Science Saturday


We begin with death today, specifically the smell of it. Apparently, insects all emit the same blend of fatty acids when they die, and that smell sends them scurrying.

High cholesterol may reduce sexual arousal in women.

Geckos can self-amputate their tails, which is a neat trick, but apparently the tails can twitch and flip for up to half an hour after amputation, serving as a distraction to predators. I think geckos just went from neat to creepy in my book.

The roc might not have been so mythical after all.

And finally, Rebecca Saxe, speaking at TED, talks about how magnetic pulses can change moral judgments. You can watch over at Video Interruption, if you’re the kind of person who never wants to leave The Rumpus.

Brian Spears is Senior Poetry Editor of The Rumpus and the author of A Witness in Exile (Louisiana Literature Press, 2011). His poem “Upon Reading That Andromeda Will One Day Devour Triangulum and Come For Us Next” was featured in Season 9 of Motion Poems. More from this author →