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Jun 14, 2013
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How Much Weight Do We Gain Over the Holidays?
With all the rich, delicious food consumed over the holidays, it makes sense everyone would gain some weight. But how many pounds does the average person actually pack on? Cristen Conger, from "Stuff Mom Never Told You," joins Anthony to find out.
Does Turkey Really Make You Tired?
It's long been said that a naturally occurring chemical in turkey makes you sleepy. Anthony is joined by Cristen Conger, from "Stuff Mom Never Told You," to find out if there's any actual scientific evidence to back up this long-held myth.
4 Ways to Cut Gas Costs
The holiday travel season is upon us! And for many, that means loading the family up in the car and driving off to see loved ones near and far. But you don't have to let gas prices dampen your holiday cheer! Trace has some tips to boost your MPG.
Why We Can't Tickle Ourselves
Ever try to tickle yourself? It doesn't work! Anthony explains how tickling works and why it's something you can't do alone.
Hunger Games: How Reality TV Desensitizes Us
The Hunger Games series explores a society where reality television has pushed the limits on the human condition. How far is this from our own society? Laci explores the effects of "reality" on television.
Could Fake Meat Ever Replace The Real Thing?
There's nothing quite like a juicy steak straight off the grill, but scientists are coming close to replicating that meaty greatness, without the meat! Annie sinks her teeth into the advances in fake meat.
A 'Like' Doesn't Help Charities, It's Slacktivism
It's the laziest form of activism: Slacktivism. And if you're not a slacktivist yourself, you definitely know one. We're talking about that person who talks about going out and helping people in need, but never quite gets around to it.
The One Universal Word
The only word that's truly universal - "huh"? Laci Green tells us why and how this simple expression gained a global understanding.
Sex vs. Guns on TV: Which is More Harmful?
Americans are notorious for their acceptance of violence, but their fear of sex in movies and TV. But two recent studies show the impact of both. And as Laci Green shows us, what they found is both interesting and a little concerning.
What's the Key to a Catchy Song?
Ever notice how your favorite songs seem to repeat key phrases multiple times? Well it turns out this element of music is a key part of why we love so many of the songs we do. Trace explains why.
Why Don't People Believe in Bisexuality?
Sexuality is more about just being gay or straight. New research shows that many people ignore or don't believe in bi and asexuality, despite the fact there's scientific evidence supporting the existence of both. Laci Green looks at why this is.
The Science of Pee Splashback
For guys, there's nothing like going in to take a pee, only to have it splash back against your leg. Anthony looks at the science of the pee splashback and what you can do to keep clean and dry.
Why Girls Are Entering Puberty Sooner Than Ever
Girls entering puberty earlier than usual is a problem first spotted nearly two decades ago. But the problem is spreading to more girls, and continues to worsen. Trace explains why doctors think this is happening, and if parents should be concerned.
Why Do You Snore?
Snoring is no joke. If you're thinking the worst it does is keep your girlfriend or boyfriend awake, you're dead wrong. Trace explains why we snore and what long-term, chronic snoring does to the body.
How Texting Can Ruin Relationships
A new study out of Brigham Young University shows too much texting in a relationship can be seriously detrimental. Anthony explains what pitfalls to avoid, and how to keep the relationship more secure.
You're Not Bad at Math, You're Just Lazy
Everyone's heard someone say that they're "just not a math person." But don't believe them: It's not true! These people are just lazy, and science proves it. Trace Dominguez explains.
Media Consumption: How Much Is Too Much?
Today, we've got more than just TV to watch. Our phones, tablets, and computers all supply a seemingly endless amount of content, and the amount we're consuming is downright shocking. Laci Green explains how this is both a bad and a good thing.
The Time of Day You're Most Likely to Cheat
According to new research, we have a tendency to be more ethical earlier in the day, and less so later. Turns out it all comes down to blood flow. Trace explains how these two seemingly unrelated things are so intricately linked.
5 Real-Life Mad Scientists
In honor of Halloween, Trace looks at 5 real-life mad scientists whose works are both awesome and kind of terrifying.
