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When Humans Disappear

Since the dawn of creation, humans have had a powerful impact on our planet. But what would happen if we suddenly disappeared? AsapSCIENCE details the chaotic first few weeks to the tumultuous future when animals will once again rule the Earth.

Dinosaurs Still Among Us

We’ve been taught that dinosaurs went extinct 66 billion years ago when a mega-meteor plummeted into the Yucatan Peninsula. But Dr. Joe Hanson, host of It’s Okay to be Smart, takes exception. “Thanks to science, we know that our planet is home to 10,000 or so species of living dinosaurs,” he says. “We call them birds.” In the following video clip, Hanson explains birds’ place on the tree of life.

Rain Shouldn’t Happen

Basic physics tells us that rain shouldn’t happen. It’s mathematically impossible. Henry Reich explains how cohesion, adhesion, air resistance and other factors play vital roles in one of nature’s comforts in this edition of Minute Physics.

T. Rex Had Formidable Arms

One of the most surprising misconceptions about dinosaurs is that Tyrannosaurus rex, aka T rex, had tiny arms. The king of the dinos indeed had small arms in modern depictions, but because T. rex stood 18-feet-tall, his arms measured around 3-feet. Popular Science magazine estimated that T. rex could curl 430 pounds, compared to a human’s max of 260. Host Elliott Morgan details more dinosaur misconceptions in this edition of Mental Floss.

Life’s a Beach

From unnaturally colored sand to a spot where cows and humans frolic in harmony, Danger Dolan counts down the world’s 15 weirdest beaches, such as Barking Sands Beach on Kaua’i Island in Hawaii. The beach gets its peculiar name from the sounds it makes when visitors stroll on its sand. The sound comes from a unique blend of sand granules made from quartz grinding together. Tune in and enjoy the details on 14 other weird beaches around the world.

Return From Extinction

Megatherium, the frightful ground sloth, was one of the largest terrestrial mammals to ever live on Earth. The herbivore was driven to extinction by hunter-gatherers in South America nearly 10,000 years ago, however, there are still stories in this same region today of a giant, terrifying creature that appears to have many of the same features of the extinct sloth. Hard to believe. Top 10 Media takes a look at nine other animals believed to be extinct, but appears to have survived elements, many of them after thousands of years.

Hole-ly Moly!

From home-swallowing sinkholes to picturesque natural caverns, Danger Dolan counts down the 15 strangest holes on the planet.

Danger Lurks On Planet Earth

Our planet certainly is immersed in danger, as attested by the dire statistic that 93 percent of the people who ever lived are now dead. By what and where are the most dangerous places on Earth? Take the Mariana Trench, the deepest part in any of our oceans located east of Mariana Island in the Western Pacific. If you were at the bottom of this trench, you’d be under seven miles of water, the pressure alone would crush your lungs, you’d be rendered unconscious in 15 seconds and dead in 90 seconds. In this edition of Vsauce, Michael Stevens previews our world’s many other dangerous locations that are definitely hazardous to your health.

Poor Can Sometimes Mean Rich

Henry Reich tells us that the poorest places on the planet can also be the richest. Although this is especially prevalent in nature, it can also apply to the human landscape. “In nature, as in human society, plenty of resources doesn’t necessarily translate into ‘everyone gets plenty,'” Reich says. He gets into the nuts and bolts about why poor places are more diverse in this edition of Minute Earth.

The Sixth Mass Extinction

“In the history of life on Earth, we know of five different mass extinctions when a majority of life on Earth at the time disappeared in the blink of a geologic eye,” says biologist and science writer Joe Hanson. The most cited is the Cretaceous-Paleogene Extinction 66 million years ago that wiped out the dinosaurs. But the most deadly was the mother of all extinctions called the End Permian, 250 million years ago, which obliterated 96 percent of Earth’s species. Hanson says we are now in the midst of the sixth mass extinction and we are the perpetrators. Hanson explains why in this edition of It’s OK To Be Smart.

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