In honor of Halloween, we hope you enjoy our goody bag of scientific treats, including a couple of pieces of advice for everyone’s favorite costumed holiday!
1.) According to a study in the journal PLoS One, lack of sleep can make you invent false memories.
2.) Also from PLoS one, it’s a good thing that my mom made me practice the piano when I was younger, even though I hated it, because playing an instrument as a child enhances your verbal and reasoning skills.
3.) ScienceDaily reports that red actually does enhance men’s attraction to women – so wear that devil’s costume, ladies!
4.) Oranges – a great source of vitamin C… AND a cleaner for industrial waste water? From ScienceDaily.
6.) Would you like to live in 80 degree celsius acid? A study described at e!Science News reveals that some species need hot acid to reproduce.
7.) Vampire bats may suck your blood, but the Discovery Channel reports on a new study that shows they’re the von Trapps of the bat world.
8.) Scientists have discovered the “hate circuit” – the part of your brain that is activated when you hate something.
9.) Looking forward to Trick-or-Treating? You might want to think again about eating all that high fructose corn syrup laden candy, says NY Times blogger Tara Parker-Pope
10.) And finally, an update from last week: see for yourself how scotch tape produces X-rays in a slide show from the NY Times.
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