Your Brain in Love
Some very interesting things happen when you fall in love, or even lust. The sweaty palms, the queasy stomach. Anthony explains what's going on physiologically to make these pesky reactions happen.
The Oldest Child Is Smarter and Here's Why
A new study shows that when it comes to intelligence, the oldest child has the upper hand. Laci Green explains what led researchers to this conclusion and tells us if younger siblings are really doomed to a life of mediocrity.
Texting in Class: Good or Bad?
Forget passing notes: These days students are busy texting and tweeting during class. Laci Green looks at whether all this mobile tech in the classroom is really a good or bad thing.
How to Win an Argument
You'd think the most important thing you need to win an argument are good, solid, supporting facts. But in the middle of a heated debate, sometimes facts can work against you. Trace explains why that is, and what you REALLY need to win a fight.
Why Is Kissing So Much Fun?
There's nothing like a good kiss. There's also nothing like a bad kiss. But why do we kiss in the first place? It's such an odd activity, yet 90 percent of all people do it. Laci joins Anthony in search of the answer.
Are Truth Serums Real?
Truth serums: they've played an important role in some of our favorite movies, but do they exist in the real world? Ben Bowlin, from "Stuff They Don't Want You To Know," joins Laci Green in the search for an answer.
Can People Really Be Telekinetic?
It's one of the coolest superpowers out there: telekinesis. And if the mind really is as powerful as it's believed to be, is it possible? Trace opens his mind, and goes in search of the answer.
What's the Deal with Synthetic Weed?
Synthetic weed. It's legal, readily available, and sending dozens of people to the hospital. Some have died. Annie Gaus tell us what's in this stuff, and why it's garnering so much attention.
Do TV Shows Use Legit Science?
No one expects TV shows to contain perfectly accurate science. For TV, writers are more likely to use science fiction. Trace sits down with Esther Inglis-Arkell, from i09, to discuss some of the best and worst science on TV.
What's the Right Amount of Eye Contact?
Do you look people in the eye in an attempt to seem more persuasive or genuine? Well move those peepers around a bit, 'cause you're freaking people out! Anthony looks at what the right amount of eye contact is during a conversation.
How Superstitions Work
Knock on wood, don't walk under a ladder, throw spilled salt over your left shoulder. All these superstitious things we do might actually help keep away bad juju. But don't take our word for it, it's backed by science! Guest host Annie Gaus explains.
Is Wikipedia a Credible Source?
It's the go-to website for information on just about anything. But is the info on Wikipedia worth its weight in megabytes? Trace has the answer and tells us about a new plan to improve the accuracy of some of Wikipedia's most popular pages.
7 Things You Didn't Know About Redheads
There are a bunch of myths out there about redheads. Are they really going extinct? Are they more likely than others to develop cancer? Trace has all those answers and more.
The Science of Barrel-Aged Beer
Barrel-aged beer is the hottest thing to hit beer in ages. In honor of Oktoberfest, Anthony sits down to talk about the process with one of the newest and most sought-after brewmasters to hit the scene: Jesse Friedman, of Almanac Brewery.
Can We Fall in Love with Robots?
Robots play a bigger role in our lives than ever before. They build things for us and even help keep our soldiers safe on the battlefield. But are we getting too attached? Anthony explores what happens when human emotion and robots mix.
Talk Like a Pirate Day: How Dialects Are Formed
Arg! That's right, matey ... International Talk Like a Pirate Day is here again. So Trace set sail in search of buried treasure and an answer to why people speak differently around the world.
How Birth Order Affects Who You Are
Does the order in which you're born really affect the kind of person you grow up to be? Trace examines whether or not it has any impact at all.
Study Links Gun Ownership and Homicide
The debate about guns and violence has gone on for decades, but now a new study shows a link to not only violence but deaths as well. Trace explains.
Bill Nye the Dancing Guy
Bill Nye is joining "Dancing with the Stars"! His secret to winning? Physics, of course! Anthony explains how good dancing is really just about science.
Do We Expect Too Much from Sexting?
Text messaging has taken a decidedly dirty turn with the growing popularity of sexting. And it's more than married politicians doing it. Laci breaks down the age group sexting the most, and why men seem to do it so much more than women.
