The Ig Nobel Prizes, which takes the mickey out of the real Nobel Prizes as genuine Nobel laureates present awards to those who have made the most banal breakthroughs in the world, is a brilliant, brilliant — and did we say ‘brilliant’? — affair. This year’s Probability Prize, for instance, deservingly went to a team […]
All in the name of science! Oxford University researchers have found that women are more likely than men to change their opinions of others after they kiss them. ‘Mate choice and courtship in humans is complex’, said researcher Robin Dunbar. ‘It involves a series of periods of assessments where people ask themselves, “Shall I carry […]
Lazy dieters who can’t be bothered to keep track of what they stuff in their mouth should love the fact that researchers from the University of Pittsburgh are now working on a tech invention — in the form of a tiny camera attached to their clothing — that can measure both food portions and calories […]
This time-lapse video created by LSA’s Museum of Zoology walks us through the science of bat taxidermy. Don’t watch this if you’ve just eaten a heavy lunch. It’s a bit gross but highly fascinating and beautiful in a weird way. The bat skeleton is so delicate and detailed, like a piece of lace. I loved seeing […]
We wish making beer straight from our guts was a sign of evolution and that we are all turning into super beings who produce what we consume — but no, auto-brewery syndrome (or gut fermentation syndrome) is really a health ailment. Barabara Cordell, the dean of nursing at Carthage’s Panola College, and Lubbock-based gastroenterologist Justin […]
Researchers from the University of Minnesota have proven what we’ve known all along: folks with messy desks tend to be more creative. Three experiments were conducted, one of which stuck people in two environments, one neat and one grubby. The people in the grubby room were more likely to choose new stuff compared to their counterparts in the neat room — and we all know trying new things drives creativity.
For his ‘Bacteria Art’ series, physics professor Eshel Ben-Jacob took bacteria colonies — thriving in his petri dish as raw material — and then introduced environmental challenges, so the micro-organisms could band together to use their collective social intelligence to solve these, as they inadvertently make art. How delightfully composed.
Dr Paul Ekman has spent 50 years studying facial micro expressions of people around the world, including the isolated Fore tribesmen in Papua New Guinea. Dr Ekman found that human emotions and facial expressions are universally understood and biologically innate: w use 43 facial muscles at each moment, whether we are conscious of it or not.
Now this is an unusual tourist information centre: one that helps you plan your next intergalactic space holiday. Well, sort of. We’re talking the Intergalactic Travel Bureau which popped up for a fortnight in July near Times Square, New York. The science-art project by Guerilla Science purports to offer options to tour the solar system, […]
Cakecrumbs is a Australian Zoology graduate’s food blog where blogger Rhiannon posts some of her creative culinary endeavors. Her Jupiter cake has become quite the internet sensation, and we can definitely see why. Her hand-painted spherical cake looks incredibly realistic, and it even has Jupiter’s characteristic Great Red Spot and distinct inner layers. Who knew […]
So, Royal College of Art graduates, James King and Daisy Ginsberg, with the iGEM 2009 Biology team of University of Cambridge are working on an experimental disease detection kit that works by having patients gulp down an E. Coli bacteria-engineered drink and then check the color of their poo to see if they’ve been stricken […]
Hmm, what’s this? A bunch of Chinese scientists from Guangzhou Institute of Biomedicine and Health have actually regenerated teeth successfully using stem cells from human pee, which spells very real implications for teeth replacement options. Gross factor aside, there’s another catch: these grown teeth aren’t as hard as natural teeth. Still, it’s early days. As […]
To find out if false memories can be fabricated, American and Japanese researchers set out to do just that — and successfully implanted false memories into lab mice that led the latter to believe they once received electrical shocks in a chamber… when they did not. As they said in their published report in science […]
In their book Hidden Beauty: Exploring the Aesthetics of Medical Science, Johns Hopkins’ School of Medicine professors Christine Iacobuzio-Donahue and Norman Barker collected about a hundred photographs taken by over 60 medical scientists who used imagining technology such as spectral karyotyping and scanning electron microscopy. HIV, gastroesophageal reflux disease, Hepatits B and cirrhosis of the […]
Take a cold, hard look at the picture. Yep, that’s what a stress molecule looks like; or to be more precise, that’s what the 3D structure of the protein receptor that mediates our fallible response to stress looks like. The detailed structure was captured by a bunch of researchers from a drug company using an […]