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What happens when women are denied abortions? Sometimes, like Savita Halappanavar, they die. More typically, they give birth, keep the baby, fall below the poverty line, are forced to rely on public assistance, and are unable to keep a full-time job. The first scientific study on women denied abortions was presented last month, and science and entertainment website io9 has the details. Although abortion is a huge political issue, it is very rarely studied: there ... Read More
Unofficial Icelandic national hero (and sometime Brooklynite) Björk is back, baby. Her new MOCA-commissioned video for “Mutual Core,” from her 2011 album-cum-educational art installation Biophilia, is just as odd and visually stunning as you’d expect: the singer, decked out in an Ursula-esque blue wig, directs a cast of gravity-defying humanoid crustaceans in a cycle of colliding, kissing, and pushing each other away. As the spare, ... Read More
  If you could have your bodily aromas handed to you in a vial, or even in the form of a scented candle, would you want it?  Martynka Wawrzyniak, a mixed-media and performance artist known for her unique use of unusual substances in her art, decided to discover her “essence,” and cultivated it into tangible objects, as well as an art installation.  Wawrzyniak spent a year working on a project in which she acted as both an investigator ... Read More
Living in close quarters with your lady friends has many benefits, but studies show that menstrual synchrony—synced-up periods triggered by pheromones—may not be one of them. In her seminal 1971 study, psychologist Martha McClintock concluded that synced cycles are related to the exchange of pheromones between women in close social contact.     Besties!   However, a whole crop of studies have popped up since then that contradict the ... Read More
  Vanderbilt psychologists have recently found that women are better than men at recognizing living things, and men are better than women at recognizing vehicles. The psychologists didn’t set out to study sex differences: the discovery was the surprising result of an analysis of a series of visual recognition tasks collected in the process of developing a new standard test for expertise in object recognition.    Researchers had 227 subjects ... Read More
We’re loving these minimalist posters created by Hydrogene, posted on Flavorwire, dedicated to famous female scientists! First up is Jane Goodall, the British primatologist, anthropologist, and ethologist who’s known for her 45-year-long in-depth studies of chimps and her work with animal welfare and environmental conservation.     There’s also Grace Hopper, a famous computer scientist who worked on some of the world’s first ... Read More
Like the author of this article, I’m not really for testing on animals in the name of science.  However, some new testing from Washington State University and the University of California-Davis has determined some pretty scary stuff about Bisphenol A (or BPA), by feeding primates with it.  The study found that by giving doses of BPA that are the equivalent to what humans ingest, the reproductive systems of the primates were harmed, “causing ... Read More
    Periodically Inspired creates awesome designs inspired by the Periodic Table of Elements. Various elements 'bond' to create fun statements emblazoned on tees, mugs, and even iPhone skins.   Pick up a fun gift for the geeky guy, gal, or baby in your life at the BUST Magazine Craftacular at World Maker Faire! It's taking place at the New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street, Queens, New York, this Saturday, September 29, from 10 AM - 7 ... Read More
Can women tolerate more pain than men? Though Mythbusters has already weighed in on the side of lady endurance, one brave doctor has decided to take the experiment even further.  After all, says Dr. Andrew Rochford, “there’s not one man in the world who's been through the most painful experience of them all: childbirth." Guided by an obstetrician, Dr. Rochford decided to personally undergo simulated labor pains through low-voltage ... Read More
Yes, it's true: the deadline for applications to the third-annual BUST Magazine Craftacular at World Maker Faire in New York is today. We're excited to be a part of the biggest DIY festival in the world, and we're looking forward to seeing all our favorite makers and meeting new friends (like WORN Fashion Journal, who gave BUST a shout-out yesterday-- hi!). We're just waiting on one more thing-- YOU. If you haven't applied yet, the time is now. We're going to be ... Read More
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