Jul 292014
 
How Much Sleep Do You Actually Need

Most busy adults run on very little sleep. But how much sleep do we actually need? And can you ever ‘catch up’ on sleep, say on the weekend or during vacation? The nerds at Asap Science explains that during studies, scientists have found that people have a steady decline in cognitive functions when running on less than eight hours of sleep. Surprise, surprise.  

 


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Jul 242014
 
How Playing An Instrument Helps Your Brain

Scientists have realized that learning to play an instrument is more beneficial than we once thought before. As Anita Collins of TED-Ed explains, playing a musical instrument activates nearly every section of the brain at once. The fine motor skills required to play an instrument use both hemispheres for the brain. So every time you play the piano you are really engaging in a brain work out!

 


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Jul 152014
 
What Makes Tattoos Permanent

Tattoos go back thousands of years in human history. But how exactly does the art work? As humans, we are constantly shedding our skin. So why don’t tattoos slowly fade away? TED-Ed explains in this viral video that it is actually our body’s self defense mechanisms that cause the ink to become permanent.  

 


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Jul 122014
 
Three Reasons War Is Actually Going Away

War! Violence! Destruction! If you read today’s headlines you may be led to believe that we live in a terribly violent time. But news channel Vox explains that we actually live in a very peaceful time thanks to three major reasons

Remember, there’s less war and violence now than at any time in human history. We just have a magnified glass on the current struggles thanks to the relatively new 24/7, social media-enhanced news cycle. 

 


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Jul 082014
 
Frozen Is The New Black

Pop culture obsessed Only Leigh has merged the Netflix sensation Orange Is The New Black with Disney’s ultra popular feature film Frozen in her latest video parody. When Elsa loses control of her powers, she’s sent to a correctional institution. What she quickly learns in prison is that being stuck with dangerous princesses behind bars is no fairy tale. 

 


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