Martha Lillard spends half of every day with her body encapsulated in a half-century old machine that forces her to breathe. Only her head sticks out of the end of the antique iron lung. On the other side, a motorized lever pulls the leather bellows, creating negative pressure that induces her lungs to suck in air.
Some dog owners claim to be able to read the face of their cuddly canine like a book, but it’s completely possible they’re just projecting. New research suggests it’s not just their imagination, and that dogs really do switch on the puppy eyes —but only in the presence of a captive audience.
Melanin does more than just protect against sun damage. It’s in our eyes and ears, a variant is used in our brain as a neurotransmitter, and apparently it also helps large birds fly.
This week, an all-female team of high school students is traveling to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to present their newest invention: a solar-powered tent they invented to help shelter homeless people in their hometown.
Ladies, do you have a secret fear a bear will track and attack you when you’re menstruating in the wild?
Hot on the heels of Hidden Figures’ recent Academy Award nominations, including one for best picture, Lego has just revealed the next fan-designed set it’s officially putting into production, and it also celebrates women who have played key roles in the history of the US space program.
An obviously male doctor in Kansas thinks that as an alternative to pesky and unseemly tampons, women should basically start gluing their vaginas shut. In case the word “glue” next to the word “vagina” didn’t already make this apparent, this is a very, very bad idea. And before you ask, no, he is not joking.
The Natural History Museum in the UK has shortlisted its nominees for the 2016 People’s Choice Award for wildlife photography. From playful polar cubs to the horrified last gaze of a wildebeest calf, these images are guaranteed to astound.
Ever wonder if your dog recalls those times you were were a really shitty owner? The latest science shows they most certainly do.
The Brain Scoop is a fantastic YouTube science channel hosted by Emily Graslie. She started out as a volunteer at the Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum, documenting the various things they had at the museum, before becoming the “Chief Curiosity Correspondent” at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.
A team of biologists has just named three new salamanders in the genus Thorius; the tiniest tailed tetrapods known to science. Smaller than a matchstick, these creatures are as strange as they are adorable, their miniaturized anatomy pushing the boundaries of what natural selection can produce. Tragically, all three…
Rats in tiny trousers, pseudoscientific bullshit, the personalities of rocks, and Volkswagen’s, shall we say, “creative” approach to emissions testing were among the research topics honored by the 2016 Ig Nobel Prizes. The winners were announced last night at a live webcast ceremony held at Harvard University.
Do you have vacation time next year? Are you in the US?
It’s Friday, and there’s no better time to have a frank, no-holds-barred discussion about all the weird and wonderful sex that takes place every single day, across all species, on this glorious blue planet we call home. Dr. Carin Bondar, biologist and host of the popular web series Wild Sex, is here today to take your…
We’re not saying it’s aliens, but a team of scientists has just discovered a glowing purple orb at the bottom of the ocean, and if you’ve ever seen The Abyss, I think you know how this will end.
We joke about women faking orgasms both because it’s common and because public perception suggests they do it to stroke the egos of clueless boyfriends. New research suggests a much more upsetting reason for the deception: to end unwanted sex.
Bentley Yoder was born with his brain outside his skull. Doctors said he didn’t have a chance, but he not only survived—he thrived. Now, some seven months later, Bentley has undergone reconstructive surgery to move his brain back into his skull.
No matter how fast medicine moves us towards treatments, preventive medicine will always be the most effective and cheapest way to keep healthy. In this post, we’ll run down some common women’s health screening tests, when you should get them, and what you’re in for when you walk in.
Chances are you’re familiar with the Schroedinger’s cat paradox, whereby a hypothetical cat inside a box is both dead and alive until we open the box to see for ourselves. Now physicists at Yale University have figured out how to make a quantum cat that both lives and dies in two boxes at once. They described their…
Over the past 53 years, Doctor Who has had a rollercoaster relationship with the representation of women, both in front of and behind the camera. But a new examination of the show’s portrayal of women in scientific fields shows that from the very beginning, the series has valued female scientists—and continued to give…