Let's Hear It For Goofy Dads

It’s Father’s Day, so let this be the year we all finally recognize that dads and their goofy dad stuff—monster faces, silliness, mockery; perhaps even dad jokes, if the judges are feeling lenient—could be as essential to childrearing as any of that mom stuff. Or, at least, that a Platonic ideal of “mom” is not the… » 6/21/15 11:15am 6/21/15 11:15am

Your Dog Can Tell When Someone Is Mean To You 

Dogs are truly loyal creatures. A Japanese study revealed that dogs know if someone is mean to their owners and will even refuse food that person offers to them. Kazuo Fujita, a professor of comparative cognition at Kyoto University, led the research project which consisted of three groups and 18 dogs. They used a… » 6/14/15 4:45pm 6/14/15 4:45pm

Science Advice Columnist: Just Let Your Adviser Stare at Your Tits

Starting this Monday off with an absolute bang, a career advice column in the journal Science Careers — a column penned by a female scientist with a long and illustrious career — takes on a question from a postgraduate who’s just begun working in a new lab, where her adviser won’t stop staring down her shirt. The… » 6/01/15 1:00pm 6/01/15 1:00pm

Faked Data In Study About Same-Sex Marriage Is Ruining Lives

The question of whether gay proponents of same-sex marriage have lasting sway with those who are against it has always been interesting. And recently, a study was published in Science that suggested that, yes, canvassers who have a personal stake in a political cause do have an impact. The problem? The data was likely… » 5/26/15 11:10am 5/26/15 11:10am

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 6:17pm 7/19/14 6:17pm

The Scientific Quest to Prove that Bisexuality Exists

Oh, the old chestnut—does bisexuality exist? A couple of months ago, this New York Times article doesn't seek to prove it exists or not (there seems to be some a priori understanding that it does) but rather, it looks at those who are dedicated to proving it within certain fields of research and in turn, to sharing… » 5/14/14 10:07pm 5/14/14 10:07pm

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 2:59pm 5/07/14 2:59pm

Scientists Find Preventative AIDS Injection That Works in Monkeys

In an amazing breakthrough in AIDS research, scientists at both Rockefeller University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta have developed antiretroviral injections that, when given once a month, have been shown to suppress AIDS symptoms and protect against the virus in monkeys. While a human… » 3/05/14 12:00pm 3/05/14 12:00pm

Wait, So Is Porn Addiction Even a Real Thing?

With all this culture hubbub about porn addiction and how free, unhindered access to thousands upon thousands of orgasm-long clips of people mashing their genitals together on the internet will turn us all into masturbating zombies incapable of copulating with a live, human person, we ought to first ask ourselves if… » 2/16/14 12:30pm 2/16/14 12:30pm

Beards Are Nothing. Beards Are Everything. Beards Contain Multitudes.

Blame the cold winter, but men in politics are loving beards right now. From Secretary of State John Kerry to White House speech writer Cody Keenan to Press Secretary Jay Carney, those white male democrats are loving that hair on their face. But what does this all mean for the state of the union? » 2/06/14 11:40am 2/06/14 11:40am

Master of Sex: The Anxious Day of a Real Life Sex Scientist

On Friday, The Atlantic published the essay Donating Orgasms to Science: A Day in the Life of a Real Life Sex Researcher. In it, sex therapist and cognitive neuroscientist Nan Wise details the anxieties and intricacies of doing research that requires people to engage in sex acts while being observed by a team of… » 1/20/14 11:20am 1/20/14 11:20am

Pregnant Women Who Smoke and Drink Turn Kids Gay, Says Science Troll

A neurobiologist from Amsterdam University who has discovered a gross new way to troll people has made two claims, one more surprising than the other: a) women's lifestyle choices during pregnancy can affect the development of their children, specifically b) that smoking during pregnancy may increase the likelihood… » 1/19/14 3:00pm 1/19/14 3:00pm