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.
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Epic Circles - Numberphile
Pappus chains, circle inversion and a whole lot more in this EPIC video with Simon Pampena.
Numberphile is supported by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI): http://bit.ly/MSRINumberphile
Videos by Brady Haran
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The Science of Dust
Wanna get dirty with me?
From star stuff to microscopic fluff to skin cells that slough while you’re in the buff, the universe of dust is curious enough to turn your mind into a cream puff.
May this week’s episode spread like dust on the wind.
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Baby assassin bug lures deadly ants with a wave
The nymphs of feather-legged assassin bugs are the only predators known that encourage their prey to physically attack them first.
via New Scientist Video.
The Science of Caffeine: The World’s Most Popular Drug
It’s not just in coffee anymore. From drinks to jerky to gum, caffeine is everywhere. In our latest video, we take a look at the science behind the world’s most popular drug, including why that little molecule keeps you awake and reveal just how much caffeine is too much.
Video directed by Kirk Zamieroski
Series created by Adam Dylewski
Produced by the American Chemical Society
via ACS Reactions.
Bite Sci-zed - Blue Eggs?!
Why are blue eggs blue, and what does a retrovirus do?
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New UK Culture Secretary: An Analysis
With the departure of Culture Secretary Maria Miller, there is a new Minister responsible for archaeology and heritage in the much of the UK.
We take a few minutes to reflect on Sajid Javid and analyze the potential impact of his appointment in the run up to an election year.
Can You Have A Brain Orgasm?
There’s a weird phenomenon here on YouTube called ASMR. Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response creates a tingly and calming sensation, and no one knows why! Laci takes a look at a recent study to shed some light on the mystery behind these videos.
via DNews Channel.
Chimps Beat Humans at Video Games
A recent study has shown that certain chimpanzees can play a video as well as, or better than humans!
Weirdest Animal Sex
Some animals have the weirdest mating rituals that include vomiting, biting the male’s penis off, and even dying right after fertilization!
Why Do Whales Breach?
We take a look at why real whales breach. Surprisingly, it may be for the same reason we imitate it!
The case of the vanishing honeybees
In the past decade, the US honeybee population has been decreasing at an alarming and unprecedented rate. While this is obviously bad news for honeypots everywhere, bees also help feed us in a bigger way — by pollinating our nation’s crops. Emma Bryce investigates potential causes for this widespread colony collapse disorder.
View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-case-of-the-vanishing-honeybees-emma-bryce
Lesson by Emma Bryce, animation by Lillian Chan.
via TED Education.
Phases of Mitosis
Paul Andersen explains the importance of mitosis and details the major steps in the cell cycle. He explains the importance of Interphase, Prophase, Prometaphase, Metaphase, Anaphase, Telophases, and Cytokinesis.
via Bozeman Science.
Hubble’s Stunning Monkey Head Nebula
Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have captured infrared-light images of a churning region of star birth 6,400 light-years away. New from Hubblecast.
The collection of images reveals a shadowy, dense knot of gas and dust sharply contrasted against a backdrop of brilliant glowing gas in the Monkey Head Nebula (also known as NGC 2174).
The image demonstrates Hubble’s powerful infrared vision and offers a tantalizing hint of what scientists can expect from the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope. Observations of NGC 2174 were taken in February, 2014.
Massive newborn stars near the center of the nebula (and toward the right in this image) are blasting away at dust within the nebula. The ultraviolet light emitted by these bright stars helps shape the dust into giant pillars.
This carving action occurs because the nebula is mostly composed of hydrogen gas, which becomes ionized by the ultraviolet radiation. As the dust particles are warmed by the ultraviolet light of the stars, they heat up and begin to glow at infrared wavelengths.
via Space Rip.
Probe To Fly Between Saturn And Its Rings
On its final orbit In 2017, NASA’s Cassini probe will fly between the inner edge of the D ring and the upper atmosphere of the gas giant. It will also fly though an Enceladus plume in the next few years.
via Video From Space.
Major Life Extinctions Events
Shows a computer simulation of our planet during its five major life extinctions events.
via Habitability Lab.