Posts Tagged: biology

Your Clitoris Is the Size of a 'Medium Zucchini,' and Other Vagina Facts You Didn't Know

Here’s a biology pop quiz question. What is the average size of a clitoris in a human female?

A. the size of a chickpea

B. the size of a mini pickle

C. the size of a medium zucchini.

Unless you’ve been paying particularly close attention to the gynecological literature, you’re probably not going to say C. And yet that is the correct answer. Sure, the externally visible part of the clitoris is puny, but that is literally the tip of an iceberg that extends deep beneath the pubis, five inches down either wall of the vagina, consists of six separate parts, and carries more nerve endings than the [...]


"The mystery of the vanishing bird penis is actually an important question." Oh, go on?


"I'm Ready For My Closeup!" – A Spider

You still have a few weeks to cast your vote for the audience favorite in Nikon's Small World Photomicrography Contest. You might learn stuff about yourself while browsing the 115 photos of tiny things super close up. Stuff like that you are into breast cancer cells it turns out and also that you find fruit fly sperm attractive. Bee abdomens? Super pretty! Some other things, like that fly's mouth over on the left, not so much.


Let's All Major in Feminist Biology

PS: When people hear about a biology study, what are some things they can ask themselves to check for gender bias in the study?

JH: The first step is always to say, 'Does this finding replicate?' Because we've so many of these flash-in-the-pan things where a study gets tons of publicity and there's so much competition in biology to be first with your breathless finding. So that's the first question to ask, 'Has anybody else gotten this?'

There are certain phrases that tip people off about gender bias. For example, if people do some kind of neuroscience study, let's say it's an MRI study with humans. These researchers will often say, 'This [...]


Biology Still Better Than Blogging

"Women historically have been interested in subjects that were less math intensive and that had goals of helping people, and biology and the medical sciences have both of those." —Women (the colorful people in the graph to the left) are studying to become biologists more than ever before, except they "don’t realize they are limiting their pay and job options by flocking to the same field." There's a bit of "good" news at the very end of the piece, though.


Ladies Love The Running Man and The Dougie

Or, at least, that's what this video, compiled by researchers at Northumbria University and the University of Gottingen, is saying to me: the study had 30 men dance for 30 seconds and then animated a "featureless, gender-neutral" dancer into the clips you see below. First up: 'good' dancing:

After the jump, 'bad' dancing:


We Have a Winner!

This morning Nikon announced the winners of their Small World Photomicrography Contest and the wreath made out of proteins and organelles (whatever those are) clearly got robbed. Better luck next year, organelles. Congratulations to the first place winner, green lacewing larva. You sure are a trendy color combo.