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The Science of Lucid Dreaming

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about 1 month ago

Think you don't dream? Everyone has 3 to 7 dreams a night on average. Lucid dreaming means that you can control your dreams--with a little practice. AsapSCIENCE provides a helpful overview on the research into lucid dreaming and how you can turn your nightmares into a choose-your-own-adventure film ...

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What's the Rarest Precious Metal?

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about 1 month ago

In the market for an engagement or wedding ring? Don't just drop by your local jewelry store. Go on this journey with our friends at VSauce who hunt down the world's most precious metal. Host Michael Stevens "test drives" various metals and reveals surprising tricks and traits.  Image credit ...

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Calvin Klein: Catnip for Big Cats

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about 1 month ago

Which cologne or perfume makes big cats go absolutely wild? Researchers refuse to say, because they don't want humans testing it out and encroaching on the natural habitat of wild cats any more than they already are. But Calvin Klein's cologne Obsession for Men is certainly a favorite. Cats of ...

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De-Criminalizing Heroin Addiction

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about 1 month ago

Heroin addiction continues to receive media attention following the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. His tragic overdose introduced America to the fact that heroin addicts do not fit any certain stereotype, and that people can struggle with addiction throughout their lives, even after periods ...

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Hollywood's Dilemma

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about 1 month ago

Big Think interviewed producer and film scholar Jonathan Taplin to discuss the current state of Hollywood. As much as we get caught up in the glitz and glamour, it's easy to forget that Hollywood is an industry; instead of selling used cars, it sells used ideas. And the magic pixie dust that brings ...

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The Diet Coke and Mentos Experiment

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about 1 month ago

Though we are still trapped by the grueling clutches of winter, we can still dream that summer is around the corner. And with the eventual start of a new season comes seasonally appropriate scientific experiments like this one. Perfect for impressing your friends at an outdoor barbeque, you can ...

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The Science of Caddyshack

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about 1 month ago

You knew the movie was hilarious, but did you also know that Caddyshack essentially features science in its pivotal plot points? Those explosions meant to rid the course of that rascally gopher as well as gopher behavior are all in this video, along with the infamous candy bar in the pool. ...

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Charge Your Cell Phone in Five Minutes

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about 1 month ago

Is this science fiction? Can you really charge your cell phone in the time it takes to check all those voice-mails?  Supercapacitors let you bring your cell phone back to life in five minutes or charge up an electric car in sixty seconds, according to DNews. They're not only super-powerful ...

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See a Color Humans Can't See

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about 1 month ago

It's well-known that there are colors that humans can't see. But now in this easy tutorial by everyone's favorite science teacher, Robert Krampf, you can see one of these colors that are not visible to the human eye. It's a neat trick to impress your friends, but keep in mind it's still just one ...