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Stories by Sophie Bushwick

Rodents Repulsed by Reeking Male Researchers

The scent of human men stresses out mice and rats, which changes their pain responses and could affect experimental results. Sophie Bushwick reports

 

April 30, 2014 — Sophie Bushwick

Why a Bio-Duck?

The source of the mysterious so-called "bio-duck" sounds in the Southern Ocean is finally revealed by researchers engaged in minke business. Sophie Bushwick reports

 

April 25, 2014 — Sophie Bushwick

Dainty Diet Dictated Big-Feline Decline

Cougars survived the late Pleistocene extinction when other North American big cats became extinct,  thanks to their more flexible feeding habits. Sophie Bushwick reports
 

April 23, 2014 — Sophie Bushwick

Morning Light Exposure Tied to Lower Weight

Exposure to bright light in the morning appears linked to reduced appetite and lower body weight, regardless of sleep patterns. Sophie Bushwick reports

 

April 18, 2014 — Sophie Bushwick

Absence (of Weight) Makes the Heart Grow Rounder

After prolonged periods in microgravity, astronauts' hearts became more spherical, according to scans done on the International Space Station. Sophie Bushwick reports 

 

April 7, 2014 — Sophie Bushwick

The Hangover: Part N+1

Developing a hangover doesn't prevent or even significantly delay the next drinking bout. Sophie Bushwick reports 

 

March 11, 2014 — Sophie Bushwick

Jazz Improvisers Appear to Use Language Brain Areas

Brain scans of musicians as they improvised in a musical dialogue with another player showed that the improvisers used regions involved in syntax during production of language. Sophie Bushwick reports 

February 27, 2014 — Sophie Bushwick

Lassie and Timmy Hear Vocals in Same Brain Area

Functional MRI brain scans show that man and man's best friend use analogous brain regions to process vocalizations of both their own and the other species. Sophie Bushwick reports

February 25, 2014 — Sophie Bushwick

Dark Living Led to Mighty Mouse Hearing

Mice kept in total darkness for a week saw their hearing improve. Well, they heard their hearing improve. Sophie Bushwick reports

 

February 5, 2014 — Sophie Bushwick

Risky Ripples Allow Eavesdropping On Frisky Frog

The song of the túngara frog creates ripples in the surrounding water, which attracts unwanted attention from predatory bats and rival males. Sophie Bushwick reports


 

January 27, 2014 — Sophie Bushwick

Turkey Skin Inspires Chemical Sensor

When turkeys get riled up, their skin can change color because of alterations in the arrangement of connective tissue. Researchers created a chemical sensor made of viruses based on the same principle

 

January 24, 2014 — Sophie Bushwick

Beachcombers Leave It Shell-Shocked

On at least one Catalonian beach, tourists remove so many shells as to endanger the beach ecosystem

 

January 21, 2014 — Sophie Bushwick

Diet Soda Mixers Up Breathalyzer Readings

People who drank vodka with a diet mixer had breath alcohol levels 18 percent higher than when they drank alcohol with full-calorie soda. Sophie Bushwick reports

January 14, 2014 — Sophie Bushwick

Stress Makes Gorilla Glass Stronger

Gorilla Glass's residual stress can be explained by observing how the motion of individual atoms affects the entire system of the material

May 20, 2013 — Sophie Bushwick and Inside Science News Service

Blood Plasma Found to Have Stretchy Properties

Plasma flows like a liquid but has the consistency of ketchup on a small scale. This new insight could help researchers better model the motion of blood in the human body

March 4, 2013 — Sophie Bushwick and Inside Science News Service

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