Scientific Experiments

Scientific experiments are a fun and exciting way to learn more about the wonderful world of science. In this section you'll find great articles all about scientific experiments.

Are lab animals really calmer around women?

The plot of "The Scent of a Woman" has nothing to do with mice. But in a research lab, some say that very scent is like rodent Valium. Mouse myth or reality?

Are lab rats bred just for the lab?

Scientists like rats a lot more than the general population. But when they need a good bunch of them to test some hypotheses, they don't lurk in alleyways or around trashcans with a burlap sack.

Are lab rats really prone to cancer?

Few would argue that lab rats lead an easy life. Add to it the assertion that they are prone to cancer just by being lab rats, and we've found a whole new level of depressing. But is it true?

How can petri dish studies apply to humans?

The human body has around 100 trillion cells. What can you learn from studying these tiny organisms that you can't learn from studying the entire person?

Why are rodents such popular test subjects?

Compared to dogs, cats, guinea pigs and rabbits, rats and mice are by far voted Most Popular in research labs. (Dogs and cats are tied for Best Looking.) What's the attraction for scientists?

How Biohacking Works

These days, we're busy hacking everything from our lives to our brains. Why should our bodies or our biological information be any different?

10 Things We Thought Were True Before the Scientific Method

Before the scientific method came along, science dabbled in some pretty far-out ideas in its youth. Remember miasmas? And spontaneous generation? And the four elements?

10 Black Scientists You Should Know

You might have heard of George Washington Carver and Neil deGrasse Tyson. But what about Patricia Bath? Or Percy Julian? Meet 10 African-American scientists who have made the world a better place for all people.

10 Science Experiments to Do in the Snow

A snow day is the best. Everyone misses school, and you get to sleep in and spend the day in glorious, chilly nature. But then everyone gets sick of being cold, and suddenly the house seems extremely small. We can help.

10 Holiday Gifts for Budding Scientists

Science-minded gifts for kids have gone way beyond the chemistry set. Now, there are kits teaching perfumery, root-beer making and crime scene investigation. Here are 10 of the coolest gifts we've found.