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This disturbing timelapse video shows a tarantula crawling out of its own skin

A disturbing new video lets you watch as a Mexican red-kneed tarantula (Brachypelma smithi) literally crawls out of its skin. The 40-second time-lapse from The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden captures the adult tarantula as it tosses and turns, spending seven long hours shedding its old exoskeleton.   The Mexican red-kneed tarantula is a docile spider that inhabits the desert …


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This is what humans will look like in 1,000 years

About 10,000 years ago, humans evolved a tolerance to cow’s milk; over the past 150 years, we’ve added 10 centimetres to our average height; and over the past 65 years, we’ve added 20 years to the average lifespan, mostly thanks to advances in science.   We’ve come so far in such an incredibly short period of time, so what will …


If Earth is spinning to the east, why isn’t it faster to fly west?

Okay, time to stop everything and nut out a brain teaser: if Earth is spinning to the east at 1,180 km/h (733 mph), and we’re in a plane flying west, shouldn’t we get to our destination quicker, seeing as it’s literally spinning towards us?   The short answer is no, because our plane is also affected by Earth’s spin, which …

This is the secret meaning behind the devil’s number 666

We’ve all heard about the infamous number 666, which is rather cryptically referred to as the “number of the beast” in the New Testament, and has more recently become known as the number of the Antichrist.   But what is it about this simple, symmetrical number that’s been giving everyone the heebie jeebies for the past 2,000 years? It’s just a …

The Biggest Misconception About Science Debunked

If you really want to teach someone something, starting with a misconception and working backwards is one of the best techniques. A new video from Veritasium does just that. In the new segment, host Derek Muller debunks one of the most common misconceptions about science – namely, that science is simply a steady, gradual way of accumulating knowledge. According to …

Welcome to the deepest hole in the world

Deep in western Russia, if you know where to look, you’ll find a small collection of ragged scrap metal and crumbled concrete. Which isn’t that exciting. But if you rifle through the rubble, you will find a large, metal disc bolted to the ground. This isn’t just any old disc – it’s the welded-shut cap of a boreholethat plummets more than …

This 3 Minute Animation Will Change Your Perception of Time Forever

We all know that Earth is old, but it’s hard to put into perspective just how old it is. After all, what does 4.5 billion years really mean? How do you even comprehend that amount of time with our short-lived human brains?   Well, Business Insider has done a pretty incredible job of it in this 3-minute animation, by displaying …

How Do Mirrors Actually Work? This Video Explains Their Flipping Magic

Mirror image is a tricky thing, but it’s pretty clear when you look at words in a reflection, that mirrors flip things horizontally rather than vertically. Or, at least it seems that that’s the case.   For example, when you hold up a sign saying “Food” in the mirror”, it flips reads a backwards “dooF”, but the letters are still …

Watch Stephen Hawking casually explain what existed before the Big Bang

Around 13.7 billion years ago, our universe sprang into existence, but what was around before the Big Bang? In a new episode of Star Talk, renowned physicist Stephen Hawking sat down with host Neil deGrasse Tyson to talk about what exactly pre-dated the beginning of our universe.   Hawking’s answer put simply? Nothing. But just because an answer can be summed …

Watch: Here’s how the American lifestyle really compares to the rest of the world

With 7.5 billion people currently occupying our planet, it’s almost crazy to think how much visibility is afforded to the culture and lifestyle of just 323 million Americans. But what would the world be like if everyone lived like that? Well, we totally have data to find out. From having loads more sex to spending an insane amount of time …

Here’s how the American lifestyle really compares to the rest of the world

With 7.5 billion people currently occupying our planet, it’s almost crazy to think how much visibility is afforded to the culture and lifestyle of just 323 million Americans. But what would the world be like if everyone lived like that?   Well, we totally have data to find out. From having loads more sex to spending an insane amount of …

Elon Musk just shared footage of a hyperloop accelerating to 200 mph and holy crap

Ever since Elon Musk shared his blueprints for the hyperloop – a revolutionary transport system that has the potential to shuttle humans at speeds of more than 1,200 km/h (746 mph) – the engineering community has been in overdrive, with hyperloop prototypes popping up all over the place. And now Musk has put up footage of a test pod accelerating …

Elon Musk just shared footage of a hyperloop accelerating to 200 mph and holy crap

Ever since Elon Musk shared his blueprints for the hyperloop – a revolutionary transport system that has the potential to shuttle humans at speeds of more than 1,200 km/h (746 mph) – the engineering community has been in overdrive, with hyperloop prototypes popping up all over the place.   And now Musk has put up footage of a test pod …

Here’s why sometimes correlation does actually imply causation

Correlation and causation can be tricky to grasp – it’s not always clear how they fit together. Just because two things are linked doesn’t mean that one causes the other… except when sometimes it does. The basics of this rather complicated relationship are put very well in the video below, from MinutePhysics. It uses the example of a (fictional) correlation …

