Whale Humps Obscure Baby Bumps

When it comes to reproductive physiology, humpback whales have been stumping scientists for years. Why? Well, try to imagine a pregnant humpback whale. Reference the picture above of a non-pregnant whale if you need help. The perceptive observer will notice that even a normal whale is delightfully chubby. So chubby, in fact, that a pregnant …

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In Defense of Recess

As we get older, society grants us less and less time outside. The trouble begins in high school, when recess is abolished in favor of more time in the classroom. Luckily, there are still plenty of opportunities for outdoor sports in high school but spending time outside is no longer mandatory. As we enter college …

Rolling the Dice: A Link Between the Amygdala and Risk Tolerance

To celebrate Plebian Science's 1-year birthday, this post is twice as long as the usual ones! Thanks for reading, everyone! The researchers then used a variety of brain imaging techniques to look for differences between brains that were very risk-tolerant (willing to roll the metaphorical dice for more money) and brains that were more risk-adverse …

Listening to Picasso: Replacing Lost Senses with Brain-Computer Interfaces

What if you could hear color? Though the idea might sound non-sensical at first, it is far from impossible, via a therapeutic technique called sensory substitution. Sensory substitution is a form of controlled synesthesia (try saying sensory-substitution-synesthesia five times fast!) Synesthesia is a neurological phenomenon in which by stimulating one sensory or cognitive pathway, an …