The Science of Gossip and Rumors
Gossip is something that's been around for ages. It's even talked about in the Bible! Trace explains how gossip has played an important role in human evolution and how it impacts society.
Does Yelp Really Impact Businesses?
We all know Yelp can be a super-helpful tool when deciding to give your money to certain businesses. Laci looks at the impacts -- both good and bad -- sites like Yelp can have.
How to Tell the Perfect Lie
We all know lying is bad, but sometimes certain situations give you no other option. Anthony has some tips on how to make those lies more convincing.
What Tattoos Really Say About You
Tattoos are perhaps the ultimate form of self expression. Once done, they're basically with you for good. But does all that ink doom you to life of being judged? Some studies say yes! Anthony looks at what having a tattoo says about you.
Do Smaller Testicles Make Better Dads?
A new study suggests there's a link between a man's testicle size and his fatherhood skills. But is this really a case of cause and effect? Laci takes a critical look at the science.
Taste Test: How Spicy Works
There are some foods out there that seem as though they'll burn a hole through your tongue. What's spicy food got that causes such a reaction? And why does it make you sweat? Trace explains how spicy foods work.
SourceFed vs. DNews: The 'Ol Bacon Debate
SourceFed's Elliott Morgan swings by DNews to discuss with longtime vegetarian Anthony the wide, wonderful world of bacon.
Why Midwives Are Better for Moms and Babies
Midwives are making a comeback! And it's not just some alternative, hippie medicine -- science loves midwives too! Laci shares some amazing research on this ancient practice that could mean great things for modern day moms and their babies.
Why Do We Yawn?
You've probably seen someone yawn and felt compelled to take a deep inhale and exhale yourself. Yes, yawning is contagious, but why do we actually do it in the first place? Trace takes a look at the competing theories out there.
Does Believing in God Make You Dumb?
Are you a dummy for believing in God? There's a new study out whose authors claim to have found a correlation between religion and a lower IQ. Trace looks at the science behind their claims.
What Makes Ouija Boards Move?
More goes into making Ouija boards move than you might think. Scientists are now saying this fabled link to the "other side" is really just driven by the players' subconscious. Laci explains.
Are Women Without Kids Smarter?
Women: Does your desire to have kids make you dumb? A London School of Economics study claims a correlation between the urge to have kids and a lower IQ. Laci looks at the science behind the study and whether its outlandish claims hold water.
What Kind of Tipper Are You?
Tipping can be a touchy topic. And it's a great power we wield when eating out: Give us good service, or get a bad tip. Laci explains how this power trip works and the psychology behind tipping.
City vs. Country: Which Is Safer?
You'd think peaceful country living would do wonders for your health. No pollution, less violence. Seems like the obvious way to go, right? But it isn't so cut and dry. Trace looks at the risks and life-saving benefits of each.
Smartphones During Sex: Do You Do It?
People sometimes use "props" to spice up their sex lives, but a new study shows that nearly 1 in 10 actually use their smartphones when having sex! Anthony and Cristen Conger, from "Stuff Mom Never Told You," investigate.
Love Hormone Gives You Fear & Anxiety
Oxytocin (aka, the Love Hormone) is supposed to make you feel all warm and cuddly. But according to new research, it's also to blame for much deeper and darker feelings. Laci explains this two-faced beast.
Men vs. Women: Who Farts More?
Let's talk farts. We all do it, but who does it more, men or women? And whose is stinkier? Anthony sits down with Cristen Conger from "Stuff Mom Never Told You" to trade stories, and share the the smelly science of passing gas.
Why Most Students Ditch Math & Science Majors
Math and science majors are popular choices for incoming college students, but new research shows students quickly change majors when they realize they're gonna have to work really hard. And, as Trace tells us, this attitude has serious consequences.
4-Day Workweek Is Better for Everyone
Imagine having a three-day weekend, every weekend. Sounds good, eh? Well that's becoming the reality for many workers around the globe, as scientists, governments, and companies realize the benefit of the four-day workweek.
How Racism Leads to Health Issues
Despite it being 2013, race, unfortunately, is still very much an issue in this world. And these racial issues impact people more than just on a social level. As Laci Green tells us, it can actually impact a person's health.
