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July 19, 2015

According to a new study of kissing preferences, romantic kissing is found in only 46 per cent of world cultures, making our Western preoccupation with pashing look a little odd. The study examined 168 cultures from wide range of geographical locations, historical backgrounds, and social structures, and defined romantic-sexual kissing as intentional lip-to-lip contact between […]

May 24, 2015

Four men have been rescued from collapsed buildings in Chautara following Nepal’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake thanks to a NASA technology that detected their heartbeats through 10 feet of debris. FINDER, which stands for Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response, is a small, suitcase-sized device that sends out a low-powered microwave signal. Tiny motions caused by […]

May 17, 2015

The story goes that Horace Lamb, when speaking at a meeting of the British Association of the Advancement of Science, made a really great physics joke. “I am an old man now,” he said, “and when I die and go to heaven there are two matters on which I hope for enlightenment. One is quantum […]

May 3, 2015

Turns out PMS isn’t even a thing. If you ask, three of every four menstruating women say they experience PMS. But a review of research led by University of Toronto has found no link between negative moods and the pre-menstrual phase. “There is so much cultural baggage around women’s menstrual cycles, and entire industries built […]

April 19, 2015

Some physicists think they may have figured out where the evidence of parallel universes has been hiding. If parallel universes exist, that is. Modal realists will tell you that all possible worlds, including the one in which Sherlock and I ride a dinosaur to the Ministry of Magic each morning, are as real as the actual world. […]

March 23, 2015

There is no scientific controversy surrounding the effectiveness of vaccination programs. Whenever a vaccine has been successfully introduced and been widely used a sharp decline in the incidence of diseases it protects against is observed, meaning fewer hospitalisations and fewer deaths. That is because vaccines not only protect vaccinated individuals from a disease, they also […]

October 12, 2014

I am, as they say, a high-functioning dyslexic.

August 3, 2014

I have just spent three wonderful months studying fiction and poetry at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop summer graduate program in ‘The City of Iowa City, Iowa’. It has been a fantastic experience, but it has also been a major shock to the system that has forced me to re-evaluate what it means to me to be a feminist