Do You Really Need a Sunscreen With Blue Light Protection?

Choosing the best sunscreen is already a daunting task, what with the myriad of confusing SPF options, sprays, sticks, and lotions, mineral versus chemical, water-resistant or sheer, and so on. The task has only been made more confusing in the past few years as new (and often expensive) sunscreens have begun to market themselves as protection not only from ultraviolet rays, but from blue light as well. Read More >>

The Woman Who Turned Psychological Testing Into a Science

“I don’t have time for this,” psychologist Anne Anastasi reportedly said in 1987, before hanging up the phone on a call from Ronald Reagan’s White House. The call, according to Harold Takooshian, a psychology professor at Fordham University, was to inform her that she had won the first National Medal of Science for psychology. It took another phone call—which Anastasi again declined—and then a call to the Fordham University psychology department’s secretary to convince Anastasi that she had in fact received the honour. Read More >>

Mice Regain Their Sense of Smell After New Stem Cell Therapy

Smells, like the tangy scent of the ocean or the acrid odour of smoke, are powerful cues that shape our memories and warn us of imminent threats. But for approximately 12 per cent of Americans over the age of 40, this crucial sense is significantly reduced or absent altogether. While scientists are still working to understand the causes behind this impairment, researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have developed a method for restoring olfaction in mice through the use of stem cells. Read More >>

Happy Birthday to Dorothy Garrod, One of the First Women Archaeologists

Equipped with only dining hall spoons, the clothes on their backs, and pure archaeological curiosity, undergraduates at Cambridge’s Newnham College in 1939 were given a crash course in field work when their professor, Dorothy Garrod, led them through the excavation of skeletal remains that had been unearthed on campus as a result of air-raid shelter preparations. Read More >>

Project ‘DeepSqueak’ Aims to Decipher What Mice and Rats Are Really Chattering About

The image of a lab rat is an iconic symbol of scientific research, and for good reason: These rodents are remarkably good stand-ins for human subjects because of how closely their physiology and genetic make-up resemble ours. Because of this, mice and rats are used to study everything from cancer to diabetes to Alzheimer’s disease. Read More >>