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How Fear Can Kill You

In 1942, physiologist and Harvard Medical School researcher Walter Cannon published an academic paper with the sort of title you’d expect from a direct-to-video schlock horror flick: “Voodoo Death.” Read More >>

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We Spoke to the Man Responsible for Inflicting Physical and Mental Pain for Tough Mudder

Being a bit arrogant when it comes to physical exercise (for little reason, I must add) my negative perception of Tough Mudder was formed the minute I first heard of it -- through a friend who’d never once shown any interest in sport during the previous three years of our relationship. When more and more of the previously idle people in my life started waxing on about it, I decided that my initial opinion was spot-on. Read More >>

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Why Scaring Animals Shitless is Good for the Environment

Big carnivores are scary, both to humans and the animals they prey upon. But as a new study demonstrates, the fear that these predators instil among their prey can have a positive influence on ecological health and biodiversity, a finding with important implications for conservation. Read More >>

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Fear Can Actually Kind of Curdle Your Blood

Next time someone refers to a horror movie as ‘bloodcurdling,’ they might actually be kinda right. A new study shows that the fear experienced when watching scary movies is in fact associated with an increase in clotting agents in the blood. Read More >>

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Watch Two Crazy People Climb the World’s Second Tallest Building

At this point, we've all seen the insane Russian dudes who dangle off of tall things. But that looks like child's play when you see these Ukrainian guys scale the second tallest building in the world. Read More >>

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The Chemistry of Fear and Why We Like It So Much

It's the season of fear! Horror movies, haunted houses, spooky costumes, the week where we find anything and use everything to scare ourselves senseless. But why? What is the science behind fear? What the hell is fear? Bytesize Science explains how fear is our anticipation of something bad happening and how it works in our brain. Spooky! [Bytesize Science via Neatorama] Read More >>

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What Happens to Your Brain When You’re Scared Out of Your Mind

Everyone knows what it feels like to be absolutely terrified. And while it might not be your favourite flavour of fun, you can't deny it's a rush. That's because your brain takes fear as a cue to start dishing out its own kind of halloween sweets in the form of delicious neurotransmitters. Read More >>

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Our Old Classic Fears Translated Into Modern Technology Nightmares

Do you remember all your childhood fears? You know, like all those nightmares you had about being chased, being naked and getting killed by monsters. You stopped being scared of them because you grew up and you replaced old fears with new digital nightmares. Like being trolled and accidentally sending sexts and the Internet being down. Grown up life can be scary with technology! Read More >>

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Scientists Develop Technique to Erase Your Fears

Fears are formed when we associate things with a strong, negative emotional response. Now, a team of scientists have developed a technique which lets them erase new emotional memories from the human brain—which could make it possible to wipe out your fears for good. Read More >>

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Spider Lives In Woman’s Ear For a Whole Five Days

I'm a grown man, yet, along with a lot of other people (read: the world), spiders creep me the fudge out. Eurghh. So, upon seeing this, my mind immediately took me to a land of happy rainbows and fluffy bunnies to keep me away from the horrible, horrible reality that is this story. I hope your ears are clean, because for a woman only known as 'Ms. Lee", her ear was home to a spider for five whole days. Read More >>

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Despite Two Deaths in Two Weeks, Elevators Are Still Safer Than Stairs

Yesterday a woman was killed when she tried to enter an elevator that suddenly shot upwards out-of-control. Just a week earlier, a woman was crushed by an elevator as she tried to crawl out of one that was in-between floors. Are you now terrified of elevators? Read More >>