The Literally Broken Hearts of Divorce

Scientifically, relationships have been shown to affect everything from your cardiovascular health to your mental well-being; anecdotally, it can mess with everything from your brand of toothpaste to control of your DVR. So it should come as no surprise that marriage, divorce, and widowhood come with their own… » 4/20/15 1:30pm Monday 1:30pm

Study: Women in Abusive Relationships Choose 'Secret' Birth Control 

A new study has found that women in abusive relationships are less likely to use birth control. When they do use contraception, abused women choose more discreet methods — IUDs, injections, or even sterilization — that they don’t have to disclose, and that their partners are unable to refuse, deny to them or sabotage. » 4/02/15 2:15pm 4/02/15 2:15pm

Jam Out With Your Cat to These Rocking Tunes 

Have you ever tried to grind to a sick beat at the club, but it's hard to have a good time because your bored cat is rolling his eyes and texting in the corner? Or have you ever tried to play the new D'Angelo album during a cozy date night at home, but the evening is totally ruined because you can tell your cat just… » 3/06/15 5:30pm 3/06/15 5:30pm

NY's Rats and Fleas Could Bring Back the Plague, Party Like It's 1346

In order for the plague to come back full force and kill all of us with festering boils, three things are needed: A carrier, a transmitter and a pathogen. It may be too early to panic, but a new study reveals that New York City has two of the three components necessary to make a really good Criminal Minds episode. » 3/03/15 5:20pm 3/03/15 5:20pm

We Are Thisclose to Grafting Live Heads onto Dead Bodies, Immortality

Remember those people who had their heads cryogenically frozen because they wanted to be reborn into a world in which scientists knew how to bring them back to life? Oh, ho we laughed and laughed. But now, out tears of mirth shall turn into tears of sadness as all of us realize how close we are to living forever. » 2/26/15 11:00pm 2/26/15 11:00pm

Finally, an Explanation for Why You Eat Like a Monster When High

The last time I was high I had a panic attack. But I got over that panic attack with an industrial-size bag of Bugles, a gallon of ice cream and a triple dose of benzos. Science has already explained why benzos help, but now we know a little more about why you get so goddamn hungry when you're faded as hell. » 2/20/15 12:00pm 2/20/15 12:00pm

One Weird Trick Female Animals Use to Control Who Gets Them Pregnant

Much like the United States Congress, the history of science is overwhelmingly white and male, and unsurprisingly, this has led to a pretty significant lag time in scientific understanding of things that relate to women. When it comes to animal sexual selection, we know a lot about how and why males compete for female… » 2/19/15 2:10pm 2/19/15 2:10pm

Should You Ditch Fairytales and Teach Your Daughter Science Instead?

Here's a thought: Instead of filling your daughter's head with nonsensical fairytales, how about filling it with real-world facts—science!—and see if you can't foster a love for a subject that's still and notoriously more encouraged in boys. This is the subject of an essay by Wendy Thomas Russell at PBS NewsHour, and… » 2/06/15 4:50pm 2/06/15 4:50pm

Doctors Right, Politicians Wrong on Prescribing Abortion Drugs

Hey, wow, who could've predicted this: a new study on mifepristone and misoprostol, the two drugs taken together to induce an abortion, shows that it's perfectly safe to use a lower dosage of the drugs than the FDA recommends. Doctors have been saying that since at least 2001. It's almost as though their medical… » 1/26/15 9:35pm 1/26/15 9:35pm

I'm Bill Nye, and This Is How I Work

For many of us Bill Nye is part of our childhoods, playing that crucial role as educator and illuminator of science when our impressionable minds might not have thought to ask why. With his television show he taught us why science is amazing by examining the details of how everything works, and he continues to be an… » 1/21/15 5:26pm 1/21/15 5:26pm

How Female Animals Choose Which Male Animals Get to Bang Them

Choosing a mate is a funny thing. While other animal species are probably less likely to make the poor alcohol-fueled choices most of us regret, albeit fondly—and less likely still to wake up in a hungover fog in a strange place the next morning, grabbing articles of clothing up off the floor and checking the waste… » 1/09/15 1:50pm 1/09/15 1:50pm