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A Piece of String is Better to Check for Body Fat than BMI

By Magdeline Lum

Body Mass Index may not be the best measure of obesity and risk of cardiovascular disease.

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Why We Can’t Resist Puppy Dog Eyes

By Magdeline Lum

Looking into the eyes of dogs activates the hormonal response that bonds adults to babies.

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It’s Not How Big It Is, Is It?

By Guy Nolch

A review has determined the average penis length in men, while those with erectile dysfunction may benefit from a treatment using a by-product of liposuction. Meanwhile, there is a link between corruption and antibiotic resistance.

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New York Subway Home to Bubonic Plague and Anthrax

By Magdeline Lum

Traces of DNA sampled across New York’s subway have revealed a trail of anthrax, bubonic plague and drug-resistant microbes.

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An App Knows You Better than Your Real Life Friends

By Magdeline Lum

Facebook “likes” can profile your personality more accurately than your friends and co-workers.

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The Unromantic Truth About Kissing

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By Magdeline Lum

When couples kiss intimately for 10 seconds they transfer 80 million bacteria.

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How Slippery Is a Banana Peel?

By Magdeline Lum

The 2014 Ig Nobel Prizes had a focus on weird science involving food.

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How a Chip Packet Can Sterilise Water

By Magdeline Lum

Chip packaging is providing a cheap material for a water purification system in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, and a “salmon cannon” is helping salmon swim upstream.

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Like OMG!!! Texting Isn’t Ruining Grammar

By Magdeline Lum

The use of text slang does not correlate with bad grammar and spelling in young people.

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The Bee Sting Pain Index

By Magdeline Lum

A PhD student has subjected himself to repeated bee stings over 38 days to compare the most painful places to be stung.

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