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What Causes the Smell of New & Old Books?

Everyone's familiar with the smell of old books, the weirdly intoxicating scent that haunts libraries and second-hand book stores. Similarly, who doesn't enjoy riffling through the pages of a newly purchased book and breathing in the crisp aroma of new paper and freshly printed ink?

What Does Your Handwriting Say About Your Personality?

Does your handwriting reveal clues about your personality?

What happens to your body when you get Ebola?

This morning you woke up feeling a little unwell. You have no appetite, your head is aching, your throat is sore and you think you might be slightly feverish. You don’t know it yet, but Ebola virus has…

The Mythology of Dog Years

For years, we've been inundated with the 'fact' that one human year is equal to seven 'dog years.' There's just one problem: It's a crock of shit.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Koalas

Sure, they're cute, and they certainly look cuddly. But here are a few other, more surprising things you might not have known about koalas.

Why your voice sounds so terrible on tape

Sound waves transmit better through bone than through air.

Why Do We Like Our Own Farts?

Your farts may smell like you! Get the AsapSCIENCE book! Watch The Science of Beards: Writ...

6 weird secrets of mistletoe - Futurity

How exactly did a parasitic plant become associated with kissing during the holidays? Here are six surprising facts about mistletoe.

Why Do Fingernails Grow So Much Faster Than Toenails?

You would not believe how much scientists know about toenail and fingernail growth. Photo Credit: Radarsmum67 via flickr | CC BY 2.0 The short answer is that, like many of the body's mechanisms, the reason for differential growth rates isn't 100% clear.

Why scientists believe dogs are smarter than we give them credit for

Dog lovers have been saying it for years: dogs are smarter than many people give them credit for. Now, scientists are joining in. Over the past decade, research into canine behavior and intelligence has been blossoming, and a range of experiments have suggested that dogs are capable of surprisingly complex feats of social intelligence and emotional sensitivity.

Why Can't We Get Rid of the 7-Day Week?

In general, units of time can be divided into two categories. One category contains the units that measure something objective and observable, typically the movements of astrological objects. A day, for example, is the length of time it takes our planet to complete one rotation with respect to the sun.

What exactly makes skunks so stinky?

A lot of animals have an unpleasant odor. It often plays a role in discouraging predators from thinking they've cornered a tasty meal. But skunks seem to have perfected the art of odor-as-defense, blasting adversaries with a smell so pungent it can cause the eyes to water, or temporary blindness and even vomiting.

What Is The Point Of A Pug-and 19 Other Dog Breeds?

It can be hard to look at a modern dog breed and see any sort of use for it other than a snuggle buddy. Dog breeds have been systematically manipulated by humans to exemplify certain traits which may or may not have any relation to the purpose that type of dog originally served.

Why Do Sand Dune Avalanches Boom, Burp and Sing?

Researchers slide down dunes to create a sand avalanche on the Eureka Dune in Death Valley National Park in California.Credit: Vriend Avalanching dunes can create their own music, when toppling sand erupts first with staccato burps and then with monotone "singing" booms. These tunes have long intrigued scientists, and now a team of physicists has deciphered why they occur.

The Reason Behind Gasoline's Pleasant Smell is Both Sweet and Dangerous

Science & Tech A whiff of a certain chemical in the fossil fuel can get some people's motors running. To paraphrase Emily Dickinson, the nose wants what it wants. And some noses want the smell of unusual odors. Or to radically quote Outkast out of context, don't everybody like the smell of gasoline?