Torching Gatorade with a flamethrower creates colorful mini fountains

Who knew that Gatorade, an elixir of life, would be such a fun thing to blast a flamethrower at? Turns out because the plastic bottle shrinks while the cap disintegrates (since there’s no liquid in it), the delicious hangover-curing fluid starts spewing all over the place. Science experiments that involve… » 6/22/15 10:09am 6/22/15 10:09am

What happens when you drop a can of Coke into liquid nitrogen

It’s going to freeze obviously. But there’s this awesome possibility that the soda can will split in half and start spewing an explosion of almost frozen Coca Cola into the surrounding liquid nitrogen. Once it does that, the exploded coke looks like it has been stopped in time, the soda has frozen into art… » 6/15/15 8:09pm 6/15/15 8:09pm

The interesting science of how your blender works

If you think your blender is just a crazy powerful tornado smasher of things, you’re not wrong! But there’s also some other fascinating things going on inside of that do it all wonder device. And one of the secret weapons of a blender is the tiny little bubbles it creates. It’s called cavitation, when those bubbles… » 6/10/15 2:07pm 6/10/15 2:07pm

Science explains that you're probably drinking coffee at the wrong time

So many of us wake up in the morning and immediately seek out coffee like the brown water addicted fools we are. ASAP Science, however, explains that that is completely the wrong way to do it. We’re not maximizing the caffeine or our body’s natural energy, instead, the right way to drink coffee is to wait. » 5/26/15 10:17am 5/26/15 10:17am

New Test Suggests NASA's "Impossible" EM Drive Will Work In Space

Last year, NASA’s advanced propulsion research wing made headlines by announcing the successful test of a physics-defying electromagnetic drive, or EM drive. Now, this futuristic engine, which could in theory propel objects to near-relativistic speeds, has been shown to work inside a space-like vacuum. » 5/01/15 3:31pm 5/01/15 3:31pm

Watch this sorcerous liquid substance start swirling in crazy patterns

I don't know what's happening here but it's a visual trip show and we can thank science for it. It's the recrystallization of impure 4-hydroxybenzaldehyde being dunked into ice water. You can see the compound inside the flask transform from a liquid at room temperature to a flurry, swirly, milky substance as it… » 4/10/15 2:55pm 4/10/15 2:55pm

First Ever Image to Show Light as a Wave and Particle at the Same Time

What you're looking at here is a major breakthrough. The image reveals a property of light that has never been witnessed before by human eyes, though we've long known about it. But at last, thanks in an ingenious imaging experiment, we can now see how light behaves as a wave and a particle at the same time. » 3/03/15 7:44am 3/03/15 7:44am

The definitive answer to why we must invest in pure science research

The answer to why we spend money in pure science research and space exploration is obvious to me, but I often see people whining about how we can invest those (very limited!) dollars on doing other things with direct material benefits. Physicist David Kaplan's has the perfect answer to these complains. » 12/02/14 3:59pm 12/02/14 3:59pm

Inside the lab that makes the instant blood stopping gel of the future

Something that seems ripped from the future is being developed right now inside a lab in Brooklyn. It's the VetiGel which is also known as the borderline magical band-aid of the future. It's a gel that when applied on a wound, almost immediately stops the bleeding. Here's the lab where they make the future. » 11/19/14 10:53pm 11/19/14 10:53pm