This week’s challenge is all about things you admire, so I decided on something a little less..conventional. Do not adjust your set; that is a real human brain, preserved in epoxy and currently on display at the Exploratorium. Take step back and consider all that a human brain does. Controlling your body’s functions, from the senses and sleep to memories and sheer, raw emotion. Keeping you breathing and balanced. Reading this sentence and processing the little squiggles into letters and words, and thus their meaning. A complex organic machine connected via trillions of synapses. For all the dangers out there, it’s allowed us to become the dominant species on the planet. We survive, thrive, create, accomplish, and it’s all because these little clumps of matter are developed just enough to make it happen. Yeah, it’s worth admiration. A larger version is viewable here.
Category Archives: Biology
The Speed Of Life
Derek at Veritasium explains why we perceive time faster as we get older.
The Science Of Motivation
AsapSCIENCE explains why keeping your New Year’s resolution is more complicated than you think.
Flavor Science: What’s Really in a Pumpkin Spice Latte
SciShow explains why your favorite foods are way more complicated than you might think.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Plankton Rainbow
This week’s challenge is all about forces of nature, so I thought I’d post something about light and its effects of animals. Here’s another Exploratorium exhibit. Basically, zooplankton can distinguish different colors of light. In the ocean, it helps them swim toward the surface, where their food is located. Blue and green lights shine deeper in the water than the other colors, hence why the plankton are attracted to these ones; they think the sun is shining through the water, and that they’re entering the photic zone for a meal. Large version available here.
The Recipe For Life…
It’s Okay To Be Smart breaks down the human body, a la Fullmetal Alchemist.
What If Quicksilver Ran Past You?
VSauce scientifically breaks down one of Marvel’s most famous mutants…with some help from the Muppets?!
How Do My Fingerprints Form?
SciShow explains what’s on the tip of everyone’s tongues- er, fingers.
What Is Déjà Vu?
It’s Okay To Be Smart discusses one of the most mysterious aspects of everyday life.
Why Do We Have Baby Teeth?
SciShow gets to the tooth of the matter.