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Top Five Science Stories – Volume #3


It’s time once again for this week’s top five science stories, curated from the very best in science research… featuring amusing analysis from This vs That.

So, without further adieu, here they are: the Top Five Science Stories.



When it comes to shopping in one of those very high end retail stores, there’s one thing everyone can agree on. We’re scared shitless of running into one of those damn Real Housewives of Atlanta. OK, well that, and the surprising arrogance of the people that work there. You walk in, wearing whatever it is you wear, ask about the cost of some item, and no matter who you are or what you look like — no matter how good you look — the sales clerk looks you over, gently sneers, rolls their eyes and demurely says: “Perhaps you’d be more comfortable looking at the items on sale in our discount bin.” The arrogance! The snobbery! You can’t help but wonder how the hell this store sells any of their Versace real human skin handbags. Well, according to new research, being arrogant and aloof actually HELPS store clerks sell more of their fancy items. Why? It has something to do with the human desire to be accepted. When we are rejected or made to feel small or insignificant, we tend to work harder… or in this case… spend more money, in order to feel accepted. Read more HERE.



NO. This is not a story about conservative law-makers and their attitudes towards members of the LGBT community. Although, it certainly could be. Actually, it’s the story of mice. The mice used by thousands of scientists and researchers in lab experiments around the globe. According to the results of a new study, both male and female mice become more anxious — increased heart rate, increased blood flow — when they are in the presence of MEN as opposed to when they are in the presence of women. The problem this presents is that the higher stress levels in mice could skew experiment results, thus causing scientists to get inaccurate findings from their experiments. This is the first time that the sexuality of the scientist has played a role in the outcome of an experiment. That is, if you don’t count what happened in that movie “Weird Science”, where the two high school nerds bring to live a gorgeous woman who wants to have sex with them. Read more about sexuality and stress in mice, HERE.


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No. This is not a story about some sudden reduction in on-line pornography. No. It’s about the Blue Footed Booby of the Galapagos Islands. According to a new report in the New York Times, the population of the Blue Footed Booby over the last 10 years has dropped a dramatic 50%. At present, scientists estimate that their are only about 6500 Blue Footed Boobys left. While scientists have not been able to pinpoint the single cause of the population reduction, they attribute part of the problem to a decrease in the Booby’s natural food supply. Over the same 10 year period, scientists have also seen a huge reduction in the sardine population. Sardines are high in protein, and a staple of the Booby diet. In a related story, this blog post just set a record for the most mentions of the word “booby” not on a sight owned by Brazzers. Read more about the Blue Footed Boobys, HERE



According to a new research study, asking a child to quote “help” clean up the dishes is not as effective at getting them to “help with the dishes” as saying: “can you be a helper?” This subtle difference, according to scientists is much more likely to achieve the desired result. When you ask a child to “help” you are asking them to do one specific thing… right now. However, when you ask “can you be a helper?” you are asking them something about their character, about who they are, or who they think they’d like to be. Read more, HERE.



New research done at the University of York in England reveals that the lives the pre-historic Neanderthals lived may not have been as brutish, awful and cruel as is commonly supposed. York’s scientists studying the bones of Neanderthal children now believe that individual families / groups of Neanderthals were close knit, caring, thoughtful and decent — at least to one another. Read more, HERE.

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