Is it possible for your brain to hurt if you think too much?
This is one of those questions that until you ask it, you take the ‘answer’ for granted. So, Why are Women (Generally) Smaller than Men?
We have probably all had this experience. We listen to a recording of ourselves talking and insist that the tape doesn’t sound at all like our voice – but everyone else insists it does. So, is there a medical explanation for this lack of self-perception?
Humans are a fickle lot. You only have to look at how public opinion seems to swing wildly from day to day. So, it might come as rather refreshing to hear how British biologist, Thomas Henry Huxley, 150 years go made a rather pithy observation called “The Four Stages of Public Opinion”.
Sometimes it’s good to questions the assumed orthodoxy that we all seem to absorb by gradual osmosis from the culture and society we live and are brought up in. How do we know that fingerprints ARE unique?
Should you discover that you have the ability to bend the upper half of your thumb until it makes a right-angle you might feel rather chuffed with yourself as you can then describe yourself as “double jointed” – surely that means you have two joints where most people have one ? NO, unfortunately not!
There’s a popular belief that’s been around for a while that playing calssical music to a baby and even an unborn child will make them smarter. This is otherwise known as “The Mozart Effect”. So, this rather begs the question …. “Is there any truth in this?” and if so “How much can a baby actually hear inside their Mother’s womb?”
The problem with dinosaurs is that they lived a very long time ago- between 250 million and 65 million years ago – and the vast majority of our knowledge of them is based on fossilized bones and skeletons, which are all that have survived the ravages of time. So can we tell if dinosaurs were warm or cold-blooded ?
Most of us will be familiar with the aches that seem to accompany the bouts of flu we sometimes contract, especially during the change of seasons. But why does our whole body ache, including bits that really shouldn’t like teeth & hair ?
Having a bath has uses aside from getting clean and reading a good book: it gives you an excuse to observe a bodily quirk that it would appear has been with us since Homo sapiens left the trees.
Urban Myth or Science Fact : Is it true that we typically only use 10% of our brain ?
The internet was clearly invented with the sole purpose of allowing the earth’s population to watch cute cat movies. So, in this article we add to that great body of information, we like to call “internet fluff”, with some rather erudite answers to some of those perplexing questions about our feline friends.
A valentine’s day conundrum for you : Why does an X stand for a kiss? and why do humans kiss anyway?
Of all the things that define us as humans there is surely one remarkable thing that marks us out from other life on earth – language and the ability to communicate via speech. But what is it in our genes that allows us to do this?
On the face of it there seems little hope of working out precisely how a 75ft long, 50 ton Brachiosaur fed itself. However it is possible to make a few guesstimates, by assuming the present laws of physics and chemistry applied 65 million years ago.