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SciShow Compilation

Posted by BioCoM Executive Account on January 30, 2016 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Hey BioCOMer’s,

Welcome back to the spring semester! I wanted to start off with this compilation of fun winter-related SciShow videos. Some of the segments include: How to Make Snow (If You're Not Elsa), Why Is My Tongue Stuck to This Flagpole? and Why Can We See Our Breath In The Cold? Enjoy!" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">

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Video: What You Need to Know About Ebola

Posted by BioCoM Executive Account on August 11, 2014 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Sorry for the lack of news lately; I was on vacation. I'm going to try to stick to a every other day posting basis now that the semester is right around the corner.

Todays video is important info for any biologist to know, especially with the recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. Hank Green of SciShow gives you the facts about one of the world's deadlist diseases. 

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Video: There Was No First Human

Posted by BioCoM Executive Account on July 28, 2014 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Joe Hanson, the host and writer of the YouTube channel: It's Okay To Be Smart, explains why there was no first human. This video explains one of the major principles of the theory of evolution in a concise way. It's not "news" news but videos like these shouldn't be missed out on, even if only for the refresher on the topic. 

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Muscle-powered Bio-bots

Posted by BioCoM Executive Account on July 14, 2014 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have bioengineered walking “bio-bots” which are powered with only electric impulses sent to muscle cells. They are using skeletal muscle cells because of their ability to be controlled. This customized allows different shapes to be made for a variety of tasks. These “bio-bots” are the first step in creating programmable biological machines trained to do work.

Rashid Bashir, head of bioenginee...

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Bigfoot, Yeti: Meet Science

Posted by BioCoM Executive Account on July 7, 2014 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (0)


This week SciShow brings us a video on the newly published research which challenges the likelihood of “anomalous primates,” such as the Yeti, Sasquatch, and Bigfoot, actually existing. What they found is what you’d expect.

Two years ago, scientists at Oxford University began asking for hair and fur samples of the Yeti, Sasquatch, and Bigfoot from museums and private collections. They received a grand total of 57 samples. What they found was th...

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Why Don't We All Have Cancer?

Posted by BioCoM Executive Account on June 30, 2014 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (0)

If the study of cancer (oncology) wasn’t already interesting enough, Michael Stevens of Vsauce makes it even more interesting. This video gives a summary of how cancers work and a couple new ways we are learning to deal with it.

What I really like about Vsauce is how Michael gets me excited about biology or really just science in general. He does a great job at conveying the “big idea” in a lot of difficult topics. This close to ten minute video will go by ...

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How Do Animals Re-Grow Limbs

Posted by BioCoM Executive Account on June 23, 2014 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (0)

This is a great video that was recently posted on SciShow explaining the ins and outs of animal regeneration. Hank explains how animals such as the salamander and the starfish can regrow new limbs. 

He is also goes into the implications that arise when we put ourselves into the picture. Will we be able to regrow limbs in the future of medicine? And what do we currently know about animal regeneration?

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Evolution of bone structure, insights on schizophrenic "voices", and an update on the bird flu

Posted by BioCoM Executive Account on June 16, 2014 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (1)

Hey everyone! I hope you are all having a great summer! I figured it was about time to start posting more news for you guys. I think I'm going to keep the trend of Monday being video day.

With that being said, today's video is another SciShow video where Hank talks about how fistfighting fueled the evolution of the human face, new insights into the origin of schizophrenic "voices," and new research into the bird flu.

I thought I'd throw in another one of th...

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How to Save Earth From...Us

Posted by BioCoM Executive Account on April 21, 2014 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)

I think I'm going to stick with this trend of Mondays being video day. So to get ready for Earth Day tomorrow, I thought I would share a video about what scientists have proposed to save our planet from climate change before it’s too late. I wrote an article about this a week ago about the same topic that Hank discusses in this video, but he touches on some details that I didn't. Plus, learning it through him is much more enjoyable I would say. (Click into the post to see it! Just to be...

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Cannibalism, Zombies & Suicidal Cells: The Latest In Cancer Research

Posted by BioCoM Executive Account on April 14, 2014 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Today, I'm going to share a video with you guys that Hank Green of SciShow recently posted about a new chemotherapy technique which utilizes magnetism. I thought it was too good to pass up. Hope you all enjoy!

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