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We Know How We Feel About Internet Trolls, but What Makes Them Tick?


Around here, we know a thing or two about the difference between constructive criticism, conversation, healthy debate, and trolls—despite the hate we receive from the scores we've banned from commenting. However, if you've ever wondered, "What are these people like in real life? How is it that the Internet is crawling with them, but real life is so different?" AsapSCIENCE has some answers.

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ASAPScience Guys Apologize for Sexist Imagery in Video, Recommit Themselves to Helping Women in STEM

ASAPScience, a Youtube channel run by Mitch Moffit and Greg Brown, has been a favorite of The Mary Sue's for a long time.

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6 Cold Remedies That Are Total Bogus Garbage Myths, From AsapSCIENCE

Remember how yesterday how AsapSCIENCE made us all feel better with their delightful tips on how to improve your body's health? Because not all remedies are created equal, and some are straight up not even true. Like these ones, for example.

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AsapSCIENCE Tells You How To Actually Make Yourself Feel Better If You’re Sick

Chicken soup is science!

I don't know about you guys, but I've found this a particularly difficult winter for colds. I think I've had bronchitis like six times. That's why this new video from AsapSCIENCE is amazingly helpful - it'll teach you eight scientific ways to feel better if you're sick. Bring on that anti-inflammatory chicken soup!

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What Chaos Would Ensue If Humans Suddenly Disappeared From the Earth?

Despite the Earth not caring in the least, of course.

What would happen to the Earth and everything on it if we all suddenly disappeared—or got abducted by aliens or whatever other totally reasonable scenario you come up with? AsapSCIENCE has some answers.

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AsapSCIENCE Thinks You Are Sitting Too Much, And Here’s What That’s Doing to Your Body

Does anyone else's butt feel eight times heavier now?

We all know that the amount of time we sit at a desk every day is probably not having a very good impact on our health, and that we are all one day going to die whether we want to or not, but hearing all the possible ill effects of sitting read out loud is... well, yikes. I feel woozy all of a sudden.

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“The Science Love Song” Is the Adorably Nerdy Thing You Didn’t Know Your Relationship Needed

At least, that's my hypothesis. Feel free to send more data.

The guys behind AsapSCIENCE love science and each other, which makes their "Science Love Song" just that much more adorable.

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Admit That You Like The Smell of Your Own Farts, and AsapSCIENCE Will Tell you Why

Admitting is the first step.

Don't give me any of that "Eww farts are gross I don't even do that because I am a proper mature adult let's talk about something else like income taxes" noise, either. It's a fact of life: people fart, and you think yours aren't as bad as the rest of humanity's. Let's just start from that base knowledge and work from there.

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By the Way, Scientists Know How to Delete Your Bad Memories

But you're super secure and never upset over things that happened in the past, right?

You've probably got a few moments from your life that you'd like to Eternal Sunshine right out of your head, and it turns out science can actually help you with that.

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YouTube’s Superwoman and AsapSCIENCE Get to the Bottom of Whether Periods Make You Moody

"Why are you so moody?" "BECAUSE SCIENCE, OK!?"

Hey, it takes a lot of work to go through the process that allows for the entire human race's continued existence every month, so a little moodiness is warranted. It's also scientifically unavoidable, so the next time someone accuses you of being moody from PMS, tell them that science and the future of humanity don't care about their feelings.

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Five Ways Your Facebook Habit Actually Changes Your Brain

Aside from changing how you feel after seeing all your Facebook "friends'" real opinions.

Like your body, your brain adapts to the tasks it does most often. Here's how your brain will change if those tasks are mostly social media use. Maybe some day they'll figure out how to change our brains to not hate every new Facebook layout update.

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This Is Your Brain on Coffee: How Coffee Affects Your Brain and Body

I like my brain like I like my coffee: full of caffeine.

You know how coffee makes you feel. Depending on your necessary intake level, that's anywhere from "awake and alert" to "like a functioning adult human being." But what does the caffeine physically do to your brain and body to generate that feeling? This video from AsapSCIENCE will explain the science behind your brain fuel.

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Learn the Science of Depression From AsapSCIENCE

At least the science as we know it now.

Depression is something we can all stand to know more about. It's a serious condition that affects millions of people directly, and even more indirectly. Knowing how something works is a great first step in being able to treat it, and our understanding of depression has changed a lot in recent years. This video from AsapSCIENCE explains how.

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AsapSCIENCE Takes on 7 Myths About the Brain

Your brain probably believes some silly things about itself.

AsapSCIENCE's latest YouTube video explains the truth behind seven common myths about our brains. Can you be "left-brained" or "right-brained"? What percentage of our brain do we really use? Does size matter? They've got the answers.

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AsapSCIENCE Makes a Compelling Case for Why We Should All Eat Bugs

Let's see how many crickets we can fit in our mouths!

Have you ever eaten bug? Actually, you probably have, but have you ever eaten one on purpose? AsapSCIENCE's latest video explains that maybe you should consider eating more of them. They also make a secondary case for why you should probably lay off the beef.

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AsapSCIENCE Video Answers The Burning Question: Should You Hover Or Cover The Toilet Seat?

Everyone clean their cutting boards RIGHT NOW.

The AsapSCIENCE team consistently answers weird science queries with charming videos. Or, in this instance, I guess it would be "Charmin'," since today the team is evaluating the real risk behind resting your rear in public poo parlors. Make sure to watch it before sacrificing your thighs/lots of paper in the name of sanitation.

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The Guys Behind the AsapSCIENCE Channel Address Their Anti-Gay Haters

Because science doesn't care about sexual orientation.

Fun fact: Greg and Mitch, the two people responsible for creating AsapSCIENCE, are both openly gay (and a couple, which is adorable).  This being the Internet, they've had a lot of commenters fixate on that aspect of their identities, so they'd like to talk to us about how their orientation doesn't change the fact that science is awesome.

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AsapSCIENCE Says Your Ears Are Lying to You, Put Them to the Test With This Audio Illusion Video

I knew it! You've been colluding with my eyeballs all along!

Optical illusions are old hat at this point. Yes, the two lines are the same length. No, that's an old lady AND a young woman at the same time. But what about audio illusions? Those don't get nearly enough play, so to speak. That's why AsapSCIENCE wants to trick your brain with sounds instead of sights using a number of famous paradoxes.

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AsapSCIENCE Explores the Science of Laziness [Video]

Ahh, genes, what don't you ruin for us?

Hey, you sitting in front of the computer. You could probably be outside getting some fresh air right about now. But it's not entirely your fault that you're lazy, according to AsapSCIENCE -- part of it, sadly, is due to your genetics. You should probably still go for a walk or something if you're able, though.

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AsapSCIENCE Explains What Gluten Is, and Why You Shouldn’t Worry About It (Unless You Have Celiac Disease)

Your gluten-free diet is probably pointless.

If you're not someone with celiac disease and you're choosing to be on a gluten-free diet anyway, you're likely wasting your time and could even be opening yourself for health problems. So what is gluten? AsapSCIENCE explains that it's just a (usually) harmless protein found in grains. Take a look.

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