Your inner life

5 minutes

Antibiotics make our guts less diverse. That’s bad news for our long-term health

Like any ecosystem, the human microbiome requires diversity to thrive. However, widespread antibiotic treatments have killed off as many as half the important bacteria in our guts. In this animated short, Martin Blaser, director of the NYU Human Microbiome Program, explains why focusing on bacterial diversity is a health imperative.

Director: Flora Lichtman

Video/Earth Science

How an Earth science outsider finally put the Pangea puzzle together

8 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Philosophy of Religion

How wonder – the linchpin of inspiration and inquiry – makes humans unique

4 minutes

Video/Knowledge

Models are always imperfect, and the ones we choose greatly shape our experience

3 minutes

Video/Illness & Disease

How our bodies can create billions of defences against disease with just 20,000 genes

3 minutes

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Idea/Illness & Disease

How a generation of consumptives defined 19th-century Romanticism

Michael Barrett

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Essay/Medical Ethics

Intersex rights

Children born with in-between sex development are subject to surgeries that many believe violate their human rights

Alice Dreger

Essay/Gender

Who is a sportswoman?

Elite female athletes are subjected to invasive gender tests, and hormone treatments if they fail. This is deeply unfair

Silvia Camporesi

Idea/Illness & Disease

The very microbes that helped us evolve now make us sick

Asu Erden

Video/Illness & Disease

The restless rhythms of being a teenager with an incurable illness

12 minutes