Everyone is a dick during heat waves

Here we go again, it's that time of the year for the northern hemisphere - summer. Eternal sunshine. Blistering heat and daily temperatures reaching the heights needed to melt thoughts. Good news? It's done in a few months, and then we can all complain about the cold and rain again. Bad news? It's not just the weather that's being horrible — it's everyone around you, too. A recent paper, Exploring the impact of ambient temperature on helping (Belkin & Kouchaki, 2017) »

Is listening to country music going to kill you?

I've heard you need clickbait titles to catch the interest of internet strangers, and this one is right on the money. So hello there, let me tell you about how country music is going to kill you. There's a short and sweet paper from the early nineties that has played with the problematic of the link between country music and suicide rates (The Effect of Country Music on Suicide by S. Stack and J. Gundlach; 1992), and it tells you »

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 »