Our buddy VSauce is back and is answering five mind-boggling questions that have probably been plaguing you for a while. Enjoy.
Whether you’re a smoker or not, you’ve probably noticed the growing problem all over the globe that is the cigarette filter or butt.
Besides the obvious, there’s a lot that people don’t know about cigarette butts. Many cigarette butts are toxic, they release carcinogenic pollutants that can harm wildlife. Cellulose acetate breathed in from filters has been know to cause lung damage in some cases.
Cigarette butts are the most numerically frequent litter in the world; 4.5 Trillion cigarette butts are littered each year. Believe it or not, current filters are actually biodegradable, but they can take as much as 15-20 years to fully decompose. As you might imagine, these butts have been adding up quick. What can we do?
What happens when you shoot 15,000 volts through a slab of wood?
For the second time ever, scientists have cured HIV.
This functional cure, a rare event in which a person achieves remission without the need for drugs, occurred in a baby in Mississippi when it was treated aggressively and early.
A blood test has shown no signs that the virus is making copies of itself anymore.
When it comes to worldly threats, our eyes and intuition can only do so much.
Let’s just say it’s bigger than you could’ve ever imagined, and it’s still getting bigger!
Does the universe have an edge? How about a center? Can we know for certain?
What do you do when you have hundreds of billions of plastic bags stacking up, along with a need for more powerful and longer lasting batteries?
Magically convert the plastic into batteries worth their weight in gold, that’s what.