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 12:00pm 6/02/13 12:00pm

Middle-School Romance Leads to Drugs, Booze and Dropping Out

Fast. That's what my mom called it. As in making decisions too fast, moving too fast, growing up too fast. Fast girls had lipstick, heels, boyfriends. And it was clear that you weren't supposed to be like them, and if a part of you sorta kinda wanted to, you kept it to yourself. As new research from the University of… » 3/18/13 11:45am 3/18/13 11:45am

You Can't Blame Your Crazy-Ass Behavior on a Full Moon

Last night's full moon isn't the reason you had mind-blowing sex or terrible cramps. It's not the reason you lost your keys or got a C- on that paper. Those were just occurrences that randomly happened on the same night that there was a full moon. I know, it's a total bummer, I thought the moon was magic, too. » 11/29/12 9:40am 11/29/12 9:40am

Cats That Beg Aggressively for Food May Not Be Hungry, Just…

A study that presumably involved some degree of science has found that cats aren't just hungry when they rub up against your legs and meow for food — they could be psychologically disturbed, afflicted, says a histrionic Telegraph, with an "obsession with food has driven [them] to the edge of insanity." In other words,… » 8/19/12 12:30pm 8/19/12 12:30pm

Do Your Favorite Book Characters Change Your Life?

Everybody has those special books that make a big impression on them, and often it's because we find ourselves identifying strongly with one of the characters. Well, it turns out those books might have even more power over us than we realized. A new study has found that when you get really absorbed by a story, your… » 5/14/12 12:10pm 5/14/12 12:10pm

Meth Babies Are the New Crack Babies

As if meth wasn't heinous enough by itself, a new study is showing that the drug has lasting effects on children whose mothers use it during pregnancy. While this certainly doesn't come as a surprise—given how much meth messes up adult brains—it's nevertheless disturbing. Earlier research found that meth babies, like… » 3/20/12 10:40am 3/20/12 10:40am

Your Phone Is Making You Into a Terrible Person


Anyone who spends any time in public knows that there are any number of ways a cell phone can turn a person into an asshole, but now science has discovered yet another way that phones are ruining us and destroying our social fabric. It turns out, according to a study from the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith… » 2/21/12 10:00am 2/21/12 10:00am

Science Uncovers Genes Governing Male and Female Behaviors

We tend to think of the differences between men and women in broad, comprehensive terms. Women are more nurturing, men are more aggressive, and on and on. Of course we rationally understand that these traits are influenced by our sex hormones, but on a deeper level we seem to regard the differences in our behavior as… » 2/03/12 10:20am 2/03/12 10:20am