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Squeezing 25 Hours into your Day

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Never seem to be able to get enough out of your days? Well, according to New Scientist's Short Sharp Science blog, researchers have figured out a way to keep you up for 25 hours at a time without using espresso! A new study shows that 45 minute blasts of bright light, administered late in the day, can affect a human's circadian rhythm such that people who normally sleep 8 hours, and are up for about 16, can suddenly stretch their days out for another 9 hours or so. The research has incredible implications, not just for students, workaholics and the TV show 24, but also for when humans make the move to another planet with longer days. Of course, if you've managed to pull off the 4-Hour Work Week, like Tim Ferriss's new book is suggesting, maybe you don't need the extra time. Read more here at New Scientist.

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These Strange Sea Spiders Breathe Through Their Legs
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We know that humans breathe through their lungs and fish breathe through their gills—but where exactly does that leave sea spiders?

Though they might appear to share much in common with land spiders, sea spiders are not actually arachnids. And, by extension, they don't circulate blood and oxygen the way you'd expect them to, either.

A new study from Current Biology found that these leggy sea dwellers (marine arthropods of the class Pycnogonida) use their external skeleton to take in oxygen. Or, more specifically: They use their legs. The sea spider contracts its legs—which contain its guts—to pump oxygen through its body.

Somehow, these sea spiders hardly take the cake for Strangest Spider Alive (especially because they're not actually spiders); check out, for instance, our round-up of the 10 strangest spiders, and watch the video from National Geographic below:

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How to Make Perfect Fried Chicken, According to Chemistry
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Cooking amazing fried chicken isn’t just art—it’s also chemistry. Learn the science behind the sizzle by watching the American Chemical Society’s latest "Reactions" video below.

Host Kyle Nackers explains the three important chemical processes that occur as your bird browns in the skillet—hydrolysis, oxidation, and polymerization—and he also provides expert-backed cooking hacks to help you whip up the perfect picnic snack.

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