1. We’ve all heard of “white noise” but scientists have uncovered a smell they are calling “olfactory white”. The “white” or bland smell is based on a combination of odours and would probably not be found in nature. But it will help scientists to learn about the human olfactory system and brain.
The whiff of white could hide strong odours by Zoë Corbyn in Nature
2. A jumping spider called Nefertiti recently returned from a 100-day stay at the International Space Station. The experiment, devised by 18-year-old Egyptian Amr Mohamed, tested whether Nefertiti would be able to adjust her hunting methods in a low-gravity environment and then readjust back on Earth. The video shows how Nefertiti got the hang of hunting in low gravity.
World’s First “Spidernaut” Lands at Smithsonian by the Newsdesk at the Smithsonian
3. Devastating floods have inundated California every 200 years for the last 2000-odd years, according to scientists who analysed sediment deposits. The last flood was in 1861…
Megastorms Could Drown Massive Portions of California by Michael D. Dettinger and B. Lynn Ingram in Scientific American
4. Today is World AIDS Day and discrimination against people with HIV/AIDS still exists. This post discusses some of the history around the stigma attached to infectious diseases.
What can we learn from disease stigma’s long history? by Sara Gorman in PLOS Blogs
5. Severe stress and chronic stress have opposite effects on the behavioural response of animals. This discussion of a study in mice shows scientists edging closer to understanding the physiology of severe stress.
Stressing out really does make it worse by Scicurious in Scientific American Blogs