You Have Better Taste Than You Realize

The old "tongue map" from our elementary school textbooks has been roundly debunked. Experimental confirmation of "umami" expanded Westerners' traditional four basic tastes—sweet, sour, salty, and bitter—into five. But did you know those 5 basic tastes might actually be 6 . . . or 7, 8, or more? » 9/17/14 6:10pm Wednesday 6:10pm

Blood Of 2 Million Babies Found In Indiana Warehouse

For over 20 years, the state of Indiana hoarded the blood of newborns without their parents' consent. If your child was born in Indiana after 1991, chances are his or her blood sample is one of an estimated 2.5-million specimens currently stored in a warehouse, the location of which state officials have not disclosed. » 7/19/14 2:00pm 7/19/14 2:00pm

Here's What Happens When A Pigeon Tries To Fly In Zero Gravity

The United States Air Force set up the Aerospace Medical Research Laboratories to determine what would happen to our astronauts before we launched them into space. A brief documentary from the dawn of the Space Age is a fascinating timecapsule of early research, accomplishments, and fears. » 6/07/14 7:10pm 6/07/14 7:10pm

Soviet Doctors Cured Infections With Viruses, and Soon Yours Might Too

In the Soviet Union, western antibiotics couldn't make it past the Iron Curtain. So Eastern Bloc doctors figured out how to use viruses to kill infectious bacteria. Now, with antibiotic-resistant bugs vexing doctors, that eerie yet effective method might come our way. In post-antibiotic world, infection cures you! » 6/07/14 4:51pm 6/07/14 4:51pm

I'm A Man Who Plays As A Woman In Games, And I'm Definitely Not Alone

I self-identify as a straight male-bodied dude, but recently I've taken to playing as a female-bodied character in many games. It's not something the majority of people do, but it's also not uncommon. Oddly, however, men play as women far more than women play as men. Let's break down why people choose the avatars they… » 5/16/14 3:27pm 5/16/14 3:27pm

Why There's So Much Confusion Over Health and Nutrition

If you believed the internet, you'd think there's huge debate over whether eggs, coffee, or salt are good or bad for you. In reality, there's significant agreement on diet and health issues among experts, but the general public is conflicted. So why are we so confused when experts agree? Let's clear the air. » 5/07/14 12:24pm 5/07/14 12:24pm

Sharknado 2 Will Sponsor Shark Conservation Research And You Can Help

The studio that brought you such beloved classics as MegaShark vs. Giant Octopus, MegaShark vs. Crocosaurus, and SharkNado, is now working on an epic sequel of Great White proportions, SharkNado II: The Second One. And if you contribute to their crowdfunded "bonus scene," you can help shark conservation science. » 4/09/14 9:42pm 4/09/14 9:42pm

How is the sequester affecting science in America?

The Federal Government's budget sequester has left the nation's science and technology funding at its lowest in years. As predicted, labs are ditching projects and scientists; researchers are looking overseas for jobs and funding; health initiatives are being hamstrung; and federal agencies across the board are… » 9/10/13 8:30am 9/10/13 8:30am

Mind-Controlled Pong is One Step Toward a World Cup Kickoff

Controlling games with brainwaves is a vogue research subject—Patricia Hernandez herself tested out a demo that involved tossing trucks telekinetically—but a team of researchers have applied it to a competitive game—Pong—with the goal of allowing a paralyzed person to make the ceremonial kickoff of the 2014 World Cup. » 6/22/13 6:50pm 6/22/13 6:50pm

Baby Mammals Twitch in Their Sleep Because They’re Learning Cute Moves

Okay, so this research into the phenomenon of twitching baby mammals (in the words of University of Iowa psychology professor Mark Blumberg, “literally every mammal that has ever been looked at” twitches) is really interesting, but I’m not going to dress this post up in futuristic scientific regalia (I was thinking a… » 6/22/13 3:07pm 6/22/13 3:07pm

Research Suggests That Left-Pawed Dogs Are Just Slightly Evil

You probably already assumed that left-pawed dogs — and yes, some dogs do have forepaw and even hindquarter preferences — are ever so slightly evil, but now there’s a scientific study in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior to confirm your suspicions that left-pawed dogs are scheming to bark at you and make you seem… » 6/02/13 2:32pm 6/02/13 2:32pm

These 1938 psychological researchers studied college students by hiding…

Nowadays, if you want to conduct ethically dubious on how college students speak to one another, you have all sorts of technologically advanced options: bugs, nanny cams, recording applications installed on cell phones. But in 1938, when a team of psychological researchers wanted to study the speech habits of… » 12/08/12 11:30am 12/08/12 11:30am

The power of armadillo penises: why more scientists should tell stories

For many scientists, narrative does not come naturally — but it can be a remarkably useful tool. Case in point: armadillo penises. Armadillo penises have the power to change the way people think about scientists and the animals they experiment with; they just need someone to tell their story. » 10/01/12 6:40am 10/01/12 6:40am

Why Romney and Obama's Written Science Answers Aren't Enough

Romney and Obama have agreed to answer questions on science and science policy, but it's a bittersweet victory. A few weeks ago we told you about ScienceDebate, an independent citizens' initiative devoted to having Obama and Romney face off over fourteen questions about science in a publicly televised debate. Now,… » 8/30/12 11:00am 8/30/12 11:00am