What It Took to Discover Bacteria in the 1670s

Antony van Leeuvenhoek was not a trained scientist, but he was insatiably curious, and ground his own lenses that he used to find the bacteria. (Source: VOX Observatory)

Snowflake, Arizona: Where the Residents are Allergic to Life

A small community in Snowflake, Arizona, has retreated into the desert to escape modern life. Residents say they have multiple chemical sensitivities and environmental illness, which have not been scientifically proven as real illnesses by medical professionals. (Source: The Guardian)

The Science is In: Exercise Isn’t the Best Way to Lose Weight

Why working out is great for health, but not for weight loss, explained in five minutes. (Source: VOX)

Errol Morris Short Documentary: ‘DEMON IN THE FREEZER’

Smallpox was always present, filling the churchyard with corpses, tormenting with constant fear all whom it had not yet stricken, leaving on those whose lives it spared the hideous traces of its power, turning the babe into a changeling at…

A Change of Heart

The artificial heart became a media sensation in the 1980s as it both raised hopes and spread controversy. Today, its impact on medical science is still playing out in surprising ways. (Source: The New York Times Retro Report)

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