It is a common observation amongst pharmaceutical scientists that many of the top selling drugs of all time are derived from plants. The one that is usually quoted is aspirin that was first developed by modifying an ingredient found in the bark of willow trees. Another example, though not one that has quite the high profile of aspirin, is a molecule called bisabolol with anti-inflammatory properties found in quite a few plants. It is particularly abundant in the German Chamomile, and its properties have been recognised for centuries with chamomile being a popular folk remedy for all sorts of things. Continue reading
I have already posted about the features of an attractive female face. But what lies behind these observations? Could it be that your hormones make you beautiful?
A few years ago scientists at the University of St Andrews took photos of 59 women aged between 18 and 25 every week for six weeks. They also took urine samples and measured their oestrogen levels. By taking readings over the whole menstrual cycle they were able to come up with meaningful estimates of how much oestrogen the women had in their blood streams. Continue reading
We all know a handsome face when we see one. But what features go to make a male face attractive? I am indebted here to a rather amazing website BeautyCheck from the University of Regensburg in Germany.
They have been using a computer morphing programme to look at what people find attractive. Here are a couple of morphs. These were produced by continually blending original photographs that were judged either attractive or unattractive.
I have tried these out by asking a range of women their opinions of them. The consensus agreed with Regensbug about which one was more attractive. But interestingly there were some objections. They said that he looked arrogant. They also said that he lacked personality. I put this one down to female intuition. He obviously does lack personality in a very literal sense as he is simply a computer image. Ugly guy was described as looking friendly.
I found this very interesting. Presumably good looking guys can get away with being arrogant. But if you aren’t a natural babe magnet you probably have to work harder at your charm if you want to get some attention?
With teutonic efficiency the Germans have listed the actual attributes that they have identified. So what kind of male face do women find attractive? There is a preference for darker skin, a narrower facial shape, not a plump one. The lips should be full and symmetrical. The upper half of the face should be broader, the cheek bones higher and the lower jaw more prominent. These are all indicators of higher levels of testosterone.
Narrow facial shape
Full and symmetrical lips
Dark eye brows and lashes
Upper half of the face broader
High cheek bones
Prominent lower jaw and chin
So now I will be looking at these to see if I can come up with some recommendations for how you can make your face more attractive to women based on these findings.
New Scientist is reporting a Polish study which has concluded that long legs are attractive in both sexes. Long legs are sexy .The study was carried out by Boguslaw Pawlowski and Piotr Sorokowski at the University of Wroclaw in Poland. It has been known for some time that taller people are more attractive but this study has gone into more detail and shown that the ratio of the legs to the rest of the body is a factor. They have quantified it, and it turns out that legs that are 5% longer than average relative to body size are the most attractive. Interestingly this applied to both genders: women favoured men with longer legs. Continue reading