I just wrote a story for the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative about a new study of the intestinal bacteria of autistic children. A team of Australian researchers studied more than 50 children with autism and discovered
I think I’m developing a historical crush on Harvey Cushing. This innovative father of neurosurgery was a meticulous record keeper, leaving behind a treasure trove of brain and tumor samples (now stored in a fancy
New research examines the connection between impulse shopping and menstruation. In a study of 443 women, a pair of British researchers discovered that women were more likely to make impulsive purchases during the weeks between
Fossilized melanosomes might just be my new favorite subject. Melanosomes are organelles–cell parts–responsible for producing the pigment melanin. These tiny bits of biology can be preserved in fossils, which has led to some fascinating papers.
Last week, researchers published an interesting little study on the remarkable flying fish. The fish can glide in the air, above the surface of the sea, for nearly a minute, covering some 400 meters before
It may seem strange (given that I am unlikely to ever become a father), but the “science of fatherhood” is a major interest of mine. So I had a lot to say when I recently
Yesterday, I mentioned that I’d considered calling this blog “Coprolalia,” after the term for those involuntary utterances made by some people with Tourette’s Syndrome. Coprolalia has been on my mind because I recently came across