Hank explains why scientists spend so much time and brain power making animals that glow. Well, first thing is, they don’t really glow. And second thing is: Scientists are just like the rest of us in that they don’t believe some things until they see them. Details inside.
This edition of SciShow News really is full of “news.” Scientists have discovered a new moon orbiting Neptune, a new tick-borne virus threatening the United States, and a new species of shrew who is a real hero. Let’s get to it!
Why Do People Kill? And Other Revelations of Human Nature
There are a lot of things that are still not fully understood about the species Homo sapiens - what makes us US? What makes us move the way we do, think the way we do, and kill the way we do? Today on SciShow News, Hank gives us a little bit of insight into human nature.
With news of radio signals from distant galaxies, a government agency that wants to investigate extra-terrestrial life, and the 66th anniversary of the Roswell Incident, this week has felt like a ’90s science fiction melodrama. Hank’s got all the pertinent details in this episode of SciShow News.
From brains to heavenly bodies, this week brings us some super-sized science… BigBrain is the highest resolution map of the human brain that’s ever existed; a super high resolution interactive model of King Tut’s tomb for anyone to explore from the comfort of home; and tonight, the moon itself will be supersized - go have a look!
Scientists around the world discover about 18,000 new species every year. Each new organism has not only to be found, but also studied, compared, identified and organized — that’s taxonomy, the science of classifying living things and exploring the evolutionary relationships between them. Every May, to celebrate the latest achievements in the field, as well as the birthday of the man who invented it (Swedish scientist Carl Linnaeus), the International Institute for Species Exploration weighs in on the most impressive discoveries of the previous year - the top ten new species of 2013. Who made the list this year? Hank has all the fascinating details in this episode of SciShow.
Schrödinger’s iPad? New Breakthroughs in Quantum Computing
Two developments in quantum computing in the past couple of weeks are the harbingers of a whole new era of smart technology. Google announced that it’s building a quantum computer designed by a company called D-Wave in partnership with NASA, and government scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory revealed that they developed a secure quantum computing network two years ago! Get the details about these developments in this episode of SciShow News.
Cicadas have developed an amazing strategy for growth, survival, reproduction, and overcoming predation by…doing nothing. They do nothing for years (except sip at the juice excreted from root structures) before emerging in huge, simultaneous swarms.
The swarm is so huge that predators can’t consume even a fraction of it, but so rare that predator populations can’t sustain themselves between emergence events. Clever little things!
Human-Powered Helicopters and a Red Fox: SciShow Talk Show #8
Da Vinci imagined a helicopter powered solely by human muscles. Now more than 500 years later, two teams are using advanced materials to try and make that dream come true. Hank and Catilin discuss these two teams and the Sikorsky Prize that they are battling for.
Then Jessi from Animal Wonders shares Seraphina the red fox!