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What Zika Virus Is — And Isn't - Newsy

Published on Feb 5, 2016
Separate fact from fiction. How does Zika infect people? Where is it going? What are health agencies doing as it spreads?

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Quagga were extinct for 100 years. Now they're back - CNN.com

Quagga were extinct for 100 years. Now they're back - CNN.com | Biology resources for South African teachers | Scoop.it
Never heard of the quagga? You're not alone. The animal, a relative of the zebra, went extinct over 100 years ago. Now, a group of scientists outside of Cape Town are bringing it back.
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How menstruation works - Emma Bryce I TED-Ed

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.

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Olivia Hallisey, Google Science Fair Winner Blows Stephen's Mind I Stephen Colbert

Published on Jan 5, 2016
17-year-old Olivia Hallisey invented a new way to test for Ebola. What did you do?

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Squirrel Uses 'Walking Dead' Move to Hide from Snakes I PBS

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.

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The world has never eradicated a parasite. But Jimmy Carter is about to. I VOX

Published on Jan 8, 2016
Warning: Some images contained in this video are graphic. An overview of the battle to end guinea-worm infections.

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Is this safest place in the world? BBC News

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.

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Gene Editing: Determining Our Biological Future | HowStuffWorks

Published on Dec 2, 2015
Gene editing: a Michael Crichton-like plot unfolding at the lab, or a procedure that’ll become a common tool for fighting disease?

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The 'Last Resort' Antibiotic Just Lost Its Fail-Safe Status - Newsy

Published on Nov 19, 2015
Researchers in China have found a gene resistant to what's commonly known as the "last resort" antibiotic –– and its spreading through bacteria.

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How Do Eels Make Electricity? - DNews

Published on Nov 10, 2015
Electric eels are some of the most feared creatures because of their shock, but how does their electric shock work and how much damage does it do?

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Can We Use Bacteria to Treat Diseases? - Nat Geo Live

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.

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Americapox: The Missing Plague - CGP Grey

Published on Nov 23, 2015

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.

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Eva Vertes: Monkeys with Ebola - NOVA

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.

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Bacteria From Beards Could Help Develop New Antibiotics I VOA

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.

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Can drones save the rhino? I The Economist

Published on Jan 27, 2016
In 2014, poachers slaughtered over 800 rhinos in Kruger National Park. But policing an area the size of New Jersey is not easy. Can drone pilots help to stop the killing?

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Beyond Ebola: The virus hunters I Al Jazeera

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?

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End of the Outbreak: Animated Look at the Ebola Epidemic I Doctors without Borders

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.

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GMO Pets? I KQED Quest

Published on Dec 16, 2015
With advances in technology, genetic engineering is becoming increasingly common, which may lead to a whole new market-- GMO pets.

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Deadly Predators from The Hunt - BBC

Published on Dec 15, 2015
We bring you fascinating facts about some of the top predators from the ground-breaking natural history series The Hunt.

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A Googler's Project To Ban Elephant Ivory Shopping Ads

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.

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What makes muscles grow? - TED-Ed

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.

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What Does Your Uvula Do? - SciShow

Published on Nov 25, 2015
Ever wonder what that dangling thing in the back of your throat is good for? Hank Green explains in this episode of SciShow Quick Questions.

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Can Fake Furs Help Protect Leopards? - National Geographic

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.

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Reproductive System, part 1 - Female Reproductive System: Crash Course

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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Warring Elephants | Deadly Instincts - NatGeoWild

Published on Nov 11, 2015
Two bull elephants battle for days over the mating rights of a harem of females.

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