Revolutionary Gel Stops Bleeding Immediately

In this fascinating TED Talk, medical inventor and a fellow of TED Joe Landolina, explains his amazing innovation, which is a gel that can instantly stop bleeding. And we’re not talking about knee grazes and cat scratches. We’re talking about life-threatening arterial wounds that could cause certain death unless stopped within minutes. Blood pumping out of an open wound at TWICE the normal arterial pressure can be instantly staunched with the application of this gel, which is surely an incredible breakthrough in modern medical science. What this means, particularly for soldiers in battle, is a much better chance of survival for the otherwise mortally wounded. And also, no stitches!

By the way, the bleeding wound in question was merely a sliced side of pork with a tube feeding blood into it, so don’t worry about being disturbed by any imagery.

Video Source: TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) at YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-5wqwp64MM

Space Smells Like Raspberries (and Other Obscure Discoveries)

If you thought that space was a yawning airless chasm with the occasional star, planet, drifting hunk of rock or George Clooney, THINK AGAIN (even though you’re sort of right). In this amazing video, we get to meet 10 of the COOLEST things that have been discovered in space, including Mickey Mouse as it turns out.

From planets with narrow belts of totally habitable land to gas clouds that smell like raspberries, let’s journey through some pretty amazing phenomenon that would be more befitting of a Terry Pratchett novel.

Video Source: “10 Most Amazing Things Ever Found In Space” Uploaded by Top10Media on YouTube channel https://youtu.be/XUFpdwbfqqQ

Hot Damn, Your Weekend Reading!

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If the prospect of a long weekend with the extended family (including dodgy uncles and nattering aunts) sends your brain spiralling into shut-down, better take this reading list with you! Our combination of scintillating videos, laugh-out-loud science jokes and thought-provoking blogs will keep your mind sharp and ready to metabolise your father’s verbal diarrhoea.

Here’s what you can look forward to…

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The Placebo Effect: Learn about this fascinating phenomenon as it influences our physical well-being in the total absence of any legitimate treatment.

Ode to Wine: Wine, glorious wine! In this funny science blog, we explore the chemistry and alchemy that goes into the making of our favourite social lubricant.

All Things Bright and Beautiful, Evolution Made Them All: Need I say more? Evolution is the mechanism by which life on Earth is able to change, adapt and diversify.

 Amazing/Interesting/Fascinating Science Videos

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Epic Rap Battles of History # 4: Technology giants Bill Gates and Steve Jobs go rhyme-to-rhyme in this amazing science video taken from the hilarious Epic Rap Battles of History.

 

The 10 Most Unreal Places on Earth: Take a journey through Earth’s 10 most surreal landscapes and unreal places, from a pink lake in Australia to the mammoth crystal caverns of Mexico. The is a MUST-SEE.

TED Talks with Adam Savage: One half of the genius behind Discovery’s “Mythbusters” spends a few minutes explaining how some of history’s most profound discoveries were made with just a spoonful of rationality, for example, the circumference of the Earth.

Driving Instructors Get Epically Pranked by Nerd Girl: If you have a thing for nerd girls, hard core female race drivers or watching innocent people get epically pranked, this video is for you! It had me in stitches.

When Earth and Space Collide: A Compilation of Meteor Footage – Need we say more? Actual footage of meteors, meteorites and one hypothetical scenario involving major asteroid impact. You WILL be entertained.

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50 Orgasms a Day Has Girl on Her Knees in Pain: Meet the sufferers of a rare medical disorder that has them experiencing persistent and powerful sexual arousal and orgasm. What, at first, sounds pretty awesome turns out to be horrifying.

World’s Largest Cave Revealed: Take a journey through the world’s largest and most spectacular cave (Hang Son Doong, Vietnam) on the back of a remote controlled drone.

10 Amazing Photographs That’ll Blow Your Mind: 10 Amazing photographs of Earth and nature that you’ve probably never seen before, from the tongue under the microscope to a massive dust storm from the safety of the ocean. Prepare to “ooh” and “aah!”

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HAPPY EASTER WEEKEND!!

Why? Because Science Update

It’s that time of the week again! Time to reflect on the sheer genius that’s come to pass this week. Here’s a fresh blog roll, new and awesome science videos and some nerdy jokes…

Blog Roll

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Blog Post: Titanium – A whimsical look at the mega useful metal titanium, which is not only a great metaphor for emotional resilience, it’s also used to make dental implants, space shuttle and pro sporting equipment.

Blog Post: Fire and Brimstone – the Story of Volcanoes – When the Earth gets indigestion, interesting things happen to the local biology. Learn about the fiery personalities of volcanoes!

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Blog Post: Goodness, Gracious Great Balls of Ice! The Story of Hail – Learn about the dynamics of hail formation and the incredible feats of douchbaggery severe thunderstorms are capable of.

