Student Writing

Why Do We Have Sexually Dimorphic Fingers?

Why Do We Have Sexually Dimorphic Fingers?

Why Do We Have Sexually Dimorphic Fingers? Why Do We… is a biweekly column written by Nicholas G Norwitz ’18. Align your four fingers. Now compare your ring and index fingers. Are they about the same length? If so, you’re probably a woman. Is the ring finger longer? If so, you’re probably […]

 
 

Why Do We Kiss?

Why Do We Kiss?

Why do we kiss? Why Do We… is a biweekly column written by Nicholas G Norwitz ’18. “Did you kiss her?” “Is he a good kisser?” “You may now kiss the bride.” Am I the only one who finds it odd that the act of pressing ones lips against the lips […]

 
 

Why Do We Sleep?

Why Do We Sleep?

Why Do We Sleep? Why Do We… is a biweekly column written by Nicholas G Norwitz ’18. “Seven billion afflicted by loss off consciousness syndrome – no human is spared.” Perhaps this isn’t a breaking news headline. You likely know that we (should) spend about eight hours of every day sleeping. But […]

 
 

Why Do We Yawn?

Why Do We Yawn?

Why do we yawn? Why Do We… is a biweekly column written by Nicholas G Norwitz ’18. We all do it, that involuntary universal gesture of fatigue in which your mouth slowly opens and you give a deep noisy breath. Contrary to popular belief, a yawn does not significantly affect your […]

 
 

Why do we…

Why do we…

Science explanations for daily phenomenon. A biweekly column by Nicholas G. Norwitz ’18 Why do we cry when we chop onions? In the immortal words of Donkey, “ogres are like onions… they make you cry.” But unlike Shrek who might cause you to shed fearful emotional tears, onions cause you to cry “reflex tears.” […]

 
 

Why Do We Feel Awful When We’re Sick?

Why Do We Feel Awful When We're Sick?

Why Do We Feel Awful When We’re Sick? Jennifer Zhao ’18 A new study in Science has uncovered a molecular mechanism that explains why sick people experience foggy heads and fatigue, which scientists have collectively described as “sickness behavior.” While our body diverts energy to fight pathogens, our immune cells […]