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Video: The placebo effect is real, we all know that. Our bodies can be tricked into getting better and healthier even when we're take taking sugar pills or fake drugs or undergoing treatment that isn't even supposed to help us get better. If we believe it will help, it sometimes really does help. TED-Ed dives in a bit on the mystery behind the phenomenon. The placebo effect is proof of how extraordinary the human body is but also that it's not always a good thing.

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Video: 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.

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It pumps blood. Duh! Well, for most of history, people were unsure what the heart's main function was. Even Leonardo Da Vinci gave up studying it and he's probably one of the five smartest guy ever. Even now, it's not as easy as it should be to find out how the ticker actually works. Don't worry, this Ted-Ed animation will explain it to you perfectly. Basically, if you watch this animation explainer, you'll be smarter than Da Vinci.

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In all of human history, there have only been 35 cases of a birth condition known as Diprosopus. Basically, it means that a baby is born with duplicated features on its head, resembling conjoined twins. That count went up to 36 last week when conjoined twins were born in Australia with Diprosopus.

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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 lung 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 can buy itself more time before the donor organ is given to the recipient.

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OK, this is the best beer belly any one of us could ever dream of having. A 61-year-old man found himself getting drunk without ever drinking alcohol because he had brewer's yeast in his gut. Basically, whenever he ate any carbs, the man's intestinal tract would start turning that into beer and make him drunk. He had a brewery in his belly.

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Women have the ultimate trump card when it comes to dealing with pain: they give birth. And since men have no idea what giving birth even feels like, we really don't know how painful it really is. Maybe it's all a big conspiracy (kidding!). Maybe it's not that bad (of course it is!). Well, two men attached themselves to a machine that simulates labour pains and um, it ain't pretty.

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Roger Ebert spoke at this year's TED conference about his quest to find the perfect artificial voice to give life to his words, his second "voice" he found on the internet, everything he's endured in between. And, in typical Ebert fashion, it's pretty entertaining.