Here’s a totally silly look at the absurd ways that our bodies fail us. Aisha Madu’s short animation, Bodily Dysfunctions, is a riot that just keeps getting weirder and more ridiculous and more explicit with each pass. It’s fun to watch, especially (only?) if you’re not the type to get easily offended. It taps into…
It may not look like it but the image of a feather you see above is actually comprised of thousands and thousands of naked human bodies. Seriously, look at the up close shots of the feather below and you’ll see bodies laid out holding each other to form each string.
It's one of the most addictive things humans can do. Everyone does it. And it feels so good when you get to do it. We're talking about cracking your joints. Researchers have alway been curious as to where the sound of joints cracking comes from and put a hand under MRI to find out (and for us to see visualized in real…
Common in the US, rare in Europe and now championed in Africa, male circumcision is hotly debated. Are the gains worth the loss?
The human body is such a magnificent thing. Just check out this video that shows how our immune system works. When a parasite finds its way inside a place where it clearly shouldn't be, white blood cells immediately start rushing to the rescue. It only takes a few seconds for the parasite to get swallowed.
Yikes. Here's an animation that uses knives, botox needles and liposuction to completely makeover a woman's body until it's unrecognizable. It's terrifying, to be honest. And it's something you see a lot in celebrity culture where beautiful bodies are turned into monsters in the quest for perfection. NSFW.
Since the early days of medicine, it's been a huge challenge to communicate anatomical discovery with an audience without any actual human dissection. But thanks to the creativity of the medical experts and artists, a huge variety of anatomical models: From wax figures and ivory manikins to papier mache dolls and…
If you ask men and women what they think the perfect body is, you're going to get two very different answers. It's fascinating, really. UK lingerie company Bluebella surveyed men and women on the "perfect" man and woman using celebrity features and came up with these bodies above.
It's a pumping lung in a box, basically. Al Jazeera America specifies that its more properly known as the Organ Care System (OCS) but it's basically a human donor long being kept alive and breathing out of the body inside a box. The OCS machine is used to keep the blood and oxygen flowing to the donor organ so that it…
Don't worry, what you're looking at isn't exactly real but actually a full replica of fatty tissue in a human body. Not that it makes it any better because that's pretty much how fat looks like inside your body. Which, well, oh my god gross. I don't want a single ounce of this slimy goopy jiggle on my body anymore.
As Minute Earth rightly points out, we could avoid a lot of flesh wounds by having thicker armored skin like a pangolin. But the energy needed to generate and maintain that armor wasn't evolutionarily worth it for us to expend because we put so much fuel into our enormous brains. We can think of ways to escape danger…
Scale is kind of important when comparing two things. By some measures, one human body is way smaller than the whole Earth. But by others, like the number of bacteria on the skin's surface versus the number of people on the planet, a person wins out.
No, this isn't footage from a particularly grotesque alien invasion film. It's stroboscopic footage from a laryngoscopy, showing us what the human vocal cords look like in action.
Say some maniacal world leader finally hits the big red button. Or maybe a terrorist takes out the local nuclear reactor. You survive the initial attack, and you're left to endure a world poisoned by nuclear radiation. How's that gonna feel?
Those who are easily distracted from the task in hand may have "too much brain".
Lightpainting requires a certain sort of skill to get the sort of marvellous results we've seen previously, but Croix Gagnon and Frank Schott went the whole nine yards and played an animation of a cross-sectioned human body on a laptop, which they then whizzed through the air and took long-exposure photos of.
Scientists have found the reason why our body temperature is 98.6° Fahrenheit (37°C). Apparently it's the perfect balance, as it's warm enough to prevent fungal infection but not so hot that we need to eat nonstop to maintain our metabolism.
Scientists have discovered that shorter people burn more energy when they walk than tall people do. By measuring how people of various heights and ages walk, researchers discovered something odd: We all walk the same way, regardless of height. In other words, if you scaled a five-year-old up to adult height, their…
Currently, if a cardiac patient's heart rate gets too high the implanted defibrillator in their chest gives them a friendly remedial shock to avoid a heart attack. But that could soon change—by giving hearts their very own IP addresses.
"While the human body has never been equaled [in] all-around master engineering, a number of glaring weaknesses do exist in man's basic equipment," stated a Mechanix Illustrated article from August 1956, which enlisted experts to suggest upgrades.