Lauren Lee’s “Warm Walls” Make Public Bathrooms Better

In an effort to create a public amenity for menstruating women (rather than a product that individuals must go out and buy, oftentimes somewhat discreetly), Lauren Lee has envisioned Warm Walls. Her concept is essentially a “heated, gently curved wall mount that could be installed in public restrooms to give women on their periods a place both to alleviate pain” as well as to help …

A Biologist Explains How Animals Feel Pain

We, of course, cannot read animals’ minds (even our pets) but that doesn’t mean we can’t intuit some of the ways they feel pain. According to evolutionary biologist Robyn J. Crook in a recent TED-Ed video, humans have two kinds of reaction to pain. First, nerves sense pain, communicate it and cause a jerking reaction. Second, there is conscious recognition—this is what we associate with …

Listening to Music Eases Physical Pain

Start building up your “Pain” playlist; a recent study suggests that listening to your favorite songs can actually reduce physical discomfort—even after major surgery. Northwestern University’s Sunitha Suresh and her father Santhanam Suresh discovered the benefits of audio therapy after examining 60 young patients at a local hospital. Those who listened to their favorite music soon after surgery reported a one-point decrease (on a 10-point …