Jocelyn Solis-Moreira

Jocelyn Solis-Moreira

Jocelyn Solis-Moreira is an aspiring science journalist and writer who currently works in academic publishing. She holds a master’s degree in neuroscience and enjoys reporting on the latest research discoveries and writing about them in a digestible and enjoyable format. Connect with her via Twitter @ScienceSaiyan.

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Why People Are Drawn to Fictional Villains

Why do we sometimes love the fictional villain more than the hero? Much like the villains themselves, the answer is complex and, well, interesting. By Jocelyn Solis-Moreira From our early childhood days, we’re taught to love the hero and hate the villain. Through fairy tales and Disney movies, the world is divided into good and evil, and everyone is rooting for the good guy. But recently we have seen a surprising rise in popularity of villains on the big screen ...
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Listen to Your Gut on Air Pollution

Air pollution exposure alters the bacteria in the gut microbiome and could have more health effects than we realized, according to a new study. By Jocelyn Solis-Moreira Bacteria are microorganisms that have existed even before humans roamed the earth. As humans evolved, bacteria grew alongside us. While we associate bacteria with terrible diseases like tuberculosis and meningitis, there are “good bacteria” that live inside of us. Bacteria and humans live in a symbiotic relationship—we provide them with a place to ...
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Poor Mental Health Linked to Hotter Days

In the midst of a global warming crisis, a new study finds that hot days above 80 degrees are taking a toll on people’s mental health and psychological well-being. By Jocelyn Solis-Moreira When the saying “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen” was first coined, U.S. President Harry Truman meant his staff should leave if they could not handle the pressures of their jobs. This became a phrase used for people who take on a difficult ...
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cat-specific music reduces stress in cats

Cats Are Calmed by Cat-Specific Music

By Jocelyn Solis-Moreira @ScienceSaiyan If you had to paint a picture of a cat’s worst nightmare, it might include dogs, water, or a trip to the vet. In fact, if you were to ask a cat owner about their worst nightmare, it might be trying to get their furry friend to the vet. Good news for all cat owners: a study shows that music specifically designed for cats may calm them in stressful situations. Ronald Koh and colleagues at Louisiana ...
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