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The Human Back Is A Design Disaster - Cheddar Explores

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The Human Foot Is a Design Disaster - Cheddar Explores

From a design standpoint, the human foot is kind of a disaster. Although humans evolved to walk upright on two feet, our feet are prone to all kinds of injuries. So, why did natural selection give us this particular foot?

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The stupidest nerve in the human body

Evolution can't slip into reverse and head back to the drawing board when it becomes apparent it's ballsed things up. If someone designed this, I give them 1 star out of 5 and want my money back.

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Of course I learnt about the recurrent laryngeal nerve in the dissection room at medical school but I first appreciated its silliness when reading The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins. It's just one of the many examples of how evolution has resulted in quite daft anatomy and physiology.

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How Cities Use Hidden Design to Thwart Terrorism - Cheddar Explores

The threat of terrorism is causing cities to change how they're designed. Bollards, checkpoints and choke points help officials manage the difficult task of thwarting terrorism. But there are ways that are less obvious. Join Patrick Jones as he reveals the hidden design elements cities are using to keep people safe from harm.

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Evolution FAILS in the Human Body

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If you were taking an engineering class in school and you turned in the human body for your final exam… you would get like, a C+. Or maybe a B- at best. That’s because the human body is full of design flaws. Except they aren’t really design flaws, because the human body wasn’t designed. It was evolved, and it is still evolving. And that means some of our parts don’t work as well as they could, they just work well enough. Here’s a rundown of a few of the human body’s biggest evolutionary fails!

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The Exploding Craters of Siberia - Cheddar Explores

In terms of climate change and its dangers, Siberia is in a class of its own – a landscape of unexplained hills with levels of methane gas that are constantly changing. Cheddar explores how one of the coldest places on earth could soon become one of the hottest.

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Why 3D Logos Fell Out of Favor Overnight - Cheddar Explains

In the early 2000s, 3D logos and skeuomorphic designs were all the rage. But overnight, the whole world changed to 2D design.

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Why We're Going to the Sun - Cheddar Explores

The sun affects Earth and its inhabitants in so many more ways than just giving a sunburn. Solar flares can affect astronauts, satellites, wide-spread power outages, and more. This is why NASA and the ESA are working together on 2 missions to go to the sun.

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The Unforeseen Issue With Skyscraper Canyons - Cheddar Explores

Have you ever walked down a city street in the winter and almost been blown off your feet by freezing wind? Well, it's the result of man-made street canyons. Towering buildings lining city avenues cause conditions like elevated temperatures, wind vortexes - and conditions that are a lot worse for our health. Cheddar explores why street canyons aren't just an annoyance.

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Why Planes Turn Lights Off For Takeoff & Landing - Cheddar Explores

Have you ever wondered why planes turn their lights off at take off and landing? There's a good reason why...safety. Producer Patrick Jones @ Patrick_E_Jones explains why this is the case and how safety on planes has evolved over the years.

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Why Planes Still Have Ashtrays - Cheddar Explores

Have you ever noticed planes still have ashtrays on board? Well there's a good reason why. Cheddar explores...

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Why The Eyes Of Portraits Seem to Follow You - Cheddar Explores

Ever wonder if that painting is looking at you? Its eyes moving with you as you walk in front of it? It's definitely possible, join Patrick Jones as he explores the Mona Lisa effect and whether it pertains to the famous the phenomenon is named after.

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How High Can Skyscrapers Go? - Cheddar Explores

Countries around the world are in competition to build the tallest skyscraper. But how high can buildings actually be? Is there ever a cut-off?

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What is in the Human Spine

Education video about What is in the Human Spine by Dr. Gary Simonds at Carilion Clinic.

Why People Really Walk Faster In Cities - Cheddar Explores

Where do people walk the fastest? Cheddar explores what factors affect walking speed.

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How Do We Know If Animals Are Actually Extinct? - Cheddar Explores

There have been countless species who were considered to be extinct and then they end up appearing many years later. So, is it actually possible for humans to declare animals extinct?

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Why We Evolved To Acquire Tastes - Cheddar Explores

It's an acquired taste is a phrase that's commonly mentioned alongside food and drinks like coffee, IPAs, vegetables and more. Have you ever wondered how a taste is actually acquired? Join us as we explore taste and how it pertains to physiology, psychology and evolution.

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How Birds inspire Builders

Birds! Bullet trains! Biomimicry! When we take a closer look at nature - or peek into museum collections - we can discover some pretty amazing innovations that help inform human engineering and design. NEAT

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How Your AC Could Help Instead of Hurt The Environment - Cheddar Explores

Imagine this: your air conditioner is powered by renewable electricity. It also captures carbon dioxide from the air and converts it into energy to power your home. In other words, your home becomes its own power plant all while fighting climate change. According to a team of scientists, this is feasible with the technology we have today.

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Four Ways Our Eyes Are Flawed

Despite the advantages of seeing clearly and in colour, our eyes are flawed in multiple manners. Learn all the in-depth facts about human vision, our lens and why it leads to presbyopia and reading glasses, what makes us short-sighted as well as the pitfalls of having a back-to-front retina to understand why our eyes don't perform as well as we may expect them to!


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The Spelling Bee Isn't Just About Memorization - Cheddar Explains

As the Scripps National Spelling Bee approaches, only one thing is for sure: 568 kids will take the final stage and 1 person will come out the champion with the trophy, the title and $50,000. Cheddar explains what goes on inside the mind of a national spelling bee champion and why it's more than just memorization.

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