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The powder that can turn sludge into clean drinking water

When people don't have access to clean drinking water, they can become ill or worse from water-borne bacteria and viruses, disease-causing microorganisms, and other pollutants. In DRINKING NASTY SWAMP WATER (to save t...

What’s the dirtiest place in your home?

Think of the dust, the hidden ants and spiders, or the potential molds, fungi, and bacteria that can be in any household. Is the dirtiest place in your home under your bed? On doorknobs? In the dishwashing sponge? In ...

How to Handle Shots

Getting a shot is no fun. Just thinking about getting the shot before it happens can feel uncomfortable, even downright scary. The anticipation might be worse than the shot itself. Why do we have to get shots? And how...

Imaginary Friend Society, animations for kids facing cancer

Cancer can be a frightening and confusing topic at any age. How do you start to explain cancer to a child who's facing it? The Imaginary Friend Society, created by the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, is a series of ...

What’s the right way to wash your hands?

Handwashing is an easy and effective way to avoid catching the common cold or a seasonal flu. But not using enough soap or washing your hands too quickly might not get rid of all of the germs—bacteria, viruses, fungi,...

Gitanjali Rao: Finding solutions to real problems

Colorado seventh-grader Gitanjali Rao wants to find solutions to real problems, so when she learned about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan on the news, she wanted to help. From Rookie Mag: After coming across a...

A giant panda gives birth to twin baby pandas (and doesn’t realize she’s raising both)

Vets wake up in the middle of the night at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Sichuan province. Pregnant panda Li Li is about to give birth, and the vets are there to assist and witness the moment. When ...

Gokurōsama

It's morning time and the Japanese supermall is preparing to open for business. Two women in a food shop are getting ready, too, until the older woman's back goes out. How will her young assistant help her visit the c...

The Science of Hearing

The ability to recognize sounds and identify their location is possible thanks to the auditory system. That’s comprised of two main parts: the ear, and the brain. The ear’s task is to convert sound energy into neural ...

What causes constipation?

Visiting the bathroom is part of the daily human experience. But occasionally, constipation, a condition that causes a backup in your digestive system, strikes. In some especially uncomfortable cases, the food you eat...

What’s the difference between hibernation and sleep?

The Arctic Ground Squirrel hibernates by burrowing under the permafrost and slipping into a state of suspended animation. The female black bear can give birth while she hibernates. The fat-tailed dwarf lemur prepares ...

Giant pandas and their bamboo-only diet

Giant pandas are famous for their diet of bamboo, a giant, fast-growing form of grass with over 1,000 species. But how that low energy diet shapes how much they eat and sleep, how it affects the size of their young, a...

The Science of Skin

Between you and the rest of the world lies an interface that makes up 16% of your physical weight. This is your skin, the largest organ in your body: laid out flat, it would cover close to 1.7 square metres of ground....

The rise and fall of the Inca empire

It was the western hemisphere's largest empire ever, with a population of nearly 10 million subjects. Yet within 100 years of its rise in the fifteenth century, the Inca Empire would be no more. What happened? With...

How does your immune system work?

The immune system is a vast network of cells, tissues, and organs that coordinate your body’s defenses against any threats to your health. Without it, you’d be exposed to billions of bacteria, viruses, and toxins that...

How your digestive system works

Across the planet, humans eat on average between 1 and 2.7 kilograms of food a day, and every last scrap makes its way through the digestive system. Comprised of ten organs covering nine meters, this is one of the mos...

How glow-in-the-dark jellyfish inspired a scientific revolution

In science, ideas are kind of like seeds. If you're lucky, a seed will grow and expand the boundaries of human knowledge. But it's hard to know which seeds will take root. Take any invention or modern innovation and i...

How A Children’s Toy Led To An Essential Medical Device

"We were out in a primary health center talking to health care workers [in Uganda] and we found a centrifuge used as a doorstop because there's no electricity." The workers said that they really needed a powerful cent...

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