Carl Zimmer on new research into the effects of toxoplasma (which will be familiar to anyone who has read Peeps) on humans: There’s plenty left to do to turn these results into a full-blown explanation of parasites and personalities. For example, what is Toxoplasma releasing into brains to manipulate its hosts? And how does that substance give rise to schizophrenia in some humans? And even if the hypothesis does hold up, it would only account for some cases of schizophrenia, while the cause of others would remain undiscovered. But still…the idea that parasites are tinkering with humanity’s personality–perhaps even giving rise to cultural diversity–is taking over my head like a bad case of Toxoplasma.
Style goddess Lauren Cerand suggests that the ladies of the red carpet get some more adventurous taste and reveals that there’s been a huge hubbub over Reese Witherspoon’s uniboob-making frock from the Golden Globes, which was first worn by Kirsten Dunst to the same event.