Why does the placebo effect work? [Science Video]

The placebo effect is a long-recognised phenomenon that has played an important part in the history of medicine — from the healing powers of Stonehenge to administering placebo drugs to modern day patients. But it’s not until recently that science has begun to truly understand how the placebo effect really works. [TheRoyalInstitution]

How Big Is the Ocean? [Science Video]

While the Earth’s oceans are known as five separate entities, there is really only one ocean. So, how big is it? As of 2013, it takes up 71% of the Earth, houses 99% of the biosphere, and contains some of Earth’s grandest geological features. Scott Gass reminds us of the influence humans have on the […]

Free Falling in Outer Space [Science Video]

If you were to orbit the Earth, you’d experience the feeling of free fall, not unlike what your stomach feels before a big dive on a roller coaster. With a little help from Sir Isaac Newton, Matt J. Carlson explains the basic forces acting on an astronaut and why you probably shouldn’t try this one […]

Some of The Most Disturbing Scientific Facts In The World [Video]

Ewww. Here’s an animated gif of me after seeing that giant centipede: [Buzzfeed]

From spears to baseball: the evolution of throwing

A US-led study has compared modern baseball players with archaeological records to conclude it’s highly likely that humans evolved physical characteristics needed to throw a long distance. The researchers believe the physical changes match the timing of humans being able to throw weapons such as spears. That proved a major change in human behavior as […]

How To Make Your Own Polymer Slime [Video]

Making polymer slime at home is easy and fun! All you need is some white glue or transparent glue gel (the ones used in schools,) water, and a little borax. That’s it! [About | Via]

Relativity [Comic]

It’s commonly believed that Lorentz contraction makes objects appear flatter along the direction of travel. However, this ignores light travel times. In fact, a fast-moving butt would appear rotated toward the observer but not substantially distorted. Shakira was right. [Source: XKCD]

Measuring Your Dumbness With A Ruler, in SLOW-MO!

This week on Distort, we are measuring how slow (and dumb) humans are, in centimeters. Guest Dr. Adam Gazzaley explains reaction time and tells us why our brains are more like plastic, not cement. [Distort | Via]

Where is the True North Pole? [Science Video]

Where is the true North Pole? Is it in Canada? Russia? In the Arctic Ocean? Watch this video from Minute Physics to find out! [Minute Physics]

Cool Science Tee: Long Live Heavy Metals!

Long live heavy metals! A cool Tee by artist extraordinaire Wirdou. [Available @ The Neatoshop]

Controversial genetic disorder treatment could get legal backing

The United Kingdom looks set to be the first country to give the legal go-ahead for IVF treatment that would combine genetic material from three people. The technique, known as mitochondrial transfer, would be designed to stop mothers passing on particular types of genetics-based disorders. The disorders involve faults in mitochondria, known informally as cellular power […]

From Broccoli to Big Macs: This is What 200 Calories Look Like [Video]

From Broccoli to Big Macs – All of your favourite foods, shown as 200 calories! [ASAPScience]