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Those Gross Public Restroom Toilets Might Not Be As Dirty As You Think - VIDEO

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The guys over at ASAP Science investigate just how dirty the average public restroom toilet seat is – and whether it's better to hover over the seat or cover it with toilet paper.

Fun (and disgusting) fact from the video: In a typical home, the kitchen cutting board has around 200 times more fecal matter on it than the average toilet seat.

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And in case you missed the the duo behind ASAP Science coming out as gay last week, you can check out their awesome video HERE.   

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Greg and Mitch, the Guys Behind ASAP Science, Come Out as Gay: VIDEO

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Greg and Mitch, the guys behind the wildly popular ASAP Science videos we often feature on Towleroad, have never officially come out of the closet online, until yesterday. They said they felt the need to come out because of the trolling, homophobic comments they receive on some of their videos. They have also been a couple for seven years!

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Hubble Telescope Takes Most Colorful Photo Ever of The Evolving Universe

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And it's full of stars; the picture above is just a segment of the whole thing. The photo, called the Hubble Ultra Deep Field 2014 image, is a composite of exposures taken by the Hubble Telescope from 2003 to 2012.

The scope of the photograph is simply gargantuan in scale. It captures over 10,000 galaxies, some of which are billions of light years away, extends back to within a few hundred millions of years of the big bang, and is presently regarded as "among the most colorful deep space images ever captured by the 24-year-old telescope."

Plus it makes for a great iPad parallax wallpaper.


Hurricanes With Female Names Cause More Fatalities, But Not Really

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You may have seen a pop science news article floating around the past few days outlining how hurricanes with female names are more deadly. The higher average death count is thought to be not because the storms themselves coincidentally happen to be more dangerous, but rather subtle social conditioning towards gender roles mean that people view the "feminine" storms as weaker and thus take fewer safety precautions.

It's an interesting theory that gets completely dismantled when Slate points out a major flaw in the study's methodology:

But [National Center for Atmospheric Research social scientist Jeff] Lazo thinks that neither the archival analysis nor the psychological experiments support the team’s conclusions. For a start, they analysed hurricane data from 1950, but hurricanes all had female names at first. They only started getting male names on alternate years in 1979. This matters because hurricanes have also, on average, been getting less deadly over time. “It could be that more people die in female-named hurricanes, simply because more people died in hurricanes on average before they started getting male names,” says Lazo.

30 years of female-only names and higher overall fatalities are going to pretty heavily skew the data. To prove this point, the Slate author uses the research's own data from '79 through the present, removes the dramatic outlier of Hurricane Sandy, and shows that the deaths are actually slightly higher for the male-named hurricanes, but not to any notable degree.


You Won't Believe Your Ears When You Hear This: VIDEO

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Don’t believe everything that you hear. It’s not just a proverb, it’s also scientifically proven as our ears  often play tricks on us with auditory illusions.

Don’t believe us? Let ASAP Science demonstrate — you won’t believe your ears!

The geniuses at ASAP Science have also helped unravel the mysteries behind farts, stress, pain, yawning, cats, the ocean, the periodic table, staying indoors, productivity, winter illnesses, dancing, pornography, the snooze button, booze, orgasms, and other mind-blowing facts.

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Check Out Morgan Freeman’s God-like Voice on Helium: VIDEO

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The iconic voice of Higher Power…now even higher.

The clip is part of the Science Channel’s “Through the Wormhole” – a docu-series narrated by Freeman that asks all the big philosophical, scientific, and cosmic questions you could possibly imagine. Like "does 'time' really exist?" "can we resurrect the dead?" and "will sex become extinct?"

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