My thesis defense is in one week (whoa!), so I'm taking a break from blogging to go into hardcore study and preparation mode. I'll see you back here after June 1st, hopefully with good news!
In the meantime, here are some links to hold you over. Also, I made a Facebook page for my blog the other day on a whim. It occurred to me that there are some blogs I follow through Facebook that aren't in my RSS reader, so I'd like to have that option available for people who maybe do the same. You can 'like' it if you like this blog and like 'liking' the things you like.
Does sexual intercourse hinder subsequent athletic performance? Many athletes superstitiously abstain from sex the night before a big game, meet, or performance, but is there actual evidence to support this belief? Some say it reduces testosterone and energy the following day, but it seems that there aren't any studies that confirm this suggestion.
Seven Deadly Sins Sunday: Gluttony. The link is to part 5 of 5, use the links at the top of the post to read the earlier posts. A great discussion of the physiology of gluttony. This is becoming one of my new favorite blogs.
America's most poisonous pill. It's not what you think (although the title is more than a bit misleading). Klonopin, a benzodiazepine, is apparently the second most abused drug in America behind opioids like Oxycontin.
Marketing food to kids with cartoon characters. Kids think that food tastes better when there are cartoon characters on the box, and this is true for foods from cereal to carrot sticks. This can be a good way to get kids to make healthier food choices, but chances are that for every healthy food option endorsed by Shrek or Nemo there are a handful of unhealthy ones endorsed by that lemur from Madagascar.
Forensics: The call of the crime lab. A good report on the state of the occupation. I wanted to be a forensic scientist for a long time, but I don't like chemistry enough to be very good at it.