This week, MyScienceWork is celebrating the anniversary of MyScienceNews, AKA the ex- MyScienceWork blog. For two years, MyScienceWork has dug through the news, shaken, squeezed and turned it upside down to find some really original stories to share. The interns at MyScienceWork have taken this opportunity to revisit their favorite articles. From fear, to colors, to addictions, you’ll discover a whole menagerie of themes. To begin the week, MyScienceWork will give you nightmares to remember…
This article is a translation of “Quand MyScienceWork nous fait peur” by Timothée Froelich.
To celebrate the second anniversary of MyScienceNews, the team’s interns decided to dig into the archives. On the agenda today, there are bats, aliens, apocalypses, and paranormal brain activities. Are you getting cold feet? Don’t worry, MyScienceWork will explain everything.
Bats populate some of our worst nightmares: they fly at night, drink blood and carry plagues…MyScienceNews sees past these humans fears and shows us that bats, just like bees, are custodians of the genetic diversity of plant life. They pollinate, sow seeds, and regulate the insect population. The virtues of bats are very real.
BATS: Between Fear and Passion, March 2012, Abby Tabor
Second creatures on the agenda: aliens. André Brack studies the origins of life in his laboratory. He is deeply convinced that it exists somewhere else in the universe, outside the Earth. From here, it’s just a few steps to believing in an invasion of little green men. But don’t be scared: André Brack tells us everything about the origins of life and its possible existence outside Earth, in this interview with MyScienceWork (in French).
André Brack : En Quête de Vie Extraterrestre, October 2011, Laurence Bianchini, Virginie Simon.
Were you among those seeking refuge in December 2012 in the French village of Bugarach, said to be the only place destined to survive the Mayan apocalypse? Either way, MyScienceWork reveals here that not only have humans always tended to believe in such apocalyptic stories, but, as a matter of fact, we seem to be attracted to them. These ideas may satisfy certain psychological needs, like the desire to control one’s situation, or the need for renewal and certainty.
2012: Psychology of an Apocalypse, February 2012, Abby Tabor
The apocalypse didn’t get you? Very well, we’re glad you survived. As this is a day for celebration, let us introduce you to the experience of imminent death. This thrilling article (in French) reviews the uncanny phenomena that can occur when your body plunges into a coma.
L'expérience de mort imminente plus vraie que vraie, April 2013, Lucile Pommier.
If you see a light at the end of the tunnel, it’s because we’ve come to the end of today’s selection of thrillers. Once again, science has rationalized our fears. You can sleep peacefully now, but prepare yourself for tomorrow’s favorites – they might get you hooked…