Too Cold Outside? Try Out Polar Mammals’ Methods of Staying Warm

If temperatures in the teens (or the 50s for the warmer climates) make you grumble, be glad you’re not a mammal living in the Arctic or around Antarctica. These animals face much colder air temperatures of -40 to -76 degrees Fahrenheit. While humans bundle up with thick sweaters and jackets to get through the winter … Continue reading Too Cold Outside? Try Out Polar Mammals’ Methods of Staying Warm

Is It Cold in this Haunted House or Is It Me? Why You’ll Get Goosebumps This Halloween

Maybe it’s the chilly fall air. Or maybe it’s the macabre Halloween lawn decorations in your neighborhood. Both cool temperature and emotions can give you goosebumps. What causes goosebumps, and why can two different sources give you the same physiological reaction? Goosebumps happen when tiny muscles at the base of each hair on your skin … Continue reading Is It Cold in this Haunted House or Is It Me? Why You’ll Get Goosebumps This Halloween

Tasting Food Literally: What Makes the Pumpkin Spice Latte Feel So Warming?

Fall is around the corner, and coffee shops everywhere are rolling out their pumpkin spice-flavored warm drinks. The drink feels warm to the touch because of the temperature, but somehow the pumpkin spice flavor also tastes warm. Why do we associate warm or cold temperature with certain foods? The body senses temperature through proteins on … Continue reading Tasting Food Literally: What Makes the Pumpkin Spice Latte Feel So Warming?