Pins and needles are a warning to tell us to move our limbs about, because long-term nerve entrapment can cause permanent damage.
Children grow up to look somewhat like their parents.
Every human carries an instruction booklet with a very special code, called DNA. Our eyes cannot read the code, but our bodies can. The code tells our body what to do and how to look.
We don't control our heart – it's an involuntary muscle – but special pacemaker cells help keep it ticking away.
There’s a reason we apologise to our livers after a big night, and it’s not pretty.
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What is it that makes us feel drunk when we drink? And why do we keep drinking if it can make us feel so terrible?
Many children in New Zealand grow up barefoot. Should all children follow this model?
Flying plays havoc with people's ears. But it's a lot worse if your cabin suddenly loses pressure.
Both humans and animals experience these reflex responses.
The loud noise might be a warning that there is something falling nearby, or flying towards you. Our brain tells our eyes to quickly shut, to help protect them from any damage.
Does the heart really have cockles or heartstrings? An anatomist clears up some misconceptions...and lends credence to others.
Basic anatomical knowledge can save lives.
Commemorations to honour those who have donated their bodies for the study of anatomy not only contain symbolic objects like candles and flowers, but also song and online tributes.
We've come a long way since the dark days of grave robbing to provide bodies for dissection. Now, there are ceremonies and memorials to honour people who have donated their body to science.
Society has long treated people with extra limbs as anatomical oddities. But having an extra body part or organ is surprisingly common and many people don’t know they have them.
Most people don't know if they have a hidden extra organ. But they're surprisingly common and often harmless.
How do they do while sleeping what we can barely do at all?
Carlos Bustamante Restrepo
These birds spend long periods, often asleep, standing on one leg. Is it passive biomechanics or active nervous system control of their muscles that allows them to do easily what's impossible for us?
Would you want to be operated on by a surgeon whose only anatomy training was using virtual reality?
Medical students are using virtual reality to help them learn anatomy. But is it the game changing technology some people say it is?
A morbid curiosity makes it hard not to be fascinated.
You don't have to be a physician or anatomist to be curious about how bodies work. Exhibits of dead human specimens have been around for quite a while – capitalizing on our fascination with death.
Women often report that they feel colder than men in the same environment.
Fever indicates a problem, but is there anything wrong with feeling excessively cold rather than actually being cold?
Drawn directly from the flesh.
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Our culture tells women there’s something wrong with them if they don’t orgasm.
The recently published Italian study suggesting women can only have clitoral, rather than vaginal, orgasms raises important questions about the medicalisation of female sexuality and sexual dysfunction…
I haven’t forgotten.
The striking transformation of a caterpillar into a colourful, winged butterfly is one that has captivated scientists for years. The metamorphosis involves the breakdown of most of the caterpillar’s tissues…
Speaks with a forked tongue.
Many people think a snake’s forked tongue is creepy. Every so often, the snake waves it around rapidly, then retracts it. Theories explaining the forked tongues of snakes have been around for thousands…
Your inner self.
Only two decades ago, when I was starting my PhD studies at the University of California in Berkeley, there was talk about the death of anatomy as a research subject. That hasn’t happened. Instead the…