Features the most insightful and informative videos on all areas of the sciences, history, philosophy, and the arts, with an additional focus on the values of Humanism, Freethought and methodological Skepticism.
If there are any freely available programs or shows which you know of that I missed, please let me know about them.
Astronomy Cast Ep. 315: Particle Accelerators
Who knew that destruction could be so informative? Only by smashing particles together with more and more energy, can we truly tease out the fundamental forces of nature. Join us to discover the different kinds of accelerators (both natural and artificial) and why questions they can help us answer.
via Astrosphere Vids.
Transgender women in women’s restrooms: A purely imagined harm
Video of my recent post on the trans restroom “controversy” in Colorado. For those who prefer to listen to my voice for 20 minutes.
This Week in Engineering 163
World’s largest tunnel-borer
Flying, swimming, driving drone
via Engineering dot com.
Tonight’s Sky: December 2013
Backyard stargazers get a monthly guide to the northern hemisphere’s skywatching events with “Tonight’s Sky.” In December, look for the double-star Eta Cassiopeiae with binoculars, and brave the cold to see the Geminid meteor shower in mid-month.
via Hubble Site Channel.
Mental Floss - 25 Little Known Facts About Thanksgiving
John takes a look at some little known facts about Thanksgiving (the American one).
via Mental Floss Video.
Why is All Sand the Same?
Note: “ortoclase” at 0:59 should be “orthoclase”
MinuteEarth provides an energetic and entertaining view of trends in earth’s environment — in just a few minutes!
Created by Henry Reich
Video Concept and Writing: Meg Rosenburg
Writing and Editing Team: Alex Reich, Peter Reich, Emily Elert
Animation: Ever Salazar
Music: Nathaniel Schroeder: http://www.soundcloud.com/drschroeder
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Is Recycling Worth the Effort?
We are always told how we should recycle what we use. But does it really make that much of a difference? Some think recycling is for greenies only. Truth is there are actually a lot of other benefits too.
Read more about this question in our blog on the topic here:
via Untamed Science.
Le Corbusier: Architecture and Proportion
The French Architect Le Corbusier revived traditions of human proportions in architecture in a radically new way.
via Amor Sciendi.
Why do you get a fever? I Greg Foot
It’s that time of year again when we all have the sniffles. Except of course if you are fortunate enough to live below the equator, South Africa and Australia subs that means you!
Back to us plebs living above the equator, the winter chill has set in and you start sneezing and coughing and spluttering, and if you get it bad your temperature goes sky high. What’s going on?
Well, your body heats up a few degrees to fight those nasty viruses that are attacking your system, that’s why you get the sweats!
We should also say if you are experiencing prolonged symptoms of any kind you should seek advice from a health professional.
via Head Squeeze.
Chromosome 2 - What separates chimps from humans?
At the genetic level chimpanzees are almost indistinguishable from humans, so how did the formation of human chromosome 2 lead to our divergence from our primate relatives?
Geneticist Aoife McLysaght heads to Dublin Zoo to explain more…
Telescope to track space junk using youth radio station
Built to allow astronomers to look back in cosmic time, the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA), based in outback Western Australia, will also look into the future and help avert catastrophic collisions between satellites and space junk orbiting the Earth.
A research team using the MWA has predicted that FM radio waves transmitted from commercial radio stations can be reflected off space junk and detected by the MWA, allowing the junk to be monitored and tracked.
Publication: Tingay et al. in The Astronomical Journal 146, 103 “On the detection and tracking of space debris using the Murchison Widefield Array. I. Simulations and test observations demonstrate feasibility”
The Time of Day You’re Most Likely to Lie & Cheat
According to new research, we have a tendency to be more ethical earlier in the day, and less so later. Turns out it all comes down to blood flow. Trace explains how these two seemingly unrelated things are so intricately linked.
via DNews Channel.
5 Facts About Morning People
Did you know that “morning people” have an easier time waking up? Cristen offers five less obvious facts about those lucky folks who thrive in the AM.