Pets Can Donate Blood, Too

You know that donating blood is one of the most impactful things you can do for others on an individual level. But you probably don’t know that dogs and cats can donate blood, too. According to a new study out Tuesday, most pet owners have no idea that their good boy or girl could be helping other animals in this way. Read More >>

Scientists Turned a Regular Fidget Spinner Into a Centrifuge That Separates Blood

Kids are already over fidget spinners after adults rapidly made them uncool, but a team of scientists in Taiwan has found a nifty way to repurpose these small toys. They turned them into inexpensive centrifuges that could allow health workers in impoverished areas to carry out certain blood tests with ease. Read More >>

Athletes Are Turning to Leeches to Try to Gain Wolverine-Like Healing Powers

Although there’s solid evidence showing that leeches can have plenty of benefits, I can’t help but raise a sceptical eye at one of the claims highlighted in a video report released by Reuters on Tuesday—namely that they can ramp up athletes’ healing like some sort of reverse Wolverine. Read More >>

Scientists Shoot Human Heads Filled With Cow Blood for Science

Science isn’t always telescopes and new species. Some research, like the kind that helps forensics experts better understand crime scenes, requires experiments you might find just a little, well, morbid. Read More >>

No More Needles? Fake Blood Takes A Step Forward

Giving blood is an immensely noble and selfless thing to do, but it's no picnic. Needle-phobes will be happy to know that science has a solution on the way: mass-produced artificial blood, which is now more likely than ever before. Read More >>

Crazy Person Sticks Her Arm Inside a Box Filled with Mosquitoes to Get Bit More Than 30 Times

Sticking your arm inside a box of mosquitoes to get bit is very probably the most fearless thing a person on this planet can do. It’s also very probably the dumbest thing in the world to do because you’ll end up with over 30 itchy mosquito bites that’ll make you want to rip the skin off your arm. Read More >>

Young Blood May Not Reverse Ageing After All

Speculation has emerged in recent years that young blood can reverse the ageing process, raising the prospect of an exciting new rejuvenation technique. A new study contradicts this claim, pointing to other factors that may be responsible for the perceived anti-ageing effects of young blood. Read More >>

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Watch What Snake Venom Does to Human Blood

Blood isn’t supposed to plop out like a solid like that but that’s what happens when a snake’s haemotoxic venom gets mixed in with human blood, it thickens liquid blood into this congealed jelly substance. It’s pretty gross. But this is how a venomous snakebite affects the body of its prey, a lot of tiny blood clots form inside the bloodstream causing fatal blockages. Read More >>

Watching Blood Dry Is Surprisingly Interesting

Watching paint dry is, obviously, deadly dull. But it turns out that watching blood dry is surprisingly interesting—and particularly useful. Read More >>

Fear Can Actually Kind of Curdle Your Blood

Next time someone refers to a horror movie as ‘bloodcurdling,’ they might actually be kinda right. A new study shows that the fear experienced when watching scary movies is in fact associated with an increase in clotting agents in the blood. Read More >>

NHS Synthetic Blood Trials Set For 2017

The NHS has announced that within two years it could be starting clinical trials of laboratory manufactured blood cells in humans. Read More >>

Give Blood: All The Reasons You Should Become a UK Blood Donor

The NHS Blood & Transplants division has revealed that blood donations have dropped by 40 per cent, which is worrying. Read More >>

Scientists are Trying to Change All Blood Into Type O

If you know anything about blood types, then you know how they add an extra wrinkle to blood donations. Match donor and recipient blood types incorrectly, and you could even kill a patient. That’s why scientists are working on artificially changing donated blood into type O, the universal donor. Read More >>