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Behind The Mysterious Powers Of The Placebo Effect

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.

Scientists Are Growing Tiny Cerebral Cortexes In Petri Dishes

Yep, you heard that one correctly. In what could be a major step forward for personalised medicine, researchers have perfected a technique for growing miniature balls of cortical tissue — the key working tissue in the human brain — in a dish.

Watch White Blood Cells Swarm And Attack A Parasite

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.

Inside The Lab That Makes The Instant Blood-Stopping Gel Of The Future

Something that seems ripped from the future is being developed right now inside a lab in Brooklyn. It’s the VetiGel which is also known as the borderline magical band-aid of the future. It’s a gel that when applied on a wound, almost immediately stops the bleeding. Here’s the lab where they make the future.

How The Heart Actually Works

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.

Rare Conjoined Twins With Two Faces Born In Australia

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.

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 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.

A Man's Gut Brews Its Own Beer And Gets Him Drunk When He Eats Carbs

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.

Watch Men Cringe And Cry In Pain As They Go Through A Simulation Of Giving Birth

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.

Watch Unborn Twins Kick Each Other Inside The Womb

Sharing a small space with another person in real life is already difficult, can you imagine sharing space inside a mother’s womb? Insane!

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