What if I told you there were trillions of tiny bacteria all around you? It’s true. Microorganisms called bacteria were some of the first life forms to appear on Earth. Though they consist of only a single cell, their total biomass is greater than that of all plants and animals… Continue Reading What causes antibiotic resistance? – Kevin Wu

The human body is amazing, a symphony of bones, muscles, cells, organs, liquids and an incomprehensible number of chemical reactions, all working together simultaneously to keep us moving, breathing and well living. And we think learning about all these details, big and small, is fascinating. So we put together this… Continue Reading How Exactly is the Human Body Organized?

An elderly woman named Rosalie was sitting in her nursing home when her room suddenly burst to life with twirling fabrics. Through the elaborate drapings, she could make out animals, children, and costumed characters. Rosalie was alarmed, not by the intrusion, but because she knew this entourage was an extremely… Continue Reading How much of what you see is a hallucination? – Elizabeth Cox

The onset of cancer usually begins as a solitary tumor in a specific area of the body. If the tumor is not removed, cancer has the ability to spread to nearby organs, as well as places far away from the origin, such as the brain. So how does cancer move… Continue Reading How does cancer spread through the body? – Ivan Seah Yu Jun

Symmetry is everywhere in nature, and we usually associate it with beauty: a perfectly shaped leaf, or a butterfly with intricate patterns mirrored on each wing. But it turns out that asymmetry is pretty important, too, and more common than you might think, from crabs with one giant pincer claw… Continue Reading Why are human bodies asymmetrical? – Leo Q. Wan

Hunger claws at your grumbling belly. It tugs at your intestines, which begin to writhe, aching to be fed. Being hungry generates a powerful, often unpleasant physical sensation that’s almost impossible to ignore. After you’ve reacted by gorging on your morning pancakes, you start to experience an opposing force, fullness,… Continue Reading How does your body know you’re full? – Hilary Coller

The victory of the underdog over the favored team. The last minute penalty shot that wins the tournament. The high-energy training montages. Many people love to glorify victory on the playing field, cheer for favorite teams, and play sports. But here’s a question: Should we be so obsessed with sports?… Continue Reading How playing sports benefits your body … and your brain – Leah Lagos and Jaspal Ricky Singh

Consider the claw. Frequently found on four-limbed animals around the world, it’s one of nature’s most versatile tools. Bears use claws for digging as well as defense. An eagle’s needle-like talons can pierce the skulls of their prey. And lions can retract their massive claws for easy movement, before flicking… Continue Reading Claws vs. nails – Matthew Borths

In the summer of 1895, crowds flooded the Coney Island boardwalk to see the latest marvel of roller coaster technology: the Flip Flap Railway. This was America’s first-ever looping coaster – but its thrilling flip came at a price. The ride caused numerous cases of severe whiplash, neck injury and… Continue Reading How rollercoasters affect your body – Brian D. Avery

In 1997, a French woman named Jeanne Calment passed away after 122 years and 164 days on this Earth, making her the oldest known person in history. Her age was so astounding that a millionaire pledged $1 million to anyone who could break her record. But in reality, living to… Continue Reading Why do our bodies age? – Monica Menesini