Weekend Links – Our Favorite Science Stories from the Web This Week

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We’ve hand-picked a mix of Massachusetts General Hospital and other research-related news and science stories for your weekend reading enjoyment:

Heat Making You Lethargic? Research Shows It Can Slow Your Brain, Too – Can’t cool off this summer? Heat waves can slow us down in ways we may not realize. New research suggests heat stress can muddle our thinking, making simple math a little harder to do.

Rollercoasters are stressful and that’s why you like them – The psychology behind your love of twists and turns.

‘Ant-Man’ science adviser explains the real-life physics behind the film – You may think that a movie about a superhero who can shrink down to the size of an ant doesn’t have much basis in reality, but according to Spyridon Michalakis, a quantum physicist at the California Institute of Technology, there is some fact behind the fictional world of “Ant-Man.”

‘Dirt Is Good’: Why Kids Need Exposure To Germs – What do we actually know about the risks involved when modern-day children come in contact with germs? Learn what a scientist who studies microbial ecosystems at the University of Chicago found out.

15 books famous scientists think you should read – You can learn a lot about what makes a brilliant mind tick by looking at the books on their bedside table. Here are 15 books that brilliant scientists consider must-reads.

Both Mice and Men Struggle to Abandon Their Best-Laid Plans – New research finds that rodents suffer from the same sunk cost fallacy that makes it so hard for humans to call it quits.






Blueprint Grant Will Help Mass General Researcher Advance Strategies to Limit Stroke Damage

Cammie Lesser in her lab

New Insights Into How Shigella Bacteria Cause Disease

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