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  1. Hold Onto Your Blunts: New Study Shows Dinosaurs May Have Gotten High on Psychedelic Fungus

    Well, they're all literal stoners now.

    They've figured out how to open doors. Doors to your mind, maaaaaan.

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  2. Lifespan of Mice Increased With Experimental Drug, Prepare for Your Immortal Rodent Overlords

    Nicodemus would be pleased.

    A new experimental drug has shown to increase the lifespan of mice. The drug could have positive implications for humans as well, but let's focus on the real goal here: mice immortality.

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  3. Someone Made a Black Market Search Engine That Looks Just Like Google

    Be honest, you've already thought of something you would search for.

    Google is great and all, but Grams, a Google look-alike search engine that offers a listing of reliable sources for illicit materials, is the most comprehensive way to find all things illegal. Drugs, weapons, Vampire Blood (probably), it's all there. Or, you know, that's what my friend told me.

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  4. Everything You Wanted To Know About Crack Cocaine But Didn’t Want to Ask [Video]

    Crack is whack and scientifically interesting.

    Want to know what your brain is like on drugs without actually having to take the drugs themselves? Because AsapSCIENCE wants to tell you all about how crack cocaine allows for a buildup of dopemine in your brain by blocking your reabsorption receptors, and then later makes you feel like you're covered in bugs.

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  5. Scientists in the UK Are Developing a Drug That Mimics Alcohol without the Negative Effects

    Consequences are for suckers.

    Professor David Nutt, a Former Government drug advisor, and his team at Imperial College London are developing a drug that will mimic alcohol's "positive" effects on the brain without hangovers or addictive qualities. If only we'd realized sooner that consequences, not poor judgement and impaired reflexes, are the problem with too much drinking.

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  6. No, I Don’t Even Lift, Because Science Has Finally Created a Pill That Can Simulate Exercise

    We've always known the gym was for suckers, but now we finally have a viable alternative. Thanks, science!

    Going to the gym is a great idea in theory. Once you get there, though, I think we can all agree that it almost always seems like a terrible idea. A terrible idea full of grunting and being sore where all of the things around you are covered in a fine sheen of other peoples' sweat. Luckily, researchers may have made a breakthrough that could finally release humanity from the curse of going to the gym without dooming them to life as a grotesque shut-in -- a pill that simulates some of the effects of physical exercise. In case there was any doubt, yes, we live in the future now.

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  7. Would Not Abuse at All: AsapSCIENCE Explores the Science of Super Strength [Video]

    Superman-strength is probably out of the question, but science is making it easier to add a couple inches to your biceps.

    Come on, admit it -- we've all fantasized about having superhuman strength at one point or another. Having the sort of car-tossing, Mjolnir-swinging, evildoers cowering before your might sort of strength we've all seen in comic books may be out of the question, sure, but science is helping us learn more and more about how we get strong, and that understanding could help us get better at getting stronger. In their latest video, AsapSCIENCE explains what it takes to reach that goal, why some people naturally have greater muscle mass than others, and how new technologies could make super strength a reality in the future. You won't even need to be bitten by a radioactive spider.

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  8. Colorado Kids Hospitalized After Snacking on Pot Cookies

    Medicinal pot needs to be treated like medicine, argue doctors pushing for childproof packaging for marijuana baked goods

    This right here, folks? This is why we can't have nice things. A recent study published online by JAMA Pediatrics found that one hospital in Colorado is dealing with a new medical phenomenon in the wake of marijuana being approved for medicinal use in the state -- children being hospitalized after unwittingly snacking on their parents' therapeutic pot brownies.

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  9. Drones Could Join The War On Drugs, Navy Tests New Aerial Tools

    Some technology currently being used during battle in places like Afghanistan could soon find its way into the war on drugs. This weekend the U.S. Navy tested several items they hope could help them stop drug smugglers out on the open seas. The technology they're using isn't exactly new, but with sequester budget cuts in place, the Navy is getting creative.

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  10. New Treatment Could Blast Cocaine Addiction Out of the Brain With Lasers

    Cocaine addiction is notoriously difficult to treat, but researchers working on ways to fight it may have a unexpected new weapon in their arsenal -- lasers. Recent research in the field of optogenetics suggests that using lasers to turn certain parts of the brain on and off could help to curb addicts craving for the drug. Take that, cocaine addiction! Pew pew pew!

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  11. New York Pill Bottles Get GPS Tags to Combat Drug Theft

    Crimes related to the theft of pharmaceuticals are a growing problem in and around New York City. Have no fear, though -- the city's police department has the answer, and it's only mostly a George Orwell wet dream. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly announced today that the NYPD would take the unprecedented step of attaching GPS tags to prescription pill bottles, allowing the bottles -- and the person they're with -- to be tracked in the event that the drugs are stolen.

