Category Archives: Science

Pick of the coronavirus papers: Immune system shows abnormal response to COVID-19 | Nature

People queue for a train in Yichang, China, after the lockdowns ease.Credit: STR/AFP/Getty   A selection of the latest research on COVID-19.   1 May — Immune system shows abnormal response to COVID-19 The immune response to SARS-CoV-2 differs from … Continue reading

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An Astronaut’s Cosmic Visions

A former Detroit Lions wide receiver and NASA astronaut (take a moment to let that combination sink in) takes us on a journey into his magical space-induced dreamscape – where vivid colors and explosions of light are an every night … Continue reading

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The weird history of the “sex chromosomes” | Molly Webste

Visit http://TED.com to get our entire library of TED Talks, transcripts, translations, personalized talk recommendations and more. The common thinking on biological sex goes like this: females have two X chromosomes in their cells, while males have one X and … Continue reading

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Virology and Forgotten History

When Edward Jenner created the first vaccine against smallpox, he had no idea what caused smallpox. The scientific appreciation of “germ theory” was just the start of the process of understanding microbiology. The History Guy recalls the forgotten history of … Continue reading

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Indigenous knowledge meets science to solve climate change | Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim

To tackle a problem as large as climate change, we need both science and Indigenous wisdom, says environmental activist Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim. In this engaging talk, she shares how her nomadic community in Chad is working closely with scientists to … Continue reading

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Mitochondria Aren’t Just the Powerhouse of the Cell

“The mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell,” has got to be the most repeated line in biology. It has been firmly inserted into our middle school textbooks for years, and the powerhouse nickname stems from the mitochondria’s energy production … Continue reading

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Heisenberg’s Microscope

In the early days of quantum mechanics, Werner Heisenberg wondered if there is a fundamental limit to how well one can resolve structures with a microscope. He went on to formulate a thought experiment which is now known as “Heisenberg’s … Continue reading

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70 Short Body Facts to Make You Feel Special

Did you know you can actually dissolve razor blades or power a light-bulb using your brain? Have you ever heard that no matter how often you take a shower and change clothes, every inch of your skin has about 32 … Continue reading

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How Our Brains Get Tricked by Misinformation

Daily insights on life in the face of uncertainty, by psychiatrist and habit change specialist Dr. Jud Brewer Feeling news fatigue or losing hold of knowing who to trust? You’re not alone. Having too many options of what to read … Continue reading

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Vitamin D and Immunity, Lots of Evidence

To download John’s e text books, please go to https://campbellteaching.co.uk/ebooks/ Public Health England Vitamin D recommendations https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ph… Vit D and COVID https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3… Evidence that Vitamin D Supplementation Could Reduce Risk of Influenza and COVID-19 Infections and Deaths. Prevalence and correlates … Continue reading

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