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In case you missed it earlier, here’s this week’s video!

This week I asked a question I suspect not many people ask: Why is your brain in your head? You know, instead of elsewhere, tucked away safe and warm down with all your other guts?

The answer lies a few hundred million years back on your evolutionary tree, thanks to a family of genes that you share with everything from fruit flies to foxes to fish.

The awesome papercraft sequences were done by Vanessa from BrainCraft. I make an appearance in her video this week, where I help explain how your brain grew from just a few cells into the biological wonder that’s currently allowing you to read this post. I can’t get enough of this GIF from her vid:


Watch the BrainCraft video below:

Two of my favorite YouTube Science People, Vanessa and Joe, let you know why evolution placed our brains in the most precarious of places. (Hint: Because evolution isn’t intelligent.)


Photographic soap bubble studies by Santiago Betancur Z  that look like planets  

Photographer and painter Santiago Betancur Z explores the intersection between science and abstract art in his photographic studies of bubbles, as well as producing life-size figure painting. In his photographs and video recordings, Betancur Z captures imagery of soap bubbles against dark backgrounds, showcasing the random kaleidoscopic color and light effects produced by the delicate spheres, and the chance allusions that occur in their surfaces

Watch this beautiful collaboration between Santiago Betancur Z and musician Julian De La Chica

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Doctors Use 3-D Printing To Help A Baby Breathe

Garrett was born with a defective windpipe. His condition, known as left his trachea so weak the littlest thing makes it collapse, cutting off his ability to breathe.

"When he got upset, or even sometimes just with a diaper change, he would turn completely blue," his mother says, "and that was terrifying."

So the Petersons contacted at the University of Michigan, who specializes in conditions like Garrett’s. He teamed up with , a biomedical engineer who runs the university’s , to create a remarkable solution to Garrett’s problem — a device that will hold open Garrett’s windpipe until it’s strong enough to work on its own.

A model of Garrett's trachea, along with splints similar to those used in the operation.

A model of Garrett’s trachea, along with splints similar to those used in the operation.

Juliet Fuller/University of Michigan Health System

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