Tag Archive | Biology

How to Shapeshift

This is an interesting video from rusty about the physics of shape-shifting.

Find out how real science can enable us to alter our own genetic structure just as Mystique and Beast Boy do in the latest episode of Science Friction.

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Animal Superpowers

This is a video about some very interesting animal superpowers.

Evolution has come up with some pretty amazing ways to get things done when it comes to animals, plants and microbes. From radiation-resistant bacteria (like Dr. Manhattan) to geckos who climb glass using atomic adhesion (like Spider Man) to a shrimp that can shoot a bubble the temperature of the sun (like Aquaman), nature is pretty super.

The Scientific Secret of Strength and Muscle Growth

This is a video from AsapSCIENCE about the process of muscle growth.

What if I told you that superhuman strength may be possible in the near future?

Could We Speak the Language of Dolphins?

This is a very interesting video of one of the most innovative and intelligent mammals of the planet – dolphins.

For 28 years, Denise Herzing has spent five months each summer living with a pod of Atlantic spotted dolphins, following three generations of family relationships and behaviors. It’s clear they are communicating with one another — but is it language? Could humans use it too? She shares a fascinating new experiment to test this idea.

The Mystery of Chronic Pain

This is a very interesting video from TedEd about pain.

We think of pain as a symptom, but there are cases where the nervous system develops feedback loops and pain becomes a terrifying disease in itself. Starting with the story of a girl whose sprained wrist turned into a nightmare, Elliot Krane talks about the complex mystery of chronic pain and reviews the facts we’re just learning about how it works and how to treat it.

Why Are Leaves Green?

Two interesting videos from minuteearth about the story and the science behind our green leaves .

Have you ever wondered why leaves are green and not red, blue, or even black? We did too!

HIV and flu — the vaccine strategy

An interesting video from TED about preventing the next flu and HIV epidemy.

Seth Berkley explains how smart advances in vaccine design, production and distribution are bringing us closer than ever to eliminating a host of global threats — from AIDS to malaria to flu pandemics.

Printing a human kidney

Can we use the 3D printing technology to “print” a human kidney ?

In this TED talk from 2011 we get an insight into a project designed to just that.

Surgeon Anthony Atala demonstrates an early-stage experiment that could someday solve the organ-donor problem: a 3D printer that uses living cells to output a transplantable kidney. Using similar technology, Dr. Atala’s young patient Luke Massella received an engineered bladder 10 years ago; we meet him onstage.

How bacteria “talk”

An interesting video from TedEd about bacteria within us and the role they play.

Bonnie Bassler discovered that bacteria “talk” to each other, using a chemical language that lets them coordinate defense and mount attacks. The find has stunning implications for medicine, industry — and our understanding of ourselves.

Is Biomedical Research Really Close to Curing Anything?

A colony of embryonic stem cells, from the H9 ...

A colony of embryonic stem cells, from the H9 cell line (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Are we really close to curing anything?

This is the question that “The Floating University” is trying to answer in this long (43 min) video.

A century ago, people would suffer and die from what we now consider routine bacterial infections. With the discovery of penicillin, a miracle occurred where it became possible to cure people who previously had been left for dead. We’re now at the edge of a similar revolution due to remarkable innovations in the field of regenerative biology. In this lecture, Dr. Douglas Melton introduces the astounding advances being made today to unlock the powerful potential hidden within our own cells. Cloning, regeneration, “man-made” stem cells, an end to aging as we know it; these may all sound like science fiction, but they’re closer than you think.