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

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

Sometimes when a fish is reeled up to the surface it will appear inflated, with its eyes bulging out of their sockets and its stomach projecting out of its mouth, as if its been blown up like a balloon. This type of bodily damage, caused by rapid changes in pressure,… Continue Reading The effects of underwater pressure on the body – Neosha S Kashef

Look at your hand. How do you know it’s really yours? It seems obvious, unless you’ve experienced the rubber hand illusion. In this experiment, a dummy hand is placed in front of you and your real hand is hidden behind a screen. Both are simultaneously stroked with a paint brush.… Continue Reading Are you a body with a mind or a mind with a body? – Maryam Alimardani

Since the dawn of humanity, an estimated 100.8 billion people have lived and died, a number that increases by about .8% of the world’s population each year. What happens to all of those people’s bodies after they die and will the planet eventually run out of burial space? When a… Continue Reading What happens to our bodies after we die? – Farnaz Khatibi Jafari