Tag: biology

What Animal Dominates Earth?

What Animal Dominates Earth?

By Micah Moen 100 Comments February 27, 2020

[INTRO ♪] Ask any casual science enthusiast what animal group has more species than any other, and they’ll probably say beetles. And there are a ton of beetle species— more than 350 thousand, in fact. That’s about 22% of all species that we’ve identified and named so far, including stuff like bacteria. But some scientists […]

The Science of Farts

The Science of Farts

By Micah Moen 100 Comments February 17, 2020

I know what you’re thinking. This is clickbait. I used to respect you, Joe. Now you’re just making fart videos. Well, I can assure you this is not clickbait, but this is a fart video. A science fart video. No hot air… well, maybe a little. [OPEN] Everybody farts! You, your mother, kittens, the dalai […]

Why is this Antarctic Glacier “Bleeding?” | Antarctic Extremes

Why is this Antarctic Glacier “Bleeding?” | Antarctic Extremes

By Micah Moen 100 Comments February 17, 2020

(eerie electronic music) – [Caitlin] This might be the most shocking feature in all of Antarctica. – [Jill] What do you think of when you see it? – Honestly? I think of the glacier having its period. – [Jill] Okay, yeah. – [Caitlin] Blood Falls. What is this place? Why is there so little ice […]

What’s a bedbug’s bedroom secret? | Natural History Museum

What’s a bedbug’s bedroom secret? | Natural History Museum

By Micah Moen 7 Comments February 11, 2020

Animals mate in all sorts of ways, some more surprising than others When bedbugs mate, they don’t do it in a traditional way. The male’s penis is quite extraordinary. It’s shaped a bit like a dagger and he uses this to pierce through her body. He generally pierces through her abdomen and the sperm is […]

We All Came From Microbes…

We All Came From Microbes…

By Micah Moen 1 Comment February 11, 2020

Life Beyond Earth

Life Beyond Earth

By Micah Moen 2 Comments February 10, 2020

– We’re gonna be talking about this series, the Catalysts of Change, and it’s really about how scientific advances are really going to be at the forefront of changes that are gonna be really having a huge impact on your life. We have four lectures. We’re actually, as I said, trying to experiment today, which […]

Why Are There So Many Beetles?

Why Are There So Many Beetles?

By Micah Moen 100 Comments February 6, 2020

Thanks to Brilliant for supporting this episode of Scishow. Go to Brilliant.org/scishow to learn more. {♫Intro♫} Beetles are incredibly diverse. We’re talking somewhere around 400,000 individual species — from weird-looking weevils to giant goliaths. They’re the most diverse group of complex organisms on Earth, and they make up over 20% of all named animal species. […]

Ep 108 The Sun’s Surface, Rainforest Life, and a Space Hotel | Twig Science Reporter

Ep 108 The Sun’s Surface, Rainforest Life, and a Space Hotel | Twig Science Reporter

By Micah Moen 0 Comment February 6, 2020

On this week’s news update– Detailed images of the Sun– An incredible record of rain forest life– And a new hotel– in space! First up– Can you guess what this is? It’s the most detailed image ever created of the surface of the Sun! It was captured by the new Daniel K Inouye Solar Telescope, […]

Cellular Cannibalism May Have Led to the Evolution of Everything, Including Us

Cellular Cannibalism May Have Led to the Evolution of Everything, Including Us

By Micah Moen 100 Comments February 5, 2020

In comic books and superhero movies changes to genetic material lead to some prettttty strange capabilities! But in reality, could altering our genetics help us rapidly evolve? Unfortunately for those of us who live in the real-world, expression of large mutations requires evolution: generations of iterative selection of a specific change. So, sorry, no single […]

The art of preserving a blue marlin | Natural History Museum

The art of preserving a blue marlin | Natural History Museum

By Micah Moen 100 Comments February 4, 2020

So here we are in Hintze Hall, our newly renovated space. On this ground floor we have ten Wonder Bays, which show the sorts of collections that we’ve got. So on the east side we have we have extinct specimens, and on the west side we have extant specimens that are still in the world […]