Category: Research

Jun 26 2014

Does Chewing Gum Make you More Sexy? Apparently So

I hope you’ve all had to deal with twins in your life so you can know the joys that come from not being able to tell people apart. Usually I’m pretty immune to that myself as my mother is a twin and so is my mother-in-law. It’s just really funny to watch people guess at …

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Jun 10 2014

Chimps Beat Humans at Computerized Hide and Seek

A recent study at the Kyoto University Primate Research Institute has proved, something I’m sure. I’m just not clear on what that might be. Some sort of relationship between chimpanzees and humans I’m guessing. In the game, two players (either a pair of chimps or a pair of humans) are set up back to back, …

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Jun 04 2014

Don’t Make ’em Like They Used to: 3000 Year Old Pants

Don’t ya hate pants? Until about 3000 years ago hating pants wasn’t even a thing because everyone wore skirts and robes. These trousers are the oldest pair ever discovered. They date back to about 1000 BC and were thought to be designed to make riding a horse more comfortable. Hipsters wanting the ultimate retro look, …

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May 29 2014

Sneaky: MIT is Developing a Camouflage Generator

A team at MIT is currently working on a new camouflage system to hide objects in public places. They claim that it’s not for any nefarious reasons, but they’re a bunch of college students and professors so I’m sure there will be an invisible coffee table on a sidewalk somewhere. The idea behind MIT’s camouflage …

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Apr 18 2014

I Knew it: Over 120 Science Papers Pulled for Being Nonsense

If you’ve ever tried to read a science journal article and suspected that it was 100% computer-generated, unintelligible, horse crap, there’s a good chance that it is. It’s not that you’re just dumb and you don’t understand the subject matter. That could never be the case. The paper must just be nonsense. Earlier this week, …

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Apr 17 2014

I Knew it: Gaydar is Totally a Thing

In what can only be described as an effort to test every stupid little thing in life researchers at the University of Washington and Cornell University decided it was time to test Gaydar. If you’re not familiar with Gaydar, you’re lying you really know what it is you just don’t want to be insensitive and …

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Apr 16 2014

More Bad News: Gamers Start to Suck After Age 24

If there is one thing I don’t need today it’s more bad news. In fact I don’t want any more bad news ever. If you’ve got bad news to give me I want you to make it sound good. In fact, just keep it to yourself, I don’t trust your acting abilities. Scientists from Simon …

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Apr 07 2014

For My Evil Lair: Lasers that can Aim Lighting Strikes

University researchers and evil scientists have a lot in common if you think about it. They like to work on morally questionable projects, no one is quite sure where they get their funding, and they minions who will do whatever they ask so long as they can get their card punched. Well now, researchers at …

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Mar 19 2014

Science Fail: Link Between Saturated Fat and Heart Disease in Question

In one of those studies of studies that scientists and statisticians like to do when they run out of new ideas, researchers are finding that the link between saturated fat and heart disease might be bunk. Good news for me. For years we’ve been told that saturated fats were going to kill us but “a …

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Mar 14 2014

For Robot Elephants: Robitic Elephant Trunks

Do robotic elephants get the jimmy-trunk when they’re falling asleep? My wife still complains about one time I kicked here while sleeping, two years ago, I guess my jimmy-legs are unacceptable but it’s fine when she kicks me in the shins every night. Researchers in Jochen Steil’s lab in Germany are training their robotic elephant’s …

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