SciTech Now Episode 222

In this episode, high schools provide both an associated degree and optimal real-world experience; 3D printers create soft tissue; we take a look at the marvelous life of a historic space shuttle; and we learn why we find some animals cute and others not.

The science of cute

Since the mid-twentieth century, researchers have been trying to understand what makes creatures appear cute to humans. These adorable traits include infant-like features such as wide-set eyes and large heads. Now, with the help of social media, researchers at Virginia Tech are investigating the science behind cuteness.