The Fail-Safe Science of Delicious Crispy Chicken

Chicken breast is a ubiquitous weeknight dinner item, but there’s a fine line between crispy, juicy yum and overcooked cardboard yuck. One crowd pleasing technique is to just deep fry it–mmm, crunchy goodness. But then you’re looking at a messy, labor-intensive, and fattening extravaganza. You […]

Fixing America’s Lousy Sex Ed–With Sociology

American Sex Ed sucks. It’s 2016, a time of easy-access porn and sex(t) positivity, yet we still spend millions on abstinence-only programs and outdated lesson plans. Not only is the approach puritanical, it’s also ineffective: Kids aren’t getting the information they need to make healthy […]

The Weird History of Oysters as Aphrodisiacs

If you believe everything you read on the Internet about libido, you’ve probably heard that Casanova maintained his fabled Venetian stamina by eating raw oysters every day for breakfast. It’s anyone’s guess how that rumor began, but it’s especially perplexing how it has morphed into […]

The Muddled Link Between Booze and Cancer

A couple years ago, a researcher named Curtis Ellison took the podium in a crowded lecture hall at Boston University’s School of Public Health to tackle a question that had divided the university’s public health community: whether moderate drinking should be recommended as part of […]

Carrots Won’t Help You Read This Headline

You probably grew up hearing that eating carrots could help your eyesight–even make you see in the dark. That would be nice, except it’s not entirely true (unless you have one helluva vitamin deficiency). The idea that carrots can give you supervision has been traced […]