The dumbest hits of the decade, says science

The dumbest hits of the decade, says science

Here is exhibit A in what a data analyst with both statistical chops and a well-developed sense of mischief this week identified as the “dumbest” popular song of the last 10 years: “All I want is a little of the good life/All I need is to have a good time/Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, the good… (more…)

Nature vs. nurture: Which one determines who you are?

Nature vs. nurture: Which one determines who you are?

A culmination of more than half a century of research collected on 14.5 million pairs of twins has finally concluded that the nature versus nurture debate is a draw. According to the plethora of data, both have nearly identical influences on a person’s behavior, which suggests we need to stop looking at ourselves as a result… (more…)

Actually, women's periods don't influence their politics

Actually, women’s periods don’t influence their politics

When Hillary Clinton announced she’d be running for president in 2016, Cheryl Rios, CEO of Go Ape Marketing, said women were “built differently, we have different hormones.” Rios added while the fight for equal rights is “a wonderful thing,” she doesn’t think a woman should be president. She’s not completely deluded: a 2013 study published in… (more…)

Brain science shows people really can be drunk in love

Brain science shows people really can be drunk in love

No, you’re not crazy: Being in love and being drunk are actually pretty much the same thing — at least according to our brains. A recent study compared the physical effects of the hormone oxytocin and alcohol and found they had near identical effects on neurological behavior. The link between alcohol and love has always been… (more…)

Kool-Aid, advertising, and the science of everyday brainwashing

Kool-Aid, advertising, and the science of everyday brainwashing

Twenty-three years before terrorists sent two commercial airplanes ripping through the 77th and 93rd floors of the World Trade Center, 909 Americans were swallowing a mixture of Valium, cyanide, and grape Kool-Aid on the northwestern tip of Guyana in what was, at the time, the largest single loss of American life. To this day the Jonestown… (more…)

How to best cope with death, according to science

How to best cope with death, according to science

It’s a natural part of life, yet death can still often leave us feeling confused, shocked, and deeply saddened. We all go through it at some point or another, and everyone handles grief differently — some falling into depression, and others remaining buoyant — but it is possible to get past it, according to research. For… (more…)

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...

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…)

Looking at liberals and conservatives through the lens of science

Looking at liberals and conservatives through the lens of science

How do you write about the intersection of political beliefs and science without tripping over the usual biases and stereotypic characterizations? Everyone’s got a point of view and no one, not even the most rational-minded of scientists, remains completely objective at all times. While some fascinating studies demonstrate the ways in which liberals and conservatives differ,… (more…)

Going bald? Stop blaming Mom!

Going bald? Stop blaming Mom!

You’re only 25 and you’ve begun to lose your hair? Before you freak out (entirely), remember that everyone loses hair routinely and naturally so the fact that your comb looks a little bit clotted right now does not necessarily mean you’re going bald. Importantly, if your hair is falling out in strange clumps, you may be… (more…)