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Meat: The Best Worst Thing

Meat: The Best Worst Thing

Meat is delicious and packed with proteins and fats, but it’s being produced in quantities that are far greater than what nature intended. With a nod to Bob’s Burgers, Kurzgesagt explores the impact of mass-producing livestock to fill our bellies. We’re having salad for lunch.

How to Build a Moon Base

How to Build a Moon Base

The thought of setting up shop and living on the surface of the moon seems like a far away sci-fi dream, but we actually have the technology and smarts to do it in the next decade – assuming we had the funding. Kurzgesagt explains, in part one of their series about space colonization.

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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.

The History & Future of Everything v2.0

The History & Future of Everything v2.0

Kurzgesagt dusts off their 2013 video The History & Future of Everything and gives it a shiny coat of paint, with updated animations, and references to events of the last 5 years. Every time we hear about the Middle Ages, we feel much better about today’s problems.

Egoistic Altruism Explained

Egoistic Altruism Explained

Kurzgesagt explains an economic idea called egoistic altriusm. It argues that it’s in an individual’s best interest for those around him to be well off. You’ll have more people capable of solving your problems, and more people able to afford the solutions you offer.

String Theory Explained

String Theory Explained

Kurzgesagt explores string theory, and how it attempts to explain the nature of the universe. It’s supposed to solve the incompatibilities between quantum and gravitational physics by describing particles as “strings” rather than points. Yeah, we’re still confused.

Homeopathy Explained

Homeopathy Explained

“Faith can move mountains, but sugar water can’t cure cancer.” Kurzgesagt explains the basics and origins of homeopathy. It’s often touted as an alternative to expensive treatments, even though it often does nothing except make you think it’s doing something.

The Great Filter

The Great Filter

Kurzgesagt sums up the Great Filter – a possible answer to why we’ve never detected the presence of aliens. It could be something that prevents life from developing. Or something that ends civilizations before they have a chance to expand beyond their planet.

Universal Basic Income Explained

Universal Basic Income Explained

There is growing evidence that giving citizens (or at least the poor) a stipend will make people healthier and happier without tanking the economy or productivity. But it can also be abused – not just by lazy or entitled individuals, but by governments and businesses as well.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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