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What Really Killed T-Rex?

True, a mega-asteroid was responsible for wiping out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago. But is there more to the story? SciShow’s Hank Green discusses evidence that suggests there were other factors percolating that turned a really bad day into one of the worst days in the history of the planet.

Size Isn’t Everything

Astronomers at Georgia State University say they have discovered what may well be the smallest star in the universe. The star is 8.6 percent as wide as the our star, the sun, 8,000 times dimmer and can actually fit inside the planet Jupiter. Phil Plait of explains how astronomers determined the star’s status, including mistaking it for a brown dwarf in the early stages of their research, in this edition of SciShow Space.

Ebola Virus Wreaking Havoc

Ebola is one of the world’s deadliest diseases that is wreaking havoc throughout West Africa and threatens to spread beyond the continent’s borders. SciShow’s Hank Green delves deeper into the disease, especially the Zebov (Zaire Ebola Virus) strain, which has infected 1,323 people this year, 729 of whom have died.

Cup of Joe: Good Or Bad?

In this edition of AsapSCIENCE, Henry Reich goes into detail about how coffee works on our brains. He discusses its benefits and, yes, some dangers. For instance, did you know that you could actually overdose on coffee? It would take a lot caffeine but it’s possible.

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.

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