The accident that changed the world – Allison Ramsey and Mary Staicu

The accident that changed the world – Allison Ramsey and Mary Staicu

London, 1928: a group of mold spores surf a breeze through a lab. They drift onto a petri dish, and when they land, they germinate a medical revolution. This lab belongs to Alexander Fleming, a Scottish scientist investigating the properties of infectious bacteria. At this time, Fleming is away on vacation. When he returns, he […]

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“The Nutritionist” by Andrea Gibson

Hi I’m Andrea Gibson and this is my poem “The Nutritionist.” The nutritionist said I should eat root vegetables Said if I could get down 13 turnips a day I would be grounded, rooted. Said my head would not keep flying away to where the darkness lives. The psychic told me my heart carries too […]

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Can you solve the prisoner hat riddle? – Alex Gendler

Can you solve the prisoner hat riddle? – Alex Gendler

You and nine other individuals have been captured by super intelligent alien overlords. The aliens think humans look quite tasty, but their civilization forbids eating highly logical and cooperative beings. Unfortunately, they’re not sure whether you qualify, so they decide to give you all a test. Through its universal translator, the alien guarding you tells […]

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How the food you eat affects your brain – Mia Nacamulli

How the food you eat affects your brain – Mia Nacamulli

Your Brain on Food If you sucked all of the moisture out of your brain and broke it down to its constituent nutritional content, what would it look like? Most of the weight of your dehydrated brain would come from fats, also known as lipids. In the remaining brain matter, you would find proteins and […]

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How does caffeine keep us awake? – Hanan Qasim

How does caffeine keep us awake? – Hanan Qasim

Over 100,000 metric tons of caffeine are consumed around the world every year. That’s equivalent to the weight of 14 Eiffel Towers. Most of this caffeine is consumed in coffee and tea, but it’s also ingested in some sodas, chocolate, caffeine pills, and even beverages labeled decaf. Caffeine helps us feel alert, focused, happy, and […]

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How the food you eat affects your gut – Shilpa Ravella

How the food you eat affects your gut – Shilpa Ravella

Trillions of bacteria, viruses, and fungi live on or inside of us, and maintaining a good, balanced relationship with them is to our advantage. Together, they form the gut microbiome, a rich ecosystem that performs a variety of functions in our bodies. The bacteria in our guts can break down food the body can’t digest, […]

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Why isn’t the world covered in poop? – Eleanor Slade and Paul Manning

Why isn’t the world covered in poop? – Eleanor Slade and Paul Manning

Somewhere near you, an animal is defecating. In fact, each day, the animal kingdom produces roughly enough dung to match the volume of water pouring over the Victoria Falls. So why isn’t the planet covered in the stuff? You can thank the humble dung beetle for eating up the excess. Capable of burying 250 times […]

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