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Science of The Day: Study Shows Humans Really Hate Being Touched Anywhere by Strangers
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It's common knowledge that some people just aren't "huggers," but a new study shows that number might be much higher than you think.

Oxford University, in conjunction with Finland's Aalto University, produced the largest study ever on physical contact by interviewing over 1300 men and women in five different countries (Britain, Finland, France, Italy and Russia).

The results were shocking.

Well, not really. They basically found that humans really, really dislike having strangers touch them anywhere except their hands.

A couple interesting findings were that women are overall more comfortable with physical touch, and everyone is more comfortable with physical contact with their mothers than their fathers.

Next time you meet a stranger, maybe think twice before going in for the hug.

the daily what science Cocktail of the Day: Scientists Found a Comet With Sugar and Alcohol in It
Via: NASA
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Scientists believe that comets are the leftovers of the beginning of our solar system. They look at comets to see if they can find any clues to how it was made. This comet, named Lovejoy, is unique because it is carrying ethyl alcohol (the kind you can drink), a simple sugar and 19 other organic types of molecules.

There's enough alcohol on that comet to fuel a giant party but scientists are excited for another reason. This comet seems to support a theory that some of the molecules on earth came from comets crashing on the surface. Scientists are hoping to find a comet with the same kind of organic molecules that allowed life to start on Earth.

Human Superhero of The Day: Scottish Woman Can Smell if Someone Has Parkinson's
Via: BBC News
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Joy Milne is a real life superhero.

Les, her husband, died from Parkinson's at the age of 65. It was about 20 years after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, but Joy had noticed a change in his smell about six years before his diagnosis.

That's right—Joy could smell his disease.

"His smell changed and it seemed difficult to describe. It wasn't all of a sudden. It was very subtle - a musky smell," she told BBC.

After meeting other's with the disease and noticing the same smell, Joy reached out to researchers at Edinburgh University to test her ability.

She correctly identified 12 out of 12 shirts worn by Parkinson's patients when tested.

Joy's nose-y discovery may help detect Parkinson's earlier and improve the lives of those diagnosed.

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Science is proving what we all expected from the very start.

Obnoxious men who catcall are most likely compensating for something else.

A study published Wednesday finds that monkeys with louder calls used to attract females also tend to have smaller testicles.

The research studied Howler monkeys, the loudest species on the planet with a roar that can be heard three miles away.

"In evolutionary terms, all males strive to have as many offspring as they can, but when it comes to reproduction you can't have everything," lead researcher Jacob Dunn of the University of Cambridge's Division of Biological Anthropology told U.S. News & World Report.

Basically—The louder the howl to attract females, the smaller the balls and less sperm said balls produce.

Science is fun.

Via: StilesSays
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Bill! Bill! Bill! Bill!

Bill Nye appeared on Whose Line is is Anyway and showed that this Science Guy has some serious comedy chops.

With fan favorites, Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie, the trio played a game where Stiles' hands were provided by Mochrie. And they were all in space because duh—science.

Things got hilarious very quickly, with Bill Nye having to taste some of the "space food."

Ryan ended the skit on this final gross note.

A scientific study says smoking weed makes it less likely you'll get obese.
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You know you need less guilt in your life, so along comes science to give you the go ahead for picking up that bong.

A study that came out earlier this year proclaims a whole lot of good news for those who find recreation in a cannabis variety.

Essentially, the conclusion says that, within the confines of their data, marijuana use leads to a lower body mass index. Meaning, pot makes you skinnier.

The AV Club does a splendid job of summarizing the findings:

the brilliant researchers found that in their sample population—786 Nunavik Inuits whose health data were surveyed in 2004—marijuana use also corresponded with a lower incidence of diabetes. The authors of the study do caution that some "caveats must be considered when interpreting their results." In other words, you should definitely smoke dope right now because it would be irresponsible not to fill your body with that nourishing, disease-fighting devil weed.

You'd think this sort of habit would pile on the pounds, but don't worry, science has accounted for that. In their study, the researchers from the eminent and infallible CHU De Québec Research Center write, "Frequent cannabis use is associated with higher caloric intake, but investigations into overweight/obesity have yielded inconsistent results." See? The results are inconsistent, so go ahead and eat as much as you want—but only if you ingest plenty of that wholesome, slimming giggle grass first.



So there you go! It's never too late for beach body 2015 and science has the weight loss tip of a lifetime.

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