The Surprisingly Retro Future of Batteries

Thanks to Brilliant for supporting this episode of SciShow. Go to Brilliant.org/SciShow to learn more. [♪ INTRO] Renewable energy sources like wind and solar are awesome, but they have a downside—they’re intermittent. That means, if we want to make our grids more sustainable, we need to store some of the energy they produce for later. […]

The Consequences of Technological Deflation (w/ Jeff Booth)

MAX WIETHE: Do you think the social consequences of that printing could come to fruition and slow down this deflationary cycle because of the social problems that will come to roost first? JEFF BOOTH: If you look at the newspapers today, if you look at most of what is in the news today, it’s the […]

Solar Design – Renewable

This is Beth and Julia. They turn sunlight into television, and cold fridges, and internet videos. Beth and Julia are designers with solar companies. Before the installers ever arrive, they’re responsible for designing a system that will turn sunlight into usable energy. But before all of this, they had to figure out how to train […]

Why isn’t the Netherlands underwater? – Stefan Al

In January of 1953, a tidal surge shook the North Sea. The titanic waves flooded the Dutch coastline, killing almost 2,000 people. 54 years later, a similar storm threatened the region. But this time, the Netherlands were ready. As the water swelled, state-of-the-art computer sensors activated emergency protocols. Over the next 30 minutes, a pair […]

The Fed’s Losing Battle with Deflation (w/ Jeff Booth)

MAX WIETHE: I’m sitting down with Jeff Booth, author of the Price of Tomorrow and also an entrepreneur, thank you for coming in all the way from Vancouver, Jeff. JEFF BOOTH: Thanks. Thanks for having me, Max. MAX WIETHE: It’s our pleasure. Well, before we get into a little bit about your background to help […]

Why Animals Take Care of Other Animals’ Young

Thanks to the Monterey Bay Aquarium for partnering with us on this episode of SciShow! It otter be a fun one. [♪ INTRO] Animals snuggling up with baby animals that are not related to them is internet gold. But memes aside, cute critters taking care of young that aren’t their own, or alloparenting, is a […]

This 3D-Printed Bunny Could Be the Future of Data Storage

This rabbit contains the instructions for how to replicate itself, just like all our living cells do. Even though it’s very clearly not alive, its instructions are encoded into DNA and then embedded into this 3D-printed plastic object. This… is an advanced proof of concept for DNA as data storage. Think about it: just like […]

Answering Google’s 4 Most Search Questions on Sustainability

Hi Alex here. Nice to see you again. I am excited today because, we are answering the 4 most searched questions about sustainability on Google. This is the TOP 4 questions people have when they search sustainability on Google: What is a simple definition of sustainability? What are the 3 pillars of sustainability? Why is […]

Why do Birds Crash into Windows? | #aumsum

It’s AumSum Time. Why do Birds Crash into Windows? Because they don’t ring bells and walk through doors. Oh AumSum. It is estimated that close to a billion birds crash into windows. And die in the US each year. Firstly, researchers believe that just like humans. Even birds are not able to see transparent glass. […]

How Green Energy Could Bring More Rain to Africa

♪♪♪ Africa’s Sahara desert is wide open and sparsely populated, a great source of sun and wind, and a prime location, some say, to build arrays of solar panels and wind turbines. And while replacing fossil fuels is great for fighting climate change, these power plants could bring more to the region than just tons […]