Early today (Aug. 11), NASA is launching its newest spacecraft, called the Parker Solar Probe. The probe's mission is to study the outer corona of the Sun to better protect our tech-driven lifestyle against destructive solar storms that could take us back to the stone ages.
Plastic was long considered to be a revolutionary material. But, what has it turned into now? A trash – and millions of tons of it end up in the ocean every year. Of course there are plenty of attempts to thwart this growing problem, but this approach by the Ocean Cleanup seems to be the most effective. Here's how it works.
If we didn't evolve, we would all be walking around on four legs. We also might have fur all over our body.
When someone is wrong and you present them with facts, they quickly change their mind and accept what’s correct. But in some cases, many just continue to argue for something […]
Artificial sweeteners are just as bad as sugar, and our brain and gut respond to them in surprising ways. These sugar alternatives may have low to no calorie, but studies have shown our body reacts to them negatively. So how are these compounds processed in our body? And how are they harming our health?
Did we evolve from monkeys or from fish? Well, the first animals to develop a backbone were fishes. So technically, we all evolved from fish, and not from monkeys.
From your tailbone which used to be a tail to that pink bit in the corner of your eye - a leftover of a third eyelid which we can still find in lizards, birds and fishes, here are three incredible examples of evolution hidden in your body.
Sell By, Best By, or Use By dates on food items don't actually mean what you think. The labels are mainly for quality and flavor purposes, and don't necessarily have anything to do with food safety. Many common foods are edible past the expiration dates.
Prochlorococcus is the most abundant photosynthetic species on the planet that has existed for millions of years. The marine microbe was not discovered until the mid-1980s. In this TED Talk, Oceanographer Penny Chisholm explains how this amazing little being's ancient genetic code can help us in reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.
Alien hand syndrome (AHS), also known as Dr. Strangelove syndrome, is a rare neurological condition in which one of your hands acts involuntarily on its own. Alien hand usually occurs in adults, but it can affect children, too.
Geologists believe Earth has an eighth continent called Zealandia, which makes up 4.9 million square kilometer region of the southwest Pacific Ocean. Today, 94 percent of this gigantic landmass is underwater. Here’s what it has got to teach us about geology.
Tyrannosaurus rex was big and ferocious, but it had tiny arms. The story of how T-Rex lost its arms is pretty simple. But what’s complicated is the story of why it kept those little limbs, and how it used them.
Why do mosquitoes make that annoying buzz? The answer: to find a potential mate. Female mosquitoes buzz at a much lower frequency than the male. But, when the get closer to each other, they adjust the frequency of their wings and produce a common tone. In other words, they communicate to let each other know that they've found a partner.
We all experience some kind of trauma during our lifetime. Some of us can escape with no enduring effects. But for many, the experiences linger, causing symptoms like flashbacks, nightmares, and negative thoughts that interfere with everyday life. This phenomenon is known as post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.
Many people yearn to be a writer because there is no one in the vicinity who will listen. They start to long to set down their memories and emotions on a page and to send them out into the wider world because their friends can’t be bothered to hear them, because their partners are preoccupied and because it’s been agonisingly long since anyone gave them respect and attention.
In a dark, strange corner of the internet, an unknown group of people on YouTube is wilfully hacking young brains in return for advertising revenue. In this TED Talk, writer and artist James Bridle uncovers truth about pointless, mind-numbing videos such as "surprise egg" reveals and the "Finger Family Song" and those algorithmically created mashups of familiar cartoon characters in violent situations.
Our bodies go through a series of changes during our lifetimes. We grow, experience puberty, and reproduce. This TED-Ed video based on a lesson Emma Bryce explains how our endocrine system constantly regulate every change our bodies undergo, and how it orchestrates everything from sleep to the rhythm of our beating heart, exerting its influence over each and every one of our cells.