Category: It Must Be Science!

| Posted in It Must Be Science!, Sex Sells

Hey, baby … no, wait. Come back.

Oh, yeah? If guys can't make sexy talk, then how did the Village People write an entire song about it?
Oh, yeah? If guys can’t make sexy talk, then how did the Village People write an entire song about it?

The Guys like to think of ourselves as debonair masters of seduction. Which is why we’re kind of surprised that our sexy voices don’t work. That’s according to some alleged research by psychologists at Albright College.

In the experiment, 20 men and 20 women tried their sexy voices — you know: deeper, smokier, less-Jerry Lewis-y (but not by that much) — on an audience of 40 people. And, according to those 40 people, men just couldn’t summon sexy if sexy were a rabid dingo and they were wearing a suit made of babies. “In fact,” said study author Susan Hughes, “although not significantly, it got a bit worse when men tried to sound sexy.”

But, we’re not feeling daunted. Perhaps it works for The Guys because we’re too sexy looking, so using ineffectual sexy talk makes us more accessible, sort of like Anne Hathaway’s … everything.

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People don’t like you when they’re hungry

Hello there, friend. Are you tired of arguing with your spouse or significant other? Is your old lady nagging you? Maybe it’s time you made a snack.

According to a study by Ohio State University (we left off “the” just to troll them), being hangry is a real thing. Researchers found that couples were more likely to put pins in a voodoo doll provided to them to represent their spouse if their blood sugar levels were low. Meaning, as long as you feed someone, they are less likely to dabble in the dark arts. Or, if they hadn’t eaten in a while, they were less likely to control their anger.

Good god, this means the Snickers commercials are right.

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So … that just happened

People without vaginas, behold! Science has grown you one in a petri dish ice tray.

Finally, a six-pack that trumps the other two kinds.
Finally, a six-pack that trumps the other two kinds.

Well, that’s about all we needed, scientists. Thanks for all the hard work and what diseases you managed to cure in the time between the inventions of writing and math and us not caring about what happens outside of our dish.

Good job, everyone. Home run. In a dish.

| Posted in It Must Be Science!, War on Animals

Coming soon: Jellyfish toilet paper

Jellyfish are one of the biggest threats humanity currently faces, be they robotic, peanut-butter flavored, or infiltrators of our nuclear reactors. Plus, because of global warming and overfishing, their numbers are growing because they have fewer predators and they can live in places they didn’t use to. So how do we fight back?

We wipe our asses with them, of course.

Researchers in Israel are working on turning jellyfish into super-absorbent household items. If they are able to successfully make jellyfish into what they call “hydromash,” you will soon be able to use these invading hoards as toilet paper, paper towels, sponges, diapers and tampons. Who doesn’t want to put an animal that stings on their crotch?

| Posted in Headline of the Day, It Must Be Science!

Sound health rhymes with ‘heart’

Say what you will about those cowboys, but they’re probably healthier than you. (Now, now. Don’t get mad. You know you don’t have the strength to do anything more than angrily chew your Cheetos.) And the secret to their health? Beans.

Don't let conservatives' horror stories about Canadian socialized medicine discourage you from heeding this serious medical advice.
Don’t let conservatives’ horror stories about Canadian socialized medicine discourage you from heeding this serious dietary advice.

According to Canadian researchers (pictured to the right), a single, daily serving of beans “can reduce levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol, which in turn lowers the risk of heart attacks and stroke.”

And, furthermore, keep eating those beans, and you’ll also develop the ability to play the most musical of fruit. Well, other than gourds. Those things really keep a beat. So, the cymbals of the musical fruit world. Or stand-up bass if you chain a few.

| Posted in It Must Be Science!, That Wacky Australia, War on Animals

U.N. gives Japan something to wail about

Alright, alright. You won. But you don't have to showboat in the your-zone. It's called sportsmanship.
Alright, alright. You won. But you don’t have to showboat in the your-zone. It’s called sportsmanship.

It’s been a fantastic run by Japan, but it looks like one of the last few fronts in the War on Whales is shutting down. The International Court of Justice in The Hague ordered Japan to end its research on the enemy, all based on the flimsy argument that there’s no evidence that killing whales is research.

Did Japan only start killing whales for research after the 1986 moratorium? No. They killed 2, 100 in the 34 years before commercial whaling was banned in 1986. (Thanks, Star Trek IV.) So, it stands to reason that the 14,000 they’ve killed in the 24 years since is because they’re so much better at research now and not because research is the only excuse to do it.

So, thanks a lot, the U.N. And thank you, too, Australia, who took Japan to court over this in the first place. We could have learned so much about dead whales, but now we’ll get their songs stuck in our heads while studying live ones.

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All the single minor planets, all the single minor planets

Chariklo comes with a  single ring, just like an order of Burger King fries.
Chariklo comes with a couple of rings, just like an order of Burger King fries.

Somebody must have liked the asteroid, Chariklo, because they put a ring on it.

Chariklo, orbiting between Saturn and Uranus,* is the first non-planetary object observed with rings. It joins Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune in the interstellar Bling Ring Club.


*We don’t know when astronomers started pronouncing Uranus as “ur-uh-nus” instead of “ur-A-nus,” but you’re not fooling anybody, planetarium DJs and hosts of Cosmos. It’s A-nus.

| Posted in It Must Be Science!, Sex Sells

Scholarly journal will get you reading again

Scholarly journals aren’t typically the most fun reads out there. But there’s a new one out of Middlesex University in London that you and the rest of the internet just might like.

It’s called Porn Studies. Take a wild guess what it’s about. The good news is that it’s peer-reviewed, which means it really is scientific. And that means it’s all SFW.

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You can’t fake it with your computer

People could only tell about 55 percent of the time when you're pulling for a higher soccer penalty. But the computer could tell 85 percent of the time.
People could only tell about 55 percent of the time when you’re pulling for a higher soccer penalty. But the computer could tell 85 percent of the time.

We have to hope that Star Trek was wrong and that video chat doesn’t become the standard form of communication. Because if it does, and it comes installed with facial recognition software just developed by the University of California-San Diego, then we will never be able to call in “sick” again.

Scientists studying facial movements wanted to learn the difference between genuine facial expressions and faked ones. They found that not only could their motion-tracking and pattern-recognizing software determine who was really in pain and who was faking, but that they could do it far better than humans.

In other news, your computer totally knows when you’re getting bored and just want to wrap your porn time up.

| Posted in Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto, War on Robots

It only takes one triple word score to initiate WW3

People, we’re warning you now: we are the precipice of the fall of man. Students at Carnegie Mellon University have created a robot that plays Scrabble, and it will be the end of us all.

Victor the cybernetic mistake robot  has been programmed to play Scrabble, but only at an average level. The thought is that if Victor plays too well, then no one will want to play again.

Except, well, there’s one part of Victor that we should point out:

“When he’s losing, he’s cranky, and when he’s cranky, he’s very sarcastic and trash talks a lot,” says Professor Simmons.

We are only one temper tantrum away from nukes being launched. Shut. It. Down.