Sofia Quaglia

Sofia Quaglia is a freelance science journalist. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, BBC, National Geographic, Wired, and more. You can reach her at sofquaglia@gmail.com.

Wellness

What Causes Dark Circles Under Eyes? A Dermatologist Explains

And how can you make them go away?

Paid Leave

Paid Parental Leave Could Save Nearly 1,000 Babies' Lives Per Year

A mandated 12-week paid parental leave nationwide could save lives, according to a new study.

Say This, Not That

Saying These Phrases To Your Kids Can Make Them Worse At Math

Helping them succeed at math is all about maintaining a growth mindset.

Dad Brain

Having A Baby Alters A Man’s Brain, Study Says

The brain of new dads looks a lot like anyone else’s brain — just a little smaller. (Really.)

Hair, Hair Everywhere

How To Deal With Ear Hair Once And For All

One day you wake up and there’s hair in your ears. A doctor walks us through what that means — and what you can do about it.

The Walking Dead

Is 6 Hours Of Sleep Really Enough? Science Has A Very Clear Answer

What happens when you go from eight to six to four to two hours of sleep.

Wellness

Orgasmic Meditation Makes Mindfulness Sexy. But Does It Work?

Traditional meditation has real benefits to the mind and body. Does orgasmic meditation add anything?

Beat The Stank

This Is Why Your Breath Stinks In The Morning, According To A Periodontist

And how to beat bad breath in the long term, because mints and gum are only temporary solutions.

LGBTQ+

‘Social Contagion’ Isn’t A Thing — And 4 More Myths About Trans Youth, Debunked

A new study takes aim at some of the most dangerous myths about trans kids.

I'm Thinking

Study Shows Phones May Actually Improve Memory — When Used Correctly

A new study shows that using digital devices to help remember things might not actually harm your brain.

Sleep Science

Kids Who Get Less Than 9 Hours Of Sleep Suffer Greatly, Study Shows

Scientists are still trying to figure out whether the damage is long-term.

A Fair Crack

Is Cracking Your Knuckles Actually Bad For You?

You’ve probably been told lies about cracking your knuckles. Here’s the truth.

Flake Off

How To Get Rid Of Dandruff, According To A Dermatologist

For the best chances at clearing dandruff, you may need more than one medicated shampoo.

COVID

Everything Parents Need To Know About The Under-5 COVID Vaccine

Including what to do if your child is about to turn 5 and whether you should choose Pfizer or Moderna.

Heart Health

Air Pollution Hurts Your Heart. But You Can Protect Yourself.

This is how you mitigate your risk.

Reproductive Health

Your Chances Of Making A Baby Are Lower If You Have “Old” Sperm, Study Shows

Your lifestyle choices could make your sperm “older” than you are.

Kids' Health Matters

Study: Obesity In Kids Can Seriously Impact Their Brain

But some scientists argue that there’s more to the obesity paradigm.

Men's Health

7 Myths About Testosterone, Debunked

The truth about testosterone, aggression, risk-taking, sports, and sex.

Health

Men Are Drinking Less Right Now. So Why Are They So Unhappy About It?

Drinking spiked during the first pandemic months, but it has steadily declined since.

Health

9 Things You Can’t Ignore About BA.2, the New COVID Variant

The new Omicron variant is on its way.