8 Survival Myths That Will Definitely Make Things Worse

You might think you know how to survive if you end up stranded in the wild, but those tips you read on the internet might just make things worse!

Some tips seem too good to be true, and they are. Others are ingrained enough to be common knowledge, except they’re wrong.

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If There’s Acid Rain, Is There Basic Rain?

You’ve probably heard of acid rain: rain that’s more acidic than normal because of pollution in the atmosphere. But, if rain can become more acidic, shouldn’t it also be able to become more basic?

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Scientists Just Transferred Memories… Between Sea Slugs

Scientists were able to transfer a specific memory from one sea slug to another! And research suggests that focusing on your breathing could help you focus on other things as well!

Thumbnail Credit: Bédécarrats et al., eNeuro (2018)

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How Machines the Size of Molecules Could Change the World

Future advances in engineering may come from chemistry. From molecular motors to salt-shaker-drug-deliverers, the future looks small.

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The Real Reason Peppers are Spicy

SciShow’s hot take: Peppers don’t produce that spicy goodness for the reason you think!

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Why Isn’t Cling Wrap as Good as It Used to Be?

“Back in my day, cling wrap was so much better!” Have you ever wondered why cling wrap doesn’t seem to work as well as you remember it to?

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3 Ways Humans Have Literally Put Themselves Into Art

Artists are notorious for pouring their heart and soul into their work, but historically, they also put some of their literal body parts into it as well!

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Not Every Egomaniac Has Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Professionally diagnosing narcissistic personality disorder is difficult for psychologists, partially because anyone who might have it just thinks they’re great!

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7 Extreme Animal Moms

From changing diapers to cleaning up vomit, human parents can have it tough, but at least they don’t have to incubate their babies under their skin or liquify their own guts to feed their brood like these animal moms do!

In honor of Mother’s Day in the United states, we’ve put together a list of moms that take parenting to another level.

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