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A new preliminary study conducted at John Hopkins University investigated how chemical compounds in broccoli, particularly broccoli sprouts, can improve behavioral symptoms of those with moderate to severe autism. The chemical called sulforaphane, is converted from glucoraphanin through the bacteria in our bodies when we eat the sprouts. The researchers turned glucoraphanin into sulforaphane and converted them into capsules so they could control the doses for those involved in the trial based on their weight. Read More
On last night's episode of "Sex in the Wild," a 4-part PBS series that investigates the sex lives, mating behaviors, and reproductive systems of a variety of animals, the subject was marsupials. That's right: we learned all about Kangaroo vaginas, Koala penii, and the 4-headed Echidna penis. But first, a warning: This post (and the show itself) is NSFW: Not Safe for Wussies. If you are easily skeeved out by nature, you might want to move on. Led by intrepid anatomy scientist Dr. Joy S. Read More
Imagine earning the opportunity to go out into the field and explore the world, as a budding young scientist, only to be greeted by predatory superiors.  In a PLOS ONE survey of mostly archaeologists and anthropologists, 64% of field scientists reported having experienced sexual harassment and 22% reported sexual assault in the field.  The academic article also noted that “73% percent of female [medical trainees] had experienced workplace sexual harassment during their residency," meaning that this problem is not unique to scientists working in the field. Read More
Lady-power, as it turns out, isn’t just limited to humans. Many people think of the animal world as more traditionally gendered, but badass females actually transcend species. Here is just a taste of the awesomeness: 1. Lady-bonobos  Female bonobos are sexually liberated.  Bonobo societies are matriarchies, with females living at the top of their group’s social pyramid.  A high ranking bonobo’s male offspring will go on to become a leader among the males in the social group, but he will never usurp his mother’s position. Read More
Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m a sucker for nature-friendly labeling. Want me to buy something? Label it “Organic.” Want me to stop buying it? Tell me it’s filled with harmful chemicals.  This is why, when I first heard about the “no-poo” (no shampoo) hair-washing method of using baking soda and apple cider vinegar, I was intrigued. Read More