How Your Baby Changes Your Brain

[♪ INTRO ] If you’re not the one doing the whole pregnancy-and-labor thing, the physical changes you go through when your kid is born might not be as dramatic. But it’s still pretty obvious when you become a parent, more it might say that it’s a parent. You get those dark circles under your eyes from the constant lack of…

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How bumble bees inspired a network of tiny museums | Amanda Schochet

Transcriber: Joseph Geni Reviewer: Camille Martínez If you told me five years ago that today I’d be delivering a talk about our individual power to make a difference, I would have cringed. It was my job to study huge global systems. I was a researcher at NASA using satellite data to study the big picture. You can see a lot…

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This Worm-y Critter Is (Probably) Our Oldest Ancestor | SciShow News

[♪ INTRO] Humans belong to a large and proud lineage of animals known as bilaterians. Bilaterian because we are all bilaterally symmetrical; you can draw a line down the middle of us and each half is basically a reflection of the other. Paleontologists have long suspected that our lineage arose more than 550 million years ago in the Ediacaran Period,…

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What Does Gum Disease Have to Do With Alzheimer’s?

[INTRO ♪] Regular brushing and flossing are vital to the health of your teeth and gums. We all know that—it’s been drummed into our heads since we first picked up a toothbrush. But brushing your teeth might not just be good for your oral health: It could help protect your brain, too. Because according to studies over the last few…

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Does The Birth Control Pill Cause Depression?

In September 2016, some researchers in Denmark published a huge study, with data from more than a million people over almost 20 years. What they found was a connection between women using hormonal birth control and taking antidepressants. Needless to say, it’s been making waves on the Internet, as reporters blast out headlines like “The Pill Causes Depression.” But like…

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Why isn’t the Netherlands underwater? – Stefan Al

In January of 1953, a tidal surge shook the North Sea. The titanic waves flooded the Dutch coastline, killing almost 2,000 people. 54 years later, a similar storm threatened the region. But this time, the Netherlands were ready. As the water swelled, state-of-the-art computer sensors activated emergency protocols. Over the next 30 minutes, a pair of 240-meter steel arms swung…

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Why Do Bats Carry So Many Dangerous Diseases?

[♪ INTRO] One fifth of all mammal species today are bats. And that’s awesome, because they help us out in all sorts of ways. Like, they pollinate a lot of plants, help regrow forests and control pests, and their poop is pretty excellent fertilizer. Plus, they’re just really cool. Some of them can sense magnetic fields, or use sound to…

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Who was the world’s first author? – Soraya Field Fiorio

4,300 years ago in ancient Sumer, the most powerful person in the city of Ur was banished to wander the vast desert. Her name was Enheduanna. She was the high priestess of the moon god and history’s first known author. By the time of her exile, she had written 42 hymns and three epic poems— and Sumer hadn’t heard the…

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What is schizophrenia? – Anees Bahji

Schizophrenia was first identified more than a century ago, but we still don’t know its exact causes. It remains one of the most misunderstood and stigmatized illnesses today. So, let’s walk through what we do know— from symptoms to causes and treatments. Schizophrenia is considered a syndrome, which means it may encompass a number of related disorders that have similar…

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Brain-Eating Fly turns Victims into Zombies

The world of tiny animals is a fascinating one. Here you can find a diversity that simply wouldnt be possible on any higher level. A seemingly endless supply of resources – a multitude of all kinds of micro ecosystems and the amplified randomness of mother nature allow for life to develop in ways one can hardly imagine. The incredible diversity…

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