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How the Cell Makes a Living

11 Mar 2022

What is the smallest unit of life? If a living thing is like the rain, what are the raindrops it is made of?...

Every Day Our Body Needs to Demolish Billions of Houses

18 Feb 2022

Imagine waking up one day to a constant racket. You walk out of your house and see that your neighbour’s townhouse is being deconstructed. A crew is disassembling that house item by item, some of...

The Great COVID-19 Immunity Test Kit

23 Oct 2021

The kit arrives in the mail. You swab the inside of your cheek and mail it back. Two weeks later, the company emails you a report. You are told you have a 2% risk of getting COVID-19 and a 5%...

The Water Myth

31 May 2018

It is a common belief that you have to drink 6-8 glasses of water per day. Almost everyone has heard this recommendation at some point although if you were to ask someone why you need to drink this...

Rabbits have hinged skulls and three eyelids

29 Mar 2018

Rabbits and hares are pretty cute, but they’re also fascinating.

The Food Babe has No Idea how Physiology Works

22 Feb 2018

Our good friend the Food Babe has published an interesting piece of pseudoscience writing entitled ‘Are Natural Flavors Really That Bad? (MUST WATCH)’. If you’re looking for the quick answer to...

Why do we itch?

10 May 2017

The sensation of itching used to be thought of as a sort of low-grade pain response, which was detected by the same nerves responsible for finding bodily injuries. Recent research, however, has...

What is meant by "digestion"?

20 Mar 2017

The path upon which food travels, beginning with ingestion and ending with excretion, is complex and highly organized. While the body is controlled by the central and autonomic nervous systems, the...

Hydrogen Peroxide: the body's best defence system

18 Jan 2017

Enzymes are special protein molecules that speed up chemical reactions. But why should liver contain an enzyme that helps degrade hydrogen peroxide? Because hydrogen peroxide actually forms as a...

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