The Problem of Vaccine Spoilage
Illustrating the realities of (and threats to) global vaccine supply chains, technologist and TED Fellow Nithya Ramanathan describes how smart sensors placed in fridges that store medical supplies can provide crucial, real-time data and ensure people get the life-saving care they need.
Big Questions About the COVID Booster Shot, Answered
To understand why many have changed their minds on booster shots since the emergence of omicron, Vox talked to one formerly skeptical expert who scheduled her own booster shot based on what she learned about the new variant.
Death and Decomposition
Are humans destroying the circle of life?
Antihistamines for Everything?
When you think of antihistamines, you're probably only thinking about getting rid of a runny nose, but we're learning that antihistamines can be used for nausea, insomnia and even depression.
You Are Immune Against Every Disease
You are not a person, you are a planet, made of roughly 40 trillion cells. For your creepy-crawly inhabitants, this makes your body an ecosystem, rich in resources and warmth and space. Your immune system is the guardian of this planet, the force tasked with protecting yourself against the constant danger of invasion.
Are Bacteria the Future of Oil Spill and Radioactive Waste Cleanup?
Bacteria are often painted as our adversaries, but when it comes to oil spills, toxic chemicals and radioactive waste, they could be what save us from ourselves.
The World’s Smallest Water Treatment Plant Comes in a Packet
About 800,000,000 people worldwide don’t have reliable access to clean water. Using a technology first developed to reuse dirty laundry water, scientists have developed a water treatment plant the size of a teabag. Inside, a potent chemical triple-threat removes microbes, heavy metals, silt and dirt to produce clean, safe water one bucket at a time.
You Could Have a Secret Twin (But Not The Way You Think)
While searching for a kidney donor, Karen Keegan stumbled upon a mystery. After undergoing genetic testing, it turned out that some of her cells had a completely different set of genes from the others. And this second set of genes belonged to her twin sister— who had never been born. How did this happen? Kayla Mandel Sheets explores the condition known as chimerism.
Are Human Burial Practices Messing Up Earth’s Ecosystems?
Life depends on death — living things die, decompose and eventually become nutrients for other life. But when humans die, we’re often embalmed and buried or cremated. So are we breaking the circle of life?
How To Communicate Science Effectively With Professor Yotam Ophir
In this Teach Me in 10, Professor Ophir explains the different narratives often used to communicate science and what impact these narratives can have on the general public's perception of scientific research. He also provides useful tips and tricks on how to communicate science effectively.