Published on Jan 12, 2016 At this moment, three hundred million women across the planet are experiencing the same thing: a period. The monthly menstrual cycle that gives rise to the period is a reality that most women on Earth will go through in their lives. But why is this cycle so universal? And what makes it a cycle in the first place? Emma Bryce gives a primer on periods.
Published on Dec 16, 2015 In the popular TV series "The Walking Dead" humans can hide from zombies by covering themselves in zombie guts, masking their scent. The California ground squirrel (Otospermophilus beecheyi) uses a similar tactic to hide from a major predator, the rattlesnake, which relies on smell to track down its prey.
Published on Jan 13, 2016 A special vault has been built in the Arctic to store thousands of seeds, as scientists fear the impact of climate change and prolonged conflicts could have devastating consequences on food crops around the world.
Published on Nov 10, 2015 In the intestines alone, the average person houses around 100 trillion microbes, and for every human cell in the body there are 10 microbial cells—making us more microbial than human. Scientific studies are beginning to show that these bacteria may be playing a much larger role in our lives than we originally thought.
When Europeans first came to America, they brought with them all manner of new and nasty plagues, which wiped out millions. But why didn’t returning Europeans bring back new illnesses to their continent? CGP Grey digs deep inside this little discussed part of our history.
Published on Oct 16, 2014 Eva Vertes reads a book as a nine-year-old and begins a lifelong fascination with medicine. Eva is a cancer researcher who is currently getting her M.D. at the University of Florida.
Published on Feb 3, 2016 Research conducted in London has determined that some of the bacteria growing in men's beards have antibiotic properties. The discovery is important at a time when the overuse of man-made antibiotics is making pathogenic bacteria strains increasingly resistant to treatment.
Published on Jan 3, 2016 In today's hyper connected world, viruses can spread faster than ever, but thanks to science some of the worst infectious, microscopic agents like smallpox have been eradicated. "Emerging viruses cause about two thirds of the newly-recognised diseases in the world," says Ronald Corley, the director of the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL) where a select group of scientists study the deadliest pathogens on the planet to understand their evolution. So who are these virus hunters, and what makes them tick?
Published on Jan 14, 2016 April 2014: MSF described the outbreak as unprecedented. In this first year of the Ebola response, close to 500 health professionals, including 14 MSF workers, had lost their lives in the fight against the virus. Look back on MSF’s intervention in West Africa from the early days of the outbreak up until the end.
Published on Sep 10, 2015 We were curious to know what other Googlers have done as 20% projects, which led us to Winnie Lam. (Spoiler alert: she’s a huge animal lover / fashion wearer.) And a few years ago, she started a 20% project to remove and automatically ban elephant ivory ads from Google Shopping.
Published on Nov 3, 2015 We have over 600 muscles in our bodies that help bind us together, hold us up, and help us move. Your muscles also need your constant attention, because the way you treat them on a daily basis determines whether they will wither or grow. Jeffrey Siegel illustrates how a good mix of sleep, nutrition and exercise keep your muscles as big and strong as possible.
Published on Nov 10, 2015 Leopard furs are a crucial element of traditional dress during the Shembe Festival, an annual gathering of members of the Shembe religion in South Africa. Tristan Dickerson, of big cat conservation organization Panthera, discusses how introducing fake leopard furs to traditions like Shembe might help preserve populations for leopards.
Published on Oct 26, 2015 Human reproduction is complicated an important, and it's going to take a four part series for us to cover it. Today, we're kicking that off with the female reproductive system, starting with how sex hormones affect oogenesis and ovulation, continuing through how the ovarian and menstrual cycles mature and release oocytes, and create a comfy uterine environment for a fertilized egg.
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