Sci is at Neurotic Physiology today, covering the hot new study on pupil dilation as a way to detect sexual preference. Complete with romance novel moments!
Our brains are made of millions of neurons. Tons. A lot. We scientists spend a lot of time studying those neurons, how they function individually, and how they respond to outside stimulation.
Sci is at Neurotic Physiology today, and has her delicate little claws out to shred a study on how dudes collect things because of sexual selection. The entire study can be summed up thus:1.
Have you heard of the cocktail party problem? It's not quite what you think. The cocktail party problem is the issue how you separate a single voice from a crowd of people.
I'm sure we've all seen it. Kid A is playing with a toy, and the next thing you know, Kid B wants it, too. Even when there are other toys around, Kid B is no longer satisfied.
When it comes to sex, there's a school of thought that "going long" is everything. Well, if you think you can go long...you haven't seen the walking stick.
I like to call it the Kansas problem. This is the issue that many young scientists (and older scientists!) face many times in their careers. The best offer, the best money, the best options...in a terrible location.
Ah, coffee, the beautiful stimulant without which about 90% of science and medicine would instantly retreat to the dark ages. Seriously, who hasn't needed that extra cup of joe (or two, or three) to make it through another 14 hour experimental day, a 10 hour surgery, or, you know, both?(Source)But our favorite adenosine antagonist has a downside.
...for asparagus!Can you smell it in your urine when you've had asparagus? It turns out that some people are a lot more sensitive than others. And why?
...their brains are SO BIG.Well, bigger than meadow voles. In some areas. And what does it mean? Well, it might not be because they're gettin' more action.
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