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The Robots Are Coming

The first-ever robot swarm, where hundreds of tiny kilobots organized themselves into different patterns without any human interaction. Does this mean the robot apocalypse is here? Not quite, but SciShow’s Hank Green says the tasks were a milestone in collective artificial intelligence. Also in this edition of SciShow, Green takes a look at the creepy, but extinct hallucigenia, one of evolution’s misfits.

Earth’s Sixth Mass Extinction

The Permian-Triassic extinction event 250 million years ago was the worst the world has ever seen. That was followed closely by the extinction that wiped out the dinosaurs. Recent research published in The American Journal of Science says the amount of extinctions happening now around the world is beginning to look like what scientists are calling Earth’s sixth mass extinction event. Join Hank Green for the details in this edition of SciShow, plus a look at the world’s first transparent animal–the see-through mouse.

Loners Of the Universe

Rogue planets, young, large celestial bodies that aren’t tethered to any star, are the latest discoveries in our vast universe. Caitlin Hofmeister, of SciShow Space tells us that astronomers believe there may be 50 percent more of these free agents than normal planets. Listen in as Hofmeister explains how we found them and how they were formed.

The Skinny on Sasquatch

An international group of zoologists has finally tackled the phenomenon of anomalous primates in order to separate the legends from reality, including what is known as the world’s most illusive creature–Sasquatch, aka Big Foot, Yeti, Migyhur and Almasty. The biologists studied 57 hair and fur samples from private collections and museum around the world and came up with some expected results–but not entirely. Join Dr. Lindsey Doe in this edition of Sci Show as she spills the beans.

We’re Brainier Than You Think

We’ve been told for years that humans can only use about 10 percent of their brains. Nonsense. Thanks to modern brain-scanning technology, we know that we use the whole thing, all of the time. This is just one of seven myths about our brains that we’ve been led to believe. AsapSCIENCE explains the other six.

Critters With a Charge

Hank Green says there are about 8,600 animals on the planet that are electroreceptive. Translation: They can feel electric fields. Plus, there are 716 known species of fish capable of creating electric fields, known as electrogenesis. Check out Green’s shocking presentation on these fabulous animals in this edition of SciShow.

Second Chances? Maybe

Are we living in just one of many universes? It’s a possibility. Minute Physics host Henry Reich says, “Maybe it’s the appeal of second chances and how things turn out differently.” Tune in to this episode as Reich explains how physicists are now talking up the true science of parallel universes.

The Five Deadliest Diseases

Viruses have hovered on the planet for tens of millions of years, and most recently, their main job is to harvest our DNA and make our lives miserable. In this episode of SciShow, Hank Green tells us of the path of destruction these viruses have wrought and their contribution to the five deadliest diseases.

A Glimmer of Truth

Ever wonder why and how stars twinkle? SciShow’s Hank Green says, “That twinkling is not caused by the stars themselves, which are super constant in their brightness, it is caused by the Earth’s atmosphere.” And a whole lot of other factors. Listen to Green’s mesmerizing explanation.

Beware of Ocean Confetti

There’s no doubting that plastic has revolutionized our planet. It’s cheap, durable and expendable. But although we reap the benefits of plastic, it’s longterm effect on our future is dismal. In this edition of Minute Earth, Henry Reich says that once plastic is dumped in our oceans, it doesn’t go away. “Which is why we’ve found micro-plastics pretty much everywhere in the oceans, from the Arctic to the Antarctic and from the sea floor to the surface.”

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