There are a lot of terrible diseases out there. Elephant man disease, prion disease, dying of old age at 11 disease. But if you want the creme-de-la-creme of human misery, you can’t do better than depression. It’s hands-down the worst disease you can get. And depression is depressingly common. As much as 15% of people will experience major depression in their lives, no matter where they live in the world. It’s the #4 cause of disability, predicted to jump to #2 by 2025, after obesity and diabetes-related disorders. Many people don’t understand depression as an illness – which is why it’s common to go undiagnosed for months or years – let alone the biological connection.
Enter any number into a calculator and divide by zero. What do you get? UNDEFINED. What in the name of Turing’s testicles does your calculator mean by undefined?
Do you even lift, bro? This is the mating call in BroScience: those who measure their self-worth by the amount of weight they can lift.
This is the true story of the parasitic flatworm, Curtuteria australis. This mysterious body-snatching organism lives within multiple hosts during its lifecycle. Born as a larval worm inside the belly of an oyster-catcher bird, naturally, he soon finds himself in the faeces of the bird – and is delivered smartly onto the ground of the New Zealand mudflats.