The Yuck Factor: Why we find things disgusting
We delve into the disgusting to discover the emotion of disgust and how it affects our lives. From cockroaches dipped in juice to the importance of sanitation, no topic is off limits as we find out about the psychology of this most powerful of emotions and its applications. Plus, in the news, a universal flu therapy, why zebras have stripes, and the robot that can jump on water.
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A new approach to combating all forms of the flu has been discovered.
Regrowing nerves is vital if limbs that have been reattached
are to be fully
functional. But until now we haven't known how they do it.
Rock formations can give clues about the climate in the past,
but until now, we could only guess at how these changes
Jumping on water is a difficult feat, but by copying pond skaters,
researchers have developed a robot that can manage it.
Zebras' stripes make it difficult for predators to catch them- or
that's what we thought before new research suggested
We all know the feeling that disgust brings with it, but what
exactly is disgust, and why have we evolved it?
Men are from Mars and women are from Venus- when it
comes to disgust that might just be true- at least in the
Why do some sexual practices, like incest, cause us to feel
disgust? And can our views on what is disgusting change over
More people have access to a mobile phone than to a proper
toilet, but there are researchers working to change this.
It was only during the enlightenment that it was established that the Earth was not at the centre of the Universe. And only decades since we discovered other galaxies and of our location within the Milky Way. We have since discovered galaxy clusters, the acceleration of the expan...