Well, we’ve all done things in the heat of passion that, in other circumstances, would seem a touch yucky (now give that hairbrush a good wash, madam). Actually, in the cold light of morning, the whole business of the sexual act might be worthy of a disgust response, if we were truly to apply the kind of parameters we apply to other aspects of our lives. (read more)
“Our results suggest that the complex and sometimes conflicting representations of female sexuality proliferating in the mass media and popular culture could potentially have both empowering and problematic effects on women’s developing sexual identities.” (read more)
The speed at which an alcoholic beverage is drunk will influence the level of intoxication experienced, and also the number of drinks consumed in a single drinking session. Therefore, slowing drinking rates is likely to have positive impact for the individual and also at a population level. (read more)
playfulness may serve an evolutionary role in human mating preferences by signaling positive qualities to potential long-term mates.
Just as birds display bright plumage or coloration, men may attract women by showing off expensive cars or clothing. (read more)
Alcoholic drinks aren’t generally put into the category of health food, but in some cases they might be just the cure for nasty parasites. That’s according to a study published online on February 16 in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, showing that fruit flies will actually seek out alcohol to kill off blood-borne parasitic wasps living within them. (read more)
Now, Akio Watanabe and Hitoshi Iba have turned to evolution to help them devise a novel algorithm that compares the frequency curves from real human performances and uses them to home in on a more realistic curve to apply to the synthetic song. The team has simplified the optimization process for creating vocal frequency curves and have developed a frequency model that can emulate human expression in a synthetic vocal. (read more)
One revolutionary concept being pursued by a team of researchers in New Zealand involves creating “wearable energy harvesters” capable of converting movement from humans or found in nature into battery power. Soft generators (read more)