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Blog Post Archive

Flashback Friday: Android vs. iPhone: what your phone choice says about you.

Given all the money spent on advertising, it’s no wonder there are stereotypes about iPhone and Android users. But are these real? Is there anything you can predict about me just from knowing whether I use an iPhone or Android (and vice...Show More Summary

Running roaches resolutely ram right-angles for rapid reorientation.

We here at Seriously, Science? really respect roaches. Not only do rambling roaches require receivers to run 'round roadblocks, but recently, researchers reproduced resourceful running of roaches to rapidly reorient running robots by ramming right into restrictions rather than retarding and reorienting. Show More Summary

Flashback Friday: Dogs recognize the emotions of other dogs as well as humans.

Although many people believe that dogs can read their owners' emotions, it was only recently shown that dogs can visually differentiate between happiness and anger. In fact, they are the first animals shown to discriminate emotions in another species. Show More Summary

Before you start planning that exotic summer vacation, read this.

Are you planning an adventure vacation packed with new experiences? Thinking about doing something that few people have ever done, like climbing Mt Everest? Well, according to this study, these experiences may not be all they're cracked up to be. Show More Summary

Flashback Friday: How Much Cocaine Is in Your Wallet?

Image: Flickr/Tax Credits Urban legend has it that “all” of our paper currency is tainted with cocaine. These scientists decided to test whether this is true, and if so, how much of the drug is there. By testing over four thousand bills...Show More Summary

Rats, Like (Some) People, Obey the Law of Quid Pro Quo

Like most animals that thrive in cities, rats get a bad rap. We even use the word "rat" for nasty people, particularly those that go behind your back. But this study suggests that rat society may not be so bad after all. By placing rats...Show More Summary

Flashback Friday: Physicist uses grant submissions to discover a universal law of procrastination.

If you know any scientists, you'll know they are often pretty bad about procrastination. How bad? Well, according to this author, a program director at the NSF, grant submissions right before a deadline are predictable enough to be defined by a mathematical function (we wonder what dreaded task he was putting off by graphing this). Show More Summary

Birds Go Steady Before Having Kids

 Perhaps you've heard that many bird species are monogamous, including swans and whooping cranes. But have you ever wondered how these long term lovers get together? Do they "date", or is it love (and breeding) at first sight? These scientists set out to answer these questions by studying the life history of the whooping crane. Show More Summary

Flashback Friday: Psychologists can give you false memories of having committed a crime.

Photo: flickr/phphoto2010 You’ve probably heard of “false confessions,” when pressure from the police and long interrogations can make someone confess to a crime they didn’t actually commit. According to this study, it’s actually not that difficult to give someone a false memory of a serious crime. Show More Summary

Do you know what's growing in your dishwasher? Do you want to?

I'll go ahead and answer that for you -- it's a definite "no." At least according to this study, which looked at what grows in the biofilms ("goop") that form along dishwasher door seals. First of all, it's kind of amazing that anything...Show More Summary

Study concludes that inequality between economy and first class leads to "air rage."

Despite logging my fair share of miles, I have never witnessed a real-life "air rage" incident. But honestly, who doesn't feel enraged after flying these days? Tiny seats, your knees shoved into your armpits, and paying $8 for a soggy sandwich would make almost anyone crack. Show More Summary

Flashback Friday: The purpose of yawning might be to cool your brain.

Wondering what's been going on lately in the field of chasmology (the scientific study of yawning)? Well, we still don't really understand why people yawn, but we can add another contender to the list of theories: brain cooling. In this...Show More Summary

Could the color of your bedspread actually attract bedbugs?

Plagued by bedbugs? Just want to avoid them in the first place? Well, listen up: apparently, bedbugs have very specific color preferences when it comes time to choosing their hiding places. In this study, the authors put bedbugs in dishes containing tent-like "harborages" of different colors (see figure below -- the tents are actually kind of cute). Show More Summary

A scientific study of binge TV watching finds that yes, you'll probably regret it.

Binge-watching TV is a relatively new phenomenon -- 10 years ago, the only way you could do it was via box sets of DVDs or the occasional marathon on TV. Now, Netflix, Hulu, and many other providers let you watch as many episodes of "Battlestar Galactica" as you can handle in one sitting. Show More Summary

Flashback Friday: This professor measured his fingernail growth for 35 years. The results will amaze you!

Have you ever wondered how fast your fingernails grow? And whether they all grow at the same rate? Or perhaps you’ve noticed that your fingernails grow more slowly than they used to? If so, you and William B. Bean have something in common!...Show More Summary

Raft-forming ants learn to "man" specific positions in the raft.

During times of flood, certain species of ants work together to build rafts out of... themselves! Not only that, previous work has also shown that some ants use highly buoyant eggs and larvae at the base of the raft to help keep the entire contraption afloat. Show More Summary

Funny scientific article titles... take 2!

A while back we wrote an article for Slate about the funny (and sometimes inappropriate) titles scientists give their papers. Since then, our readers have flooded our email with more examples, many of which were from their own papers. Show More Summary

Does watching porn make people less religious?

If you had to guess, you'd probably say that people who watch a lot of pornography are less likely to be religious. And you'd be right -- to a point. But according to this study, which looked at the connection between porn viewing and...Show More Summary

Flashback Friday: Nipple, penis, or nostril — what’s the most painful place to be stung by a bee? (The answer might surprise you.)

In the 1980s, a man named Justin Schmidt invented the Schmidt pain index, which measured the painfulness of stings from 78 species of insects on a scale of 0 to 4 (the only stings that rated 4 were the bullet ant and the tarantula hawk). Show More Summary

Speed dating not working out? Maybe it's your posture.

Remember when your mom would yell at you to "sit up straight!"? While annoying, she was trying to look out for you. And according to this article, her advice might lead to more than just a healthy back. Here, scientists studied whether our body language affects how attractive we are. Show More Summary

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