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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.

2014 Highs, Lows in Science

SciShow reviews some of the highest and lowest superlatives in science in 2014. Join host Michael Aranda as he examines the highest CO2 emissions, discovery of the first Earth-like exoplanet, the warmest months and the deepest dive.

Is Santa Claus Real?

More than 2 billion children anxiously await the arrival of Santa Claus tonight, but is Jolly Old St. Nick for real? In this edition of It’s Okay to be Smart, Joe Hanson employs a little scientific analysis, including quantum physics, to tackle the age-old question.

Happy Accidents

Believe it or not, many of the life-changing products we use today came from accidental discoveries. From recognizing potential in an unexpected product or waste to surprises springing from dead-end experiments. Darcy Gentleman, Ph.D., of the American Chemical Society, of takes us through a couple of these “miracles” that changed the world in this episode of Reactions.

Evolving into the Future

The rapid advancement of technology will play a large role on how we evolve as human beings. For instance, our future relatives will more than likely have eyes that become unnervingly larger and blink sideways to avoid cosmic rays. They will also grow as we colonize alien planets in dimmer environments. Discover nine more evolutions to the human race in this edition of Alltime 10s.

Baby It’s Hot Down There

Lord William Thompson Kelvin, of absolute temperature fame, attempted and failed to determine why the heat of the Earth increased exponentially the deeper you descended. He theorized that Earth actually started off hot and had been cooling off ever since. Unfortunately for Kelvin, he failed to factor in radioactivity in the Earth’s core. In this edition of Minute Earth, Emily Elert digs deeply into what really keeps the Earth’s core toasty.

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