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The biggest challenge in a parasite’s life is to move from one host to another. Intriguingly, many parasites have evolved the ability to manipulate the behavior of their hosts to improve their own survival -- sometimes even by direct brain control. Jaap de Roode details a few parasites that can really mess with the mind.

Just one bit of evidence that reveals the Illusion of free will: How brain parasites change their host's behavior - Jaap de Roode. 2014 article, "Mindsuckers" for other parasitic free will hijackers.

Bacteria are not always bad, sometimes they are the little angels of the ecosystem.Be sure to check out all our science GIFs here  for your studyblrs, teacher websites, presentations, or mind-numbing  entertainment! Just please keep our name on there and don’t sell them!  :D

Bacteria are not always bad, sometimes they are the little angels of the ecosystem. Be sure to check out all our science GIFs here for your studyblrs, teacher websites, presentations, or mind-numbing.

Your brain and your digestive system are intricately linked. They interact so closely that some say they should be taken as one system. The link is the vagus nerve, a direct neuronal connection between the gut and the brain. It turns out the gut can bidirectionally communicate with the brain via the vagus nerve, known as the gut–brain axis. Not only does an individual’s microbiome affect overall health and disease, but also can impact mental health. Anger, anxiety, stress, sadness and…

Your brain and your digestive system are intricately linked. They interact so closely that some say they should be taken as one system. The link is the vagus nerve, a direct neuronal connection between the gut and the brain. It turns out the gut can bidir

A TED-Ed Animation Explaining How Vaccines Work to Help the Body Stave Off Infections, Illness, and Disease

In the recent TED-Ed animation "How Do Vaccines Work?" educator Kelwalin Dhanasarnsombut explains the history of vaccines, the science behind them, and how