Today’s splash (lolllll)
Today’s splash (lolllll)
The condom protects us from infection and unwanted pregnancy, and it has reshaped the history of sex across the world. Studying its strange past can teach us a lot about our changing attitudes toward sexual intimacy throughout the ages.
HAPPY HALLOWEEEEEEN from Cara Santa Maria!
Bodysnatchers, werewolves, zombies—oh my! Did you know that many of the Halloween horrors we know and love have scientific roots? It’s true—there are real-life syndromes that mimic the themes found in the scariest of films and the spookiest of ghost stories. (Except ghosts, of course. They aren’t real!)
They’re watching you!
Should the woolly mammoth be resurrected? Is it even possible? And if so, is it ethical? Why did they go extinct in the first place? And what would be the point of bringing them back to life? Cara Santa Maria reports.
You may think homeopathic is just another word for holistic, organic, or natural — but you’d be wrong.
Can babies cry in French, German, English? When do they start to develop their own dialects, accents, even individual voices? Cara Santa Maria reports.
Talk Nerdy To Me: GMOs Are Good?
When you hear the words genetically modified organism, GMO, or gen-mod food, what is your initial reaction? Does the thought of a scientifically manipulated fruit or vegetable make your mouth water? Or does it turn your stomach?
As a science writer, the topics I choose to cover vary from the mundane to the controversial, but I rarely see feather ruffling like I do when GMOs enter the conversation. Often the list of questions evoked is longer than the list of pros and cons we can draft on our own. Should we be tinkering with the genomes of plants to make them heartier, tastier, more nutritive? Does this process reduce their safety? Do consumers need to know whether their food has been genetically modified? And while we’re at it, what exactly is genetic modification?
Vaccines & Autism: Controversy Persists, But Why?
The vaccine-autism controversy has been brewing ever since Andrew Wakefield published his infamous 1998 paper in The Lancet. Fourteen years later, the study has been retracted and scientists have had no luck finding a legitimate link between childhood vaccinations and autism. Yet, the debate rages on.
Why does over 20 percent of the population still think that vaccines cause autism? And what happens when parents act on their fears, refusing to inoculate their own children against dangerous diseases like measles, mumps, and rubella?
Can Positive Thinking Really Improve Health?
The power of positive thinking movement is the cornerstone upon which countless American self-help empires have been built. But does it really have the power it so often promises?