November 12, 2012 |
No sensation better captures the powerful interplay between mind and body like the humble itch. A new study turns up copious evidence to suggest that merely seeing someone else scratching can induce itchiness. And it demonstrates that a person's propensity to "catch" someone else's itch reveals a lot about his or her personality. Even more than yawning and laughter, the urge to scratch can be socially contagious, the new research reveals: Among subjects who saw videos of other people scratching themselves, 64% did the same (seeing another yawn reportedly induces contagious yawning in 40% to 60% of cases, and studies have found laughing induces a contagious reaction 47% of the time)
September 18, 2012 |
UCLA appears to be facing an Oregon State team chock-full of eager Beavers. Oregon State has played only once in three weeks, as its opener against Nicholls State postponed. The Beavers are coming off a bye week. “I love hitting people,” Oregon State defensive end Dylan Wynn told the Oregonian. “I love just being on the field and not getting in trouble for hitting people. The more away from it you are, the more you want it. " Oregon State manhandled Wisconsin, 10-7, in its only game.
August 31, 2012 |
In an anonymous strip of commerce in West L.A., beside a small bakery and a pet hospital, is a tribute to a staple of hip-hop and dance culture - the turntable. Up to 20 sets of hands turn wax-coated records into art inside the industrial, graffiti-painted walls of the Scratch DJ Academy. In a world where "Jersey Shore" cast member Pauly D "spins" for a Britney Spears tour and takes home a seven-figure paycheck, and Conor Cruise, the 17-year-old son of Tom Cruise, books gigs on the Hollywood and international club circuits as C-Squared, the programmable iPod has made it so just about anyone can pose as a spin master.
October 31, 2011 |
If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. That's the moral of the story in "Bedbugs," a disturbing new novel by Ben H. Winters. The book chronicles the horrific events surrounding the Wendt family's move to a brownstone that is renting for an unbelievably low price in a trendy Brooklyn neighborhood. What appears idyllic soon turns into a creepy-crawly nightmare. The brownstone at 56 Cranberry St. is rented to the Wendts by a daffy old widow named Andrea Scharfstein, who lives on the ground floor.
August 21, 2011 |
Arun Mandal is a master of the universe, masala style. At 28, the New Delhi resident has a well-paying job in finance, a car of his own, a flat-screen TV and an expensive cellphone. Global economic contagion? The way he sees it, India is pretty much immune. With each passing year since India opened its economy in 1991, it's been more exposed to international downturns. But it's got some pretty good trump cards to counter the overseas turbulence right now, including the muscle of 1.2 billion increasingly monied people with a taste for shopping.
June 26, 2011 |
I still remember the moment in my childhood in which I lost all faith in the innocent purity of plants. One day, I was a carefree adolescent at summer camp, exploring the leafy woods with my fellow campers. A couple of days later, I was an illustration for a medical textbook. "The worst case of poison ivy I've ever seen!" the camp nurse told the other staffers as she trotted me and my dime-sized blisters around for inspection. OK, I kind of enjoyed the attention. The slightly awestruck reaction.