Despite our fascination with Mars, the red planet isn’t exactly the most hospitable place. Kurzgesagt looks at some of the many challenges we’d face if we ever wanted to colonize Mars. Humans can’t breathe there, it’s freezing cold, and Martian dust is poisonous.
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In 1976, just a few years after the Beatles disbanded, a British journalist published an article about a band named Klaatu. The writer was almost convinced that they were actually the Beatles. Even without today’s social media, the hype train left the station.
The earliest forms of vocal amplification date back over 1000 years, but microphones as we know them are less than 100 years old. Cheddar looks at how mics changed the way vocalists perform when recording and in live shows, and how they put singers front and center.
For once, Adam Ruins Everything ruins a bad thing. The show reminds us that numerous studies, surveys, and correlative data have shown no concrete evidence that playing violent video games causes people to become more violent or insensitive to violence.
As George Carlin once taught us, there are no blue foods. It’s Okay To Be Smart explores the why there is so little naturally-occuring blue pigment in animals, plants, insects, and other organic matter. Oh, and those Morpho butterflies aren’t actually blue. Minds blown.
We live in a time when people flinch at even the slightest giveaway of plot points. But does knowing the outcome of a story actually decrease one’s enjoyment of a story, or does it actually enhance the experience? Thomas Flight explores the science of how spoilers affect us.
Albums are typically a collection of an artist or a group’s new songs. Then there are concept albums, which are centered around a theme. Polyphonic explains how Frank Sinatra’s 1955 release In the Wee Small Hours laid the foundation for the concept album.
While many video game characters have four fingers, the practice is frowned upon in Japan, resulting in special variants of everyone from Bart Simpson to Crash Bandicoot. Censored Gaming looks at the history behind the strange 4-fingered discrimination in the country.
Native to California, the turret spider is a sneaky predator. Instead of building a web, it builds a small tower out of silk and soil, and covers it with plants and moss. It lives inside the tower for all its life, only springing into action when it senses vibrations nearby.
Relics? No, they’re newly made cups. How to Make Everything tried to make biologically-sourced plastic using milk, potatoes and sugar. He actually succeeded in making plastic out of all three ingredients. But molding them was another matter. At least they’re biodegradable.
Over the years, people have used colorful pigments which promised health benefits, beauty, or artistic merit, but ended up being killers. J. V. Maranto explores some of the nastiest colors in this TED-Ed short. Yes, people used to cover themselves with lead paint.
Have you ever wondered just how much room you’d need to store a trilion one dollar bills? No? Too bad, you’re going to find out anyhow, thanks to this short video from Animated Comparisons which shows the relative sizes of stacks of bills in various amounts of money.
Organic food has long been touted as a healthier and more sustainable alternative to conventionally-raised food. But are these more naturally-raised (and more expensive) fruits, veggies, and animals truly better for us and the planet? Kurzgesagt digs into the controversy.
Did you know the phrase “balls to the wall” got its start as a term pilots used because their throttle controls had balls on the end of them? See, you already learned something today. Sam O’Nella Academy is here to school us on the etymology of a few other phrases as well.
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