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How Measles Returned

Wasn’t measles eradicated in the United States years ago? Well, it’s baaack! But how? Hank Green says the disease has been back for about two months and the Center for Disease Controls says it could gain a foothold unless we get vaccinated. The current strain, Green says, comes from the Phillipines and might well threaten an endemic in our country. Tune in to this edition of SciShow as Green explains the unlikely comeback of the disease.

Did the Past Really Happen?

Did the past really happen, or did it all begin last Thursday? Michael Stevens calls the theory “Last Thursdayism,” and it questions everything that’s happened on our planet. In this unusual edition of Vsauce, Stevens explores how future inhabitants of Earth will remember us.

The Worst Nobel Prize Awarded

Portuguese neurologist Antonio Egas Moniz developed a surgical procedure that was successful in advancing mental health, according to his peers. Although adopted by neuro-scientists, surgeons and scientists around the world, it was at its best irreversibly destructive and at its worst inhumane. “And yet, Moniz was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for it,” says SciShow host Michael Aranda. “It’s quite possibly the most regrettable Nobel Prize ever awarded, because Moniz was given the prize for developing lobotomy.” Tune in as Aranda digs into the details.

How Many Dino Fossils Exist?

Has the age of dinosaur-fossil discovery passed us by. Not quite, say paleontologists, who are wondering how many species of dinosaurs are there to discover and how many fossils of them are out there. Host Michael Aranda says the first dinosaur fossil was discovered in 1824, and over the next 150 years, paleontologists only found an average of one fossil a year. Now we’re finding an average of 15 per year. Aranda says that paleontologists calculate that between 2069 and 2102 we will have found 75 percent of the dinosaur genera, and by the mid-22nd century, 90 percent. Tune in as Aranda explains in this edition of SciShow.

Our Universe and Beyond

Every time you get upset about something insignificant, just sit back and think of our home–our Earth, our solar system, our universe, our Milky Way Galaxy. But that’s not where it ends. In the following 209 seconds that will make you question your existence, Buzz Feed Blue takes a mesmerizing look at our universe and beyond.

Molecule Magic

Unbeknownst to us, there are trillions of incredibly powerful molecules working miracles in our bodies. Michael Aranda demonstrates how awesome the human organism is by giving us a fascinating look at the five most important molecules that keep us ticking in this edition of SciShow.

Nature’s Nuclear Reactor

Hank Green and SciShow takes us to Gabon, Central Africa, where two billion years ago a unique set of conditions came together to form the world’s only known natural nuclear reactor. Green takes us to the Oklo Mine, site of this phenomenon, and adds, “No radiation suit needed!”

A Planet On the Move

It was a mystery to geologists why our continents drifted about the planet, occasionally glomming together then breaking apart. Not until the 1960s was it discovered that the Earth’s crust is broken down into fragments called tectonic plates–and they are moving. Host Henry Reich explains the fundamentals of this phenomenon in this edition of Minute Earth.

We Are Not Alone

The age-old question, “Are we alone?” may now not only pertain to alien beings but multiple universes. Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku says data from the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) points to a whole new set of scientific facts not previously contained in our textbooks and the possibility that we are not the lone universe in the cosmos. Kaku helps us digest what truth is lurking out there in this edition of Bore Me Science

Dating Dead Things

Ever wonder how scientists date prehistoric fossils, or younger things such as dead trees? The answer is radiocarbon dating, including an advanced method known as advanced mass spectometry which has been used since the late 1970s. Host Michael Aranda explains in this edition of SciShow.

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