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Kurzgesagt

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Should We End Aging Forever?

Should We End Aging Forever?

Kurzgesagt teamed up with CGPGrey to explore the moral, ethical, and practical concerns about our longevity as humans, and whether being able to control our mortality is a good or a bad thing. Be sure to watch the second part here.

How Bacteria Rule Your Body

How Bacteria Rule Your Body

It’s a nasty thought, but our bodies are teeming with billions of bacteria all of the time. At times, these microbes are helpful partners, doing things like digesting food, and at other times, they want to kill us. Kurzgesagt explores the delicate balance of the human microbiome.

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Is Reality Real?

Is Reality Real?

Kurzgesagt explores the crazy notion that perhaps what we’re experiencing isn’t real at all, and that we’re all part of a massive simulation in some ultra-powerful computer system. Vsauce 3 has their own take on the thought experiment here.

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.

Black Holes Could Delete the Universe

Black Holes Could Delete the Universe

Kurzgesagt simplifies two thought experiments stemming from black holes. The universe being a “hologram” is too literal though. Saying that you can describe a cube by drawing a cube is not the same as saying that a cube is indistinguishable from a drawing of a cube.

Kurzgesagt: Life & Size Pt. 1

Kurzgesagt: Life & Size Pt. 1

Kurzgesagt kicks off a multi-part lesson that explains how an organism’s size drastically affects its evolution. For instance, droplets of water could be lethal to insects. So some of them evolved to repel even tiny particles of water.

Optimistic Nihilism

Optimistic Nihilism

Kurzgesagt turns self-referential in its latest clip, exploring their own tendency to create videos about bad things that may someday befall our universe, but still managing to have a positive outlook on humanity.

Why Automation is Different this Time

Why Automation is Different this Time

Automation has been around for centuries, but the rise of machine learning has led to new industries that need relatively few people to operate. As Kurzgesagt and many others have pointed out, this is an unsustainable trend that needs to be answered swiftly.

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.

Are GMO’s Good?

Are GMO’s Good?

Kurzgesagt sums up the basics of genetically modified organisms or GMOs. Technically, we’ve been modifying the genes of plants and animals for thousands of years, from corn to dogs. GMOs are powerful tools – it’s how and why we wield them that matters.

How to Escape from Earth

How to Escape from Earth

Many scientists believe that the future of humanity lies somewhere outside of Earth. It’s just that escaping from our planet is literally rocket science. Kurzgesagt, that crying duck got to us harder than you probably thought it would.

Overpopulation Explained

Overpopulation Explained

…or rather, debunked. Kurzgesagt, Our World in Data and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation point out that nightmare scenarios involving global overpopulation are unlikely, and that human population will likely never exceed 12 billion.

The Most Gruesome Parasites

The Most Gruesome Parasites

Kurzgesagt talks about Neglected Tropical Diseases or NTDs. These communicable diseases affect over a billion people in 149 countries, mainly indigents living in remote areas. Fortunately, we have shown that we can eradicate NTDs by working together.

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How Vacuum Decay Would Suck

How Vacuum Decay Would Suck

“Imagine it like setting a sea of gasoline the size of the universe on fire.” Kurzgesagt sums up vacuum decay, a theoretical catastrophe that would wipe out the universe at the speed of light and reconfigure it into a state where life as we know it would be impossible.

Genetic Engineering & Malaria

Genetic Engineering & Malaria

Kurzgesagt presents a vexing conundrum. Scientists have created genetically-engineered mosquitoes that are immune to the microorganisms that create malaria. But we don’t know if letting these “newsquitoes” loose has dire consequences.

Genetic Engineering Changes Everything

Genetic Engineering Changes Everything

Kurzgesagt takes a look at what seems like science fiction, but could quite possibly revolutionize the world. With the ability to manipulate genes, we could create just about anything we want, from made to order babies, to better foods, to the fountain of youth.

Death from Space

Death from Space

Kurzgesagt’s happy little video looks at the science of Gamma Ray bursts, and how these extraordinarily powerful beams of energy that are capable of ripping apart the very atomic bonds that keep together everything in our universe, including all life on Earth.

Before History: Human Origins

Before History: Human Origins

Kurzgesagt lists the major breakthroughs that have taken humans to this point. Ultimately, it’s a reminder that we all benefit when we communicate, cooperate, and preserve and share knowledge, not when we deceive, enslave or censor each other.

What Are You?

What Are You?

Kurzgesagt mulls the Ship of Theseus, a paradox that asks whether an object – in this case, the human body – is still the same if you gradually replace all of its parts. And how many of your parts can be removed before you’re no longer you?

Terrorism & Mass Surveillance

Terrorism & Mass Surveillance

“But if you’re looking for a needle in a haystack, adding more hay isn’t going to make it easier to find the needle.” Kurzgesagt reminds us that terrorism has never been and will never be solved by assuming that everyone is guilty.

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The Space Elevator in a Nutshell

The Space Elevator in a Nutshell

Kursgezagt sums up the risks and benefits of building a space elevator. It presents a myriad of technological and engineering problems, and we can’t afford to screw it up even once. But its resulting cost savings might be too enticing for us to pass up.

The Antibiotic Apocalypse

The Antibiotic Apocalypse

Kurzgesagt looks at the problem that science has created with the very cure that has saved millions of lives. The widespread use of antibiotics is resulting in evolutionary changes that are creating antibiotic resistant “superbugs.”

The War on Drugs is a Huge Failure

The War on Drugs is a Huge Failure

The so-called war on drugs is about short term gains and check marks for politicians. It goes after suppliers, but drugs are addictive. Users are willing to pay high prices for drugs, which encourages suppliers. The solution is to alleviate the demand for these substances.

Black Holes Explained

Black Holes Explained

Kurzgesagt explains the basics of black holes: how they form, how they distort time and how they dissipate in the first of a two-part lesson. Bonus points for the calm yet detailed explanation of a brutal death by gravity.

The Death of Bees

The Death of Bees

Kurzgesagt teaches us about the importance of honey bees to our world’s delicate ecosystem, and the science behind the phenomenon of colony collapse disorder. Next time you see a bee buzzing around you head, think about this video.

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