August 2012

Fun science news

The benefits of cats purring, pieces of Mars and more.

Need to blow some time while you wait for the clock to signal quitting time this afternoon—but you’re tired of watching kittens flush toilets and sit on vacuum cleaners on YouTube? Here are some interesting and fun news stories to pass your time. Impress your friends with your new knowledge! Or something.

Lower your heart attack risk with cats

My cats seem to raise my blood pressure by clawing me in my sleep, climbing up the walls and leaving splinters for me, and generally making a mess whenever they feel like it. But apparently they can lower your risk of heart attack with their purring. (Look at the photo—you got your Friday cute animal fix after all!) One study even indicates that a cat’s purr can help lower your risk by up to 40 percent!