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10 Disgusting Facts About The Human Body

We’ve all got a body, now find out just how disgusting it can be, by reading 10 disgusting facts about the human body.

Music: Beat Star by Barrie Gledden and Tim Reilly

50 Science Misconceptions [Mental Floss Ep. 18]

Hank Green discusses 50 common science misconceptions about topics such as bats, dog years, and dinosaurs.

Why Does The Placebo Effect Work?

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.

Professor Nicholas Humphrey asks why placebos work and reveals their central paradox: If we can effectively cure ourselves by taking placebo medicine, why don’t we just heal ourselves straight away?

Exploring this paradox from the perspective of evolution, Professor Humphry looks at the associated costs and benefits of pain or illness. How can placebo medications readdress this balance and is a “dose of contrived optimism” just what the doctor ordered?

How Big is the Ocean?

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 ocean and the influence it has on us.

Lesson by Scott Gass, animation by Sandro Katamashvili.

Free Falling in Outer Space

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 at home.

Lesson by Matt J. Carlson, animation by Josh Harris.

The Most Disturbing Scientific Facts

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Weird Ways to Burn 200 Calories

Some wacky ways to burn 200 calories!

Written and created by Mitchell Moffit (twitter @mitchellmoffit) and Gregory Brown (twitter @whalewatchmeplz).

Marco Mattiacci (Ferrari North America CEO): “Mexico is the New China”

According to Mattiacci, the massive growth anticipated in revenue and manufacturing is not necessarily due to Ferrari, but more to the expansion of the auto industry in the last 13 years because of dramatic wealth creation, increased appetite for industry and important investments from abroad.

The Ferrari North America CEO said he was astounded by Mexico demand for the LaFerrari, the brand’s most exclusive model that will be built in a limited edition of 499 units.

“When we launched the new LaFerrari we are positively surprised that sadly we now have on-hand a list of 15 millionaires and billionaires who want to request that car,” Mattiacci said. As you probably know, the entire production of LaFerrari was sold out long before the car was revealed. “I can tell you that in 2003 when we launched Enzo in Mexico was not having that kind of request. That’s a big indicator,” he added.

(vía Carscoops)

Where is the True North Pole?

Is it in the Arctic Ocean? In Canada? Russia?

Minute Physics provides an energetic and entertaining view of old and new problems in physics — all in a minute!

Music by Nathaniel Schroeder -