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Could We Destroy Our Planet?

With the proliferation of nuclear weapons on the planet, do we have the ability to destroy ourselves? SciShow host Hank Green says that the entire nuclear arsenal on Earth, mostly concentrated in the United States and Russia, is about 7,000 megatons, which is puny on a universal scale and when compared to natural forces. Granted, if all these weapons were detonated, there would be severe damange to deal with. “But the Earth is pretty sturdy and people are pretty good at surviving,” Green says.

NASA Finds Water On Mars

In a stunning discovery, NASA announced there is sometimes flowing water on Mars, or at least liquid, hydrated perchlorate salts. While NASA welcomes the surprise news, there are many questions to be answered, such as where did the water come from? Is it salty like saltwater? And what exactly does this discovery mean? Hank Green attacks these questions in this edition of SciShow.

Nuke Mars’ Poles

Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, says we could expedite Earth’s colonization of Mars by nuking the Red Planet. Musk’s point is to make Mars habitable really quickly by nuking its poles. “The idea is the bombs would be a quick way to to terraform Mars, in other words, make the planet capable of supporting human life,” Hank Green says. Green explains in this edition of SciShow.

Downloading Artificial Life

Stunningly, biologists are developing a method to create artificial life with DNA that was put together by downloading information from the Internet. SciShow host Hank Green says, “In a sense, it’s the first living thing on the planet with a computer for a parent.” Check out the video as Green presents the elaborate details.

Exploring the Mind’s Eye

SciShow host Hank Green explores a newly identified neurological condition, aphantasia, the inability to visualize things in your imagination, and gives tribute to Dr. Oliver Sacks, popular explorer of the human mind.

Seeing Things That Aren’t There

After more than a century of observation and seven spacecrafts, people continue to see weird things on the planet Mars. Case in point was a recent photo sent our way by the Curiosity rover that appeared to show a woman standing near the edge of a Martian escarpment. Turned out to be a visual aberration, of course, but why are we seeing things that aren’t there? Rest easy, folks, it’s only pareidolia, the tendency humans have to perceive familiar images, especially faces, where none exist. Hank Green fills us in on the juicy details in this edition of SciShow.

Eating GMOs Perfectly Healthy

GMOs–genetically modified organisms–are everywhere in the universe, but are they bad for us? “They aren’t,” Hank Green says resolutely. “They just aren’t, not intrinsically, and certainly not for your health.” Green explains we’ve been eating GMOs for decades with no ill effects as he further elaborates on the process in this edition of SciShow.

How to Upload Your Brain

SciShow’s Hank Green tells us that uploading our brains might one day let us cheat death. Create an expanded lifetime, so to speak. The technology is a long way off, but researchers continue to close the gap. Green explains.

Hope Alive For Cancer Cure

After billions of dollars and years of research, why haven’t we found a cure for cancer? SciShow host Hank Green opines, “If every tumor worked the same, we would probably by now have that magic bullet that we need. The trouble is, cancers may look the same on the outside but each one develops differently in their own way and can originate in any type of tissue.” But Green says there’s still hope for progress beyond the traditional chemotherapy and radiation methods.

Planets Beyond Neptune

Science tells us there are only eight planets in our solar system. But will advanced technology and improved telescopes prove us wrong? “According to at least two teams of researchers, there might be a few planet-sized worlds lurking out beyond Neptune,” says host Hank Green. Some scientists theorize there is a planet at least 10 times the size of Earth out there quietly orbiting the sun. Green explains in this edition of SciShow.

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