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Flashback Friday: An autopsy of chicken nuggets.

Ever wondered what fast food chicken nuggets are actually made of? So did these researchers, and they actually went so far as to examine formalin-fixed sections of nugget under a microscope. If you enjoy eating these junk food favorites, we suggest you stop reading here. Show More Summary

Happiness may not bring you more sex, but more sex makes you happier.

The pursuit of happiness is a tricky journey. Things that seem like they might make you happy don't (e.g. money), and things that you've been told time and again will make you happy, like chatting with friends, need to be done right....Show More Summary

Flashback Friday: Sorry, science says cats simply can't love you the way dogs can.

We're pretty sure this post is going to be hated by all the feline fanciers out there, but this study is just too good not to share. Here, researchers applied a test developed for use with children to investigate the relationships between cats and their humans. Show More Summary

People with wider faces have a higher sex drive.

Here's another addition to the list of things that you can guess from a quick look at someone's face, which includes whether a gay man is a "top" or "bottom" and whether a criminal will get the death penalty. Here, researchers foundShow More Summary

Flashback Friday: Duct tape can do everything — including cure your warts.

Mmm… warts! Those fun, fleshy skin growths caused by papillomavirus. They are harmless, and yet… ugh. One of the most common methods of removal is to freeze them off using liquid nitrogen (cryotherapy). But apparently there’s a DIY method that, according to this study, works even better: covering them with duct tape. Show More Summary

Study identifies 5 common cat personality factors. (No, "cat-itude" isn't one of them.)

If you're a "cat person", I'm willing to bet that you are already saying "Of course cats have personalities!" But which parts of your feline friend's personality are just part of being a cat, and which vary from cat to cat? Well, according...Show More Summary

Flashback Friday: Scientists are actually studying Ryan Gosling memes.

Hey girl. You've probably seen those Ryan Gosling memes floating around the interwebs--you know, the ones where he says all the things girls like to hear. Well, these scientists set out to see if memes can garner more than just a laugh, and investigated whether they could actually change people's views on important subjects. Show More Summary

Having your dog in the bed is bad for your sleep.

Dog owners, we have some "ruff" news for you: according to this study, it might not be the best idea to let Fido sleep in your bed. These researchers tracked the sleep of 40 humans and their dogs by having them both wear movement tracking devices to bed for a week. Show More Summary

Flashback Friday: Horrifying study shows how far bed bugs can spread in apartment buildings.

If bed bugs are living in your home, they are probably hiding out and waiting to sense the carbon dioxide from your breath to home in on their next blood meal. But how did they get there in the first place? If you haven’t recently picked...Show More Summary

German scientist tracks Trump's tweets to estimate he sleeps 6.5 hours a night.

There's a lot more in Trump's Twitter feed than just a load of covfefe. In fact, the POTUS tweets often enough to be a source of information about his daily habits. This paper describes what Professor Till Roenneberg gleaned from a careful analysis of Trump's Twitter activities over several years. Show More Summary

Flashback Friday: When a dare to eat an insect goes horribly wrong.

Question: how do you know when your seemingly simple dare has gone a little too far? Answer: when you become the star of a medical case study. From inhaling too much helium  to shooting pressurized air up someone's butt, we've seen our...Show More Summary

Some blind people use bat-like echolocation.

There are many ways to cope with being blind, from using a cane to adopting a seeing-eye dog. But some blind people have gone a step further and developed the skill of using mouth clicks to echolocate, in the same way that bats navigate in the dark. Show More Summary

Flashback Friday: Do farts carry germs? Well, it depends on whether you are wearing pants.

Here is yet another jewel from one of the holiday issues of the British Medical Journal, sent to us by a reader (thanks, Ben!). It’s pretty straightforward, so instead of an introductory blurb, we’ll warm you up with this video of aShow More Summary

Overachievers are more likely to cheat on tests.

How common is cheating on exams, and who are the cheaters? These academics suspected it was pretty common in their classes, so they decided to find out. The cheating style they investigated was the old "alter your answer and then ask for a regrade" trick. Show More Summary

Flashback Friday: Duct tape can do everything -- including cure your warts.

Mmm... warts! Those fun, fleshy skin growths caused by papillomavirus. They are harmless, and yet... ugh. One of the most common methods of removal is to freeze them off using liquid nitrogen (cryotherapy). But apparently there's a DIY method that, according to this study, works even better: covering them with duct tape. Show More Summary

Adding smiley emoticons to email makes you seem less competent.

We already know that sarcasm is hard to communicate via email. Well, according to this study, it turns out that warmth is as well. People often use smiley face emoticons in their emails as a way to convey humor and lightheartedness,Show More Summary

Are bald men more virile than their well thatched contemporaries?

As we know from the scientific literature (and from watching Breaking Bad), bald men are perceived as more dominant. But does this mean that they have more sex? Popular belief says yes, but until now this hasn't been scientifically tested. Show More Summary

Flashback Friday: When it comes to penis length and economic growth, size does matter.

In the world of correlations, this one's a doozy: in 2011, a Finnish economist found a relationship between penis length and GDP in different countries. More specifically, as the GDPs got larger, the penises got smaller (or vice versa?). Show More Summary

Think your job is hard? Try mounting a camera on an alligator.

Studying alligator foraging behavior in the wild is pretty tough -- they're elusive, often underwater, and prefer to hunt at night. That's why these scientists chose a different approach: they (very carefully) attached a camera to the back of an alligator and let it do the work for them. Show More Summary

Being Barbie: the size of one's own body determines the perceived size of the world.

As you probably know, a lot happens in our brains between what we see (the photons that hit our retinas) and what we actually "see" (the scene that we represent in our minds). Even the size and distance of objects is open to interpretation, primarily based on cues in the environment. Show More Summary

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