Sweet Sweat Science: Smells Like Happiness (Info24)

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Smiles are infectious, but the ways in which we influence each other’s emotional states may be even more subtle: In a recent study, scientists found that humans release chemical signals into our sweat that reflect our moods.

When we’re happy, a chemical associated with happiness gets released into our sweat and can promote a positive mood in the people around us who smell the chemical. In other words, happiness really is contagious. Read the article here.

#CarbonFeed Installation at H-L Library Reminds Us of Our Social Media Footprint

carbonfeedtwo1The sound of bubbles burbling up the tall glass tubes at the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library periodically disrupt the quiet environment of the library’s first floor. The release of the bubbles is prompted by people sending tweets with particular hashtags.

The art-and-sound installation is programmed to respond to a variety of tweets, such as #Obama, #ClimateChange, #Bowdoin, #BlackLivesMatter and a scattering of pop culture references.The installation also emits a sound based on the length of the tweet.

The intention of the #CarbonFeed project, designed by artists John Park and Jon Bellona, is to prompt viewers to consider their digital carbon footprint. Read more.

Emma Young ’15 Wins National Math Essay Contest

emma-young-500x333Senior Emma Young has some advice for the campaign managers of political candidates, but they’ll need to know a bit of math to implement it.

Young has won first place, and a $250 prize, from the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics for her essay on how to understand, and control, the spread of information. She submitted her piece, “The Math Behind…Information Epidemics,” to SIAM’s annual Math Matters, Apply It! contest. Read the full story.

Special K Indeed — The Scoop on the Vitamin K and Natto (Scientific American)


While Vitamins C and D have long enjoyed their place in the sun, Vitamin K has recently stepped into the limelight, along with its even lesser-known food source, natto. Scientific American sheds some light on the connection.

Neuroscientists Discover What’s Cool — And Capitalism’s Role (The Atlantic)


Two brain researchers have been examining the neuroeconomic factors involved with being “cool.”

The Atlantic‘s Bourree Lam interviews Steven Quartz and Anette Asp, co-authors of Cool: How the Brain’s Hidden Quest for Cool Drives Our Economy and Shapes Our World, for some insight. Read the article.