When you die, there are a lot of things you can do with your dead body–bury it, cremate it, have your ashes loaded into fireworks so you can rain down on people on the 4th of July, but some people will choose to have their dead bodies, or body parts,… Continue Reading Can You Cryogenically Freeze Your Body and Come Back to Life?

I do advise my students to be broad and open-minded in their thinking when it comes to careers. I mean basically what you want is somebody to have a great career and to be happy; and so my advice to students is to don’t do what’s going to make you… Continue Reading Career advice from the “Edison of medicine” | MIT’s Robert Langer

Lithium ion batteries changed our world by delivering us hours of energy in a small lightweight package. But ya know what, my phone battery only lasts a day and THAT’S NOT ENOUGH! I NEED MORE!!! Luckily, scientists are already on it, and have been working for decades on a new… Continue Reading This Fluoride Battery Could Mean Phone Batteries That Last a Week

You’ve had this before (show jalapeno). You know that mouth on fire experience. The sweat, the tears, the pain. All from something so little and friendly looking. So what is it about one of these little guys that can bring a person to tears? Well it all comes down to… Continue Reading Why Do Hot Peppers Cause Pain?

On May 6, 1950, two Danish brothers digging for peat in a local bog unearthed a murder victim. Based on the condition of the body, they figured the crime had happened recently, so they called the police. But there was nothing the authorities could do because the man’s murders —… Continue Reading Chemistry & Corpses: The Science of Bog Bodies

Imagine a world where you have your own medical avatar, a sci-fi-like profile that’s made out of your real-time health data. After all, you can lift up your car hood and diagnose your engine, or open up a program on your computer to see why it’s not working properly. So,… Continue Reading Will Supercomputers Create Virtual Maps of Your Body in the Future?

– [Narrator] As the Hollywood cliché goes, post-coital, some of us sit back against the headboard, proud of our accomplishment at gratifying our lover, spouse, or one-night stand, and then light up a cigarette. How was it for you? Good enough, you surmise, as you take a well-earned drag. Or… Continue Reading What Happens to Your Body While You Are Having Sex?