rainbows

Some students studying synthetic biology at Cambridge University engineered a strain of bacteria they called E. chromi. It's a genetically altered form of E. coli bacteria, which secretes colors when it detects certain chemicals. OK, I am not a scientist, so I can't explain how this happened in detail. It's highly involved. You're going to…
By: Ami Angelowicz / May 24, 2012
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