​Can You Control Your Metabolism With Your Mind?

Well... maybe. In this intriguing video piece, NPR's Alix Spiegel discusses the work of Columbia psychologist Alia Crum, whose research suggests that food labels have a placebo effect on the way our bodies respond to food and experience hunger. But to what extent do these results mean that we can think ourselves thin? » 4/16/14 9:30am 4/16/14 9:30am

For a Sharper Mind in Middle Age, Try Running in Your 20s

Reason #34,857 that exercise is important: getting your pulse up when you're 25 can make for a better brain at 45, according to a newly published study out of the University of Minnesota, the first to examine how exercise in young adulthood affects cognition later in life. » 4/03/14 10:04pm 4/03/14 10:04pm

Scientists prove a point by injecting liquid into babies' diapers

It's not always glamorous, being a scientist. Sure, occasionally you get to smash subatomic particles together or sequence a genome, but other times, you are stuck in a room, alone, waiting for a baby to fall asleep so you can fill its little diaper with simulated pee. To be fair, in doing that you might be helping… » 1/20/14 10:29am 1/20/14 10:29am

How do our bodies adjust to extreme temperatures?

This man clearly harbors no qualms about the cold. The native Norwegian achieved viral renown some weeks back for skating on and swimming in Norway's Lake Goksjo almost entirely nude, save for a pair of speedos and a wreath of ice worn round his neck. We know what you're thinking: How I can I be like this man? Let us… » 1/17/14 11:59am 1/17/14 11:59am

How Long Can Humans Hold Their Breath?

Holding your breath may not be the flashiest feat of athleticism, but performing it at its highest level is still incredibly impressive, especially since it's something we've all done, and can all relate to. The limits to which some can push breath control, in fact, are more impressive than most people probably know. » 11/19/13 7:24pm 11/19/13 7:24pm

Seriously, though – does sex count as exercise?

Somewhere near the top of every single one of the the roughly forty-kajillion internet listicles dedicated to the "surprising," "hidden," and "unexpected" health benefits of sex is the not-all-that-surprising-sounding factoid that bumping fuzzies basically doubles as exercise. In reality, however, there has been very little… » 10/25/13 12:58pm 10/25/13 12:58pm

Penis reattachment, and other winners from the 2013 Ig Nobel Awards

Last night, scientists from around the world traveled (at their own expense!) to Harvard's iconic Sanders Theatre for the "23rd First Annual" Ig Nobel Awards – a ceremony created to recognize those achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think. » 9/13/13 9:10am 9/13/13 9:10am

Why do women's bodies run colder than men's?

Men routinely claim to be more tolerant of cold than women. But where does this physiological difference stem from, and are there any studies that have examined its veracity? Of course there are. Some of them even involve rectal thermometers. Yeah, science! » 7/19/13 11:00am 7/19/13 11:00am

The story behind this woman's face transplant is simply incredible

The world’s first face transplant took place eight years ago, and while it remains a highly experimental operation, the procedure has been advancing in leaps and bounds ever since. In February of this year, Carmen Tarleton underwent one of the most successful face transplants yet. » 6/04/13 4:24pm 6/04/13 4:24pm

French scientist claims bras are useless (for some people)

Last week, an obscure French sports doctor named Jean-Denis Rouillon went on a student radio station and said that bras were useless, or maybe even harmful to muscles that support breasts naturally. After 16 years of studying the busts of some 300 women, Rouillon had concluded that women should consider going bra-less, … » 4/16/13 7:00am 4/16/13 7:00am

7 Things We Learned About the World Thanks to Photography

Photography and science have gone hand in hand since Louis Daguerre used his fossil collection as the subject of one of his first daguerreotypes. But photography has also contributed to scientific knowledge, expanding our understanding of the world by capturing what the human eye cannot see or going places humans could … » 3/13/13 10:18am 3/13/13 10:18am

This experimental dance film is most hypnotizing thing you'll watch…

The movement of a dancer is dichotomous. A physically expressive dance can last for minutes, but its individual movements, poses and positions are ephemeral to the viewer. Videos of dance pose the same problem, and while a photograph can capture a choreography's fleeting configurations, it usually does so at the… » 2/28/13 6:55am 2/28/13 6:55am