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

For Science! Watch This Guy Tongue-Shock Himself with both AC & DC For Science! Watch This Guy Tongue-Shock Himself with both AC & DC

Ever wondered whether AC or DC hurts more? Thankfully, this guy decided to do the legwork so you don’t have to. Unless you really want to – but I can’t condone that. Ok, fine. Go lick a battery you masochist. …

Feeling Old And Depressed? Video Games Might Help Feeling Old And Depressed? Video Games Might Help

All we ever hear anymore is how video games are corrupting our youth, and must be burned. That’s why it’s nice then to see some real science looking into the benefits that playing video games provides to not only young …

Radiation Belt Around Earth Discovered by NASA Radiation Belt Around Earth Discovered by NASA
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NASA this week revealed that its Van Allen Probes have discovered a third radiation belt around the Earth. Before now, the Earth’s Van Allen belts were thought to be two belts of radiation surrounding the planet. The newly discovered belt …

Butter or Margarine? Well, It Depends [VIDEO] 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 …

Why Porn Acts Like a Drug [VIDEO] Why Porn Acts Like a Drug [VIDEO]
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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 …

Zuckerberg, Brin Announce Annual $3 Million Prize for Medical Research Zuckerberg, Brin Announce Annual $3 Million Prize for Medical Research

Today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, his wife Priscilla Chan, Google co-founder Sergey Brin, Biologist and businesswoman Anne Wojcicki (Brin’s wife), and investor Yuri Milner have announced a brand new yearly prize that rewards “excellence in research aimed at curing intractable …

You Can Watch a Live-Tweeted C-Section on Wednesday You Can Watch a Live-Tweeted C-Section on Wednesday
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Tomorrow, you can watch the miracle of life unfold on Twitter. Women’s Memorial Hermann Hospital at Memorial City Medical Center in Houston Texas will be the first hospital to live-tweet a surgical birth. “This is a medically indicated c-section. 39-year-old …

The Next Prosthetic Hand Will Be Able To Feel The Next Prosthetic Hand Will Be Able To Feel

Prosthetic hands have been around for a while, but there have been a number of recent advancements in the field that have made them cheaper and more refined. The latest advancement revealed this week tackles a long sought after result …

The Obama Administration Has an Awesome New Brain-Mapping Project in the Pipeline The Obama Administration Has an Awesome New Brain-Mapping Project in the Pipeline
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In the same way that the Human Genome Project has helped improve our understanding of human genetics, the White House is hoping that a new project could help us unlock the mysteries of the human brain. According to a report …

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

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

Google Science Fair 2013 Now Accepting Submissions Google Science Fair 2013 Now Accepting Submissions

For the third year, Google is holding an international science fair for teens. The Google Science Fair is a partnership between Google, CERN, LEGO, National Geographic, and Scientific American. “For the past two years, thousands of students from more than …

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

Mental Health Linked to Childhood Stress in Mice Mental Health Linked to Childhood Stress in Mice

A new study has found a link between a stress-induced hormone in adolescence and genetic changes that can cause severe mental illness. The study, published recently in the journal Science, could lead to new treatments for schizophrenia, severe depression, or …

The Moon Landing Wasn’t Faked, But Here’s Another Reason Why The Moon Landing Wasn’t Faked, But Here’s Another Reason Why
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There are still people out there who believe that the 1969 Moon landing was a hoax, perpetrated by the U.S. government and that everyone involved has successfully kept that fact from being exposed and proven for over 40 years. If …

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

Get That Song Out of Your Head by Engaging in a (Not Too Tricky) Task Get That Song Out of Your Head by Engaging in a (Not Too Tricky) Task

You just heard the opening bars to Gangnam Style, and that’s all it took. Now, you’re walking down the street with PSY in your brain and you can’t get it out. You have an important presentation in ten minutes. What …

Here’s How Pretty Little Snowflakes Form [VIDEO] Here’s How Pretty Little Snowflakes Form [VIDEO]
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We are all snowflakes – little expertly formed, original creations floating about the world. Except that’s not true. You’re not special. You’re not a snowflake. But real snowflakes are all different (kind of), and fascinating. This video from BytesizeScience shows …

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

Mayan Calendar Doomsday Prophecies a Hoax, Says NASA Mayan Calendar Doomsday Prophecies a Hoax, Says NASA
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Predictions about the end of the world on Friday, December 21 are reaching a fever pitch. From rogue planets to shifting poles, the crazy ideas put forth for how humanity will soon perish resemble countless past doomsday prophecies that haven’t …