Alternative Medicine, Science, Studies

Pause the cat video and read this article: or keep watching cat videos, science says it’s awesome


A study conducted by assistant professor Jessica Gall Myrick, surveyed almost 7,000 people about their viewing of cat videos and how it affects their moods, to try and find out why so many of us enjoy seeing the furry little pets on video.

News, Studies

Same-sex couple adoption doesn’t have any negative effect on children

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It’s a touchy issue for some – the matter of adoption by homosexual couples. Some argue against this type of adoption, while others claim that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it. Now, a new study conducted by University of Colorado Denver research found that children of same-sex parents experience ‘no difference’ in terms of social and behavioral outcomes to children of heterosexual couples.

Science, Studies

Half of young victims of fatal crashes in nine US states used either alcohol or marijuana

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Half of young drivers who were killed in car crashes in the United States had consumed alcohol, marijuana or both. Out of the 7,191 fatal accidents studied, 36.8 percent were under the influence of alcohol, 5.9 percent used only marijuana and 7.6 percent used both substances. Researchers analyzed accidents involving drivers between the ages of 16 and 25 from the states of

News, Science, Studies

When Rhode Island accidentally legalized prostitution rapes and STDs dramatically fell

Rhode island rape reports compared with three similar states. The vertical line in the timeline is when people took notice of the prostitution loophole. Image: NBER

In the 1980s, concerned that the state statute on prostitution was too broad and could potentially infringe on First Amendment freedoms, lawmakers in Rhode Island decided to make it more explicit by cutting some articles. They went a bit too far, though, and accidentally removed the section defining the act itself as a crime. It wasn’t until 2003 that courts

Psychology, Studies

Why you feel the urge to jump off a ledge. No, you’re not suicidal


A few months ago I went hiking with some of my friends in an absolutely stunning mountain setting. We climbed a country road for half an hour or so on foot, then reached a chalet right in the middle of a pin tree clearing and had a few beers with the keeper there who was gracious enough to show us

Health & Medicine, Mind & Brain, News, Studies

Sleep aids and anxiety pills can kill


There’s no secret prescriptions drugs have taken off in the past few decades, amounting to a multi-billion dollar industry. Millions are hooked on them, despite this why are so many policymakers or key people of interest shutting an eye on the potential perils these drugs pose? In the quest to treat symptoms, not diseases, physicians prescribe psychotropic drugs to those

Biology, Health & Medicine, Research, Studies

You may be using antibacterial soap incorrectly


Most people nowadays buy antibacterial soaps instead of normal ones, because they believe it keeps them safe and protects them for the oh-so dreaded bacterial infections. Apparently, there’s little evidence that antibacterial soaps provide any additional protection than the regular kind. The problem: most people don’t use them properly. For that matter, it may be wiser to ban antibacterial soaps

Biology, Electronics, News, Studies, Technology

‘Herding’ cells with direct electric current may aid in tissue engineering

The top image shows a patch of epithelial cells. The white lines in the middle image mark the electric current flowing from positive to negative over the cells. The bottom image shows how the cells track the electric field, with blue indicating leftward migration and red signaling rightward movement (credit: Daniel Cohen)

The human body is littered with free ions and salts, which goes to explain why so much of our physiology is controlled by electrical signals, from neural pathways to muscle articulation. Very related, researchers at UC Berkeley have shown for the first time that direct current can be used to deliberately guide migration of a sheet of epithelial cells. Practically, the

Mind & Brain, News, Psychology, Research, Studies

How we think before we speak

Proportion of fixations (gazes) on the agent (person acting) and patients (object of the action) when describing simple situations (a) and more complex situations (b). In the case of simple situations, the spoken utterance begins slightly later than in complex ones (vertical line in the graphs) because the speaker plans further in advance in the first case. © MPI for Psycholinguistics

The common saying “think before you speak” is often used after a person spoke something inappropriate. It implies that the person in question has not given enough thought to the consequences of his spoken words. Obviously we can’t speak without thinking, though, so naturally the question arises: how do we plan out our utterances? Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for

Animals, News, Studies

Breed not the dominant factor in canine aggressiveness


It’s always depressing when we hear stories of dogs attacking people, more so when injuries lead to death. As always after such an unfortunate, yet statistically isolated, event there’s always a massive group of people bantering and calling for “something to be done.” In some countries, public pressure can rule death sentences for thousands of dogs. There’s also a general