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Highest Pressure Human Body Can Survive In?

One design for underwater human inhabited environments is to have equal pressure between the surrounding water and the submerged habitat, thus allowing a section of the floor to be open to the water ...
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What is the use of shampoo; is it for the hair or for the scalp?

Apologies for the confusing question; I did not know how to better ask it. I was doing a search on wikipedia when I found this statement. Wikipedia's entry on hair states; "The hair that is ...
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Why doesn't water enter my body through my anus or genitals when swimming?

So when we swim, we can make water not enter through our nose and mouth, simply by holding our breath. However, the mouth and the nose aren't the only cavities. What about the anus and the genitals? ...
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Why do we sweat after drinking water and running?

Why do we sweat after running? Also we sweat sometime after drinking lots of water. Why it is so? Can someone please enlighten me in this regard?
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Chest muscle and female breast size

Do female chest size have anything to do with muscle? I know many female athlete and their average breast size is much bigger than normal female that does not tend to play sports. Do this have any ...
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Why do we absorb vitamins better from whole foods than from pills?

We can't rely on pills to provide us our nutrients because we don't absorb the nutrients from the pills as effectively. Presumably this is because pills are lacking components that are required for ...
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Why are people tired after surgery?

I had surgery when woke up I felt like I only had 20% energy & felt extremely tired. Is this a common sensation? Why do people feel so tired after surgery?
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Are there any situations in which phenylephrine is preferred to pseudoephedrine?

In the mid 2000s in the US, due to issues of drug enforcement, pseudoephedrine containing medications were brought behind the pharmacy counter and in most cases require ID, and phenylephrine was ...
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What causes skewed lanes in a DNA gel electrophoresis experiment?

In gel electrophoresis, what causes effects like these (see collumn 11 in the first one, an collumn 6 in the second). ? (These images were samples that I took from an online activity we did for ...
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Are retroviruses cytotoxic?

There are typically hundreds of retroviruses found in healthy human beings. Are retroviruses then cytotoxic? (In other words, are they able to kill or damage other cells).
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Why are human children more likely to get lice (nits) than adults?

By my own experience, lice seems to be prevalent in the hair of human children, but not in adults. My question is Why are human children more likely to get lice than adults? Assumptions: Can be ...
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What is a membrane potential?

I know this may be silly, but I am confused to what a membrane potential actually is. I understand that at resting membrane potential is -70- -80 mV. But what does that exactly mean and how does this ...
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What happens if a person has the right side of the body totally removed (including the brain)? [closed]

I guess humans could live without just the right lobe of the liver or the right brain. Could a person without the whole right side of body survive? The left brain controls the right side of the ...
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Why was disease transfer to the Americas one-way?

It is well known that the European colonists brought many infectious diseases to the Americas, and that these had a deadly effect on the native populations, because they had no immunity to them. Were ...
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Gastro-intestinal physiology reference

I am a physicist but I have always wanted to understand how my digestion takes place in as much detail as possible. I have no idea about books or reference on the subject of Gastro-intestinal and ...
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What light intensity starts melatonin release in humans?

I'm interested in whether any studies have determined the intensity of light at eye level that starts melatonin release in humans. I know that: melatonin release is suppressed by blue light with ...
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What happens to human dopaminergic reward system once a teenager becomes adult?

I've recently heard a podcast which explained teenage impulsivity and novelty seeking in part by "Lowering the baseline dopamine activity in the reward system" "Increase in dopaminergic reward in ...
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How much time does it take a human body to replace all of its atoms?

Mikel Vsauce (Vsauce youtube channel) said in his video that it takes about 5 years for the body replace all of its atoms, while in asapscience youtube channel they are claiming that it takes 10 ...
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Standard Process Identification of New Disease outbreak Causing Pathogen

Is the any standard procedure or protocol followed for the identification of cause of new disease outbreak(or new pathogen)? Is it different for different countries?
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Why ml scale blood retrieval is required to run a blood test?

Substances found in blood are present at microscopic scale and tend to be invisible to the unaided eye. Why is a whole vial of blood (at ml scale) is required to assess the presence and concentration ...
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What is the point of having evolved two nostrils?

How would having two nostrils be advantageous to your sense of smell or your ability to breath? I already hypothesized that either one of the nostrils could act as a back up for when another gets ...
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Tap vs. mineral water for drinking

I was told a human should drink a small glass (0,3 liter) of mineral water per day to get the minerals. What is the rationale behind this? What is the difference between tap water and mineral water in ...
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Human body control? [closed]

What can we consciously control in our bodies besides our muscles and brain (thought, memory, etc.)? Is the notion Bio Feedback related to this matter? EDIT: I mean I can move my muscles at will but ...
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What organs are absolutely needed by the human body?

The title is my question: what organs are absolutely needed (fatal if injured/removed) by the human body and perhaps animals in general? I'm not asking which organs are mechanically replaceable, but ...
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The smell from eating asparagus

I am wondering about one thing. I have read different accounts of this (prior to reading it on Wikipedia), so I am wondering. Here are the two versions I have read: asparagus leads in a certain ...
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Can a virophage potentially be used to cure a viral disease?

