Physiology for the Armchair Scientist

  Want to learn more about physiology without going back to school for a PhD? Check out http://www.physiologyinfo.org. The website, hosted by the American Physiological Society, goes in-depth to explain the multi-faceted field of physiology to nonscientists. In addition to examining hot and emerging areas of research such as brain physiology, obesity and exercise, we … Continue reading Physiology for the Armchair Scientist

Physiology as Haiku for National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. To celebrate, APS members and staff wrote physiology-themed haikus—because science is art, too!                                                               - Stacy Brooks

Water: Can You Get Too Much of a Good Thing?

Water is arguably the best drink on Earth. Drinking water provides undisputable benefits to humans, other animals and plants. We know it’s possible to overwater a plant, but what about us humans? Can we drink too much water? And is it worse to be over-hydrated or under-hydrated? “Many, many more people die from over-hydration than … Continue reading Water: Can You Get Too Much of a Good Thing?

Why Does Coffee Make You Have to Go?

That morning cup of coffee usually leads to a bathroom run later. You did just ingest liquid, but it’s also because the caffeine in coffee is a diuretic—a substance that stimulates the kidneys to release more urine. We know this effect of caffeine well from our daily routine but how caffeine interacts with our kidneys’ … Continue reading Why Does Coffee Make You Have to Go?