How Two Plants Combine to Form the Powerful Hallucinogenic Ayahuasca 

Ayahuasca has been used in shaman and healing rituals for centuries, specifically in areas near the Amazon river basin, but it’s seeing a surge in popularity among “tourists” that travel to South America to seek its hallucinogenic and spiritual effects. Read More >>

Your Ears Can be Fooled With Illusions as Easily as Your Eyes

We've all been left scratching our heads wondering how our brains could have been tricked by an optical illusion we looked at. But it turns out your sense of hearing is just as susceptible to being fooled. Read More >>

Can You Actually Get Ill From Being Cold?

We've all been nagged about staying warm in the winter by a concerned elder: "You don't want to catch cold!" But that's absurd; everyone these days knows colds are only caused by viruses, right? Well, it's complicated. Read More >>

What Would Happen If You Just Stopped Sleeping Forever

It's a Monday, so chances are you want to crawl back home and into bed, and sleep the day away. But what good is all that comatose-time doing you anyway? What if you just cut it out and were productive or something, instead? Read More >>

Would Never Going Outside Really Be That Bad For Us? Sadly, Yes

When you think about all the forms of indoor entertainment available to us, the internet, satellite TV, video games, it's no surprise that the outdoors is having a hard time competing for our attention. But it turns out that a little exposure to the sun is not just beneficial, it's actually vital to our health. Read More >>

Test How Old Your Ears Are (and How Much Damage You’ve Done to Them)

Deep down we all know we shouldn't crank our music or listen to headphones with the volume really high, but we still do. And if you've ever wondered if years of hard rock has done any serious damage, here's an easy way to find out. Read More >>

What Does 200 Calories Look Like?

The answer to the question of how much can you eat of different foods before you hit 200 calories varies, depending what you're consuming. Two hundred calories is a whole lot of apples, but less than half of a Big Mac. It's a plate full of broccoli, but more like a spoonful of peanut butter. But it's a lot easier to understand what that really means when you actually see the food in front of you in this video from ASAP Science. Read More >>

Why Do Humans Cry?

Tears are obviously our body's mechanism to keep our eyeballs well lubricated, but why do humans start bawling when they're sad, in pain, or overjoyed? What purpose could crying possibly serve? Read More >>

So Why Do We Get Goosebumps When We’re Cold or Scared?

Have you ever wondered why your skin gets covered in tiny bumps when you step out of the shower, or when your body's fight or flight instincts kick in? The goosebumps phenomenon, named after the way a large bird looks after being plucked, is actually your body's attempt to protect itself. Read More >>

This Is How Your Brain Works

Some days, after a good night's rest and a protein-rich breakfast, my brain works wonderfully. It's well wrinkled, filled to the brim with answers, and snapping synapses a-go. Other days, after an epic night, and a regurgitated breakfast, my brain just doesn't want to be bothered. It's smooth and thoughtless. How does that damn brain work? ASAP Science analyses the brain by detailing the difference between fast thinking and slow thinking. You're going to think in a whole new way after this. [YouTube] Read More >>

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How Alcohol Turns You Into the Life of the Party

Have you ever really stopped and wondered — like on a scientific level — why excessive alcohol consumption can turn someone into the life of a party? Or a blubbering mess? Read More >>

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Why the Moon Looks Bigger on Some Nights than It Does on Others

The moon looks HUGE some nights, right? Well, yes, sort of, to you—but only because your tiny human brain contextualises it as larger sometimes than others. It's never actually any closer. It's just a confluence of a few different optical illusions screwing with your head. Read More >>

What Your Brain Looks Like When You Smoke Marijuana

ASAP Science does their thing again, this time explaining what happens to your brain when you smoke weed (or pot or marijuana or whatever the hell you call it). The nut of it: when you're high, whatever you think about when you're on marijuana starts to feel like the most important thought you ever had in your life. Until a new idea comes in and you get focused on that. Hmm... sounds about right. Watch the whole video to see the scientific breakdown with real sciencey words and all that. [AsapSCIENCE] Read More >>