Scientists videotape fruit bats having sex: is fellatio useful?

The paper Fellatio by Fruit Bats Prolongs Copulation Time (M. Tan et al.; 2009) provides a groundbreaking look into the sexual lives of animals - by reporting on the observed use and effect of fellatio in the sexual habits of short-nosed fruit bats (Cynopterus sphinx). What we knew before going into the topic of this work is that fellatio is a common copulatory aid in humans, and that it has been observed as playful behavior in juvenile bonobo apes (I'm »

Have you ever wanted to know what happens to bees on cocaine?

Admit it, Effects of cocaine on honey bee dance behaviour (A.B. Barron et al.; 2008) sounds exactly like the type of thing you'd like to read about on a lazy Sunday morning - and it reports on exactly what you'd imagine. The authors decided to take a closer look at the discrepancy that is the destructive effect of cocaine as an addictive drug and its ecological role as a natural insecticide (it is a neurotoxin that protects the coca »

Ejaculate your way to health

The author of Ejaculation as a potential treatment of nasal congestion in mature males (S. Zarrintan; 2008) would like for us to think outside of the box, by proposing a novel method to potentially aleviate the problems of nasal congestion. Nasal congestion is the blockage of nasal passages, where the membranes lining the nasal passages can get swollen when the blood vessels in them become inflamed. The author stresses that this can occur in response to certain illnesses, but also »

Answering the existential questions - what is navel fluff?

As they turn to professional careers, many scientific researchers lose the childish fascination by innate phenomena that surrounds them. And then there is The nature of navel fluff (G. Steinhauser; 2009) - a three-year, one-man study of the origins and contents of navel fluff. The author read a "popular scientific medical book," Why do Men Have Nipples?: Hundreds of Questions You'd Only Ask a Doctor After Your Third Martini (M. Leyner, B. Goldberg; 2005) and decided to have »

Even pigeons can differentiate between art movements

An ambitious project of Pigeons' discrimination of paintings by Monet and Picasso (S. Watanabe, J. Sakamoto, M. Wakita; 1995) promises to entertain and teach, and doesn't disappoint on any step of the way. Many characteristics of an artist's work cue to the authorship and period of production, so even a laic can differentiate between the art made by two artists with very different modes of expression - Picasso and Monet. In fact, even pigeons can tell the difference. Previous to »