How One Scientist Averted A National Health Crisis

How One Scientist Averted A National Health Crisis

In 1960, Frances Oldham Kelsey was one of the newest recruits of the Food and Drug Administration. During her first month as a reviewer at the FDA, Kelsey refused marketing authorization for a drug called thalidomide in the United States. The drug had been used to treat insomnia and workplace stress, but was later proven to have caused nerve damage, and severe birth defects.

Enric Sala - Let's turn the high seas into the world's largest nature reserve

Turning The High Seas Into The World’s Largest Nature Reserve

How we can save the fishing industry and protect the ocean at the same time? The answer:  create a marine reserve (a huge one). In this TED Talk, marine ecologist Enric Sala shares his bold strategy to safeguard the high seas by making a giant marine reserve that covers two-thirds of the world's ocean. Sala believes protecting the high seas will help us restore the ecological, economic and social benefits of the ocean.

Why Do You Feel Butterflies In Your Stomach?

Why Do You Feel Butterflies In Your Stomach?

When you lock eyes with your secret crush, or have to go to an interview for a life-changing job opportunity, you start to feel that strange, fluttering sensation in your stomach: butterflies. Why is that?

What would it be like to live on the moon?

What Would It Be Like To Live On The Moon?

The European Space Agency is hoping to establish a functioning moon camp by the 2020s. Of course, living on the moon won’t be easy. The moon has got no atmosphere, no magnetic field. So of many obstacles we would be facing, the biggest would be the cosmic radiation.

Three Creative Ways to Eradicate Diseases

Three Creative Ways To Eradicate Diseases

Smallpox is the first and only human disease that was declared eradicated on a global scale. Also, with the breakthroughs made while eradicating smallpox and a number of other creative solutions, we are now really close to making a few more diseases a thing of the past.

Who Owns Your DNA?

Who Owns Your DNA? (YOU DON’T)

12 million people have already sent away samples of their DNA to consumer genetic testing companies to find out information about their own genetic makeup.

The Cosmic Origins of Earth's Water

The Cosmic Origins of Earth’s Water

Without water, life as we know it couldn't exist. But have you ever wondered where Earth’s water came from? Well, water isn’t unique to our planet, and its origin traces beyond the solar system to the earliest days of the universe.

What If We Could Teleport?

What If We Could Teleport?

Teleportation is a hypothetical mode of transportation where an object disappears from one place and that exact object reappears at another. So how does teleportation really work? Could it ever be possible?

That Time It Rain For Two Million Years

That Time It Rained For Two Million Years

At the beginning of the Triassic Period, the world was hot, and very dry. But then 234 million years ago, it started to rain and didn’t stop for two million years. This period of intense rain called the Carnian Pluvial Episode killed of many of the early reptiles and set the stage for the dinosaurs to take over the world.

How To Fix A Broken Heart

How To Fix A Broken Heart

As we grow older, parts of our heart can deteriorate or become weaker. As a result, it affects the functionality of heart, which  gives us some serious problems.

Why Can't We Walk Through Walls?

Why Can’t You Walk Through Walls?

You simply can't walk through walls. Because according to the Pauli Exclusion Principle, no two particles can exist in the same place - it's just impossible for both the particles -- within the limits set by the uncertainty principle -- to have the same position and same velocity.