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WATCH: ASAPScience Proves Your Favorite, Fictional Messenger Birds Are Pretty Useless at Delivering Letters

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Sorry Game of Thrones and Harry Potter fans, but the guys behind ASAPScience released a new video explaining that your favorite, fictional bird messengers (owls, ravens, etc) are actually pretty incapable of accurately delivering written messages. However, ASAPScience details how humans can (and did) use carrier pigeons to deliver messages, making use of their mating methods and innate navigation abilities to do so.

Watch ASAPscience explain the fascinating process of one of history’s oldest mass communication techniques, AFTER THE JUMP

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VIDEO: Pilot Takes Drone Aeronautics To New, Frightening Heights

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A drone pilot posted a video to YouTube showing off his impressive, yet frightening drone piloting abilities with his tiny but incredibly nimble quad-rotor drone. The pilot has the drone perform several tricks such as barrel rolls and loops at dizzying speeds with deadly precision that evokes ideas of its potential future implementation in combat situations.

Watch as the pilot puts the drone through its paces, which the drone handles rather easily, AFTER THE JUMP

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EU Court Rules In Favor Of Easing Gay And Bisexual Blood Donation Restrictions

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An EU court of justice ruled in favor of easing restrictions that keep gay and bisexual men from donating blood reports expatica.com. The court reviewed the case of a French gay man who protested the ban on his blood in 2009 and came to the conclusion that a French blood ban introduced in 1983 during the HIV/AIDS crisis potentially violates EU's principle of "non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation." However, the court also ruled that a ban against "high risk" men may be justified depending on the situation:

"It must be established whether those persons are at a high risk of acquiring severe infectious diseases, such as HIV, and that there are no effective detection techniques or less onerous methods for ensuring a high level of health protection for recipients."

The EU court noted that if new testing methods can guarantee donated blood is free of infectious disease, then a ban may no longer be necessary. The French government reviewed a proposal to end the ban in April with many LGBT activists saying the blood ban stigmatizes the homosexual community. 

Britain ceased its ban in 2011 and the U.S. followed suit late last year but with the stipulation that men donating blood remain abstinent for a full year. LGBT activists have called the stipulation unrealistic and garnered the attention of U.S. politicians who are urging the Federal Drug Administration to develop concrete policies based on reputable science.


ASAPScience Reveals The Culprits Behind Earth’s Next Mass Extinction: VIDEO

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The brilliant minds behind ASAPScience take us through a detailed journey of our planet’s major extinction events, explaining the processes that led to mass extinctions and the emergence of new species out of those extinctions. Although the intervals between extinctions are typically millions of years and follow a similar pattern, it appears the sixth one is approaching quickly at an alarming rate. And it doesn’t take much to figure out the cause behind this accelerated sixth event.

Check out the six craziest extinctions ever, AFTER THE JUMP

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FDA Approves New Pill Combo Treatment For HIV Patients

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 6.15.05 AMThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new tool in the fight against HIV with a two once-daily, fixed dose combination of pills utilizing previously approved single drugs Evotaz and Prezcobix reports hivplusmag.com. The combination of the protease inhibitor darunavir and boosting agent cobicistat, which raises the level of other antiretroviral drugs in the bloodstream, is what creates Prezcobix. Karen Tashima, a professor of medicine in infectious diseases with Brown University and one of the key lead investigators in a study that led to Prezcobix’s approval, explained the relevance of this new development.

Said Tashima:

"This approval gives physicians the option of a Darunavir-based, fixed-dose combination tablet to treat adults living with the HIV-1 infection, which can help reduce the number of pills in their overall treatment regimen. Additional options remain an important medical priority to meet the diverse needs of those living with and managing this disease."

Evotaz assists in boosting Prezcobix's effectiveness, performing well in a 602-patient clinical trial with sustained effectiveness and safety over a 48-week period. Although a functional cure for the infectious disease is still being researched, several preventative and new treatment methods are steadily developing including a new discovery of a rarely occurring antibody produced within the body of HIV positive people, called 3BNC117, that reduces viral loads without the help of antiretroviral drugs. Early tests have shown that a single injection of the antibody into positive patients' (those who don't produce the rare antibody) dramatically decreased their viral loads and remained low for 28 days.


'Science Never Goes Out of Style' with This Taylor Swift Anthem from the ASAP Science Guys: VIDEO

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Greg and Mitch, the guys behind our favorite dry erase board science animations, have heard that you've been out and about making fun of nerds.

So, taking a cue from Pentatonix this week, they've put on their lab coats and are celebrating their passion with a Taylor Swift a cappella number meant to disprove all those who just don't think science is cool.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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