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Mind & Body

Why hasn't disease died out?

Evolution is all about survival of the fittest: that’s what we’re taught in school. So why do humans still suffer from illness and pain? The answer is, in fact, that we have evolution to thank for many modern health problems. Living conditions for humans have changed dramatically over the past 10,000 years, but evolution hasn’t caught up – resulting in a disparity between modern diet and lifestyles and the lifestyle to which the body has adapted over thousands of years.

Technology

Why do movie makers use clapperboards?

Lights! Camera! Action! Clap! The image is one many of us know well, that of the slate covered in numbers and details of production, but why is it even there? Surely the actors know when to start. The director shouted ‘Action’ after all.

Mind & Body

What is a virus?

A virus is a small bundle of genetic material wrapped in a protective protein coat with the ability to replicate itself quickly in a foreign environment. Its name comes from the Latin word for poison or toxin.

Mind & Body

Why do humans have a blind spot?

Anyone who knows how to drive will be familiar with the concept of a blind spot – a small area in the visual field of all vertebrates without vision. But did you know humans have an inbuilt blind spot, too? Light enters the eye through the pupil, before hitting the back of the retina.

Science

What is plastic?

The main ingredient in plastic is crude oil. In a refinery, heavy crude oil is first separated into lighter groups called fractions. Plastic is derived from the fraction known as naphtha following several stages of processing and mixing.

Mind & Body

Can human skin become immune to the sun?

If you’re asking whether your skin will adapt to the sun and no longer burn or age, the anwer is an unfortunate no. We are stuck with the skin we’re born with so if you are fair, your skin will have less protection from the sun than if you have dark or olive-coloured skin.

Mind & Body

How do your ears hear?

It cheers us up, distracts us and helps us chill out – in fact, almost all of us listen to music on a daily basis. It can transport us to another world within seconds. But how exactly do sounds reach our brains? To begin with, the sound hits your eardrum in the form of sound waves.

Mind & Body

How do dissolvable stitches work?

Dissolvable stitches are one of modern medicine’s most simple – and genius – inventions, reducing the time that patients have to spend in hospital and eliminating the need for follow-up appointments when stitches are removed.

Mind & Body

Can plastic affect your weight?

If you are overweight, all you have to do is eat less, right? In fact, US scientists have discovered that the causes of obesity may be more complex than originally thought. Neurobiologist Frederick vom Saal believes that obesity may actually be a symptom of poisoning. The poison in question?

World Events

How much plastic is there in the ocean?

In the ocean, a plastic bottle takes 450 years to disintegrate. Over time the salt water and waves grind the plastic into tiny pieces, but until then, plastic rubbish like fishing nets or packaging floats through the world’s oceans with the currents.

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