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Oreos Addictive? Not So Fast, Say Researchers
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Are Oreos as addictive as cocaine? That seems to be on many headlines lately, after a Connecticut College press release on a student research project broke the hearts of North America, but is it true? I’m not reserving my spot …

MIT Delivers ‘Transformers’ Technology MIT Delivers ‘Transformers’ Technology

The days of watching Transformers on television and reveling in the movie franchise may soon find added real world joy. Researchers at MIT have created real world transformers. The Massachusetts Institution of Technology’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence laboratory has …

Eating Popcorn at the Movies Makes You Impervious to Advertising, Says Study Eating Popcorn at the Movies Makes You Impervious to Advertising, Says Study
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You may spend more up front buying your butter-soaked, 6-dollar vat of popcorn next time you hit the theater. But new research suggests that it may make you spend less in the long run on any products marketers throw at …

Bionic Man Brought To Life With Artificial Parts

Bionic man, previously a term that was only associated with science fiction, has now become a reality. The term was made popular in the 1970s with the help of a popular television show called The Six Million Dollar Man. The …

Neil deGrasse Tyson: ‘Gravity’ Earned the Right to Be Criticized
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If you haven’t yet seen the movie Gravity, you may encounter spoilers ahead. A few days after Alfonso Cuarón’s incredible thrill ride Gravity hit theaters, renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson took to Twitter to “fact check” the film – or …

Neil deGrasse Tyson Fact Checks Gravity Via Twitter Neil deGrasse Tyson Fact Checks Gravity Via Twitter

Neil deGrasse Tyson is well-known to most, but for those that do not know, he is an astrophysicist and like no others in his profession, he has achieved quite a celebrity type of status. Since he is an astrophysicist and …

Stink Bugs Are Invading the Country
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Yes, you read that title right. And, no, it isn’t a crack about Congress and the government shutdown. Stink bugs are swarming all over the country, and the problem is expected to get worse before it gets better. “We’re going …

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 …

Depression in Children: Numbers Are Rising
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“Children” and “depression” are two words no one wants to see put together, but according to a UK study, it appears that the occurrence of childhood depression is on the rise. The UK’s National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence …

ADHD: October is ADHD Awareness Month
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Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects millions of children and adults. While many people are familiar with the term ADHD, there are many misconceptions tied to this learning disability. Several ADHD groups hope to educate people on these misconceptions during October, which …

The Science Behind Traffic Jams

Each snowflake in an avalanche pleads not guilty. It is the same for drivers in traffic; we are traffic, but we wonder how traffic can possibly exist (all while it’s secretly killing us). Inspired by Tom Valderbilt’s presentation (the video …

Alzheimer’s: A Discovery of Two New Gene Mutations

A research team from the Massachusetts General Hospital have discovered two gene mutations that could cause late onset Alzheimer’s disease in humans. The good news, according to the researchers, this can help in the prevention and treatment of the disease. …

Real Lightsaber: Science Has Made Star Wars Reality
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Thanks to scientific advancements, humans on a planet in a galaxy not so far away have developed a device that bears a striking resemblance to the famous lightsaber that everyone knows from the Star Wars film franchise. What used to …

Xiaolian Nose: Man Has a Nose Growing on Forehead

Typically the news of a nose job isn’t too interesting unless you like to gossip, but a man from China has a nose job that would render even the biggest gossip speechless. A man who has been identified by the …

Popular Science Disables Comments, Says They’re ‘Undermining Bedrock Scientific Doctrine’
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At what point do internet comments, whether they are civil or uncivil, begin to undermine the entire purpose of the site on which they are hosted? Whatever that point is, Popular Science has apparently reached it. In an article appearing …

Alaska Glacier Thaws, Ancient Forest Emerges
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News that will no doubt spark global warming debates, an ancient forest floor has surfaced thanks to an Alaska glacier thawing. According to Live Science, trees in the forest are at least 1,000 years old. (image) Stumps and logs coming …

Arthur Levinson Talks About Calico, Google’s New Death-Fighting Company
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As you may have heard by now, Google has started a new company called Calico aimed at figuring out how to extend human life. In other words, fighting death. The news broke in a Time Magazine cover story, which was …

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

Kite Patch Looks to Make You Invisible to Mosquitos with Wildly Successful Crowdfunding Campaign Kite Patch Looks to Make You Invisible to Mosquitos with Wildly Successful Crowdfunding Campaign
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When it comes to defending yourself against one of life’s greatest nuisances, mosquitos, you’re pretty much limited to a few unappealing options. You can just stay inside – that usually helps. But what’s the fun in that? You can light …

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 …

Maria Mitchell Google Doodle Honors First Female Professional Astronomer Maria Mitchell Google Doodle Honors First Female Professional Astronomer

Today, Google is honoring Maria Mitchell with a really cool Doodle that shows the first American professional female astronomer using a telescope to look to the sky – presumably in hunt for “Miss Mitchell’s Comet,” which she would discover in …