Tagged With fear

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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!)

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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.

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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.

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Video: 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.

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Video: 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.

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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.

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Everyone knows what it feels like to be absolutely terrified. And while it might not be your favourite flavour 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 lollies in the form of delicious neurotransmitters.

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Have you had trouble shaking that fear of snakes or dogs or spiders? Researchers from Northwestern University have developed a new technique to re-channel memories while subjects sleep — by blasting them with various odours. It's like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind in Smell-o-Vision.

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Sometimes I long for the days when I didn't have to worry about how to securely dispose of every single piece of information. Back then I didn't have the sorts of crazy irrational fears that I've developed now.

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newVideoPlayer("stalker_phone_gawker.flv", 475, 376); We're not trying to say that the Today Show/traditional media is fearmongering with this "cellphones are stalking the crap out of this family" story, but we had to change our underwear twice while watching this minute and a half clip.

If you take the video at face value, some "hackers" have taken over the family's cellphones and are using it to record conversations and take illicit pictures of the victims. They're also breaking into voicemail and leaving threats about raping and killing the daughter. This happens even if the family changes cellphones, apparently, so whoever's doing this is a hardcore hax0r the likes we haven't seen since the first Scream movie. – Jason Chen

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