STAT explores the quirks of the human body in our video series, Boddities. We chase down answers to your questions: Why do you see spots when you look at bright lights? Why does it hurt so much to get water up your nose? Why doesn’t your stomach eat itself when it’s done digesting your food?
We’ve paired a few of our videos with short classroom worksheets. We’re working on adding more, so please email me with your thoughts and suggestions. And please ask your students what they’d like to learn in a future episode of Boddities. We welcome their questions! You can reach Boddities host (and STAT reporter) Megan Thielking at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- What is metabolism? (Download PDF)
- What happens to our bodies when we’re scared? (Download PDF)
- Why do our ears pop? (Download PDF)
Boddities | Episode 11 | Why do bug bites cause bumps on the skin?
When mosquitos feast on your blood they deposit toxins under the skin that can cause swelling. The severity of the swelling depends on your immune system.
Boddities | Episode 10 | What happens when skin gets sunburned?
What happens to your skin when it starts sizzling in the sun and how does it repair itself?
Boddities | Episode 9 | Why can't teeth heal themselves?
Broken and bruised bones might be able to heal, but damaged teeth can't.
Boddities | Episode 8 | What makes metabolism fast?
A "fast metabolism" is a bit of a misnomer. There are a handful of factors that play into how quickly the body digests food and how much energy it burns while doing so.
Boddities | Episode 7 | Why do our fingers get wrinkly in water?
Too much time in the tub can often lead to one thing: pruny fingertips. There’s actually an amazing scientific mystery behind your wrinkly digits, and it all starts with your skin.
Boddities | Episode 6 | The science of fear
Why do we gasp, jump and go pale when we're frightened? It all comes down to a tiny, almond-shaped structure in the brain that's called the amygdala.
Boddities | Episode 5 | Why do bright lights make us see spots?
STAT reporter Megan Thielking investigates.
Boddities | Episode 4 | Why do our ears pop?
What causes our ears to pop and what are they doing, exactly?
Boddities | Episode 3 | Why doesn't your stomach eat itself?
There are intricate forces at play to make sure your stomach doesn’t digest itself.
Boddities | Episode 2 | Why Does it hurt to get water up your nose?
Have you ever wonder why it hurts when water goes up your nose? Stat reporter Megan Thielking investigates.