Blog Post: All Things Bright and Beautiful – Evolution Made Them All! The driving force behind Earth’s amazing biological diversity is evolution. Read about the theory that pissed off the entire world and then went on to save it from ignorance.

Amazing Sciencey Videos

Amazing Science Video: Glacier in Time Lapse Film – Glaciers are huge rivers of ice that – as locked and immobile as they may seem – are actually in constant motion driven by immense forces of gravity. This video shows the Mont Blanc glacier (Italy) moving as captured on a time lapse camera, which is AWESOME.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Tackles Pointed Religious Question – In a moment that will make you want to high-five the nearest available hand, intellectual giant Neil deGrasse Tyson tangoes with a religious zealot.

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Amazing Science Video: Volcanic Eruptions On Camera – Massive eruptions, sonic booms, pyroclastic flows and volcano tornadoes… if you find natural disasters sexy (from a safe distance), these three videos will definitely get your rocks off.

Amazing Hailstorm Videos – Hail is formed by severe thunderstorms and can range in size from super tiny pellets, which sound as though a mouse is tap-dancing on your roof, to massive grapefruits that plough straight THROUGH your roof. In this collection of three videos, we see just how large hailstones give tornadoes a run for their money in terms of the damage they can do.

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The Lion Whisperer: Do NOT Try This on Safari – This CBS documentary short is about animal behaviourist and “lion whisperer” Kevin Richardson who has managed to integrate himself into a pride of beautiful lions, including majestic full-grown males. He hugs their massive heads, scratches their chins and rough-and-tumbles with them like he is one of them and yet, displays no more fear than if he were playing with his own pet dogs.

Semi-Frozen Slushy Waves Roll Ashore in New England – This video shows a series of images of ocean waves breaking on the shores of Nantucket in New England (northeast USA), only, there seems to be something distinctly different about these waves! They’re slightly frozen and so they look like giant slushy or “slurpee” waves!

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Amazing Science Video: Orang-utan Behaving Like Human It’s getting hot in here, so soak a rag in your pond, wring it out and dab your face with it. Yes… it’s an orange-tan being super smart and humany.

Clouds of Hummingbirds Fed by Hand! This is just too darn precious!

Could This Be Evidence of Aliens and Other Unidentified Creatures? This video is a compilation of some pretty spooky images and video footage of unidentified creatures, hybrid animals and perhaps even aliens. It certainly raises questions as to whether or not we really know of all the animals we share this planet with and whether – by necessity – some large creatures have actually adapted to go virtually undetected by us.

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Funny science pictures, memes and jokes to make you snort your morning coffee.

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Monday Morning Tonic: For the Depressed, Hung Over and Uninspired

Monday’s are crappy for most people. Here to alleviate the crushing depression of being back at your desk or behind the wheel, here’s your weekly Why? Because Science reading material!

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Science Blog Posts

Ebola Virus Apocalypse – It’s All Fun and Games Until Someone Sneezes: Discover how the terrifying Ebola virus has claimed thousands of lives as it tears its way across West Africa, blithely ignoring attempts at containment.

The 6 Most Awesome Rock Minerals (For Various Reasons), PART 1: Beautiful diamonds, fluorescing fluorspar and fool’s gold: learn about the wonderful properties of these most amazing rock minerals in this funny science blog.

The 6 Most Awesome Rock Minerals (For Various Reasons), PART 2: We’re back for more! In the second installment, we explore absurd obsidian, bipolar magnetite and opulent opal.

Enlightening: The shocking and fascinating physics behind lightning and thunder explained in a way that even the most devoted of cretins can understand.

Can You Speak Whale? Is there rhyme or reason to whale song? Both, actually! Discover the science of whale song and the difference between the ocean’s mysticeti singers and odontoceti rappers.

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Amazing (and Funny and Creepy) Science Videos

Dolphins Blowing Extraordinary Bubbles: Toroidal bubbles are the best thing to happen since the movie Finding Nemo. Watch dolphins and whales producing these amazing bubbles for business and pleasure.

10 Ghosts Caught on Camera: Physical evidence of the afterlife? Watch 10 spooky videos of supposedly real ghost footage. Some scenarios may look staged, but others certainly make the hair rise!

Hummingbird Snoring: You’d better believe it. This real video of a tiny hummingbird peeping in its sleep will have grown, burly men squealing like little girls with sheer delight.

TED Talks – Nature’s Grossest Creature a Master of Motion: From the mad mind of a brilliant engineer comes a robot inspired by the incredible motor capabilities of nature’s most horrible little critter: the cockroach.

Lightning in Slow Motion: This spectacular video is not only a visual feast; it also holds the secrets to the precise physics of lightning. If you’re a science nerd like me, you’ll be braingasming all over your computer in five short minutes.

