WHSD? The Week in Science

The venom from a scorpion sting could be used to reduce the risk of heart bypass failures, research has shown. A toxin found in the venom of the Central American bark scorpion hasbeen found to be 100 times more effective in controlling the growth of obstructive cells after a bypass.

A new study shows falling in love not only takes a fifth of a second, but elicits the same pleasurable feeling as cocaine. The study by Syracuse University Professor Stephanie Ortigue, reveals that when a person falls in love, 12 areas of the brain work together to release chemicals such as dopamine, oxytocin and adrenaline which induce euphoria.

Astronomers have discovered a new way to spot distant planets. By using a small piece of specially designed glass, scientists can filter out excessive starlight allowing them to examine previously unseen bodies.

Worms show a way to improve fertility. Scientists have identified genes responsible for the reproductive lifespan in worms and found they may control genes which perform a similar function in humans, leading to advances in fertility.

New research suggests Neanderthals were more caring than the brutish thugs of legend. A study by the University of York has shown that despite their primitive reputation, Neanderthals had a deep sense of compassion.

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7 Responses to WHSD? The Week in Science

  1. cassandra says:

    so something that kills saves lives and falling in love is the same as getting high !!! awesome!

  2. Abe says:

    What a tasteful blog – so rich in content. Followme!

  3. chris says:

    great blog, i love the info!

  4. Level85nerd says:

    Love is a drug! I knew it!

  5. Amazing stuff! Especially the planet detection one. I love science.

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