Watch white blood cells swarm and attack a parasite

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. » 2/16/15 7:25pm 2/16/15 7:25pm

Plastic surgery looks really horrible in this animation (because it is)

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. » 9/09/14 11:28pm 9/09/14 11:28pm

29 Anatomical Models That Will Haunt Your Dreams Tonight

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… » 6/20/14 9:00am 6/20/14 9:00am

Here are the perfect male and female bodies, according to men and women

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. » 4/12/14 12:17am 4/12/14 12:17am

How a human lung is kept alive and breathing for a transplant

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… » 2/04/14 11:20pm 2/04/14 11:20pm

A single pound of human body fat looks horrifyingly vile

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. » 2/03/14 10:19pm 2/03/14 10:19pm

A Detailed Description of Why Human Skin Is Amazing

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… » 10/27/13 5:07pm 10/27/13 5:07pm

Your Body Isn't That Much Smaller Than The Whole World

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. » 6/09/13 1:15pm 6/09/13 1:15pm

What Nuclear Radiation Does To Your Body

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? » 7/26/12 12:00pm 7/26/12 12:00pm

Ghostly Lightpainting Uses a Cross-Sectioned Video of an Executed…

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. » 4/07/11 6:40am 4/07/11 6:40am

Why the Human Body Temperature Is 98.6 Degrees

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. » 1/01/11 5:00pm 1/01/11 5:00pm

Body Organs Can Send Status Updates To Your Cellphone

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. » 10/10/10 10:00am 10/10/10 10:00am

If 1950s Men Redesigned the Human Form, We'd Be Horrors

"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. » 11/11/09 10:00pm 11/11/09 10:00pm