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”?  

Dogs seem to great all the olfactory credit, but the human sense of smell is nothing to sneeze at.   Feeling nosy about humans and their sense of smell, researchers back in 2007 blindfolded University of California Berkeley students and had them try to follow a 30-foot…

Headed to a Cinco de Mayo party tonight? Well, get your facts straight. May 5 is NOT Mexico’s Independence Day (that’s Sept. 16). It actually celebrates Mexico’s victory over France (!) in the 1862 Battle of Puebla. See this article in the Atlanta Journal and Constitution …

Known as the Poison Garden and started by Duchess of Northumberland Jane Percy in 2005, the 100 or so plants at Alnwick Garden in northeast England educate people about the healing—and killing—powers of plants.   Only 20 garden visitors at a time are permitted through the…