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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

Best of the Blogs!

I'm featured in this month's Best of the Blogs video! You know you want to check out my Daisy Buchanan voice. :)

June 6, 2013 — Scicurious

Science Communication Tips: We can hear you

In light of some of the recent twitter happenings around evolutionary psychologist Geoffrey Miller, I've got to thinking about practices and pitfalls in science and social media.

June 4, 2013 — Scicurious

5-HT1A Receptors and the Effectiveness of ECT

Most people have heard of ECT: Electroconvulsive Therapy. A lot of people will immediately think of the scene during One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, which doesn't give you a very good picture...

June 3, 2013 — Scicurious

Sci's super survey!

Today, Sci would like to take the opportunity to assess her readership. Who are you? Why do you come here? What would you like to see more or less off?

May 30, 2013 — Scicurious

Scicurious Guest Writer! Beyond the code: addressing complexity in cancer genetics

Please welcome this month's Scicurious Guest Writer, Karissa Milbury! “This is why our drugs fail. Look at it. How do you treat that?” The professor, speaking to our graduate genetics technology class, was referring to a figure similar to this:(Figure 1: A graph showing the array of mutations found in a single breast cancer, from a paper by Natrajan and colleagues[1].)If that seems complicated to you, don’t worry – this is a genetic map of a single breast cancer, with every black line around the edge representing one mutation...

May 29, 2013 — Scicurious

Fighting Depression with Special K

...and no. I don't mean the cereal.My eye was caught last week by a piece in Scientific American proper asking "is ketamine the next big depression drug?" It's a good piece, and I appreciate the balance in the article, but I was also kind of surprised that...it took so long.There have been previous media rumblings (and blog) about ketamine through the years, so I'm rather curious as to why the article came out now (maybe there's another new paper out?...

May 27, 2013 — Scicurious

The Scent of a Feline

*cue perfume commercial music*Dangerous...Stressful...Smells like a cat in heat......do YOU want to inspire fear in mice? Who doesn't! LIVE the terror.

May 22, 2013 — Scicurious

Becoming an individual twin isn't about genetics or environment, but how you experience them

Have you ever known a pair of identical twins? Not just the ones that look alike, but identical twins that really were part of, at some point, the same egg and sperm combination, that then split early in development to create two "identical" people, with the same genetics.If genetics really were the be all and end all of our behavior, you might expect these identical twins to look the same, act the same, speak the same, move the same...

May 20, 2013 — Scicurious
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