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When Sparks Fly: Aphrodisiacs and the Fruit Fly

If your partner has ever given you anything like this......or might be wondering things like: how am I supposed to react to this? Or, should I re-evaluate this relationship?Researchers have also asked questions regarding reactions and relationships when examining the connection between foods and sexual desire.Historically, sex, appetites and the intersection of sexual appetites have spanned the globe for centuries...

March 13, 2012 — Layla Eplett
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A Fun DIY Science Goodie: How to Get a Positive Expected Rate of Return on a Lottery Ticket

So goes popular opinion: the lottery’s an egregious societal evil implemented and overseen by shape-shifting, blood-drinking reptilian aliens. And that may be largely true – designed to slowly and quietly bleed dry your pockets – that is, unless you learn to drive it.Assuming drawings actually are random, all the science in the world can’t help you pick the winning numbers...

March 6, 2012 — Garth Sundem

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