A Detailed Description of Why Human Skin Is Amazing

As Minute Earth rightly points out, we could avoid a lot of flesh wounds by having thicker armoured skin like a pangolin. But the energy needed to generate and maintain that armour wasn't evolutionarily worth it for us to expend because we put so much fuel into our enormous brains. Read More >>

What Happens to Your Skin in Space

Thought good old Commander Hadfield already taught you everything there is to know about space livin'? Shame on you — there's always more to learn. Like about how your skin moults and floats off your body in giant flakes and calluses, for instance. Read More >>

Know When It's Time to Retreat Indoors With This Sun and Skin Monitor

Like a nagging parent you can stash away in your pocket, Japan's Design Factory teamed up with the country's national weather service to create this compact UV meter/skin checker that lets you know when it's time to get out of the sun. Read More >>

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How Suncream Works (and Why You're Wrong About It)

Your skin shouldn't look like a package of pork cracklins after spending the day outdoors; that's why we invented suncream. However, there's a right way and a wrong way to slather on your protection — screw it up and you could get burned. Read More >>

New Artificial Electric Skin Will Let Robots Feel for Real

There are plenty of robot arms out there, but what about robot skin to cover them in? A new kind of piezotronic transistor mesh could make for robotic skin as sensitive as your own is, covered in thousands of tiny mechanical hairs. Read More >>

How to Prevent Running Blisters

Getting blisters on a run is the most annoying of injuries. They hurt. They can keep you sidelined when you're trying to train. They heal slowly. Worst of all: They're not even cool enough to brag about. So let's see how we can prevent them from happening in the first place. Read More >>

Why Do Your Fingers and Toes Look Like Wrinkly Prunes In Water?

Ever wondered why your fingers and toes magically look like a wrinkly prunes when you're in the bath? Apparently it's all to do with gripping slippery objects. Oh, and it's nothing to do with absorbing water, either. Read More >>

Creepy Aluminium Face Mask Promises a Spa-Like Treatment In the 'Comfort' Of Your Own Home

So it turns out we actually shouldn't have been feeling sorry for the Man In the Iron Mask. Because during the many years he was held captive and forced to wear that oppressive facepiece, he might have also been getting a spa-quality facial if it worked anything like this bizarre contraption. Read More >>

Sunburn Is Your RNA Crying Out in Pain

Sunburn is painful, dangerous and embarrassing. But despite knowing it's the body's protective immune response to high levels of ultraviolet radiation, scientists weren't exactly sure what the biological process behind it was. Turns out that it's your RNA screaming out in pain — a finding which could help sunburn and other skin ailments for good. Read More >>

Bleeding, Self-Healing Robot Sci-Fi Prophecy Comes to Pass

A new form of plastic that turns red and bleeds to help itself "heal" could be on the way, thanks to scientists creating a self-fixing material that mimics our skin. Read More >>

Scratching Your Ankle Is the Most Pleasurable Itch-Scratching Relief of All

Scientists have made the shocking discovery that it's your ankle, not your back, that feels the most awesome to scratch when you are itchy. Read More >>

ReCell Kit Grows Spray On Skin at Your Bedside In Just Half an Hour

While skin grafts are an essential tool for treating severe burns, Avita Medical has developed a compact kit that grows replacement skin that can be sprayed on; which has resulted in faster healing and better cosmetic results in patient testing. Read More >>

Stanford Develops Nanotube-Infused Artificial Skin for Robots and People Alike

Man and machine might not be that different in the future — especially if they share the same synthetic skin being developed at Stanford University. Read More >>

Banish Under-Eye Bags With a Vibrator?

Eye bags. No one likes them. And no one gets enough sleep. So everyone has them. Read More >>


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