5 Common Traditions Explained
We humans like our traditions. Each of our many cultures does very specific things at weddings, funerals, and other pivotal times. Trace explains why.
Cities Are Like Stars
People living in big cities have a lot in common with ... the inside of a star? Sounds crazy, but it actually makes sense. Anthony explains this radical new way to look at life in the world's busiest cities.
Cursive is Dead!
A few short years ago, cursive was something all kids were taught in school. But no more! In many parts of the country, it's becoming a relic of the past. Laci shows us why educators might be smart to keep teaching kids those loopy letters.
Things to Avoid When Learning a Foreign Language
When learning a second language, don't think about home. Don't even think about your friends or family. Trace explains why.
The Science Of BBQ
It's one of the hallmarks of summer -- barbecue! Trace, along with Leisure & Summertime Correspondent Will Johnson, talk to some of the best barbecuers in the country to find out the science behind your grill.
Do Ghosts Exist? Exploring the Paranormal
According to some studies, a whopping third of Americans believe in ghosts. So Laci Green decided it was time to look at the shaky science behind the paranormal. And what she found might just explain away that bump in the night.
White House Down: Being a Secret Service Agent
In the movie "White House Down," the U.S. Secret Service hunts a terrorist who takes control of the White House. Trace went right to the source, a nearly 30 year veteran of the agency, to see what it takes to be a member of this elite group.
Siblings Are The Worst Bullies
Bullying is not just a problem in schools. As Laci tell us, for some kids, some of the most dangerous bullies aren't classmates but siblings.
Baby Talk Actually Makes Sense
Baby talk seems like it's gibberish, but it's actually far more advanced than we thought. Trace looks at what all that noise might really mean.
How Much Waste Do We Make?
Venezuela is using too much toilet paper and now they're running out of the stuff! With so much waste and not enough resources to replenish our supply, Trace looks at the myriad of ways we produce trash.
Lady Viagra is Coming
Viagra for guys is a hit, but what about the ladies?! A company called "Emotional Brain" has had some significant success with a new drug they're calling "Lybrido." Laci looks at what it is and what its users and the scientific community are sayi ...
What is the Value of Money?
Money. We all want it and we all need it. But why do we use it in the first place? Trace looks at the history of currency, new and old!
Shock Yourself to Get Better at Math
Just a quick jolt to the brain and then you're a math wizard? It sounds too good to be true, but new research suggests electric shocks may actually help! Anthony weighs in on the latest effort to improve our mental math abilities.
Are We All Internet Addicts?
Internet addiction. Many of us fall victim to it living in the modern world. And, as Anthony tells us, there was a lot of discussion about whether it should be classified as an official disorder in the new DSM 5. In the end, it wasn't included -- ...
Is IQ a Good Measure of Intelligence?
Much is made of a person's IQ score. But is there really anything to that number? Laci looks at what a high IQ really means, and why some say the test should be tossed in the trash.
Meet the Man Behind the Oreo Separator Machine!
David Neevel hates Oreo filling. So he built a machine to carefully remove all traces of the white fluff from the iconic cookie. He's also built an email-sending guitar. Anthony meets this inventive man and checks out his work.
Body Worlds: Donating Your Body to Science
It's one of the most revealing science exhibits out there. Trace heads to New York for the opening of "Body Worlds: Pulse" -- a show made up of human bodies, donated to science and on display. It's like nothing else you've ever seen.
Ladies Love Beards
For optimal sexiness, scientists say keep that 5'oclock shadow going! Anthony talks to Cristen Conger, host of "Stuff Mom Never Told You," to find out why beards are back and driving women crazy!
Flying Man and Escape Artist Octopus!
Anthony is joined by Tech Feed News' Annie Gaus for a rundown of some of the latest, coolest videos on the net. On the playlist: Houdini octopus, a man with wings, and a huge meteor explosion!
Your Brain on Freestyle Rap
Think what you will about rap music, but it does some amazing things to the mind. Anthony is joined by freestyle rap maverick Jelly D to demonstrate how even rap can be full of science.
Crying in Space & Deathbots -- Video Roundup!
