Is it Wrong to Fly? – Glad You Asked S1

This is me in China in 1996, on a trip to see where my family came from.That trip was the first time that I rode in an airplane,and the first time that I got stuck in an airport.We’ve been waiting here for 9 hours now! Air travel is one of the great privileges of living […]

This goofy bird vs. the fossil fuel industry

These people are on a pilgrimage. They’re in one of the most remote parts of the United States, to see something spectacular that happens every year. An icon of the American West. This is a sage grouse. And this is its mating dance. The sage grouse once numbered in the millions across this entire region. […]

This invention could fix our unreliable power grid

This is Larry. He’s a squirrel. He likes nuts. In 2019, he went into an electric box in Kettering, Ohio. Is this a nut? It was not a nut. He broke the electric box. And caused a blackout for 20,000 people. Larry isn’t alone. Squirrels do this all the time. Here’s a map of their […]

Google and Amazon are now in the oil business

On Earth Day 2019, Google posted this video about the “urgency of radically addressing climate change in the next decade.” This is Kate Brandt, she used to be Obama’s chief sustainability officer. Now she works to make Google a global leader in “reducing or even eliminating our dependence on raw materials or fossil fuels.” Google’s […]

How humans disrupted a cycle essential to all life

The earth has an elegant cycle of life. It’s the story of carbon. And over billions of years, it has evolved to look something like this. And it starts with a plant. Plants and microorganisms absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Then they use energy from the sun to convert that carbon into oxygen… And […]

The science and controversy behind your lightbulbs

(gentle music) – You might have noticed that light bulbs have gotten more complicated. Light bulb technology has exploded in the past few years. There are incandescents, fluorescents, LEDs, it’s a lot. New bulbs are more energy-efficient than they ever were before, and they’re even getting smarter. But now, all of a sudden, some of […]

Open offices are overrated

Stop! Let’s break this down. We all know open offices are bad. There’ve been studies that show that private offices “clearly outperformed” open ones. Open offices are about saving money. Pricey real estate means that every square foot’s a dollar sign, and that’s fine. But we don’t like to talk about it that way. We […]

Why graphene hasn’t taken over the world…yet

– [Cory] It may not look like it, but I’m creating one of the strongest and most versatile materials on Earth, graphene. You’ve probably heard buzz about it. Graphene made big waves back in 2004, and it’s knocked around science news ever since. – A global race for graphene. – You know, it’s not just […]

Apollo 11’s journey to the moon, annotated

You’re looking at one of the most incredible moments in human history. That’s Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, walking on the moon. Okay, maybe you’ve seen this clip before, but think about that for a second: They’re on the moon. A celestial object nearly 240,000 miles into outer space. That distance is like flying all […]

Why Norway is full of Teslas

There are Teslas everywhere in this city. Up until today I’d seen a total of about five Teslas my entire life. And three of those five were behind glass cases in luxury malls. I’ve been in Oslo for like a couple of hours and I’ve seen like 50 Teslas. There’s one right there. They’re beautiful, […]