Here’s why sometimes correlation does actually imply causation

Correlation and causation can be tricky to grasp – it’s not always clear how they fit together. Just because two things are linked doesn’t mean that one causes the other… except when sometimes it does.   The basics of this rather complicated relationship are put very well in the video below, from MinutePhysics. It uses the example of a (fictional) …

5 amazing ways Game of Thrones and science have joined forces

We can hardly believe the latest season of Game of Thrones is already near its end, and we’ll be left hanging for another year to see how the fate of Westeros plays out. Over its seven seasons, the show has left a huge mark, and not just on pop culture. The mad popularity of Game of Thrones has seen references …

5 amazing ways Game of Thrones and science have joined forces

We can hardly believe the latest season of Game of Thrones is already near its end, and we’ll be left hanging for another year to see how the fate of Westeros plays out. Over its seven seasons, the show has left a huge mark, and not just on pop culture. The mad popularity of Game of Thrones has seen references …

WATCH: What does science actually say about whether there’s a gay gene?

It’s thought that between 2 and 6 percent of people identify as same sex attracted – but the jury is still firmly out on the science on why and how it occurs. Is being gay genetic, and if so, is there a gay gene? Well, as the boys from AsapSCIENCE explain, having a specific gay gene that can be passed …

What does science actually say about whether there’s a gay gene?

It’s thought that between 2 and 6 percent of people identify as same sex attracted – but the jury is still firmly out on the science on why and how it occurs. Is being gay genetic, and if so, is there a gay gene? Well, as the boys from AsapSCIENCE explain, having a specific gay gene that can be passed …

David Attenborough Explains How These Weird Australian Octopuses Hunt On Land

Octopuses are super weird creatures. They are total escape artists, have three hearts just because, and they can regenerate limbs if they happen to need it. But until watching this BBC video from The Hunt, we were firmly of the belief that octopuses domain was the water… but after watching, we’re not so sure.   The species in question, Abdopus aculeatus, is …

WATCH: David Attenborough Explains How These Weird Australian Octopuses Hunt On Land

Octopuses are super weird creatures. They are total escape artists, have three hearts just because, and they can regenerate limbs if they happen to need it. But until watching this BBC video from The Hunt, we were firmly of the belief that octopuses domain was the water… but after watching, we’re not so sure. The species in question, Abdopus aculeatus, …

The BBC uploaded 40 hours of breathtaking Planet Earth II video to YouTube

If you like stunning cinematography capturing the windswept grandeur and awe-inspiring beauty of this rocky little planet we call home, we have some glorious news. The BBC has uploaded to YouTube a stupendous 40 hours of bonus footage filmed during the production of its award-winning Planet Earth II documentary series – which you can now gaze at in wonder to …

WATCH: The BBC uploaded 40 hours of breathtaking Planet Earth II video to YouTube

If you like stunning cinematography capturing the windswept grandeur and awe-inspiring beauty of this rocky little planet we call home, we have some glorious news. The BBC has uploaded to YouTube a stupendous 40 hours of bonus footage filmed during the production of its award-winning Planet Earth II documentary series – which you can now gaze at in wonder to …

How you can start a fire with a sandwich bag filled with water

If your secret dream is to push a big red button that instantly launches a zombie apocalypse, because you feel like you’ll really thrive as a machete-wielding survivalist, have we got the tip for you.   Turns out, if you need to survive in the woods unprepared, all you need is a sandwich bag and a water source to start …

How you can start a fire with a sandwich bag filled with water

If your secret dream is to push a big red button that instantly launches a zombie apocalypse, because you feel like you’ll really thrive as a machete-wielding survivalist, have we got the tip for you. Turns out, if you need to survive in the woods unprepared, all you need is a sandwich bag and a water source to start a …

3 science-based food hacks that will make your meals better

As any successful baker will tell you – everything to do with food and cooking is all about chemistry, whether you’re dealing with pH levels, enzymes, or good old-fashioned temperature fluctuations.   Get the balance right, and you can preserve things for longer, increase the quality of your meat, and even reduce the amount of calories you’re consuming – without …

3 science-based food hacks that will make your meals better

As any successful baker will tell you – everything to do with food and cooking is all about chemistry, whether you’re dealing with pH levels, enzymes, or good old-fashioned temperature fluctuations. Get the balance right, and you can preserve things for longer, increase the quality of your meat, and even reduce the amount of calories you’re consuming – without replacing …

Here’s a mind-melting snapshot of what Earth will look like in 1 billion years

No one can ever say for sure what the future will bring, but a new video has summed up all the science-backed predictions that we can reasonably make about how Earth will change over the next 1 billion years, and our poor little brains are reeling. The reality is that it’s highly unlikely that anyone will be around to see …