Does science know all of marijuana’s secrets?

Does science know all of marijuana’s secrets?

Marijuana continues to be a hot topic of discussion in medicine and science as well as in politics and society. For decades, we have known marijuana as a Schedule I drug, which means that it proves no scientific or medical benefit thus it is illegal to grow, use, or sell. Well, that was until a few years back when states began legalizing marijuana first for medical use and now for both medical and recreational...

Coffee may help men with erectile dysfunction perk up

Coffee may help men with erectile dysfunction perk up

As rates of overweight and obesity, and their resulting disorders, continue to rise in the U.S., chances are rates of erectile dysfunction will, too — sorry guys. Previous research has found these links to be pretty solid, especially among people with diabetes. Yet, even though these risks exist, there are steps a man can take to… (more…)

Calling all stutterers: These scientists want your spit

Calling all stutterers: These scientists want your spit

When Josh Ukrainetz was 3 years old, he was diagnosed with a stutter. Today, 10 years later, he’s speaking fluently and offering his saliva up to the University of Alberta for study. It’s a small gesture of gratitude for the years of help he received, but a great contribution to a research effort determined to find… (more…)

The Chewbacca hoodie and other Star Wars geek gear

The Chewbacca hoodie and other Star Wars geek gear

The new Chewbacca hoodie is seriously realistic. Sure, nobody is likely to actually mistake you for Chewie what with the human head sticking out the top, but you might feel like you're wearing a real Wookiee-fur jacket if you had somehow managed to convince him to let you shave him. There have been other attempts at Chewie hoodies before, but they were all a little underwhelming; basically brown furry hoodies with a kind of fake...

Restaurant serves 3D-printed food

Restaurant serves 3D-printed food

3D-printed food is a reality but it has not made its way into the mainstream restaurant scene. But now a Michelen-starred chef will be turning the concept into an edible reality at London’s 3D Printshow. Chef Wouter van Laarhoven, in collaboration with FabLab Maastricht and food designer Marijn Roovers, will be featuring a menu at a… (more…)

Do e-cigarettes really help people quit smoking?

Do e-cigarettes really help people quit smoking?

If you think e-cigarettes are going to help you quit smoking for good, not so fast. Researchers at an American Thoracic Society conference said Sunday there is still too little evidence to show that using e-cigs leads to kicking the habit long-term, and the society urged smokers who wish to quit to consider other alternatives, owing… (more…)

It's not rocket science

It’s not rocket science

Anna Wojtowicz has just started an animated group discussion by asking "What exactly is energy?" With her fellow students, she brainstorms possible answers, while their teacher, Dr Andrew Morris, almost surreptitiously nudges them towards the scientific principles, which the students then go off and investigate. For Anna and her classmates, their regular science lesson offers a… (more…)

Glass shape may influence how much you drink

Glass shape may influence how much you drink

How much a person drinks may depend on the shape of the glass they use, a new study suggests. For example, the research says that people tend to drink more speedily from a glass with curved sides than from one with straight sides. In addition, researchers from the Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group at the University… (more…)

Explore Vincent Van Gogh's 'Night Cafe' using virtual reality

Explore Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘Night Cafe’ using virtual reality

In 1888, Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh created an oil painting titled Le café de nuit (The Night Café), which is believed to depict the Café de l'Alcazar in Arles, France. In a letter to his brother, van Gogh describes the café to be "blood red and dull yellow with a green billiard table in the… (more…)

The ironic science of astrological signs

The ironic science of astrological signs

Most of us have explored the mystical world of astrology to either mock or devotionally leave our fate to the stars. The astrology chart tells us our astrological sign, along with several characteristics based on our birth month, but does it hold any scientific value? According to a recent study published in the journal Comprehensive Psychology,… (more…)