Watercooler talk turned serious this week as all eyes were on a leaked 10-page internal “memo” from a Google engineer titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber.” While the story is still unfolding, Gizmodo’s Rae Paoletta penned an 

In the 2007 film Juno, the title character, a pregnant teen played by Ellen Page, excuses herself while on a home visit with a prospective adoptive couple. The wealthy Lorings have a palatial bathroom where Juno enjoys a few moments of silence in the middle of an…

Maybe you were skeptical of the 5-second rule. Maybe you consider double-dipping an actual crime. So how is it that you’re fine with eating cake misted with bacteria?  

Humanity has big questions. Why are we here? What happens when we die?   And: Do I smell?   Ask a friend or co-worker, and they will say no—but are they lying? (It’s a given your spouse will tell the truth without you even asking.)  

“Until 1875, no one in the world knew where babies come from.”   Blame the lack of anatomical study, which had required “buying corpses from grave-robbers, or bribing hangmen,” according to a fascinating article by the good folks at Atlas Obscura. Even Da Vinci was spooked…

Have you heard the one about the scientist who was flagged in airport security for having a 3D-printed model of a mouse penis in his bag? If you’re a researcher, this might sound familiar. Noting that scientists often travel with one-of-a-kind materials that are a challenge…

Papr is a Tinder-inspired app for users to rate research paper abstracts in 1 of 4 categories from “exciting and probable” to “boring and questionable.” Co-creator Jeff Leek, a biostatistician at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, says the app can help…

800 million women are having their periods right now. Shhh, don’t tell anyone.   In an opinion piece, Caitlin Figueiredo, a Plan International Australia youth ambassador, calls out the needless shame of menstruation. To break menstruation taboos, she says, people first must…

The installation of a sewer system in French Hanoi, circa 1900, was a good idea in theory—a triumph of colonial know-how. The execution? Not so much.   Rats swarmed the vast underground system—built at the behest of Paul Doumer, a French bureaucrat and Governor General of…

Why are cat owners who happen to be female always “crazy” cat ladies—never “feline advocates” or “winsome rescuers”?