Science

  • No, “Shock Treatment” Doesn’t Cause Brain Damage

    Support more videos like this at patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: If you follow me on Twitch, you know that I have a “gaming PC” that is a pile of junk that often freezes or freaks out in some way. The only solution is the classic one: I turn it off and then turn it on again. I don’t know why this works,…

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  • The Joy of Smacking Down Pseudoscience

    Support more videos like this at patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: I talk about p-hacking all the time — that’s the thing where a scientist manipulates their data to make it look like they got a statistically significant result when in fact they got boloney — but I don’t remember if I’ve ever actually mentioned one of its most prominent adherents, Brian Wansink…

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  • Genetics Researcher Just Made Gattaca a Reality with CRISPR Babies

    Support more videos like this at patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: Designer babies! No, I’m not talking about babies wearing, like Burberry or Badgley Mischka or…I’m sorry, I don’t know any designer clothing brands. Anyway no, I’m talking about the evil kind of designer babies. Or, I guess more evil than a baby barfing on a Burberry onesie. The kind of babies you…

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  • The CDC can Take My Cookie Dough out of My Cold Dead e. Coli-infested Hands

    Support more videos like this at patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: The internet is up in arms about the CDC this week, because they announced that we shouldn’t be eating raw cookie dough due to the danger of it being contaminated — not just with salmonella from the raw eggs, but from e coli from the flour. People are shocked, for some reason,…

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  • Should Scary Movies Be Rated By the Compounds They Make Humans Emit (Seriously)?

    Support more videos like this at patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: It’s Halloween, the best time of year! To celebrate, I’ve been binging spooky movies, like A Quiet Place, The Thing, Get Out, and, well, Halloween. Three Halloweens, in fact. Here’s the thing, though — even though I love love love Halloween, I am in actuality a giant wimp. If you saw a…

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  • Global Warming Deniers Lose Bet and Won’t Pay Up

    Support more videos like this at patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: One of the problems a lot of people have with understanding global warming is the difference between weather and climate. “If global warming is real, then why did I have to put on a jacket in June?” “Why do I need a portable heater at my desk?” “Why am I buried under…

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  • Elizabeth Warren is Not Native American

    Support more videos like this at patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: On July 5th of this year, Donald Trump announced that he would pay a million dollars to the charity of Elizabeth Warren’s choice if she took a DNA test that showed she is “Indian.” So she did, and she posted the results online for everyone to see — according to the genetic…

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  • No, Girls Aren’t More Abusive Than Boys

    Support more videos like this at patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: Did you know that boys, not girls, are more often the victims of dating violence? It’s true because a study said so! Pack it up everybody, the patriarchy is over. We are now in the matriarchy. Hashtag “Men’s Rights,” etc. Okay, so obviously that’s bullshit, but what is the study actually about?…

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