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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


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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CDC Releases New Guidelines For PrEP

TruvadaThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued a new set of guidelines for the use of PrEP as an HIV preventative after having determined that PrEP is an effective method of HIV prevention. Said Jonathan Mermin, M.D., M.P.H., director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention,

While a vaccine or cure may one day end the HIV epidemic, PrEP is a powerful tool that has the potential to alter the course of the U.S. HIV epidemic today. These guidelines represent an important step toward fully realizing the promise of PrEP. We should add to this momentum, working to ensure that PrEP is used by the right people, in the right way, in the right circumstances.

The guidelines acknowledge that PrEP is an additional strategy to be used for HIV prevention, and while over 90% effective at reducing HIV transmission on its own, it is most effective when used in combination with condoms and other risk-reduction practices.

10th Grade Canadian Student Discovers Better Test For HIV

Nicole Ticea

Nicole Ticea of Vancouver took part of a collaboration program with Simon Fraser University, and while there developed a new test for HIV using Isothermic Nucleic Acid Amplification. A drop of blood is placed on a microchip, which then scans for a specific protein in the viral envelope. The result is a near-instantaneous result from a test that actually scans for the presence of the virus itself, not just antibodies created by the immune system. The best part is that the technology required for this test is already in use and would simply require modifications to scan for HIV. The test still needs to undergo more stringent review to ensure its effectiveness, but a rapid test that would get infected patients analyze and on treatment quicker than ever may be right around the corner.

MIT Researchers Create Computer Model Of The History Of The Universe: VIDEO

Model of the Universe

Revealing that they might in fact be part Time Lord, researchers at MIT have constructed an immense computer simulation of the 14 billion year history of the universe, from 12 million years after the Big Bang to the present, using both the stars and galaxies we can see and the energies and dark matter that we can't.

For those of us that were never very good at astronomy, The Guardian has a great breakdown of the research and methods behind the model's construction, while Nature has the study available for purchase as a PDF and a short video of the model in action, which you can watch AFTER THE JUMP...

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