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Love and Other Drugs

So as a follow up to my Valentine’s Day post on the science of love here is an article about a woman who took a dose of oxytocin ( the happy hormone as I like to call it– or the same hormone that couples release when they are together/ feel happy with each other) before a date. While I don’t really see the point in this, since dating is supposed to be about finding the right person not tricking yourself into thinking you found the right person, it is interesting to see this experiment play out. Have a look!

>> Can Oxytocin Get Me A Boyfriend? <<

-Monisha

Cheater, cheater

An article about a professor in UCLA who let his students cheat on their final exam in order to learn the ins and outs of Game Theory. I don’t necessarily agree with what this article qualifies as cheating since many professors these days let their students take open book and take home tests as exams. Nevertheless it’s interesting to see the thought process of this professor and the approach his students have taken.

>> Why I Let My Students Cheat On Their Game Theory Exam <<

-Monisha

It’s so Fluffy I Wanna Die

For those of you who have ever uttered that phrase in your life, or have felt the overwhelming desire to chuck that fuzzy little hamster as hard as you can against the wall, this article is for you. As it turns out, you’re not alone!

>> Why do we want to squeeze cute things? <<

After reading that if you want to test out just how aggressive you feel when looking at something cute, check out this article:

>> 27 chow-chow puppies who are too fluffy for their own good <<

Enjoy!

-Monisha

Tough Competition

Have you ever wondered what truly drives competition and performance? As someone who is innately competitive and is constantly surrounded by competitive people, I can attest to the fact that there are various types of competitiveness. While some people are driven by the need to prove themselves,and want to come out the winner, other people use their peers as more of a measuring stick. In this case, competition becomes less about winning and more about matching up. Either way I think this article proves how many factors are involved in how someone perceives competition. From pre-existing stereotypes to the way a task is phrased, each little factor can determine how well a person fares in a competitive environment. 

>> Can Tough Competition Hinder Academic Performance? <<

-Monisha

You Are What You Eat

If you are a giant foodie like me and my co-blogger, you are probably always seeking out new and exciting places to eat. Whether its a new type of cuisine or an interesting presentation, we never stop looking for the next good meal. This article proves that some people are so adventurous in their search for food that they would even eat dirt. This japanese restaurant serves up a menu of dirt including dirt soup, salad with dirt dressing and dirt ice cream for a whopping $110 bucks. Bon Appetite!

>> Japanese Restaurant Serves Meal of Dirt — for $110 <<

-Monisha

The Harlem Shake

>>How Your Harlem Shake Videos Make Money for the Original Artist<<

If you’ve always wondered how exactly these youtube sensations make thousands of dollars, read the article above to find out. This article presents an interesting perspective that ties together pop culture with business. We as the general public may not view fads like gagnam style or the harlem shake as anything more than a passing craze, but the creators of these videos know a thing or two about a thing or two. 

Another interesting idea that I read elsewhere is how youtube and the internet have revolutionized the popularity of music. Gone are the times when we needed to rely on our local radio station to tell us what the latest hits were. Now music is traveling from the internet to the radio. I think this presents a certain freedom in the way music is created and popularized. In a certain sense it creates equal footing for everyone to get their chance to shine. Even if that chance only lasts up until the next craze begins. 

-Monisha