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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. …

Giant Pink Slugs Found In Australia
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Giant pink slugs have been found on a mountainside in Australia, and park rangers say that on a good day, you can see hundreds of them clustered on the rocks, creating an odd juxtaposition between nature and a very unnatural …

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.

Julius Richard Petri Gets a Bacteria-Filled Google Doodle Julius Richard Petri Gets a Bacteria-Filled Google Doodle
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You can thank Julius Richard Petri for a lot of your high school biology fun. The inventor of the Petri dish is being honored by Google today with an awesome animated doodle. Petri was a German microbiologist who is credited …

Julius Richard Petri Receives The Google Doodle Honor Julius Richard Petri Receives The Google Doodle Honor
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Google is running a homepage doodle honoring German bacteriologist Julius Richard Petri in parts of the world where the date has already changed to May 31st. The date marks the 160th birthday of the scientist, who is known as the …

Will Google Glass Cause You To Overlook Gorillas? Will Google Glass Cause You To Overlook Gorillas?
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The New York Times ran an interesting piece about Google Glass written by University of Illinois professor of psychology Daniel J. Simons and Union College professor of psychology Christopher F. Chabris. The two authored “The Invisible Gorilla: How Our Intuitions …

Live Cicada Cam Shows 17 Year Dormant Insects Invading Washington D.C.

The last time cicadas came above ground in the mid-atlantic region, gas was $1.15/gal, Ask Jeeves was released, Jerry Maguire & Independence day were the blockbuster movies of the summer. The insect oddity will be invading towns up and down …

Glow-in-the-Dark Cockroach One of the Top 10 New Species

For the past six years, the International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University has compiled a list of the top 10 new species named in each year. They’ve just released the new list, which features a glow-in-the-dark cockroach, …

Vitamin B: Alzheimer’s Might Have Met Its Match
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A new study published this week shows that vitamin B may be just the thing scientists have been looking for when it comes to Alzheimer’s patients. “Our work shows that a key part of the disease process that leads to …

Here’s Video of the Biggest and Brightest Explosion on the Moon That NASA’s Ever Seen

Two months ago, NASA observed the largest explosion on the Moon that they’ve ever seen. And today, they’re talking about it and have released a cool video that shows the event as it took place. The explosion was caused by …

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, …

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos Reboot Confirmed by Fox for 2014
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Fox has confirmed the long-discussed reboot of Carl Sagan’s landmark documentary series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage starring none other than famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. According to the LA Times, the network made their announcement on Monday at their upfront …

Drug Breathalyzer That Can Detect Pot, Cocaine, Meth, and More Touted by Swedish Researchers

The SensAbues DrugTrap is out to foil your drugged-up driving experiences. The breathalyzer. Anyone pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence knows it all too well. Since the 1980s, police have used the tool, first developed in 1967, …

IBM Creates The World’s Smallest Movie Entirely Out Of Atoms IBM Creates The World’s Smallest Movie Entirely Out Of Atoms
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Atoms make up everything in the universe. So technically, a movie made out of atoms isn’t all that new. In fact, every movie since the dawn of film has been made of atoms, just like everything else. What’s unique about …

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

A Few Rounds Of Tetris A Day May Cure Lazy Eyes
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As a child, I had a friend with a lazy eye. I was super jealous of him at the time because he got to wear a pirate-themed eye patch. Looking back on it now, it’s easy to see why being …

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 …

Astronaut Wrings Out Water Aboard the ISS, Proving That Even Mundane Tasks Are Awesome in Space
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Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Chris Hadfield is awesome, space is awesome, and everything he does in space is awesome. Proving once again that even the most mundane tasks are transformed into something incredible when performed in zero gravity, here’s Hadfield …

Leonhard Euler, Mathematics Pioneer, Honored with Google Doodle Leonhard Euler, Mathematics Pioneer, Honored with Google Doodle
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Today, Google is honoring Leonhard Euler, the Swiss mathematician known for his prolific works in many mathematical fields, including calculus and many areas of physics. Euler is known for introducing most modern mathematical terminology and notation. Euler was born on …

Buttercup and Westley’s Plunge into Dry Quicksand, Explained

Dry quicksand‘s prevalence in nature may be debated, but it has been created by scientists – so it exists. Of course, if you’ve ever watched The Princess Bride or Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, you know dry quicksand’s potentially devastating effects. …

Hey, Internet! Look! The Science of Cats!
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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 …