Beat jet lag with this app: up to 80% easier to overcome jetlag

Or so they say. When going from NY to Hong Kong, a 12 hour difference, you will feel jet lag and for about 12 days it will be hard to adjust to the new sleeping pattern. Gladly, there is an app that will mathematically help you reduce those 12 days to just 4. It will […]

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If the planets lined up we would be just fine

Don’t believe the tales a lot of sheisters are telling you. If the planets will ever align in our lifetime then nothing would happen. Jupiter, the biggest planet out there has only 0.001% gravitational effect on Earth. The sun and the Moon have the most gravitational effect on our planet. So, if the planets lined […]

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What would happen if humans became extinct?

Not much. No, it would happen a lot of things and among them: building collapsing, dams going down, wilderness coming back into the cities. The balance of nature would be, once again, restored. Such thought experiments can lead us to interesting conclusions and trigger the question: what can we do to take care of the […]

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Mazes are amazing

Jake from Vsauce3 went into the history and technology of mazes in order to explain why we love them so much. The first time we have heard of mazes was when the Greek mythology told us about the Minotaur contained into a maze created by Daedalus. Now we use mazes in movies, games and in […]

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Target tumors with electricity? We can do this!

With over 140 000 new cases of melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, diagnosed each year in the US it is no wonder one would need to find a cure for cancer and fast. Doctors are now using electricity to target this type of cancer. Oncologist Adil Daud, Md, of UCSF School of […]

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The science of wildfires

Widlfires are seen as a bad thing, but they are bad for the human inhabitants, not for nature. Wildfires occur in many places and what they do is to burn up a ton of dry wood and vegetation and the resulting ash will then be used as a fertilizer for the newer plants to use. […]

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What is antimatter? Same as matter, but with opposite charges

Henry Reich, from Minute Physics, explains what antimatter is and it is the same as matter, but with opposite electrical charges. The issue is that antimatter is hard to come by or to store as any contact between matter and antimatter will lead to annihilation of both and then a lot of energy is released. […]

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Where does the $ come from? From Mexico, of course

Mental Floss replied to the question from above and it seems that the most cited theory is that the origins of the $ sign are from Mexican Peso. They had a P and an S an, with the time, it is believed that the US adopted a S over P so that there is currently […]

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The first touchscreen? Well. CERN invented that. And the web, of course.

The first touchscreen ever invented was CERN’s SPS Control System that had a display with buttons which could be touched. The display would show tree, branches and leaves in order to help the operator run the entire facility with only a couple of touches. The touchscreen was developed at CERN in 1977 by Bent Stumpe, […]

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Bats are a farmer’s best friend

Joe Hanson explains why bats are such great creatures and why they are a farmer’s best friend. First things first: they are mammals that have their hands modified in such a way that they are now wings. Also, bats see as any other animal would so the myth that they are blind in false. Also, […]

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