Unless you were a total shut in this weekend, then you probably caught a glimpse of the lovely supermoon on Saturday evening. Scientists dubbed it the “supermoon” because the moon was the closest it has been to Earth in 18 years. I was waiting to turn into a werewolf or at the very least end up in a straight jacket, as full moon myths predict, but alas my night was routine. I went shopping, had a burger and beer with a friend, and went to sleep early. I know … lame. I’m so disappointed. I don’t even have a crazy dream to boast about. Did anything weird happen to you Saturday night? Share your supermoon stories in the comments. Let me live vicariously through you. Keep reading »
Here’s a reason to heart your morning coffee even more (as if you needed one). A new study says that caffeine may be a lady’s little helper in times of stress. When adequately caffeinated with a cup o’ joe, researchers found that women had better memory, focus, and an increased ability to work in groups, while that same amount of caffeine had the opposite effect on men. Why? The theory is that men tend to be more aggressive in stressful group situations whereas women like to collaborate. Duh. No scientific proof is necessary that I am a better human being with my morning dose of caffeine. As if some study could come between me and my addiction. As far as the men go … bwahahahahha! [AOL] Keep reading »
We choose our friends based on many factors — common tastes, sense of humor, interests, and, according to a new study, gene patterns. Researchers discovered that friendship circles share more than the same taste in music and movies, they share similar DNA. Friend pairs tended to have closely matched levels of the gene that controls dopamine and seratonin in the brain, while having opposite levels of a gene linked to immunity. What does this mean? In short, that we instinctually befriend people with similar dispositions and dissimilar immune systems, meaning they’ll want to go to the same concert as us AND they probably won’t catch our flu when we get sick. If that’s not the definition of a friend, I don’t know what is. In the future, I will be administering DNA tests to prospective friends. [Live Science] Keep reading »
Hi kiddies, it’s time for your science lesson of the day. I have learned of a rare condition called diphallus in which a man can have duplicate penises. There have only been about 100 cases reported in the world since 1609 … so it’s really, really rare. Usually, only one of the penises is fully capable, but in some cases both of the peens work. Just think of all the, er … interesting possibilities with a diphallic man. A few questions (well, more than a few): Can both phalluses have sex at once? What do you do with the other one when the first-string penis is otherwise engaged? Do these men have an extra reserve of sperm? Would it be considered cheating if he had sex with someone else with his other wang? Add your questions below. I know you have some. [OMG Facts] Keep reading »
Oxytocin, that amazing hormone that gets you high when you fall in love, may be the miracle cure for mental illness. Researchers have been using the love spray as an experimental treatment for schizophrenia, PTSD, depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, and autism. How does it work? Scientists don’t know exactly, but increased levels of oxytocin in the brain are are associated with social bonding, increased trust, and a general easing of stress and tension in the brain’s stress center. Uh, love potion # 9 is here, friends. Can you imagine what will happen when love spray becomes available to the masses? Bring on Utopia. [Live Science] Keep reading »
So, when I first saw this story, I thought it was science fiction. But apparently it’s real, or at least may be real in the near future. A group of doctors and technology experts in the U.K. are working on developing an app to let people test themselves for STDs. Testing chips would be sold in drug stores, vending machines, and supermarkets. You place a drop of urine or saliva on the chip—like a less messy pregnancy test—then you plug it into your computer or phone and, within a few minutes, get a diagnosis. Hopefully of the negative variety.
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Fascinating new information about the science of love! Apparently, the feeling of falling in love is similar to the “euphoria” of taking cocaine, not that I know anything about that. According to a Syracuse University study, when a person “falls in love,” 12 parts of the brain work together to release crazy amounts of dopamine, oxytocin, adrenaline and vasopression, which, uh, I guess also happens when you’re channeling Tony Montana and snorting a mountain of coke. And it happens quick — that perfect cocktail of chemicals release in only about a fifth of a second. Keep reading »