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The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) has now been in orbit for 25 years and this achievement has been a wonderful excuse to pour over the telescope’s beautiful imagery, to consider its valuable contribution to science, to remember its troubled beginnings and applaud its stellar success. But one way, I’m hoping to mark the telescope’s anniversary is to hunt for it in the night sky.
Wired has put together a great little video about some of the science behind the female orgasm, using fun little science experiments as visual aids. It includes one of my favourite bits of orgasm trivia to share at dinner parties: that a woman’s pain threshold increases greatly during orgasm (yeah, I’m that dinner party guest).
Everyone is saying artificial sweeteners like aspartame are bad for you, and now Diet Pepsi is removing it. Should I worry about how much diet soft drink I’ve been drinking? What health hazard have I been exposing myself to all these years? And should I worry about the new sweetener that’s replacing it?
Science denial has real, societal consequences. Denial of the link between HIV and AIDS led to more than 330,000 premature deaths in South Africa. Denial of the link between smoking and cancer has caused millions of premature deaths. Thanks to vaccination denial, preventable diseases are making a comeback.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of talking about “the gene for” a disease, but the truth is that a lot of diseases are influenced both by genetics and by other factors in your life. This infographic from Mosaic explains what that means.