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Subtle, Yet Sexy: How Pheromones Can Change Your Perception of Attractiveness

Have you ever found someone particularly sexy without knowing why? It could be that you are lured in by their pheromones, invisible chemical signals that can subtly alter a person’s mood, mindset, or behavior. According to new research published last week in Current Biology, men and women give off …

Sexuality

As Earth Warms, West Nile Spreads

The virus took the U.S. by surprise. Thanks to climate change, it’s here to stay.<p>The day that everything changed was a broiling Thursday in July—95 degrees, the kind of dry heat that Sacramento Valley residents are used to. If you have to work outside, you do it before noon, swathed in long sleeves …

Newton’s AppleTree at his home. Hold an Apple nearby & you rise weightless, they say. #WatchingCosmos http://t.co/5lO4VZLTFB

Spurious Correlations finds the hidden, totally pointless connections between everything

Spurious Correlations is the virtual embodiment of a useful rhetorical cudgel: correlation does not equal causation. Sift through its data sets, and you'll find all sorts of statistics that can be mapped onto each other — margarine consumption and the divorce rate, crude oil imports and number of …

How Humans And Squid Evolved To Have The Same Eyes

I see how you see.<p>Eyes and wings are among the most stunning innovations evolution has created. Remarkably, these features have evolved multiple times in different lineages of animals. For instance, the avian ancestors of birds and the mammalian ancestors of bats both evolved wings independently, …

Meet the BAT, an airborne wind turbine

The first time you see this bizarre aircraft floating high above the horizon, you may be confused. It looks kind of like a giant, winged doughnut.<p>It's 35 feet wide, and inventors call it the BAT.<p>It's an unmanned, helium-filled, cylindrical blimp wrapped around three spinning blades that turn wind …

Fossil Galaxy Provides a Window Into the Early Universe

The dwarf galaxy Segue 1 has remained largely unchanged for billions of years.<p>A tiny galaxy lying just beyond the edge of the Milky Way has failed to evolve normally over the last several billion years, say astronomers, and it represents a sample of the universe as it was in its infancy, around 13 …