Daily Tidbit: 2D/4D Ratio

The 2D/4D ratio is the measurement of the length of the index finger (2nd digit) divided by the length of the ring finger (4th digit). This ratio is used as a proxy in sex research for prenatal testosterone exposure in humans and several other species including rats. Higher prenatal testosterone levels correlate with a lower 2D/4D ratio (with individual differences), which means that women tend … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: 2D/4D Ratio

Daily Tidbit: Dogs vs. Cats

Whether you’re a dog lover or cat lover, here is one indisputable fact — dogs are smarter than cats. Before any uproar begins, I’d like to share two things with you: 1) dog brains contain more than twice the neurons in cat brains, which means they have greater cognitive capability, and 2) dogs are far more trainable than cats, which means they have greater learning … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Dogs vs. Cats

Daily Tidbit: Dairy Fact

Outside of the U.S. and Canada, most countries sell and store milk at room temperature. A new and more efficient technique called ultra high temperature (UHT) pasteurization allows milk to stay fresh on the shelf for about three months — much longer than the 7-10 days in the refrigerator for milk treated with high-temperature short-time (HTST) pasteurization used in North America. Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Dairy Fact

There Will Be a Box to Make Love In

“There will be a box to make love in.” … so read a pin-back button in rainbow type. The button was displayed as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching initiative for exploring Latin American and Latino art. Launched in September, the event seeks to bring a variety of crucial exhibitions about contemporary and modern art, the ancient world, and the pre-modern era to … Continue reading There Will Be a Box to Make Love In

Daily Tidbit: 5 Facts About Curiosity

A lack of curiosity has been linked with negative affect. Both people with depression and Alzheimer’s disease have significantly low levels of curiosity. Curiosity correlates positively with intelligence. Curiosity is a result of a neoteny, an evolutionary phenomenon in which our species as a whole displays traits, like playfulness and inquisitiveness, that were characteristic of juveniles in our ancestors. The brain region most associated with … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: 5 Facts About Curiosity

Learn With Curiosity

Ever wondered what Stephen Hawking’s thesis looked like? Or why you always seem to gain back any weight you try to lose? How about what’s killing galaxies? Curiosity is an informational website and app that creates and gathers articles and videos on all kinds of interesting topics so you can learn and get inspired. There’s lots to like about Curiosity. It’s well-organized and has plenty … Continue reading Learn With Curiosity

Subtlety = Sub-Till-Tea

Subtlety sub-till-tea n. the act of avoiding an unpleasant situation through clever maneuvering. Literally: waiting under a rock until tea time. Words are pretty cool. They let you write a letter confessing your love to your crush, understand your favorite Friends episode, tell your roommate to stop stealing your food, or negotiate a pay raise with your boss. If you’re like me, you like words … Continue reading Subtlety = Sub-Till-Tea

Daily Tidbit: Mental Health Tip

Smile! Or laugh! Research has shown that facial muscle activity can affect you psychologically. That means that even fake smiles and forced laughter can help alleviate your mood and reduce stress. The act of smiling releases neuropeptides that reduce stress hormones in the brain. Smiling also activates other neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin, and dopamine to be released, relaxing your body, decreasing your heart rate and … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Mental Health Tip

Daily Tidbit: Chindogu

Chindogu (literally “unusual tool”) is a Japanese term coined by Kenji Kawakami, former editor of the magazine Mail Order Life, denoting the art of creating inventions to solve specific everyday problems but which are actually silly and even useless. The key to a great chindogu is a device that is almost useful, but is impractical because of the absurd way in which it attempts to solve a problem. … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Chindogu

All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy

I recently read an article on BBC called “Is There An Upside to Having No Social Life?” I found the article as I was scrolling through BBC on one of my rare days of connectedness. As one who strives to have a very active social life and is forced through a dearth of friends to have a not-so-active social life, I found this title particularly … Continue reading All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy

Navigating Undergraduate Research Opportunities at UCLA

If you’re an undergraduate student at UCLA looking to get into research, it can feel overwhelming to try and navigate the hundreds of opportunities this research university has to offer. How can you be sure that you won’t be stuck in a basement for hours entering numbers into an Excel sheet? That you’ll receive proper mentorship and guidance? Once you know what you’re applying for, … Continue reading Navigating Undergraduate Research Opportunities at UCLA

Daily Tidbit: Common Latin Words in English

ad hoc: for this. Formed, arranged, or done for a particular purpose only. a priori: from the earlier. Relating to or denoting reasoning or knowledge that proceeds from theoretical deduction rather than from observation or experience. bona fide: good faith. In good faith/honestly/genuine/real. curriculum vitae: the course of (one’s) life. A resume or job/personal history/(commonly abbreviated to CV). de facto: of fact. In reality/in practice (especially contrasted with something which … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Common Latin Words in English

What to Read to Expand Your General Knowledge

As a college student, I often find myself swamped with things to do for class: research papers, prepping for lecture, completing weekly mini-essays, labs, studying for midterms and finals, and readings — lots and lots of readings. On top of that, I make/find my meals, do laundry, wash the dishes, clean the counters, and do everything else I need to do to be a functional … Continue reading What to Read to Expand Your General Knowledge