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Why Video Games Can Improve Your Mental Skills

We’ve talked about the positive benefits of playing video games before, and this video from ASAP Science explains why video games — in moderation — can help boost cognitive function.


Study Shows That 10,000 Hours Of Practice Isn't The Magic Number

The 10,000 hours of practice rule suggests that it takes about 10,000 hours of practice to master any skill. It’s often cited as a guideline, but according to a study from Princeton, that number’s probably not right.


Shoe Size Does Not Correlate To Penis Size, But Finger Size Might

Old wives’ tales state that you can determine a man’s penis size by how big his feet are. Recent research indicates this correlation is little more than legend, but there may be a more indicative correlation: the relationship between your index finger and ring finger.


How Much Alcohol Can You Safely Drink?

For many of us, alcohol is an enjoyable backdrop to life: wine with dinner, beers with friends, a glass of bubbly to celebrate a special occasion, or nip of something heavier to unwind after a long day.


The Truth About Public Toilet Seats

For some of us, using a public toilet is a nightmare. AsapSCIENCE can put your mind at ease with this video explaining why public toilet seats aren’t as dirty as you think they are.


How Can We Make The Most Of Australian IT Talent?

It’s finally dawning on private and public sectors that information and communications technology (ICT) is an enabling technology. ICT is relevant to companies — whether making drugs, mining coal, building a bridge or providing banking services — and government agencies, such as the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), operators of an urban railway systems and (obviously) Social Security and Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DTSO).


Eight Stubborn Alcohol Myths, Debunked By Science

The act of drinking alcohol is surrounded by myths. Whether it’s the idea you can trick breathalysers or the suggestion that caffeine sobers you up, let’s debunk some of these misconceptions so we can actually enjoy our drinks.


How To Quack-Proof Yourself Against Pseudoscience

Most of us think of ourselves as savvy, informed individuals who approach the world with discerning eyes. But the truth is that we’re often remarkably gullible when it comes to pseudoscience and quackery. That’s the bad news. The good news is that it is surprisingly easy to tell quackery apart from real science.


Aussie Body Normality: Not Barbie Or GI Joe

We live in a world of improbable bodies; they populate our television screens, magazines and billboards. If you’re like most Australians, you might sometimes get the feeling your body isn’t normal. But don’t fret — it’s all the virtual bodies around us that aren’t.


Be An Informer, Not A 'Meformer', To Get More Followers On Social Media

Trying to score more followers on Twitter? A recent study at Rutgers University suggests that if you want people to follow you, your social media presence can’t be all about you.