"We like to feel independent and free of the brain systems that regulate the mating habits and regimens of animals, but the fact is that we’re not"
Yep, falling in love is all in our brain.
Love is in the air? Well, scientists debate the role of pheromones in sexual attraction, so maybe it is really…
What is more clear is that at least a dozen brain regions work together to make you feel love.
But romance is not just for the young, a new research shows that people over the age of 60 represent the fastest-growing demographic of online daters, and that older women don’t want to waste time:
"They want to make a decision quickly and cut their losses, because they have learned life is too short for dating games."
Tom Whyntie, a researcher at Imperial College London, took data from one of the earliest collisions at the LHC and added simulated data that followed the path of a heart-shaped equation, then used the result as a Valentine’s card for his girlfriend. It worked, now they are married.
But, according to some fMRI studies, love is like an addictive drug that stimulate the same as opioids and cocaine, so, take it with moderation.
From Esa With Love: a romantic animation of heart shaped things as seen from space.
Zookeepers at ZSL London Zoo use CK Obsession to make a perfumed heart-shaped sack to stimulate mating behaviour in Raika and Lampur, two Sumatrian Tiger. (via NewScientist)
Malaria parasite goes bananas before sex, literally, it changes into a banana shape before sexual reproduction.
The male of Paratrechalea ornata, a south-American species of spider, uses "gift" wrapped in silk as a ”nuptial gift” to encourages the female to accept him as mate.
But talking about humans, did you know that falling in love makes you broody? Yes, especially if you are a man. When one fall in love shows greater activation of brain areas related to parental attachment when they see a baby compared to single people. Be careful.
Anyway guys, I must tell you:
"To date, there is no compelling evidence any online dating matching algorithm actually works.”
Ah, another thing:
“This year Valentine’s Day is mathematically cancelled: 14-2-12=0”