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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.

Debunking Brain Myths

Personality tests tell us that left-brained people are steeped in logic and blessed with strong math and science skills, while right-brainers are more creative and adept at the arts. But it seems that a Nobel-winning research study in the early 1960s turned into a misunderstanding of how we characterized these people over the decades. Host Hank Green unravels the myth and seeks the truth in this edition of Scishow.

How Measles Returned

Wasn’t measles eradicated in the United States years ago? Well, it’s baaack! But how? Hank Green says the disease has been back for about two months and the Center for Disease Controls says it could gain a foothold unless we get vaccinated. The current strain, Green says, comes from the Phillipines and might well threaten an endemic in our country. Tune in to this edition of SciShow as Green explains the unlikely comeback of the disease.

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!”

Terms Of Disendearment

Familiar with the terms “psycho, ocd, schizo, bipolar?” They’re terms we’ve recklessly used to insult someone, not really understanding their true definitions. Health professional say using such words minimizes serious conditions and the people who have them. In this edition of SciShow, Hank Green sets the record straight on what these words mean and tells us why it’s not cool to say the weather is schizophrenic.

Virus Strain a Worthy Foe

The mysterious Enterovirus that has enveloped the country is posing major problems for the U.S., especially for our children. A particular strain of the virus, D68, is a worthy adversary. In this edition of SciShow, Hank Green explains the science of the latest virus to break out in the U.S. (Update: Sadly, since this video was shot, there have been two confirmed deaths due to the virus, both children ages 21 months and 4.) Also in this edition of SciShow, Green examines the planet’s looming population boom, which is expected to reach between 9.6 and 12.3 billion people.

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