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/Childhood & Adolescence

What to make of a Riot Grrrl? A snapshot of feminism and high school in the 1990s

18 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Ethics

You messed up. You’re in trouble. But don’t worry, logical positivism can help

6 minutes

Video/Demography & Migration

Amid massive urbanisation and modernisation, rural Japan persists in idiosyncratic corners

30 minutes

Idea/Old Age & Death

How can life-extending treatments be available for all?

Christopher Wareham

Essay/Neuroscience

When is stress good for you?

The subtle flows and toxic hits of stress get under the skin, making and breaking the body and brain over a lifetime

Bruce McEwen

Video/Illness & Disease

Maria’s skin tears open every day but, though her body is fragile, her will is formidable

18 minutes

Idea/Illness & Disease

Fatal nurture: what a rare disorder says about ‘bad mothers’

Chris Millard

Essay/Biology

Scents and sensibility

Our sense of smell gives flavour to food, emotion to memories, and connects us to each other. But how exactly does it work?

Katherine Whitcroft

Video/Illness & Disease

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

3 minutes