All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘asapscience’

Let AsapSCIENCE Tackle Some Olympics-Related Scientific Queries

Our favorite science illustrators AsapSCIENCE usually take a couple-week break between uploading some of the finest 2-minute animated science videos on the internet. Basically, AsapSCIENCE takes complicated topics and boils them down to their most salient points, and then presents them to your average YouTube user in a clear an concise manner. What’s not to love? Well, here’s a treat. …

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Contrary To Popular Belief, Video Games Don’t Turn Your Brain To Mush

I, like many children who grew up in the 80s and 90s, spent a lot of time playing video games. We could have spent those hours outside, but we instead chose to stay inside trying to save the princess or collect all seven chaos emeralds. Parents may have been rightly concerned about our habit of playing video games for nine …

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Are Silent Farts Worse? AsapSCIENCE Takes on Science’s Greatest Question

We love AsapSCIENCE around here – it’s one of our favorite YouTube channels. Every week or so, the folks at AsapSCIENCE answer real scientific queries with the help of illustrations, presenting some of the most-enjoyable 2-3 minute videos around. This time, they’ve bested themselves. Behold, the greatest scientific question ever known to man – are silent farts worse? YES! Silent …

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Chill Out, Man – Stress Can Totally Kill You

Your mortgage, your overbearing boss, your backtalking kid, your dating life, your term paper, the holidays… Yeah, life is stressful. And as if there wasn’t already enough things out there that can kill you, here comes your chronic worrying to finish the job. AsapSCIENCE takes a brief look at the negative health effects of too much stress and comes to …

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Gross Yourself Out with AsapSCIENCE’s Look at Horrifying Parasites

Star YouTube scientific illustrators AsapSCIENCE often take their cues for their videos from suggestions in the YouTube comments – so I’d like to personally thank whoever suggested this gem. Parasites are just disgusting, and there’s a chance that you have one penetrating your bodily defenses right now. Somehow, even cute illustrations can’t lessen the creepiness of an anal worm. Gross. …

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Brain Hacking Gets the AsapSCIENCE Treatment

Make someone happy with the push of a button? Make someone do a silly dance by delivering an electrical signal? Sign me up, brain hacking sounds awesome. AsapSCIENCE, as always, takes a complicated topic and condenses it into a delightful 3-minute animation. It may not clear everything up, but it sure makes you think. Makes you think. It made you …

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Important Info for Internet Users: What Would Happen If You Never Went Outside…Ever Again?

Redditors, WoW players, and agoraphobics – listen up. As tempting as it may be to just stay inside for the rest of your life, well, don’t do that. Your body needs that precious sunlight, and AsapSCIENCE is here to explain why. Basically, not going outside ever again would probably make you a cancerous, heart diseased ball of depression. So, before …

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Poop Is Gross, But the Poop Cycle Is Kind of Fascinating

Our favorite science illustrators AsapSCIENCE have just waded into some murky waters. Yes, they’re talking about poop – specifically what happens after you flush. Here’s the short version: You poop, it goes down a tube, all the poop pebbles get separated out, cleaned and used to build your toilets (how’s that for full circle). After that, people have to remove …

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Particularly Lazy Ways to Burn 200 Calories [VIDEO]

Last month, the simply delightful animators over at AsapSCIENCE showed us what 200 calories looks like (you know, different portion sizes of various foods). The takeaway: fill yourself up with a plateful of broccoli instead of a Oliver Twistian sliver of pepperoni pizza. But we all knew that, right? But let’s say you’ve consumed a few too many calories in …

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Here’s What 200 Calories Looks Like in Different Foods [VIDEO]

We know that humans (depending on many factors, of course) require somewhere between 2000 and 2700 calories per day to maintain. But sometimes it’s hard to know just how many calories you’re putting in your body. Volume simply isn’t a good measurement. That’s because some foods are more calorie dense than others. So, what’s a good unit to know? How …

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We Spend 6 Years of Our Lives Dreaming, Could We Ever Record Them?

Dreams are a lot of things – scary, funny, bizarre, sexy, and even occasionally important. One thing they are not is easily documented and recorded. AsapSCIENCE takes a quick (and animated) look at the possibility of ever recording our dreams. Think is sounds too far-fetched? Think again. [AsapSCIENCE]

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Is Dancing Really a Mating Ritual? Take It From Here, Science

Fine, AsapSCIENCE, human dancing is evolutionarily tied to mating. But I’m pretty sure you didn’t see me at my senior prom.

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Periodic Table Song Is Both Catchy AND Informative

Ah, yes – the periodic table. Foe to all high schoolers who suck at chemistry. It’s important information, though, and it helps to know even a little bit about the elements that make up our great, big, beautiful world. Thankfully, AsapSCIENCE is here to help with a catchy tune the highlights all the elements. I’m not sure that this is …

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Childbirth or a Swift Kick in the Balls: Which Hurts More? [VIDEO]

Ah, the age old question that has divided men and women and turned plenty of friendly debates into screaming matches. Which hurts more: childbirth or getting kicked right in the balls? To debate that here would be futile, so we’ll let AsapSCIENCE take over. They explain how both things can hurt like hell, citing nociceptors, nerve attachments, and more. But …

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Why Do You Cry? (No, Not You Specifically)

No, the question is not why do you cry. The answer to that question is probably buried far beneath a bottle of bourbon, a whole pint of ice cream, or your lack of compassion for others. No, this is simply the science behind the mechanism of crying. It’s explained by our favorite science animators, AsapSCIENCE. Go ahead, discover the mystery…

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Hey, Internet! Look! The Science of Cats!

