The Viral Origins of the Placenta

During an ancient viral infection, a protein was embedded into the human genome, allowing the placenta to develop as it has.

This animation was produced by Diana Gradinaru, supported by the Genetics Society in celebration of their 100th anniversary in 2019.

Further reading:
https://www.pnas.org/content/109/7/21…
https://www.nature.com/articles/35001608
https://www.nature.com/articles/ng.3449

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Will COVID-19 vaccines cause fertility problems? Are SARS-CoV-2 Spike and Syncytin identical?

Kenneth Witwer addresses the idea that COVID-19 vaccines may cause fertility problems.

Specifically, a recent proposal says that the the endogenous protein Syncytin-1 (important for successful pregnancy and reportedly loaded into EVs) is identical or nearly identical to the COVID-19 virus Spike glycoprotein, and thus vaccines that train the immune system to target SARS-CoV-2 may also result in immune system attacks on Syncytin-1.

In fact, there is little or no identity of Syncytin-1 and SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein, with no epitopes (antibody targets) large enough to suggest cross-reactivity. There are several other reasons to discount this idea as well.

While anyone who is pregnant or considering pregnancy should consult with a physician about any concerns or vaccinations, the minimal or nonexistent identity of Syncytin-1 and the COVID-19 virus Spike protein suggests that cross-reactivity is unlikely to be a problem.

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I Can’t Believe ADELE Did This Again!

In this episode we take a look at and analyze Adele’s first new single in over 5 years, “Easy On Me”.

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Circular Vaults Embedded within a Prague Embankment Contain Shops, Cafes, and Public Spaces | Colossal

OCTOBER 18, 2021. GRACE EBERT

All images courtesy of Brainkworks

New cafes, galleries, and studios are popping up along the Vltava River in Prague, although they’re not immediately visible from atop the embankment. Tucked inside former storage units embedded within the structure itself are 20 tunnel-like spaces redesigned for public use. Appearing like glass-doored portals lining the waterfront, the multi-purpose project is part of the Czech city’s efforts to revitalize a four-kilometer swath of the riverbank, which previously served as a parking lot, and are the undertaking of architect Petr Janda who helms the Prague-based studio Brainwork.

Each vaulted venue contains concrete walls and flooring and gleaming stainless steel that reflects its surroundings. Spaces designated for shops and galleries feature large, elliptical doors in glass, while the other 14 are marked with a sculptural entrance, hiding the remaining space occupied by private tenants or used for public bathrooms from view. “The interventions symbiotically merge with the original architecture of the riverside wall, into which they naturally fuse,” Janda told designboom  […]

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The world’s most dangerous fart – Nick Caruso and Dani Rabaiotti

Dive into the bowels of the animal kingdom to explore why animals fart, and find out which creature has the foulest flatulence.

For most humans, farts are a welcome relief, an embarrassing incident, or an opportunity for a gas-based gag. But for many other creatures, farts are no laughing matter. Deep in the bowels of the animal kingdom, farts can serve as tools of intimidation, acts of self-defense, and weapons of malodorous murder. Nick Caruso and Dani Rabaiotti dig into the funky and foul world of animal flatulence.

Lesson by Nick Caruso and Dani Rabaiotti, directed by Avi Ofer.

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Where will you be able to live in 20 years? – Carol Farbotko and Ingrid Boas

Explore how coastal communities are impacted by climate change and how they’re adapting to rising sea levels and extreme weather.

Humanity has always adapted to changing weather and moved to regions that best support cultural lifestyles and livelihoods. However, the rise in extreme weather is endangering coastal communities, and even for those with the resources to take action, the pace and nature of climate change has made it difficult to adapt. Carol Farbotko and Ingrid Boas dig into the challenges of climate mobility.

Lesson by Carol Farbotko and Ingrid Boas, directed by Ouros Animation, The Animation Workshop.

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Discover the Joys of Japanese Illustrator Unpis | Spoon & Tamago

Unpis is the nom de plume of a Japanese illustrator hailing from Fukushima prefecture. The artist’s minimalist yet surreal illustrations, which deftly combine clean lines with a subtle sense of humor, have earned her fans from all around the world. Now, she’s releasing her first compilation titled “Discover.”

Unpis’ illustrations are often inspired from real life moments that easily go unnoticed, or are overlooked: shadows, reflections and refractions. Their surreal magic lies in their simplistic compositions that make you stare and observe them longer than you initially thought you would.

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Folkestone Triennial | Claire Kent

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How Is LIDL So Affordable?

How is Lidl So Cheap? is the question we try to explain in today’s video. The supermarket chain is beginning to make its presence felt with increased investment in America and the whole of Europe which made us wonder, how are they managing to be so competitive in a sector with such tight margins.

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The Complicated Lives of Mountains | Compilation

It’s easy to discount the history and evolution of mountains on our jagged world, but they really hold an immense amount of information about history within them. From mountain ranges in space, to why Earth isn’t a waterworld, here are some videos exploring the complexity of mountains and a shifting world.

Hosted by: Stefan Chin

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