homosexuality, culture, ecology
Why Swearing and Pain Go Hand in Hand
Why Swearing and Pain Go Hand in Hand
Emma Byrne | Jan 1, 2018
Screaming obscenities when you stub your toe makes perfect biological sense.
Swearing Off Pain
Swearing Off Pain
The Scientist Staff | Dec 31, 2017
Author Emma Byrne runs down the benefits of cursing, among them an enhanced ability to withstand pain.
University of Rochester Faces Lawsuit for Mishandling Sexual Harassment Case
University of Rochester Faces Lawsuit for Mishandling Sexual Harassment Case
Shawna Williams | Dec 11, 2017
The nine plaintiffs allege the university’s actions put women at risk.
Putative Gay Genes Identified, Questioned
Putative Gay Genes Identified, Questioned
Jef Akst | Dec 7, 2017
A genomic interrogation of homosexuality turns up speculative links between genetic elements and sexual orientation, but researchers say the study is too small to be significant. 
Ten-Minute Sabbatical
Ten-Minute Sabbatical
The Scientist Staff | Dec 1, 2017
Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.
Sense, Sensibility, and Neuroscience
Sense, Sensibility, and Neuroscience
Wendy Jones | Dec 1, 2017
Jane Austen can teach us a lot about how our brains handle uncertainty.
Book Excerpt from <em>Jane on the Brain</em>
Book Excerpt from Jane on the Brain
Wendy Jones | Nov 30, 2017
In chapter 3, “The Sense of Sensibility,” author Wendy Jones uses scenes from one of Jane Austen’s most celebrated novels to illustrate the functioning of the body’s stress response system.
Academics Criticize University of Rochester’s Handling of Sexual Harassment Case
Academics Criticize University of Rochester’s Handling of Sexual Harassment Case
Shawna Williams | Nov 15, 2017
An open letter from hundreds of faculty members in the U.S. and abroad declares they won’t encourage students to pursue education or careers there.
Ten-Minute Sabbatical
Ten-Minute Sabbatical
The Scientist Staff | Nov 1, 2017
Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.
Tracking Invasive Fire Ants in Asia
Tracking Invasive Fire Ants in Asia
Steve Graff | Nov 1, 2017
These insect transplants have the potential to wreak economic havoc by outcompeting native insects and destroying crops.