The How, Why, and How Much of Oil

This is a barrel of crude oil. It holds about 42 U.S. gallons or about 159 liters. Each day, the world consumes 88 million of them. 19 million of which are used right here in the U.S. of A. For 150 years now, we’ve been living in a petroleum world. Most experts agree… …that over […]

Fossils 101 | National Geographic

(gentle music) – [Narrator] Like buried treasure, they lie hidden from sight. Echoes of an ancient past, they whisper secrets and tell tales once lost to time. Fossils are remnants or impressions of ancient organisms that are naturally preserved in stone. While there are hundreds of fossil types, they are often grouped into two major […]

Will we run out of fossil fuels?

Will we run out of fossil fuels? Or more precisely, will a gradual scarcity of fossil fuels drive up their price so that alternatives out-compete them? Much of our modern thinking about this is driven by a very famous 1956 lecture by a petroleum geologist called M. King Hubbert. He used a bell shaped curve […]

What if You Drilled into a Volcano

The Earth’s surface is shaking; long cracks split the ground open; lava rivers are rapidly flowing down the slopes; explosions sound more and more often; rocks and other debris are flying into the air; the sky is darkened by the clouds of ash. Nah, it’s not a plot of a new disaster movie! It’s just […]

Arctic amplification: How the albedo effect speeds up global warming | Jon Gertner

One thing that’s particularly worrisome about the Arctic right now is that it’s warming about twice as fast as the rest of the world. And there’s this term scientists use for it, called arctic amplification. So whereas the rest of the Earth on average has warmed about 1 degree centigrade since pre-industrial era, the Arctic […]

Apollo’s Most Important Discovery (Inside NASA’s Moon Rock Vault!)

Hey smart people, Joe here. This is our planet. And this is the moon. And this is how far apart they ACTUALLY are, to scale. You might not know this, but compared to other moons in our solar system, our moon is weird. It’s 1/80th of Earth’s mass, which may not sound like a lot, […]

When Will We Stop Using Oil?

[MUSIC] In the early 2000s, news of the end of the oil age was everywhere. “No more oil!” Yet, here we are a decade later, “Oil everywhere! We’ll never run out of oil!!”. So which is it? Right now the world produces a whopping 93 million barrels of oil every day, but more than a […]