Bathing in science with a side dish

When Weekender has our annual bath, we tend to wrinkle up.

Now that’s partly due to the bath being made of bleach and absinth, on fire, of course, but it did get us wondering about the wrinkling process.

Luckily, Newcastle University has been studying the phenomenon and reported in the journal Biology Letters that wrinkly fingers could well have evolved to help humans pick up wet objects underwater, based on an evolutionary mutation that helped us walk or run on slippery ground.

So now we know what to do when we really do drop the soap in the shower.

Churros por favor

Oxford is known to be one of the top university towns in the United Kingdom and the Polytechnic University of Valencia, well, isn’t.

Nonetheless they have manfully worked together in order to discover which colour cups make hot chocolate taste better. Apparently, you’re gonna want to go for an orange or cream coloured cup in this one. Particularly if you’re in the market for a spot of churros y chocolate, which is either the best hangover cure ever invented or an explosion of ridiculous sweetness that should be illegal. Probably both.

By the way, coffee is perceived as stronger from a brown package while blues and yellows make it appear softer. How strange we are.

While there are some fairly obvious extrapolations about food packaging from that piece of work, a recent study in Nature Neuroscience discovered that mice have a set of nerve cells that can itch but not signal pain. If these sensory nerves are mirrored in humans, it may be possible that drugs could be designed to help people with chronic itchiness.

By the way, as you are reading this you are getting covered in millions of tiny fleas that are all biting. Like those ones on your neck and the bottom of your back. You’re welcome.