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Astrophysics

Kurzgesagt: Strange Stars Explained

Kurzgesagt: Strange Stars Explained

Kurzgesagt takes on one of the most bizarre and terrifying objects in the universe: neutron stars. Formed when certain giant stars collapse, neutron stars are made of strange matter, which are theoretically “perfectly stable.” And that’s where Physics and English disagree.

What is Farthest Away?

What is Farthest Away?

There was a time when each of our worlds was only as big as we could see with our own eyes. These days, our knowledge of the world, our galaxy, and the universe keeps growing. It’s Okay to Be Smart explores the ever-expanding notion of “the edge of the map.”

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Wormholes Explained

Wormholes Explained

Portholes that can instantly transport us between different areas of space and time are a staple of science fiction and fantasy. But are wormholes really a thing, and if they are, how might they work, and where could we find one? Kurzgesagt explores.

The Black Hole Bomb

The Black Hole Bomb

In theory, energy consumed by a black hole is trapped forever. But it turns out it might be possible to harness the rotational energy of a spinning black hole to do everything from powering civilization to creating the biggest explosive device ever. Kurzgesagt explains.

Bringing the Sun to the Earth

Bringing the Sun to the Earth

Kurzgesagt’s latest thought experiment explores what might happen to us if we somehow managed to load up bits of the Sun brought them right here to Earth. Depending on which part you captured, it could simply vanish, or destroy life as we know it.

Music of the Spheres

Music of the Spheres

Emic Films introduces us to Wanda Diaz-Merced, an astrophysicist and computer scientist from Puerto Rico who studies the stars not through sight, but through sound. Despite losing her eyesight due to diabetes, she’s as passionate as anyone else in her field.

What Is The Shape of Space?

What Is The Shape of Space?

While you might think the universe is just an endless expanse, it actually has a shape that holds it together. MinutePhysics teamed up with PhD Comics to explore this puzzling astrophysical question and try to suss out some answers for us.

Is Space a Thing?

Is Space a Thing?

So is the vastness of space an actual thing, or is it merely the absence of things? It’s Okay To Be Smart explores this perplexing question that at first seems to be philosophical, but is really something that can be answered with science.

The Last Light Before Eternal Darkness

The Last Light Before Eternal Darkness

They sound cute and cuddly, but the white dwarfs that Kurzgesagt is talking about here will be the last bastions of light and energy in the universe as our universe eventually expires. These highly dense objects are basically the remnants of stars after they burn out.

Everything in the Universe

Everything in the Universe

Reigarw presents a comparison of all kinds of matter in the universe, from the tiniest subatomic particles to giant superclusters of galaxies, you’ll quickly feel insignificant right after we zoom past the human race. The voiceover is a bit silly, but it’s still amazing.

How to Time Travel

How to Time Travel

Epic How To provides a brief lesson in physics, and delves into but a few of the complexities that stand between us and the ability to turn an 88mph trip in a DeLorean or a blue police box into a journey through space and time.

Carl Sagan: The Earth Is Round

Carl Sagan: The Earth Is Round

While Kyrie Irving might believe the Earth is flat, most rational humans are willing to go along with the scientific evidence that’s right in front of us. In this classic clip from Carl Sagan, he shows off some very basic observations which prove this place is an orb and not a sheet.

How to Make First Contact

How to Make First Contact

Wendover Productions contemplates the hypothetical of what we should do if and when we ever encounter an alien species, proactive measures to seek out other species, and reminding us along the way how mankind has a long history of conquering new people it meets.

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Brilliant Accidents

Brilliant Accidents

YouTuber exurb1a waxes philosophical on entropy, complexity, and the mysterious interplay between order and chaos which have somehow made every single thing we know and are (including Hot Pockets) possible.

What are Dark Matter & Dark Energy?

What are Dark Matter & Dark Energy?

Our friends at Kurzgesagt are back with another informative animation – this time about the science of the perplexing stuff inside and around the stuff we know about, which we don’t have any good way of examining or measuring.

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