Are gut bacteria the reason people who live in cold regions get fat?

Numerous animals, humans included, have adapted to living in cold climates by increasing their body size. And now, researchers have found that people living in colder regions have more obesity-related gut microbes than their warm-region counterparts. Are bacteria the reason why it's harder to lose weight in the snow? » 2/11/14 4:01pm 2/11/14 4:01pm

Embark on an aerial tour of Antarctica in The Seventh Continent

The Seventh Continent is the perfect 150-second vacation for your brain. Shot by Enrico Sacchetti from a helicopter over Antarctica's Zucchelli Research Station, the video provides a brief but stunning glimpse at the continent's surprisingly diverse geography (and that's just what we can see on the surface). » 2/08/14 11:00am 2/08/14 11:00am

Watch people around the world being born and dying in real time

Brad Lyon made this amazing statistical simulation of all the births and deaths of the entire world, as they occur in real time. It's fascinating to see how many lives begin and end at any given second. It's also available as a Google Chrome app which allows you to focus on specific countries, too, if you're… » 10/31/13 9:40am 10/31/13 9:40am