Research indicates that the length ratio of the index finger to the ring finger can predict relative levels of prenatal androgen exposure. The longer the fourth finger, the higher the level of those steroids, and also—studies have shown—a greater chance of success in competitive activities such as sports.
Posts by Lisa Lombardi
A new study from Cornell University has introduced new information about the mating “song” of mosquitoes that could help scientists engineer—you guessed it—sexier mosquitoes!
Image courtesy of PNAS/Gabrielle Gentile
One-hundred fifty years after Charles Darwin published On The Origin of Species—the book that laid out his theory of natural selection as a means of evolution—scientists are hailing the evolutionary significance of a creature that Darwin missed during his time in the Galápagos Islands: the pink iguana.
In the spirit of keeping things simple for those enduring a post-holiday hangover, we offer some science news hors d’oeuvres to snack on before ringing in a new year with the heavy stuff.
A new study suggests that dogs have a sense of fairness, and can feel envy when they are not properly - or equitably -rewarded.
Just look at this fellow. Seems like the trustworthy type, right? The kind of crab who would take long scuttles on the beach, dine on some detritus by moonlight, and then go home to meet your mother? Alas, this is not the case.
The “Big Three” U.S. auto companies are begging the government for money. But what have they been doing recently to prepare for the future? Developing more energy efficient cars? Feh! They’re engineering cars that are easier for aging boomers to drive.
The secret to saving lives in developing countries could be in your own kitchen drawer. A simple handheld egg-beater makes an excellent substitute for expensive, electric-powered centrifuges, reports the Royal Society of Chemistry’s journal Lab on a Chip.
New research shows corn is the core of all fast food. Information published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences show that the overwhelming majority of fast food is based on a single source: corn.
Japanese scientists report today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences the successful cloning of mice using genetic material from bodies frozen up to 16 years ago.