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MUSE October 2017
Just in time for Halloween, this month's MUSE is all about... blood! Discover how circulation works, make “bloody ooze,” try blood pancakes, and encounter vampire spiders . . . if you dare!
Is it a liquid? It’s a solid? It’s viscoelastic! Discover blood’s ‘secret identity’ and see how it helps our bodies heal when something goes wrong. Speaking of secrets, it’s no secret that the heart pumps blood in a circle throughout the body, but hundreds of years ago, even doctors didn’t know about the circulatory system! Meet William Harvey, the man who exposed the truth hidden inside every human who ever lived. Check out bloodsucking creatures around the world and meet a chef who uses blood in her recipes. Imagine a two-foot worm living inside your leg. Scientists are learning how to eradicate the guinea worm disease once and for all!
Muse punctures questions that scientists debate over today: should people be paid for donating blood? Can transfusions of young blood stop the aging process? Is it a good idea to test blood every day? You’ll gush over this month’s articles:
“Secret Identity” by Rebecca E.F. Barone
“The Motion of the Heart” by Maria Parrott-Ryan
“Vampire Spiders” by David W. Shaw
“Fighting to the End” by Jeanne Miller
“Cash for Blood” by Kathryn Hulick
“Overturning Old Age” by Natasha Yim
Regular features include Parallel U, Muse Mail, Muse News, Hands-on, Photo Op, Science @ Work, Q&A, Do the Math, Your Tech, Contest, and Last Slice.
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