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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 armoured skin like a pangolin. But the energy needed to generate and maintain that armour 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 or make intelligent plans to avoid dangerous situations in the first place. And we do have scales, they’re just not visible to the naked eye, but they protect us from tons of microbes. A lot is going on with our skin as the layers form, live out their life rising to the surface and then die. Watch this video and then go exfoliate.


What Happens To Your Skin In Space

Thought good old Commander Hadfield already taught you everything there is to know about space livin’? Shame on you — there’s always more to learn. Like about how your skin moults and floats off your body in giant flakes and calluses, for instance.


Know When It's Time To Retreat Indoors With This Sun And Skin Monitor

Like a nagging parent you can stash away in your pocket, Japan’s Design Factory teamed up with the country’s national weather service to create this compact UV meter/skin checker. It lets you know when it’s time to get out of the sun.


Giz Explains: How Sunscreen Works (And Why You're Wrong About It)

Your skin shouldn’t look like a package of pork cracklins after spending the day outdoors; that’s why we invented sunscreen. However, there’s a right way and a wrong way to slather on your protection — screw it up and you could get burned.


Why Is This Terrified Woman Exfoliating With A Box Cutter?

The life of a product model isn’t easy, particularly when it involves demoing questionable skin care contraptions. Like this so-called sonic cleanser that looks so much like a box cutter that this model appears legitmately scared for her wellbeing.


Hairy Electronic Skin That Lets Robots Feel

A coating of hairy electronic skin could soon help robots feel the slightest breath of air or detect the faint vibrations of a beating heart.


Scientists Use Skin To Replace Brain Cells Destroyed By Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is an incurable degenerative disorder of the central nervous system. But now a team of scientists from Johns Hopkins has grown the brain cells, which are usually destroyed by the disease from skin stem cells, and they’re confident it will help them develop new treatments.


Sunburn Is Your RNA Crying Out In Pain

Sunburn is painful, dangerous and embarrassing. But despite knowing it’s the body’s protective immune response to high levels of ultraviolet radiation, scientists weren’t exactly sure what the biological process behind it was. It turns out that it’s your ribonucleic acid (RNA) screaming out in pain — a finding that could help eliminate sunburn and other skin ailments for good.


Study: Sunscreen Poses Skin Cancer Risk

If it’s not one thing, it’s another. While everybody knows that too much time in the sun massively increases the chances of developing skin cancer, new research suggests that a compound found in most sunscreens may also increase the chances of acquiring melanomas. Terrific. We’re screwed either way.


Scratching Your Ankle Is The Most Pleasurable Itch-Scratching Relief Of All

Scientists have made the shocking discovery that it’s your ankle, not your back, that feels the most awesome to scratch when you are itchy.