A new Dutch study on an old question — should men stand or sit when urinating? — just might weaken the revenue stream of pharma companies that offer treatments for male urinary ailments. The researchers suggest (that is their word) that altering a man’s stance when urinating can sometimes be effective at treating some prostate-related (and similar) problems. Sometimes as effective, even, as treating the […]
Fly flee? No, Fly medicate, parentally.
Flies, parasites, parent-child relations, and fly-administered drugs all figure into this study: “Fruit Flies Medicate Offspring After Seeing Parasites,” Balin Z. Kacsoh, Zachary R. Lynch, Nathan T. Mortimer, Todd A. Schlenke, Science, vol. 339, no. 6122, February 22, 2013, pp. 947-950. The authors, at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, explain: “Here we describe a behavioral immune […]
Meditation and/or prayer vs. crime
In the spirit of Ig Nobel Prize winner John Hagelin, the British government is trying prayer as a means to cut crime both by criminals and by policemen, according to this report in The Independent: A Christian policing group which believes that the power of prayer can catch criminals and keep officers safe from harm […]