Drunk History – The Invention of Coca Cola: The first half of Drunk History’s explanation of the invention of our favourite soft drink, which is pure alchemy (hence its appearance on a science blog).

Today’s Biology Lesson – A Talking Squirrel: This video is the visual equation of cuteness cubed. The feelings of squish you’ll feel after watching it will increase exponentially with every viewing, so click replay at least three times!

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Sciencey LOL’s: Funny Science Memes and Pictures

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Your Weekend Brain Food

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I would like to think that the kind of people who enjoy Why? Because Science also enjoy a good glass of wine or seven over the weekend. I imagine that during the week, you’re all hard-working and hard-reading folk, but that the weekends turn you into debauched, raging party animals with an insatiable appetite for pole-dancing, vodka and name-soiling.

Oh wait, that’s me!

Regardless of your weekend shenanigans, however, what we should all do is be sure to keep our brains stimulated and happy and what better way to do that than reading blogs and watching videos that are educational AND funny.

FUNNY… did you get that? Most people tune out the minute they hear the word “educational.” What a terrible, terrible word. So, without further ado, here’s your weekend brain food my dear readers! Happy Friday!

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Blog Posts

It’s Just Not Natural! Actually, being gay totally is! With more than 1,500 animal species in which homosexuality is well documented, being queer is not only fabulous, it’s totally natural!

How to Bake a DiamondLearn how to make your very own diamonds in this funny science blog with ingredients that include carbon, a shovel, patience and a degree in town planning.

Who You Gonna Call? Ghostbusters! What does science have to say about the existence of ghosts and should we believe the “evidence” put forward by shows like Ghosthunters? I know, dumb question, but this blog provides the sciencey answers.

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Amazing Science Videos: Funny, Spell-binding, AWESOME

Eddie Izzard – Death Star CanteenEven Darth Vader has to eat, and so logically the Death Star would have had a canteen… or at least that’s the reckoning of comedian Eddie Izzard in this hilariously funny video with animated lego.

Fire in the Sky! National Geographic filmmakers Claus and Anneliese Possberg put together this outstanding time lapse video showing the aurora borealis (northern lights) dancing and crackling across the evening sky in Norway.

A Drunk History of Benjamin FranklinIf you found your own history lessons at school mind-numbingly boring (who didn’t?) then this epic and inebriated telling of the story of Benjamin Franklin’s kite experiment will have you paying attention like never before. Features funny actor Jack Black.

TED Talks: New Research Stops Bleeding ImmediatelyMedical inventor and a fellow of TED Joe Landolina explains his amazing innovation, which is a gel that can instantly stop bleeding in even life-threatening arterial wounds. Gross, but awesome demonstration!

Epic Rap Battles of History: Thomas Edison Vs. Nikola Tesla: Giants of science and industry, Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla, verbally battle it out to a sick beat. In the end, you get to decide who wins!

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Previously on Why? Because Science!

… said in the voice of Survivor host, Jeff Probst.

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Click on the blue titles to expand your grey matter and blow your mind. Also, don’t forget to check out the new WBS at Fusion Viral Video!

Hasta La Vista HangoverIs it possible to prevent a hangover? According to science, it may be! Find out what the right mitigative techniques are and you could survive your 20’s.

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We Are Star People: How did the very atoms of our body come to be made from the guts of exploded stars? Find out why we are STAR people!

Scientology: It’s Not the Study of ScienceRead about the cult (calling itself a religion) that’s terrifying the crap out of Katy Holmes. Discovery the hilarity of scientology, the Space Opera and megalomaniacal science-fiction writer, Mr. L. Ron Hubbard. 

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What’s In A Name? Bad Science, That’s WhatThe bad science behind expensive brand-name cosmetics is exposed! Consider this next time you get swayed into spending unnecessary money by the promise of “the oil of exotic orchids that only grow on a particular rocky outcrop of Hawaii’s Kahoolawe island.”

Sciencey LOLs

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Like, Totally Awesome Science Videos:

Top 20 Unexplained Photos of Human HistoryThis is a top collection of eerie unexplained creatures, phantoms, deep-sea monsters and other phenomena performing elegant photobombs that – to this day – remain unexplained. Some photographs may look a little suspect, but others make your hair stand on end.

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5 Crazy Science Stunts You Weren’t Taught at SchoolFor a quick and entertaining peak at the world of chemicals and one man’s death wish to get his hands blown clean off, watch this amazing science video.

Symphony of ScienceThe “Symphony of Science” series puts together beautiful graphics and music with the auto-tuned voices of some of the most eminent of modern scientists, notably Neil DeGrasse Tyson, for us to learn from and enjoy.

Also, Neil DeGrasse Tyson… what a rock star.

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And that’s your reading material for the week, folks!