I Tried CBD For A Week Straight And Here’s What Happened

From Science Insider. CBD products claim to help with everything from anxiety to insomnia to muscle pain. It almost sounds too good to be true. And maybe it is. MORE HEALTH SCIENCE CONTENT: Fitness Experts Debunk 17 Exercise Myths https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IW9hz1kZP2I How Do Braces Actually Work? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKBOoeq7ebg What Apple Cider Vinegar Really Does To Your Body…

Why You’re A Mosquito Magnet

From Science Insider. If you’ve ever felt like a mosquito magnet, while your friends are totally ignored, you might be right. Female mosquitoes —which are the only ones that actually suck blood— favor some people more than others. In his book, THE MOSQUITO, Timothy Winegard explores what factors make you so attractive, including your blood…

Where The 11 Deadliest Animals In The US Live

From Science Insider. Mountain lions, sharks, and crocodiles might look threatening, but they’re not likely to kill you, compared backyard animals like dogs, cows, and deer. On the whole, animals are only responsible for a little over 400 deaths each year. MORE ANIMAL SCIENCE CONTENT: 7 Tips That Could Save Your Life If You Get…

Why Pollen Makes You Sneeze

From Science Insider. When trees, weeds, and grasses want to mate, they release thousands of pollen grains into the air — which can end up in your lungs, eyes, and nose.  Special antibodies attach to the grains and summon immune cells to the scene. These release histamine chemicals, which irritate your nose, causing you to…

100 Years Inside A Coffin

From Science Insider. Although we tend to think of death as the end of line for your “self”, your body still has a long way to go. Within a few minutes, your brain and other fuel-guzzling organs will break down, as their cells die and collapse. That night, microbes will eat their way through your…

How Do Braces Actually Work?

From Science Insider. Misaligned teeth can put you at risk for tooth decay, gum disease, and even tooth loss. Braces shift teeth by applying pressure, which constricts blood flow to the surrounding tissue that holds those teeth in place. That in turn causes special immune cells called osteoclasts to rush in and dissolve part of…

What’s Inside A Turtle Shell

From Science Insider. A turtle can’t crawl out of its shell. In fact, the shell is actually part of a turtle’s skeleton, as much of our ribcage is of ours. But if you could peer inside a shell, you’d find some of the most unusual features in the animal kingdom, such as a butt —…

What Happens If You Try To Dig To China?

From Science Insider. If you want to dig to China, you’d actually need to start your journey in Chile or Argentina — not the US. And you’d need a super-powered drill to get through impenetrable iron, molten alloy, and rock found in Earth’s three primary layers: the crust, mantle, and core. Good luck! MORE EXPLAINERS…

What Happens If You Try To Dig To China?

From Science Insider. If you want to dig to China, you’d actually need to start your journey in Chile or Argentina — not the US. And you’d need a super-powered drill to get through impenetrable iron, molten alloy, and rock found in Earth’s three primary layers: the crust, mantle, and core. Good luck! MORE EXPLAINERS…

Why You Never See Brilliant Blue Fireworks

From Science Insider. Bright blue fireworks are far more challenging to produce than common colors like red, white, or green. The issue is that the chemical compound that makes that brilliant blue is more fragile that that of other colors, breaking down at high temperatures. So pyrotechnicians are looking for a way to reach high…

What’s Inside Your Belly Button

From Science Insider. Belly buttons are the first human scar, and about 90% of them are innies. If you have an innie, chances are it’s full of dozens of kinds of bacteria, fungi, and lint — especially if you have a hairy belly. And if your navel is infected, there might also be a cheese-like…

How To Stay Clean In A Public Restroom

From Science Insider. Public restrooms are covered in fecal bacteria that launches from the toilet when you flush. The CDC recommends you wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds to stay clean. But you may want to avoid antibacterial soap and here’s why. MORE HEALTH SCIENCE CONTENT: What Apple Cider Vinegar Really…

Why Cities Have So Many Pigeons

From Science Insider. American cities are as much a place for people as they are for pigeons. Our leftover pizzas, bagels, and donuts provide an endless supply of food for these birds. Plus, we feed them. City buildings also mimic the natural seaside cliffs in pigeons’ native range — North Africa, the Middle East, and…

What Apple Cider Vinegar Really Does To Your Body

From Science Insider. Apple cider vinegar is essentially just fermented juice, and the primary ingredient associated with its health benefits — acetic acid — is in all kinds of vinegar. If you do guzzle it down, research suggests it can help lower your blood sugar after a meal. And if you use it to rinse…

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…