Scicurious

A peek behind the science curtain

  1. photo of a snake
    Neuroscience

    A vivid emotional experience requires the right genetics

    A single gene deletion gives some people an extra vivid jolt to their emotional experience, a new study shows.

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  2. person cupping ear
    Neuroscience

    For the blind, hearing the way forward can be a tradeoff

    Many blind people have enhanced hearing. A new study shows that the ability to hear your way forward might come at the cost of hearing up and down.

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  3. jury box
    Science & Society

    A peer-reviewed study finds value in peer-reviewed research

    The best scoring peer-reviewed grants are associated with more papers and patents, a new study finds. But whether peer review is the best system is another question entirely.

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  4. two mice
    Neuroscience

    Serotonin and the science of sex

    Some scientists say that low serotonin makes male mice mate with males and females. Others disagree. In the end, it’s not about sexual preference, but about how science works.

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  5. male engineer showing tutoring man and woman
    Science & Society

    Women in engineering engage best with gender parity

    There are many hypotheses as to why women don’t stay in science or engineering. A new study puts an intervention to the test.

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  6. Symphony
    Neuroscience

    Our taste in music may age out of harmony

    Age-related hearing loss may be more than just the highest notes. The brain may also lose the ability to tell consonance from dissonance, a new study shows.

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  7. love potion
    Neuroscience

    Sniffing out human pheromones

    A new review argues that most of the chemicals labeled human pheromones, and the experiments behind them, don’t pass the smell test.

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  8. cup of coffee
    Health & Medicine

    Report offers stimulating recommendation on coffee

    Results from a committee of experts give the blessing to moderate coffee intake. But as we all raise our mugs, the science behind the report is worth a closer look.

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  9. doctor talking to a father
    Health & Medicine

    There’s more than one way to persuade people to vaccinate

    Fear, facts and attitude are all strategies for promoting immunization

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  10. owls in a row
    Psychology

    Scientists of a feather flock together

    When it comes to major scientific issues such as global warming and GMOs, scientists and the public don’t see eye to eye. It might be because socially, they don’t see each other at all.

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  11. Golf swing
    Neuroscience

    How the brain sees follow-through

    The follow-through on your golf swing is more than just a way to use up extra energy. It’s part of how your brain “sees” a movement.

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  12. male scientist in foreground, two women scientists in background
    Science & Society

    Attitude, not aptitude, may contribute to the gender gap

    Does talent or hard work matter most? A new survey suggests an emphasis on genius predicts how many women end up in a field of study.

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