Should Pluto Be A Planet Again?

From Science Insider. Through the early 90s, Pluto was considered a planet. But everything changed after scientists discovered new worlds nearby that looked and behaved like Pluto, but unlike every other planet in our solar system. This caused astronomers to redefine what makes a planet a planet, and reclassify Pluto as a dwarf planet. MORE…

Why Do Men Get Beer Bellies?

From Science Insider. Men tend to store fat behind their abdominal wall, which pushes their abs outward and creates a protruding beer belly. And as they get older, they become more likely to grow a gut. That’s because their levels of testosterone —a sex hormone that helps keep men slim— decreases. MORE HEALTH SCIENCE CONTENT:…

Giving Birth In Your 20s VS Your 30s

From Science Insider. In 2016, for the first time ever, more American women had babies in their early 30s than in their 20s. Giving birth at any age comes with changes — to your body and bank account. But there are some key differences between giving birth in each decade. MORE HUMAN BODY SCIENCE CONTENT:…

The Most Extreme Milk In The Animal Kingdom

From Science Insider. When it comes to the animal kingdom’s most extreme milk, cows don’t make the cut. Hooded seal milk contains more fat than ice cream, while wallaby milk contains more sugar than coca cola. Nine banded armadillos produce milk with ten times the calcium as cow milk, and flamingos produce a pink, nutritious,…

What Happens When You Never Wash Your Sheets

From Science Insider. Each night, your body sheds around 15 million skin cells. If you never wash your sheets, they build up and provide food for hundreds of thousands of dust mites. Fungi and bacteria will also take root. In fact, one study found that your pillowcase has more bacteria than your toilet seat. MORE…

How Magic Mushrooms Affect Your Brain

From Science Insider. More than 180 species of “magic” mushrooms produce the psychoactive compound psilocybin. When you ingest psilocybin, your gut converts it into another chemical called psilocin, which triggers changes in the brain. It increases activity in the visual cortex, leading to changes in perception; it decreases network activity in the “Default Mode Network,”…

Why Fruit Flies Are So Hard To Kill

From Science Insider. Come summertime, fruit flies arrive in droves. They’re drawn in by the smell of fruit — and by the fungi and other microorganisms that produce rot. Once they land on apples, bananas, and whatever else they can find, they lay hundreds of eggs that hatch into hundreds of maggots, which then pupate…

Why Some People’s Hair Turns Gray

From Science Insider. We asked a dermatologist to explain why hair turns gray, and why it happens to some people as early as their 20’s. According to Dr. Jennifer Chwalek, genetics will likely determine whether or not you will go gray, and how soon it will happen. MORE HUMAN SCIENCE CONTENT: The Real Reason Humans Have…

Why Humans Don’t Have Tails

From Science Insider. From mackerel to monkeys, practically everyone has a tail…except humans and other apes. The reason we’re left out is because most mammals use their tails to balance while walking or running. But we apes crouch or walk upright, so we no longer need a tail to act as a counterbalance. MORE ANIMAL…

Why Groundhogs Are So Hard To Get Rid Of

From Science Insider. Groundhogs, aka woodchucks, can be found in central and eastern US. They’re actually very aggressive animals and are known to burrow through yards and eat through gardens. MORE ANIMAL SCIENCE CONTENT: Why Cities Are Battling Raccoons And Failing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fj2wBq6e4HE A New York City Exterminator Tells Us The Places He’d Never Live https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dySSo44lwkg…