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  12. It’s Dangerous to Go Alone! Solo Pop Stars Twice as Likely to Die Young as Those in Bands

    Rock stars and pop idols are well known for their propensity to live hard, die young, and leave behind a grotesquely booze-swollen corpse. According to a study in the journal BMJ Open, though, solo music stars are twice as likely to die young as entertainers who make their name as part of a band. Presumably, this is because while being part of a band has the detrimental effect of meaning you always have someone around to help you mainline a shot of Jack, it also means that there's someone awake enough to call the amublance when that goes pretty much the only way it can.

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  13. We May Have Finally Figured Out What Makes The Placebo Response Tick

    For as large a role as it plays in modern medicine -- from testing to treatment -- the mechanics of the placebo effect remain a remarkably ill-understood mystery. A team of researchers at Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School may have just had a break in the case, though. According to a study published in the journal PLoS ONE, the researchers have identified the first ever genetic difference between patients who respond to placeboes and patients who don't. Finding a genetic marker for the placebo effect might impact how some diseases are treated, but its real value could be in revolutionizing the way clinical trials are conducted and new drugs are approved for use.

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  14. Amazon Makes No Profit on Kindle Sales, Follows Drug Addiction Sales Model

    The trick to being a drug dealer, or so I'm told, is understanding that one must build a clientele. The key to financial success is to offer a taste for free in order to hook folks. You're want to provide a service, after all, not just score a single sale. This mindset is also apparently shared by Amazon, as they make no profit on the sales of their Kindle Fire HD or Paperwhite. Amazon's profits instead come from the odds and ends purchased via these platforms.

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  15. Dude, Have You Ever, Like, Thought About How Pot Works In Your Brain? This Is How

    With marijuana decriminalization on the ballot in several states this year, it looks like the country might be on the verge of deciding, yeah, maybe smoking some pot shouldn't be a reason for a person to spend years of their life in prison. You know, on account of how stupid that notion is right on its face. So there's no better time than now for ASAP Science take a look at how marijuana actually works in your brain.

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  16. Ancient Chinese Secret: Efficacy of Traditional Chinese Cures Tied to Spirtiuality

    Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has no grounding in science, reality, facts, or even fact-shaped objects. It couldn't be mistaken for science from across a crowded room in poor light. It is, for all intents and purposes, bunk of the highest order. Here's the frustrating thing, though -- in spite of all of that, it tends to work surprisingly well for some patients. A new survey shows that the resilience of the techniques, like acupuncture, may be closely tied to the spirituality of patients, suggesting that it may be more effective for people with a strong belief in the principles at play.

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  17. Fine-Tuning Drugs With Sonic Levitation Is As Cool As It Sounds

    Nope, it's not an illusion or a trick -- that's just what it looks like when you suspend particles of a liquid in mid-air using an awesome technique known as acoustic levitation. Those two pedestals are actually speakers, transmitting sound waves at 22 khz -- just outside the range that humans can hear. By transmitting waves that interfere with one another perfectly, scientists can create points in the wave form where no energy is transferred, effectively canceling out gravity at that point, called a node. Pretty cool right? You have no idea -- hit the jump to for video of acoustic levitation doing it's thing, which is totally spectacular.

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  18. Mathematical Model Reassures Us That Placebo Effect Is Still Awesome, Confusing

    We're getting better at understanding how our bodies and minds work every day, but one key factor binding both together remains a mystery. For all our new understanding of genetics, nanotechnology, and other new treatments, the placebo effect remains a mystery to us -- and a powerful one at that. Biology and mathematics researchers at the University of Bristol have published the results of a series of mathematical models that give some weight to the theory that the placebo effect is an evolutionary adaptation -- the result of our bodies' immune systems not running at full speed all the time to conserve energy.

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  19. The U.S. Military is Designing Anti-Suicide Spray

    A scientist from the Indiana University School of Medicine has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Army to design a nasal spray that should suppress thoughts of suicide. Unfortunately, it makes perfect sense that the military would be looking into alternative methods to keep soldiers from killing themselves. According to RT, 116 U.S. soldiers have died of suspected suicide in 2012, and the army currently has the highest recorded rate of suicide in its history.

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  20. Wake Up With a 5-Hour PCP [Video]

    Have trouble getting up in the morning? Try a 5-Hour PCP. "It'll get you through the day, you just won't remember how!" And if that doesn't cut it, go for the gallon.

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