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Losing the "taste" for sperm

Sometimes, funny stories really bring out the wonder of the human body. You can get orgasms triggered in your feet, because of overlap in the sensory cortex.

July 1, 2013 — Scicurious

Friday Weird Science: Does your mouse prefer Renoir to Picasso?

Well, have you asked it? Mine like to talk about the boldness and simplicity of Mondrian, we have a lot of arguments.Sci is at Neurotic Physiology today for this friday's Weird Science, where someone really DID ask if mice preferred Renoir...

June 28, 2013 — Scicurious

How Perfect Is Perfect Pitch?

When I was in college, the choir director used to begin every rehearsal with “Sing me an A!”. The 100 person choir would muddle around, with often hilariously off key results...

June 24, 2013 — Scicurious

What makes naked mole rats cancer resistant?

Sci is at Neurotic Physiology today talking about a new study in naked mole rats! Because everything is better when there are naked mole rats in it. It turns out that naked mole rats are resistant to cancer?...

June 19, 2013 — Scicurious

A genetic history of leprosy

Leprosy is one of those diseases that, when I first read about it, haunted my imagination. I had sad pictures of haggard, dirty people, wearing sackcloth, covered in sores or maybe with toes, noses, or hands missing, shuffling alone, wearing a bell to make that no one would go near.....

June 13, 2013 — Scicurious

Obesity and OCD: 1 + 1 = 0

Sci is at Neurotic Physiology today, talking about an interesting new study. There's one gene that, when you knock it out, produces obese mice. There's another that, when you knock it out, produced overgrooming mice, a model of OCD...

June 12, 2013 — Scicurious

Fighting stress with adenosine antagonists

When I am stressed (and I'm stressed a lot of the time, as I bet a lot of you are as well), I turn to coffee. Not just to keep me going through the time when I need to get things done, but also for relaxation...

June 10, 2013 — Scicurious

Friday Weird Science! moths who live on sloths!

There once was a mothWho lived on a slothAnd its larvae they did eat sloth s**tFor the sloth is so slowThe moth's nowhere to goSo try as it might, it can't quit.Sci is at Neurotic Physiology today for Friday Weird Science!...

June 7, 2013 — Scicurious

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