Every time I hear the phrase, “I’m not a math person,” I imagine that deep in the heart of college campuses and libraries across the world, there dwells a mysterious […]
What is it with humans and music? We sing our babies to sleep and compose endless cascades of love songs. We get melodies involuntarily wedged in our heads. We spontaneously […]
Birds are typically known for their grace and elegance. They emerge from the lingering chill of winter to soar gracefully overhead, surprise us with brilliant plumage, wake us at ungodly hours with their joyful pre-dawn chorus…
And then there’s the waxwings.
Cold weather causes colds.
While frosty air itself won’t give you the sniffles, you should still bundle up.
It just isn’t Christmas until you’ve spent four hours untangling your 250 strands of 25,000 imported Italian twinkle lights.
Christmas lights spend all year in a stationary box. How do they manage to arrange themselves into such spectacular snarls? Evil elves? Christmas dark magic?
Sugar makes kids hyper.
The sugar-hyperactivity connection is not supported by science.
They say there’s no place like home for the holidays… but how do you get there? If you’re a bird, turtle, lobster, or even a bacteria, chances are you’ll be relying on the earth’s magnetic field.
Christmas music: it’s hard to escape this time of year. Whether you love it or hate it, you’ve probably had a holiday tune or two echoing in your head lately. Turns out, psychologists have an official name for this phenomenon: Involuntary Musical Imagery (INMI). While less formal terms range from “sticky music” to “melodymania,” songs that get stuck in our heads are usually referred to as earworms.
Peppermint improves cognitive function.
Your grade school teachers were right all along.
Fur coats and thick layers of blubber might be the adaptational standards for icy climates. But when it comes to braving the frosty air, the humble wood frog is simply too cool to be bothered.