Reading text in binary: almost useless geeky skill, but fun

Tom Scott teaches us how to read text in binary, a geeky skill that might never be of any practical use. But: it is amazing. The ASCII encoding uses the US English language and it has the characters from a-z and A-Z. Each byte equals a character and since each byte has 8 bits you […]

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Food myths: supplemental vitamins are crap. Learn here why

I like debunking myths. I like to read a ton about a given subject and then be able to say: this is freaking crap, don’t believe it. The video from above talks about just that: that the supplements you take in a pill actually do something. They don’t. What you need to know is this: […]

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Simpsons facts you never knew

I watched The Simpsons since I was a kid. Never missed any episode. Seem them all. The Simpsons are a mirror image of US culture, with gadgets flying all around, with references to recent event and so on. BuzzFeed created a video from which you can learn some new facts: – Marge Simpson was supposed […]

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Why do sunburns feel like burning flesh?

Well, it is because they are burning, but not in the sense you’d expect. When the UV rays affects and damage the cells of the outer layer of the skin the body starts pumping blood in that area to start the healing process. That healing process generates heat and will eventually heal the cells or […]

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NY Times: researches can now control appetite via fiber optics

Sorry for those mice, but the fiber optic control thing is incredible. It seems takes form SciFi movies. Scientist have determined what area of the mice’s brain controls appetite and they can start it or block using a switch. These experiments allow researchers know more about what makes us eat that much and how we […]

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The History of USB. Explaining USB 3.0

The USB, Universal Serial BUS, s a connector created to replace a ton of other ports for printers, mouses, keyboards and any other extra plug-in devices like game pads. USB is not in its third version and we will have soon enough an USB connector that can be inserted in the port upside down or […]

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Plastic from air? Not so fast

Thunderf00t has his chemistry sniper rifle aimed at the plastic from air hype that claims that a company called Newlight can create plastic from air. Since there is enough carbon dioxide in the air you could theoretically trap it, add water and then burn it to obtain CH2, a base molecule in plastics. But Thunderf00t […]

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The incredible story of blue: how painters colored the era they lived in

Nature Videos are thought provoking and often show a side of the culture of store we never knew existed. Why would we care about the blue color and how hard it was to come by? Why would we care about painters and their colors anyway? Painters needed to use herbs and stones and whatever they […]

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Learn about 5 ancient medical treatments with Vsauce2

Interestingly enough, medicine have come a long way since the days of the shamans or of bleeding as a practice to treat whatever ailment you’d have. Kevin from Vsauce2 shows us 5 ancient treatments they used back then and how were they performed. Bleeding was one of those methods and it stuck with the then-day […]

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Water: it shouldn’t even be a liquid [strange water facts]

Water has been the subject of countless studies and people are still wondering how on Earth could it exist and behave the way it does? I started learning a bit more about water when I stumbled upon Trends in bond angles for H2O and other substances on Chemistry Stack Exchange. The question begs and answer […]

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