It's Okay To Be Smart
There’s a lot of science out there. I’m Joe, let me be your guide to the creative side of discovery, big science news, wondrous science visuals, analysis-izations and all the otherwise cool science-y things out there, with all the woo and BS filtered out.“Everyone’s favorite Feynman of the Tumblr era” - Maria Popova One of Time Magazine’s 30 Must-See Tumblrs - 2012 Featured in The Best Science Writing Online - 2012
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Message From the Moon At first glance, these probably come across as little more than hastily painted watercolor sketches of the moon. That’s precisely what they are, actually. Attractive, yes, but certainly not high art. But hiding in their shadows lies a greater significance. The squiggled edges of that bleeding ink bear an observation that altered the heavens themselves. Or at the very least, our view of them. The hand that traced these orbs belonged to none other than […]
ERIC WESTERVELT, HOST: If you went to the movie theater this weekend, you might've caught the latest Scarlett Johansson action movie called "Lucy." It's about a woman who develops superpowers by harnessing the full potential of her brain. (SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "LUCY") SCARLETT JOHANSSON: I'm able to do things I've never done before. I feel everything and I can control the elements around me. UNIDENTIFIED MAN: That's amazing. WESTERVELT: You've probably heard this idea before. Most people […]
NEW VIDEO! It’s time for… Summertime Science!! This week I ventured out into the scorching heat of Austin in July to look at why we sweat, why we get sunburned, and why our fingers get all wrinkled when we go swimming. I had to go swimming and get a watermelon sno-cone for this video… the sacrifices I make for my videos, eh? I would also like to note that the thumbnail is in no way photoshopped. An earlier version of this video had an error in it, so I re-uploaded it. That […]
I messed up something in this week’s video about Summertime Science and you guys only deserve the best and most accurate science information, so I’m going to fix it and reupload it later. That means if you’ve already watched it, you can watch it twice!
Are Male and Female Brains Different? This awesome new video from BrainCraft takes a look at the old adage “Men are from Mars, women are from Venus” through the lens of modern brain science. Sure, there’s lots of biological differences between people who identify as male, female, or neither… but in terms of our brains, do any of them really matter? Or are we just trying to mold science into what society already believes is true? Watch and learn.
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