Allergies are perhaps the most unpleasant part of spring and summer… but they could all be coming to an end! D News explains.
Medical researchers in Great Britain have discovered a new body part — a previously unknown layer of the human cornea. Alex Dainis reports on the finding in a landmark edition of Bite Sci-zed, the 50th installment of her popular YouTube science series.
You may have the right to control your own life, but what about your own death? This is a question facing several states across the U.S., including, most recently, Vermont and Montana. While physician aid-in-dying, or assisted suicide, has been legal in Oregon for almost two decades and legal in Washington for almost five years, other states have proved resistant to the idea. Reason TV was on the scene as this legal and moral battle played out in a somewhat surprising place: Montana, where conservative Republicans dominate local politics.
“We have a certain tradition here, going back to frontier days, of saying there are certain areas the government ought to stay out of,” says Robert Connell, a Montana attorney who argued in the state’s landmark Supreme Court case, Baxter v. Montana. Connell’s client, U.S. Marine veteran and retired trucker Robert Baxter, suffered from a terminal illness called lymphocytic leukemia and wanted the ability to take medication that would hasten his death and end his suffering. He died before Montana’s Supreme Court could even issue the Baxter decision, which recognized a constitutional right to assisted suicide for all Montanans.
Viruses are among humanity’s greatest threats and it seems like they’re always one step ahead of us. But this week, biologists say that they’ve discovered a new weapon we can use against some of our most nefarious virus enemies — including Ebola and Rabies — and it comes from our friends the plants. Hank Green shares the encouraging news.
Today on SciShow news, dead person wisdom is helping enrich our understanding of the natural world. How did Vikings manage to be such awesome navigators? And is heart disease inherent in human beings? Scientists think mummies may have the answer.
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. H/T TEDEducation
This just in…Daniel Day Lewis won the Oscar for his portrayal of the 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. “Hey, we thought the best acting by a president was when Obama said his proposals won’t raise the deficit,” says Jodi Miller. In this edition of NewsBusted, she also weighs in on California’s looming shortage of doctors, horse meat in the United Kingdom and a woman who is suing her university because she received a C-Plus.