This Is How Your Body Makes New Blood

Say you’re feeling particularly kind one day, so you decide to make a donation to the local blood bank. You come in, you fill out your paperwork, and sit down for ten minutes while they take about a pint of blood out of your body. It’s all good though, the blood is going to someone […]

What Happens When a Virus Hijacks Your Heart?

Myocarditis is a rare condition of the heart that can stem from some common viruses and bacterial infections we’re all familiar with. It often affects young people, has very few symptoms, and goes largely undiagnosed…until the autopsy stage. If this already has your heart racing, you’ll want to stay put. Myocarditis, is kind of a […]

“Flapping wings” powered by the sun – Headline Science

In ancient Greek mythology, Icarus’ wax wings melted when he dared to fly too close to the sun. Now, researchers reporting in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces have made artificial wings that are actually powered by the sun. The tiny wings, which can flap even faster than those of butterflies, could someday be used in […]

Is the Secret to Superhuman Performance in Your Gut? | The Swim

Long-distance swimmer Ben Lecomte and the crew of Seeker are on a mission to bring attention to changing ocean ecosystems. But along the way, Ben’s internal ecosystem will change too, presenting scientists with a unique opportunity to show just how much our environment affects the millions of microbes swimming within us. JARRAD: The human microbiome […]

We Could Soon Turn Any Blood Type Into Universal Donor Blood

Back in the 19th century, if you needed a blood transfusion, it was a risky proposition. When doctors tried to remove one person’s blood and put it in someone else, sometimes it was a success. But sometimes the blood would clump together, which could result in death. And this is the kind of procedure you […]

The ending of meeting with Rama: how to deal with the civilized population far beyond the earth

The second episode of the world science fiction masterpiece meeting with Rama. The second episode of the world science fiction masterpiece meeting with Rama. At this time, Rama is flying towards the sun with the mighty. Norton’s mission is in a quandary because of the 500 meter high south wall. At this time, a sergeant […]

Fashion has a pollution problem — can biology fix it? | Natsai Audrey Chieza

You’re watching the life cycle of a Streptomyces coelicolor. It’s a strain of bacteria that’s found in the soil where it lives in a community with other organisms, decomposing organic matter. Coelicolor is a beautiful organism. A powerhouse for synthesizing organic chemical compounds. It produces an antibiotic called actinorhodin, which ranges in color from blue […]

The Hydrologic and Carbon Cycles: Always Recycle! – Crash Course Ecology #8

Adorable story alert! So I was hanging out with my 2-year-old second cousin in the ocean in Florida and we’re jumping up and down with the waves and it’s fun but then the water got all calm and I said, “Oh, no more waves!,” because, like, that’s the top tier of communication I’m going for […]

Why Is Blue So Rare In Nature?

[PBS Bumper] [OPEN] There are no blue tigers. No blue bats, no blue squirrels, or blue dogs. Even blue whales aren’t that blue. Animals come in pretty much every color, but blue seems to be the rarest. What’s cool, though, is when we do find a blue animal, they’re awesome looking. Nature doesn’t do halfway […]

From Shells to Solar Cells

[MUSIC PLAYING] I really appreciate beautiful structures that organisms make that become shells, but what about a semiconductor? What about a battery? What about something that’s more useful to me? My name’s Angela Belcher and I’m a professor of biological engineering, material science engineering, and the Cancer Institute at MIT. The focus of my work […]