"Is organic produce better for you?
" is a simple question asked by a middle schooler in a science fair. Using fruit flies fed organic vs. conventional produce, Ria Chhabra tracked the flies and saw improvements based on their diet. Now barely a sophomore in high school, the project lead to university research labs
, science fair awards
, publication in top-tier peer-reviewed journals
, and quite likely, scholarships at her pick of top-flight universities.
The Empathy Deficit:
"A recent study finds a decline in empathy among young people in the U.S." In fact, the report concludes "empathy levels have been declining over the past 30 years." Podcast on this topic here
Using a 3-D petri dish,
Researchers at Brown University and Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island have built a completely functional artificial human ovary
that will allow doctors to harvest immature human egg cells (oocytes) and grow them into mature, ready-to-be-fertilized human eggs
outside the body. (In vitro
) The advance could eventually help preserve fertility for women facing chemotherapy
or other medical treatments that may be destructive to ovarian folliculogenesis. Press Release.
. (paywall) [more inside]
A nearly 25-year study
has concluded that children raised in lesbian households were psychologically well-adjusted
and had fewer behavioral problems than their peers
. Results were published this month in Pediatrics
: the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. (Abstract
. Free PDF
). [more inside]
What do Singing in the Rain
, Live Is Life
, Don't Worry, Be Happy
, I Will Survive
and Ça fait rire les oiseaux
have in common? In a study, French-speaking Internet users identified these five pop songs out of 100, as the most pernicious earworms
. Here are their top 25 picks
, including audio clips. [more inside]
The Depravity Scale is an international research effort
that aims to scientifically standardize
the definition of legal terms such as "heinous"
, and "depraved"
according to input from the general public. But is the Scale itself
, er, a bad idea
? [more inside]