Tag: death

The biology of Alzheimer’s – and what we might do to cure it |  Lou Reese

The biology of Alzheimer’s – and what we might do to cure it | Lou Reese

By Micah Moen 35 Comments August 19, 2019

Why do people get Alzheimer’s? How do you differentiate amongst the different types, and what’s really going on? With imaging now we can see the accumulation of certain toxic proteins in people’s brains. There is general consensus that there are a number of these that are implicated in the disease. A-beta (or Beta-Amyloid), tau, alpha […]

The Siberian Traps: A 250 Million Year Old Crime Scene

The Siberian Traps: A 250 Million Year Old Crime Scene

By Micah Moen 100 Comments August 16, 2019

{♫Intro♫} The event that killed the dinosaurs might be the most famous mass extinction ever. And scientists are pretty sure they’ve identified the scene of the crime: a meteor crater in the Gulf of Mexico. But that event sixty-six million years ago is neither the only one in Earth’s history, nor the worst. Not by […]

What Happens If All The Bees Die?

What Happens If All The Bees Die?

By Micah Moen 100 Comments August 16, 2019

Bees play a crucial role on Earth – some even claim that if they go extinct, humanity would be next. So with the dramatic decline in bee population, should we be worried? What happens if the bees all die? Simply put, if a plant produces a flower, you can bet that bees help them reproduce. […]

A burial practice that nourishes the planet | Caitlin Doughty

A burial practice that nourishes the planet | Caitlin Doughty

By Micah Moen 100 Comments August 15, 2019

When I die, I would like for my body to be laid out to be eaten by animals. Having your body laid out to be eaten by animals is not for everyone. (Laughter) Maybe you have already had the end-of-life talk with your family and decided on, I don’t know, cremation. And in the interest […]

One of the Worst Man-Made Disasters in History

One of the Worst Man-Made Disasters in History

By Micah Moen 100 Comments August 14, 2019

NARRATOR: 1957. 70 miles from Venice, amid the cliffs and gorges of Italy’s Vajont River Valley, work begins on the Vajont Hydroelectric Dam. Crucial to the dam’s operation is a vast reservoir that can hold 44 billion gallons of water. Ever since the filling of the reservoir in early 1960, enormous cracks have begun appearing […]

The Death Of Bees Explained – Parasites, Poison and Humans

The Death Of Bees Explained – Parasites, Poison and Humans

By Micah Moen 100 Comments August 14, 2019

Human society is extremely complex and fragile, built upon various pillars. One of them is the honey bee. One out of three meals eaten by humans is made possible by honey bees. They are so important that if all the honey bees were to die out, thousands of plants would follow, which could lead to […]

Three Ways to Destroy the Universe

Three Ways to Destroy the Universe

By Micah Moen 100 Comments August 13, 2019

One day the universe will die. But why? And how? And will the universe be dead forever? And how do we know that? First of all, the universe is expanding. And not only that, the rate of its expansion is accelerating. The reason: dark energy. Dark energy is a strange phenomenon that scientists believe permeates […]

ECO-DEATH TAKEOVER: Changing the Funeral Industry

ECO-DEATH TAKEOVER: Changing the Funeral Industry

By Micah Moen 100 Comments August 8, 2019

(uptempo, dramatic music) – Hello. Don’t be alarmed, it’s just me, a friend. We’re here today to talk about your future corpse. Now I know it’s not the easiest to contemplate, is it? If only we could avoid this conversation somehow. If only the overall death rate wasn’t holding at a solid 100%, that’s everyone. […]

Fungi: Death Becomes Them – CrashCourse Biology #39

Fungi: Death Becomes Them – CrashCourse Biology #39

By Micah Moen 100 Comments August 5, 2019

Hello and welcome to the wonderful world of fungi (fuhn-gahy), or fungi (fuhn-jahy). Both are acceptable pronunciations. But I say fungi because it’s fungus. Not fun-jus. Though fun-jus is also fun to say. Fungi are a little bit like plants, and more like animals than you might think. They diverged from protists about a billion […]

New Himalaya Biome in Minecraft!!

New Himalaya Biome in Minecraft!!

By Micah Moen 12 Comments August 4, 2019

Welcome to the Himalayas ladies and gentleman! I am Martijn, I’m working on the server SuCraft, making a completely new world generator for it and as you can see it is quite different from normal Minecraft. This is just one of tons of biomes in the new SuCraft world generator – It has these great […]