Will Fuel Stations Survive?

In the summer of 1888, Bertha Benz (yes, that Benz) became the first person to take an automobile on a long distance road-trip. She also became the first person to have their car run out of fuel. If her steed were a horse, she’d have been able to stop at any of the...

Why is Biodiversity Good for the Economy?

You may have noticed that the conservation can be contentious. But no matter how you feel about bees or trees or even fleas, here is one totally practical argument for keeping as many species around as possible: biodiversity is good for the economy.  For example, in a...

Are We Really 99% Chimp?

It is often said that we humans share 50% of our DNA with bananas, 80% with dogs, and 99% with chimpanzees. Taken literally, those numbers make it sound that we could pluck one cell from a chimp and one from a human, pull out the tangled bundles of DNA known as...

Four Reasons Our Brains Suck at Pandemics

The human brain is a frustrating thing. On the one hand, it has the analytical power to do the science, to develop the tests and treatments and vaccines we need to stop pandemics. On the other hand it’s often irrational and makes us think and act in ways that...

How Do You Know If You Have Depression?

Depression is a serious illness that affects over 300 million people worldwide. While everyone feels sad sometimes, people with Major Depressive Disorder, or clinical depression, can be down for weeks, months, or even years. It’s not something they can shake by...

What happens if you get HIV / AIDS?

Human Immunodeficiency Virus or HIV is one of the incurable STI or Sexually Transmitted Infections. While some STIs are easy to treat once identified, others like HIV have no cure. Once infected, you have the virus for life. That is what it is so incredibly important...