Wikipedia states "Virophages are satellite viruses that inhibit or impair the reproduction of the auxiliary virus." Is it theoretically possible for a virophage that doesn't hurt the human body to ...
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Why have humans evolved much more quickly than other animals?

Humans have, in a relatively short amount of time, evolved from apes on the African plains to upright brainiacs with nukes, computers, and space travel. Meanwhile, a lion is still a lion and a ...
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Is there a reason why human eyesight and plants make use of the same wavelength of light?

The accepted range for the wavelengths of light that the human eye can detect is roughly between 400nm and 700nm. Is it a co-incidence that these wavelengths are identical to those in the ...
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Why are high levels of epinephrine and low levels of cortisol signs of stress?

According to my psychology textbook (Psychological Science: Modeling Scientific Literacy), high levels of epinephrine and low levels of cortisol are signs of stress. However, earlier in the textbook ...
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How precise is EEG?

Imagine we want to read impulses within single neurons in the brain. Can we do that now for a single region within the brain? If not, what is the smallest region that can be monitored for an activity ...
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Is there a difference between endorphins that are released while physical activity and sex/masturbation?

I observerd myself and I can identify two different types of "happines". First - called by me - After Pleasure : Occurs AFTER (and last long) long activity that require from me engagement focus and ...
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Why doesn't the human skin grow back exactly how it was before being damaged?

Very simple: Why (and how) is regenerated skin different from original ? As we know we lose skin cells that becomes the dust in out homes and it always grows back to full thickness right ? So when I ...
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Why do humans seem so much more prone to disease than animals? [closed]

It seems like when we observe animals in the wild, the occurrence of noticeable disease in adult individuals is much lower than in humans. Why? There are a number of reasons that this could happen, ...
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Why does the sacrum fuse together?

Everywhere I look describes how the 5 sacral vertebrae start fusing together during adolescence and are totally fused by the time you're 30 or so. But nobody seems to explain why this happens. It ...
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Is there revolution in humans since the first homo sapiens sapiens

In a thinking mood, I was wondering if the human species has changed since they have first become homo sapiens sapiens. I asked myself this question because I was thinking about how we will evolve ...
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Can two women have a daughter? [duplicate]

In vitro fertilization is a pretty routine procedure in which a female egg is fertilized by sperm outside the body. Recently apparently there has also been something similar in which the genetic ...
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Why do some women have menstruation-like spotting throughout their pregnancy?

An interesting question that was asked during a lecture about human reproduction: what is the biological mechanism behind some pregnant women getting monthly spotting that they mistake for a regular ...
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Viagra for pain management

Not all men who take Viagra experience any sexual side effects about 40% have no change of sexual abilities on the pill. However like many women the drug in such cases cause a strong pain reduction ...
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What happens to lactic acid I eat?

Let's say I drink some Kefir Milk, what happens to the lactic acid in the Kefir Milk that has entered my digestive system?
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Why doesn't Diabetes cause death by starvation?

The main cause for diabetes is lack of insulin in the body. Insulin is the hormone that allows body cells to absorb glucose from the blood. With out insulin, the body cells can't get glucose from the ...
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How HIV Affects and Its Treatment using Combination Therapy

Can someone please help me with the following questions. I've written my specific questions right after the text question. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a retrovirus. Its genome is a single ...
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How would the human body adjust to sleep times if we were to live in a place with different day lengths?

You sleep at night and are active during the day that's how things work for humans, but theoretically if a human whose parents lived on earth were to be born in another planet resembling earth but the ...
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Can neurotransmitter depletion cause short-term drug tolerance?

I'm curious to know if neurotransmitter degradation factors into drug tolerance and neural conduction and, if so, to what extent. As I recall from textbooks I read as an undergrad, one mechanism of ...
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biologically speaking, what's the difference between sleeping and just resting?

I can lay down in a rested position with my mind at ease, but no matter how relaxed I am or for how long i do it, it seems I'll still need sleep eventually. What's the difference - what is occurring ...
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What does hemozoin do?

My bio book refers to HEMOZOIN that is responsible for the shiver during malaria. How does hemozoin work to raise the body heat?
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Why does crying lead to a running nose and reddened nose tip?

Why do we have a running nose for quite some time after crying? It persists even after we stop crying. Why is it so? I have faced this always. Also, why does our nose redden on crying for long?
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How many different protein coding genes are in the Human Biome?

There are approximately 20k protein-coding genes found in the human genome. This number is presumably very small when considering all the genomes found in the diverse microbes associated with the ...
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Why do we feel cold on having fever?

Why do we feel terribly cold on catching fever of any sort, however our body becomes hotter? Why is it that a rise in temperature makes the sufferer feel colder? Also, sweating symbolises betterment ...
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People say the cardiac cycle depends on blood pressure? How so?

I know what the cardiac cycle is. There are two phases diastole and systole. One is the relaxed, and the other is the contracted form of the heart. The diastole is where blood is pumped to the ...
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Is there any biological reason that professional swimming is dominated by white people?

I suppose that the question should be turned around to "Why is it extremely rare to see black people competing in professional swimming?" because it is the absence of this phenotype while watching the ...