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Women born with a rare disease called Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser Syndrome just got the greatest gift of all: A VAGINA. Although women with this condition have vulvas, they lack a vaginal cavity and thus live without many common pleasures of a vagina: masturbation, menstruation, sex and a deep, psychological connection with a coochie. Fortunately, by applying a technique developed in the 1990s, Scientists have discovered the ability grow a synthetic vagina from the patients cells. Then, boom, they implant the spankin’ new vag. Read More
The next time someone asks who you're knitting that sweater for, say your brain.  It's long been assumed that creative types like Sylvia Plath are somehow more susceptible to depression, when in fact the opposite might be true; writing poems may have been her brain's way of fighting depression.  "When we are involved in (creativity), we feel that we are living more fully than during the rest of life," says Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. "You know that what you need to do is possible to do, even though difficult, and sense of time disappears. You forget yourself. Read More
YouTube can be a major time-waster, or a super productive educator. Typically the difference in how you use it depends on what time of the day/night you're browsing, how many glasses of wine you may or may not have had, and how stressful your day has been. I don't think I have to outline the correlation between cat video watching and the number of times you made a mistake at work. Read More
  There’s been a lot of buzz around a new study that examines the differences between male and female brains. The study, conducted by the University of Pennsylvania’s Ragini Verma and her colleagues and recently published in the journal PNAS, uses advanced imaging to map the connectivity of the left and right brain hemispheres of males and females. The researchers concluded that male and female brains have fundamental differences: males have more interconnectivity in each hemisphere, while women have more connectivity between the two. Read More
We hear it all the time: sex sells. And it’s true. As the art critic John Berger has suggested, advertisements are effective when they sell a fantasy: buy this product, and you will be envied by all. Women in both art and advertising are often posed for the male gaze; in other words, even if there’s a man in an ad photo, the woman is shown facing the consumer, promising to be just as attainable as the product she sells. Her body is symbolically up-for-grabs to anyone who can afford the wristwatch or cologne she markets. Read More
  The other day I was listening to an old episode of This American Life with Ira Glass called “Testosterone.” In one story, a transgender male feminist explained how his eyes uncontrollably wandered to female bodies when he took testosterone. He was heartbroken by the fact that he spent more time looking at chests than faces. Read More
Ahhh...the sweet smell of awesome women: According to a new report compiled at the University of Montreal, lady doctors out-perform their male counterparts in every way. Yes, all of them.  The study observed the diabetes-related care provided by 870 physicians, with even numbers of male and female participants. The participants were scored on three different levels of diabetic care: prescribing eye exams, scheduling physicals, and prescribing a special mix of medications. In every category, men were outperformed by women. Read More
  In a sexist society, women are conditioned to be cheerful and peppy and men are trained to be confrontational and ambitious. The expectations placed on individuals based on gender contribute to some awful things like assertive women being called “shrews” or kind men being considered weak.    A new study by the Institute of Information Technology in Canada’s Saif Mohammad and Tony Yang suggests that we might internalize these destructive double standards more than we want to accept. Read More
Quick: name a famous inventor. Is it a man? Women continue to fight hard to gain recognition as inventors. Scientific fields and patenting usually favor the dudes, but women created a lot of things that make our modern lives easy and efficient. We were inspired by Mental Floss's list of inventions by ladies and wanted to share them (and add a few), so take a look at twenty five items to be thankful for, and give these women a big round of applause!    1. The First Computer Grace Hopper, with the help of colleague Howard Aiken, constructed the first computer in 1944. Read More
Dr. Danielle N. Lee is an animal behavior and ecology post-doc biologist, a hip-hop maven, and a contributing blogger for Scientific American. As stated on Scientific American’s website, Lee’s section, “The Urban Scientist,” focuses on “urban ecology, evolutionary biology & diversity in the sciences.” Recently, Lee was approached by a Biology Online blog editor, whose name is known as “Ofek,” to the guest blog for the scientific site he works for. Read More