Out of Context Science

Apr 23

“being eaten was the leading cause of death for rural squirrels” — The uncertain life of a squirrel

Apr 22

“Since they happened to have some skulls lying around, they filled it with 1400 grams of ground beef” — Maggots Bring the Heat

Apr 21

“The study is limited by the fact that it only focused on video game players.” — Over the Hill? Cognitive Speeds Peak at Age 24

Apr 20

“certain members operated in up to 14 different subgroups, some of which had the specific task of committing murders” — How to Detect Criminal Gangs Using Mobile Phone Data

Apr 13

“There are many explanations for such a finding other than the hypothesis that kids make us miserable.” — Is your biological clock ticking? Maybe you should ignore it

Apr 12

“If she likes what she smells, she signals the male that she’s ready by lowering her head and unlocking her genitals.” — An oral pheromone makes male wasps unattractive to females

Apr 11

“they may have been considered individuals to be feared such as witches and at death were isolated from the rest of the deceased” — Re-Analysis and Death in Iron Age Britain

Apr 10

“early research by Freund suggests that men cannot increase their ‘daily sperm output’ even with a substantial increase in the frequency of intercourse” — The man with 1000 children: the limit of male fertility

Apr 09

“To become a fossil, first you have to die without being eaten and scattered across the plains.” — Reconstructing an Ancient Fin and Watching it Paddle to Fame

Apr 08

“those that huffed the so-called moral molecule lied more and more quickly” — Trust the “trust hormone”? Oxytocin can increase deceit

Apr 07

“the lack of rat skeletons from those years is further evidence that there weren’t enough rats around” — New Evidence Exonerates Rats as Bearers of Black Death

Apr 06

“The greater the chance the outcome could not be reliably governed by the skills of the individual, the more elaborate the preceding ritual.” — Fooling Ourselves: The Everyday Role of Ritual

Apr 05

“So the cats are really just a drop in the ocean.” — Monday Micro – First documented cases of cat to human transmission of TB

Apr 04

“This could reflect some aspect of mortuary ritual but could just have been someone digging a grave adjacent to this one and moving bones around” — Earliest Evidence of Gigantism-Like Disease Found in 3,800-Year-Old California Skeleton

Apr 03

“Error rates exceeding 20 percent are harmless in the lab, but they can have severe consequences in applied settings.” — How Hard Is It to Catch a Fake Passport?