Big carnivores are scary, both to humans and the animals they prey upon. But as a new study demonstrates, the fear that these predators instill among their prey can have a positive influence on ecological health and biodiversity, a finding with important implications for conservation.
The next time someone refers to a horror movie as “bloodcurdling,” they might actually be kinda right. A new study shows that the fear experienced when watching scary movies is in fact associated with an increase in clotting agents in the blood.
Death is scary no matter what–but it gets even scarier once your imagination, and all your most insane phobias, begin to take hold. We white-knuckled our way through this list of the most terrifying ways to die. (Got a scarier one? Share it in the comments. Nightmares for everyone!)
I started to watch this video expecting a routine BASE jump, but no, it's nothing routine. "JT Holmes follows Mark Broderick as he pushes the limits of base jumping with nine front flips on a tower," says the description. Indeed. Broderick cut it so close that, for a moment there, I thought he was going to crash.
It's that time of year again, when people attempt to spook us with stories about ghosts and monsters, but let's face it: With global warming cooking the planet, melting glaciers, and the build-up of nuclear arsenals, the real stories are much, much scarier.
Have you had any nightmares, lately? Would you like some? Then you'll love the South American Goliath birdeater. This furry spider is the size of a puppy, and thanks to hard claws on the tips of its foot-long legs, it makes a horrifying clicking sound when it scampers through the forest.
Luckily for Eric Hjorleifson, the avalanche that he started by going down a big mountain pillow line doesn't fully consume him, leaving him relatively unscathed—he just "twisted his knee a bit." You can hear the fear in his heavy breathing after the incident, though. I don't blame him. It's quite scary.
Believe it or not, this actually has been tested out, and by no less an institution than the United States Military. Learn about a fear experiment that should have led to a lot of "discharged with sincere apologies," notes on service records.
Watch daredevil Flaviu Cernescu crossing a 170-foot-high Romanian aqueduct using a unicycle and no safety gear whatsoever. Try not to scream when he falls forward. Fortunately, he kept himself on the wood path, which was only a few inches wide.
At this point, we've all seen the insane Russian dudes who dangle off of tall things. But that looks like child's play when you see these Ukrainian guys scale the second tallest building in the world. Like, they literally go to the very top.
Kirill Oreshkin doesn't appear to have any fear or vertigo. That or he's the craziest of the craziest Russians who climb—without any safety measures—to the top of buildings, cranes, towers or any other structure that guarantees that they would end like a flesh omelette if they make the tiniest mistake.
Taiwan's Special Forces just showed off its new uniforms and they're totally stepping toward a Star Wars/Stormtroopers future. The gear is impressive: bulletproof masks, all-black duds and enough intimidation to win any war before the war even starts.
The British movie site Play.com had a wonderful idea. First it asked people to pick the scariest movie of all time. Taking the top ten, the company organized an experiment: get test subjects connected to heart monitors to watch the movies while recording their beats per minute. The winner: Stanley Kubrick's The…
Not so long ago, Reddit users gathered around a digital fire to tell horror stories using only two sentences. The experiment demonstrated that the power of suggestion is infinitely more powerful than the explicitness of modern Hollywood gore. Here are the top 10:
Joy Hirsch is a professor of Psychiatry and Neurobiology and one of the early developers of the fMRI — the imaging technique responsible for teaching us much of what we know about the brain's structure. She's here today to answer our questions about the brain, imaging, and fear!
Everyone knows what it feels like to be absolutely terrified. And while it might not be your favorite flavor of fun, you can't deny it's a rush. That's because your brain takes fear as a cue to start dishing out its own kind of halloween candy in the form of delicious neurotransmitters.
Have you had trouble shaking that fear of snakes or dogs or spiders? Researchers from Northwestern University have developed a new technique to rechannel memories while subjects sleep—by blasting them with various odors. It's like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind in Smell-o-Vision.
Why do we scare the hell out of ourselves? Why do we pay for the privilege? Is it pure thrill-seeking, or is it what's known as counterphobic behavior?
What to do when a bear attacks? Quickly run to your computer or tablet or smart phone, see if you've got some coverage, and then try to remember where you saw this insane local TV news segment with important advice about avoiding a Mauling By Bear.