As if the internet deserved this monumental gifts, acclaimed science illustrators AsapSCIENCE have heard your requests and have just released a video of need-to-know cat facts. Yep, everything from catnip to landing on their feet to invitations to smell their asses. It’s all here. [AsapSCIENCE, Image via Moyan_Brenn, Flickr]

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The Chilling World of Goosebumps and Frisson [VIDEO]

We know why we get goosebumps – scientifically speaking. But there are a lot of different external causes for our internal response. Everyone has experienced goosebumps from being cold, for instance. And most of us have experienced another oddly-enjoyable sensation associated with the response: Frisson. Or, those chills you get when you’re listening to a music. Is it because the …

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Why You Should Stop Hitting the Snooze Button [VIDEO]

To snooze or not to snooze? The answer, while simple, is a hard one to actually implement. Many of us are addicted to the snooze button. You may think that extra few minutes of fragmented sleep is helping you take on the day, but in reality it’s only screwing up your sleep cycles and making you more tired. [AsapSCIENCE]

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Here’s Why You’re Losing Your Hair (Genetically Speaking)

Is your maternal grandfather a fairly good indicator of whether or not you’re going to be bald? Yeah, kind of. But he’s not the only thing you should worry about. Sure, there are some “nurture” elements to hair loss, but a lot of it is “nature,” and therefore you’re screwed, bro. [AsapSCIENCE]

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Why We Have to Die (Scientifically Speaking) [VIDEO]

“Mother, why do I have to die?’ “Well, Timmy, it’s because our cells stop replicating. And so that we’re not riddled with cancer by the age of two. Oh, and because I passed it down to you and you’re a ticking timebomb. Any more questions?” [AsapSCIENCE]

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Butter or Margarine? Well, It Depends [VIDEO]

What is the difference between butter and margarine, and which one should I spread on my toast? Which one is healthier for me? Which one is better for sculpting giant busts of Paula Deen? Most of these questions, and more are answered in the following clip. [AsapSCIENCE]

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Why Porn Acts Like a Drug [VIDEO]

First off, nobody is here to bash porn. Like plenty of drugs, everything in moderation, right? And that’s the simple fact about porn. It is a drug. Well, at least it acts like a drug on your brain. AsapSCIENCE‘s newest three-minute video tackles the very real problem of pornography addiction. If you find yourself in a vicious porn-watching cycle where …

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You Love Being in Love Because It’s Kind of Like Cocaine [The Science of Love]

On Valentine’s Day, as you settle in with your significant other for some food, wine, and probable sex, remember that all of those feelings you’re feeling can be easily explained by chemical reactions in your brain. OK, maybe not all of it. AsapSCIENCE doesn’t want to take the mystery out of love or anything, they just want to let you …

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Let’s Learn Some Stuff About Our Brains, Shall We? [VIDEO]

Today, our favorite YouTube science illustrators want to teach you about fast thinking and slow thinking with some cool brain tricks. I can see no reason why we shouldn’t oblige them. Long story short, your fast thinking mechanisms in your brain are always trying to parse out information as quickly as possible. This is fairly useful in day-to-day life. But …

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The Egg Came First, But It All Depends on Semantics [VIDEO]

Forget Edward and Jacob – are you on team Egg or team Chicken? The quick answer to the question “which came first, the chicken or the egg” is the egg. There were egg-laying creatures well before there were chickens, so the egg came first. But we know that’s not the real question. So take a few minutes out of your …

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1% of the World is Drunk Right Now and Other Awesome Facts [VIDEO]

Our favorite YouTube science animators AsapSCIENCE are back with another video of cool scientific facts, and this one contains some mind-blowers. Did you know that beer has all the minerals necessary to keep you alive, and that one single ejaculation contains 1,500TB of data? Or did you know that a Kangaroo has three vaginas? Check out the video below for …

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Spend Your Money on Other People, Jerk. It’ll Make You Happier [VIDEO]

It’s the holiday season, so what better time to remind everyone to STOP BEING SUCH A SCROOGE AND GIVE A LITTLE, JESUS. Or give a little Jesus, I guess. But most importantly, remember that you are much happier when you’re spending your money on other people as opposed to yourself. And if you own a business, letting your employees dole …

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An Internet Video on the Science of Productivity. HAH! (No, Really)

Sure, you could download an app to make you more productive, or you could promise yourself that you’re going to try harder to get things done. You could even get a bunch of other little things done before tackling your actual task. You could do all of these things, but they’re not really going to help make you any more …

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Life on Earth Visualized As One Single Day (and Animated)

A better understanding of our world through short, easy-to-understand animations? Count me in. If you were looking to ruminate on the origins of life, here’s a nice little video that takes you from the first single-celled organism to the present as if it all occurred in one full rotation of the clock. Spoiler alert: Humans have only been around for …

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The Science Behind a Fifth of Bourbon’s Effect on Your Ability to Not Act Like a Jackass

If you’ve ever wondered exactly how your excessive drinking allows you to think more clearly about absolutely nothing, AsapSCIENCE has an animation for you. As a bonus, it’s here just in time for the holidays. If you want to see alcohol’s effects on a neurological level, explained in a way even a drunk person could understand, check this out: “Feel …

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