Posts tagged "science"

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…

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…

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…

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).

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 days would…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

Ami Angelowicz / May 24, 2012

Girl Talk: I Don’t Know Why I’m Crying

Do you remember laying flat on your bed, eyes gushing like Old Faithful, unsightly snot dripping down way too close to your open mouth? This is you after your dog died. This is you after a break up. This is you after failing to assemble an Ikea chair.

This image comes frighteningly close…

Kate Hakala / May 14, 2012

Guess What? Talking To Yourself Is Actually A Good Thing

Do you talk to yourself? Most people do it every once in awhile. Ami does it a lot. Self-talking definitely won’t make you popular on public transportation, but a new study indicates that it will speed up your thought process. Here’s the lowdown: psychologists asked two groups of volunteers to scan a series of photo…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 27, 2012

How Would You Use An X-Ray Vision App?

In today’s edition of “Real Life Is Basically Already ‘Star Trek’,” researchers at the University of Texas have created a device that would allow cellphones to see through walls, wood, plastic, paper, and other solid objects. Yes, seriously. A microchip taps into a range of the electromagnetic spectrum, a receiver translates the data, and ta-da:…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 24, 2012

Einstein’s Advice To A Little Girl Who Wants To Be A Scientist

As per the book Dear Professor Einstein: Albert Einstein’s Letters to and from Children, this is a 1946 letter written by a little girl to Einstein:
I forgot to tell you, in my last letter, that I was a girl. I mean I am a girl. I have always regretted this a great deal, but…

Jessica Wakeman / April 15, 2012

This Just In: A Couple Beers Might Improve Your Test Scores

A new study from the University of Illinois should make college students very happy: apparently drinking a couple beers before a test may improve your performance. Researchers administered a brain teaser quiz to a group of 40 men. Study participants who had two drinks before the test –either two pints of beer or two medium…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 13, 2012

Wait, What? Scientists Discover A Jennifer Aniston Neuron

Jennifer Aniston obviously plays an important role in American pop culture, but scientists have discovered that she also plays a prominent role in a more unexpected place: the medial part of the temporal lobe. Yep, there is a Jennifer Aniston neuron in our brains. Skeptical? Confused? Okay, here’s the deal …

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 5, 2012

New 3D Chocolate Printer Is Way More Delicious Than A Regular Printer

Your old printer has served you well. It’s dutifully churned out term papers, contracts, and last-minute photo gifts. But wouldn’t it be nice to upgrade to a printer that prints chocolate? Seriously though: a team of researchers in the UK have devised a machine that does just that. Apparently the magical chocolate printer works like…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 3, 2012

“Beer Goggles” Explained By Science

We are all familiar with “beer goggles,” otherwise known as the only reason anything happens on “Jersey Shore” ever. Recently, scientists with too much time on their hands have discovered just how “beer googles” work and how they’re harder on lady drinkers. Haha, very funny, Mother Nature.

Jessica Wakeman / April 2, 2012

What Songs Get Stuck In Your Head?

A few days ago, NPR’s “Talk Of The Nation” featured a psychologist named Vicky Williamson who specializes in earworms. That might sound like a particularly gnarly kind of parasite, but it’s actually the term for songs and melodies that get stuck in your head.  According to Williamson, 90 percent of people experience an earworm at…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 16, 2012

Study: Redheads Feel Pain Differently

Redheads! They’re so different! So special, so rare! And the same recessive genes that give them their ginger locks also cause them to feel pain in a different way than the rest of us. A study done at Aalborg University in Denmark found that while redheads are better able to handle spicier foods, their bodie…

Julie Gerstein / March 6, 2012
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