Crying in space and the most human-like robot ever! Watch as Laci and Anthony show their favorite videos from around the web in this week's video roundup.
Is God Mad at You?
Each religion in the world has its own interpretation of God. Some believe God to be an all-loving God, while others -- a vengeful deity. But, as Laci tells us, this thinking can have some far-reaching effects.
Science Supports Gay Parents
Gay adoption is a sensitive topic for some, but now science is having its say: it's A-Okay! In this DNews video, Laci Green talks about the newest research that outlines why gay couples adopting is such a good thing.
3 Real-Life Superhero Powers
Superhero powers aren't just for comic book characters. Thanks to new tech, they're for everyone! Wanna go for a quick flight? Done. What about superhuman strength? Check. Anthony, Laci, and Trace join forces to show how you can actually get supe ...
Do 3D Printed Guns Require New Laws?
Real guns, printed at home, and it's totally legal. In this DNews video, Anthony looks at this new twist in the debate over guns.
Doodling Actually Helps You in School?
Classroom sketchers and scribblers rejoice: Doodling can improve your recall! In this DNews video, Laci looks at a new study that gives hope to everyday artistes.
Obsessive Facebook Updates Are Good for You?!
Why do we feel the urge to post everything we're doing? Laci Green explores the positive and negative effects of social media.
Folding Nature with Origami
Anthony sits down with Bernie Peyton, a wildlife biologist and talented origamist, to discuss how his research and art fit together.
Why We FAIL at New Year's Resolutions
Laci Green breaks down why we have such a hard time sticking to New Years resolutions and the best way to make this year's resolutions count.
Would You Eat Horse Meat?
Everyone's talking about the horse meat scandal in Europe, but is it really that bad? Horse meat is eaten regularly in many cultures. So why does it get such a bad rap? And what's the weirdest food you've ever eaten?
Tell the Future About Your History!
If the world ends on Friday what becomes of humanity's accomplishments- our art, our history? Is there any way to preserve it if we all go up in flames? Anthony has all the details on the way scientists say is the best way to preserve humanity's ...
Do More By Doing Nothing
Contrary to popular belief, it would seem that taking a break rather than dedicating all your time to one thing might actually make your more efficient!
Freeze Yourself to Live Forever? The Truth About Cryonics
Would you consider freezing yourself, hoping future technology could bring you back to life? Battling with brain cancer, that's what 22 year old Kim Suozzi did! Trace explains the science.
Breaking the Seal: Fact or Fiction
If, after a few drinks, you finally decided to hit the bathroom, are you actually 'breaking the seal' and triggering a need to pee for the rest of your bar-hopping night? Anthony breaks down the science behind this common happy-hour belief.
Men and Women Ain't So Different
Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus ... or are they? Couldn't we all just be from Earth? Finally science has produced evidence that supports what we already knew -- the whole "men are from Mars, women are from Venus" trope is false. Watch Lac ...
Face Tattoos: The Ultimate Declaration of Love
Face Tattoos. Would you get one? Chances are most of you said "no," but people are getting them and they're getting more popular. So what drives people to mark their faces in such permanent ways? Laci explores this growing trend.
Couples Who Drink Together, Stay Together
If you drink and have relationship issues, don't blame the booze. The booze can actually help you! Trace tells you how.
True Love Ain't Magic, It's Science!
Those butterflies and fireworks you feel when falling love are actually just brain chemicals flooding your system. Laci breaks down what's happening behind the science of a new relationship.
The Male Birth Control You've Never Heard Of
One of the easiest and most effective forms of birth control out there is something you've probably never heard of. WHY haven't you heard of it before? Anthony has the answer.
Can You Handle 3 Girlfriends?
Can you handle a second or third girlfriend or boyfriend? Turns out more and more people can, and we don't mean "on the side." Polyamory is quickly becoming this generation's sexual revolution. Laci explores what it's all about and how it works.
Why Aren't Women Choosing Science Careers?
We here at DNews are a solid mix of guys and girls with passion for all things science. But a video published this summer by the European Commission has us and a bunch of other scientists -- and science fans -- stewing. Laci Green gives us her ta ...
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