Have you ever wondered how our native wildlife manage to stay alive when an inferno is ripping through their homes, and afterwards when there is little to eat and nowhere to hide? The answer is adaptation and old-fashioned ingenuity.
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We’re talking faecal transplants, probiotics, gut flora and more this week. Do bacteria in your GI tract affect your moods? How does your microbiome affect your overall health? We visit the lab of computational biologist Dr. Jose Clemente where he and his team study the efficacy of faecal transplants in patients with Irritable Bowel Disease.
As an Australian you would have learned about monotremes from a young age: the tiny category of mammals that lay eggs like birds and reptiles. But you never really think about just how weird it is. Well here's something that's even weirder: platypus mothers produce milk, but they don't actually have nipples. So how the hell does it work?
Ever wanted to live forever? Unfortunately, like smartphones, humans have a kind of built-in obsolescence that limits our maximum theoretical lifespan to around 125 years. Lobsters don't have this problem, however - they basically don't age, though this superpower comes with one big caveat that sounds like it could have been bestowed by a cruel genie.
Colouring can be relaxing and meditative, or a no-skills needed artistic expression. But it can also be a great way to learn something. Check out these books for learning about anatomy and nature while you meditate with your pencils.
The theory that close friends have their periods at the same time is over 40 years old now, but there has never been much evidence to support it. The people behind the period tracker Clue checked their own data recently and came up with another nail in the coffin: Zero evidence that closeness makes people bleed in sync.
One hundred fifty years ago, the Great French Wine Blight nearly wiped out an industry that today produces some 40 billion bottles of wine a year. The only solution was a radical fusion of species that remains essential to the success of the wine market. Here's the story of how humanity hacked the wine grape.
This man clearly harbours no qualms about the cold. The native Norwegian achieved viral renown for skating on and swimming in Norway's Lake Goksjo almost entirely nude, save for a pair of Speedos and a wreath of ice worn round his neck. We know what you're thinking: How I can I be like this man? Let us show you the way.
Teeth grinding is a problem that affects nearly one in ten individuals, yet many of us don't even realise we're doing it. And that's a problem given just how harmful it can be to our health. Here's how to find out if you grind your teeth when you sleep -- and why it's something you shouldn't ignore.
Illusionist and stunt performer Harry Houdini was famously capable of holding his breath for over three minutes. But today, competitive breath-hold divers can squeeze ten, fifteen, even twenty minutes out of a single lungful of air. How do these divers do it -- and how can you train to hold your breath for longer?