cannabis

Scientists at UConn used firefly genes to make cannabis glow

A group of researchers at the University of Connecticut recently conducted an experiment wherein they used firefly DNA to light up cannabis cells for study. The purpose of the study — which was funded by the US Department of Agriculture — was to help scientists gain a better understanding of cannabinoid biosynthesis. Cannabinoids are complex compounds …

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Study: Your brain runs as hot as 105 degrees F and that’s just fine

A team of scientists at the MRC lab in the UK have experimentally confirmed that healthy human brains typically reach temperatures as high as 105 degrees F (40.5 C) throughout the course of a normal day. File under: it’s okay to be a little hot-headed. We’ve all been told that our regular body temperature should …

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Understanding quantum social dynamics

Binaries do not exist in nature. In fact, I’d go so far as to say the universe abhors the binary. Nothing either is or isn’t. If that were the case, if anything simply was or wasn’t, then anyone who’s ever played a game of Go knows that eventually, all things would either be or they …

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Scientists found a trippy illusion that triggers pupil dilation (in most people)

Approximately 86% of the people who see the above hero image will experience involuntary pupil dilation. No, that’s not a GIF and the image isn’t manipulating your monitor’s refresh rate. If you’re among those who perceive the illusion, your brain is actually being tricked into believing you’re entering a darkened space. Dubbed ‘the expanding hole’ …

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The single most important object in all of human history

It doesn’t look like much. An odd-shaped hunk of verdigris-covered metal. On a passing glance, you might mistake it for the handle of an old ship’s door or some other long-forgotten marine junk. But this is no sea garbage. What you see in the image above is the Antikythera mechanism. It is, to the curious …

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Men are from Earth and so are women because the gendered brain is a myth

There’s as much evidence to support the idea of a “gendered brain” as there is for ghosts and a flat Earth. It’s always interesting to see which of those myths people choose to believe, which they vehemently reject, and how rare it is to find someone with an evidence-based view on all three. To be …

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Non-pathological hypersexuality for the non-lobotomized

Lobotomies were legal in the US as recently as 1967. That might sound like a long time ago, but considering only two years later we’d put humans on the Moon, it doesn’t feel like a practice that should have persisted for so long. And, yet, a cursory review of the most common reasons for lobotomizing …

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A scientific mystery: Why do people sleep better when they’re in love?

A pair of researchers from the Australian National University and the University of Helsinki recently published a fascinating paper discussing the scientific relationship between romantic love and sleep. Apparently, there’s a commonly-held belief that people experiencing romantic love sleep better than folks who aren’t. Per the duo’s paper: “Romantic love is commonly associated with a change …

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Study: Practicing self-compassion makes you a better caregiver

The concept of “self-care” isn’t necessarily a new one, but the field of research surrounding it is far from mature. Succinctly put: we’re just starting to understand the physiological ramifications of long-term exposure to stress, anxiety, and frustration. We’re in an era where most folks finally recognize the importance of self-care. By and large, we …

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Study finds ‘quarantine-related plague of anxiety’ can be mitigated with sex

A team of prestigious researchers from Rome published a fascinating study earlier this year confirming what we’ve been saying at Love is a Fetish for years: some people enjoy having sex. This might not be breaking news to anybody, but the research is intriguing. The haves and the have nots The team conducted a survey with …

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