Cooking up love

Do aphrodisiacs really boost libido? It seems as though food has always been tangled up in sex. From Montezuma II’s infamous 50 cups of hot chocolate a day and the very etymology of the word honeymoon,* to swapping dark chocolate on Anna Howard Shaw Day,* aphrodisiacs have been swimming in and out of vogue for […]

SciTech Now Episode 220

In this episode of SciTech Now, scientists work to grow plants in extreme conditions; an app predicts your seven year romantic outlook; and automation and robots are introduced to one of the oldest trades: brick laying.

An app that predicts your romantic outlook

Perhaps love cannot be reduced to science, but one NASA engineer is hoping he can simplify the process of looking for romance. In a Google Hangout interview, reporter Andrea Vasquez and Rashied Amini discuss Nanaya, a tool designed to predict a person’s romantic outlook 7 years into the future.

Testosterone: why it’s everyone’s realiTy

Are humans completely rational in their decision-making?  Research on testosterone suggests otherwise, and it’s not only men who are influenced by its fluctuations     I hate to break it to you, but if you are reading this and happen to be human, you’re subject to the vicissitudes of testosterone.  The fact that your thoughts […]

Dating today: love lives decided algorithmically

As I sat down to write this, I overheard two colleagues in the break room discussing the trials of modern dating. “How do people meet today?” asked one, almost rhetorically. With absolutely no hesitation, the other fired back what I — only a couple of cubicles over — had anticipated.  “Online.” Once heavily stigmatized as the […]