The premise of Assassin's Creed is the reliving of other people's memories stored inside DNA. Well, scientists have found that in mice this actually happens! Anthony is joined by special guest Tara Long, from Hard Science, to explain how it works.
Secrets are not something you should keep locked away. Do that, and they'll eat you from the inside out! That's according to scientists studying a secret's psychological impact on the secret-keeper. Laci Green details their findings.
Reports are coming in from all over the globe that people are having less sex than ever. First in Japan, and now in Great Britain as well. Anthony and Laci join up to explain what's going on and why fewer and fewer people are gettin' it on.
With all the rich, delicious food consumed over the holidays, it makes sense everyone would gain some weight. But how many pounds does the average person actually pack on? Cristen Conger, from "Stuff Mom Never Told You," joins Anthony to find out.
It's long been said that a naturally occurring chemical in turkey makes you sleepy. Anthony is joined by Cristen Conger, from "Stuff Mom Never Told You," to find out if there's any actual scientific evidence to back up this long-held myth.
The holiday travel season is upon us! And for many, that means loading the family up in the car and driving off to see loved ones near and far. But you don't have to let gas prices dampen your holiday cheer! Trace has some tips to boost your MPG.
Spanking misbehaving kids is a topic debated by parents everywhere. And now, with the release of a new study, there appears to be solid, scientific evidence against the practice. Anthony explains what the researchers behind the study uncovered.
Whatever we do in life, we're bound to be bored at some point, but what kind of bored are we? That's right: There are multiple types of boredom. Laci explains what they are and why boredom has suddenly become less, well, boring.
Hey, guys... got a nose you think is too big? Well it might just be the thing that helps you bulk up at the gym. That's right, as Anthony tell us, there's a very interesting connection between a big schnoz and bigger muscles.
It's a disturbing story you've heard over and over: random women falling head over heels in love with dangerous murderers locked up in jail. Guest host Cristen Conger explains the origins of this bizarre infatuation.
When it comes to pain, just get it over with! Not only will it be over more quickly, but it'll actually hurt you less! Guest host Annie Gaus explains why confronting your pain head-on is the way to go.
Studying the ways people talk to themselves in their own minds is incredibly tricky because as soon as you ask them about it, you're likely interfering with the process you want to investigate. As William James said, some forms of introspective analysis are like "… trying to turn up the gas quickly enough to see how the darkness looks."For many years Russell Hurlbert and his colleagues have used a technique that they believe offers the best way to study what they call "pristine" inner
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Dogmatism has usually been related in research to low levels of openness to experience, a personality dimension associated with interest in new and non-traditional ideas. Dogmatism has mostly been studied in relation to religious beliefs but some recent research has looked at dogmatism among non-religious people. One surprising finding was that among self-identified atheists, higher levels of openness to experience were actually associated with greater dogmatism, contrary to the usual pattern.
Gurney, D. J., McKeown, S., Churchyard, J. & Howlett, N. (2013). Believe it or not: Exploring the relationship between dogmatism and openness within non-religious samples, Personality and Individual Differences, DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2013.07.471
A chemical system developed by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago can efficiently perform the first step in the process of producing synthetic gasoline, and other similar fuels out of CO2. Read more »
Kumar B., Asadi M., Pisasale D., Sinha-Ray S., Rosen B.A., Haasch R., Abiade J., Yarin A.L. & Salehi-Khojin A. (2013). Renewable and metal-free carbon nanofibre catalysts for carbon dioxide reduction., Nature communications, 4 2819. PMID: 24292103
A team of scientists at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) has successfully increased the reactivity of the ceramic material—ceria—a million fold. One possible application is solar concentrators used to convert solar energy into hydrogen. Read more »
Vincenzo Esposito, De Wei Ni, Zeming He, Wei Zhang, Aditya Shanker Prasad, Julie A. Glasscock, Christodoulos Chatzichristodoulou, Severine Ramousse, Andreas Kaiser (2013). Enhanced mass diffusion phenomena in highly defective doped ceria, Acta Materialia, 61 (16) 6290-6300. DOI: 10.1016/j.actamat.2013.07.012
Near homogenous culture of intestinal stem cellsFor patients with gastrointestinal disorders, like ulcers or Crohn's disease, treatment often means quelling uncomfortable symptoms through medications or dietary changes.But what if one day treatment meant doing away with the old gut and getting a new one, free of inflamed or diseased tissues?That is where scientists at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are hoping their new study findings
Yin X, Farin HF, van Es JH, Clevers H, Langer R & Karp JM (2013). Niche-independent high-purity cultures of Lgr5+ intestinal stem cells and their progeny., Nature methods, PMID: 24292484