Tag: SciShow

How science could save the diamond industry from itself

How science could save the diamond industry from itself

Diamonds have always been extremely rare and valuable…but that might change soon. Over the past five years, the synthetic diamond industry has exploded, producing large and perfect diamonds to rival anything that comes out of the Earth. We look at the technology making this possible and ask, “When diamonds are no longer rare, what are…

We met the world’s first domesticated foxes

We met the world’s first domesticated foxes

This week, we meet the very cute and very bizarre result of an almost 60-year-long experiment: they’re foxes that have been specially bred for their dog-like friendliness toward people. We do a little behavior research of our own, and discover what scientists continue to learn from the world’s most famous experiment in domestication. The fox…

A microscopic look at why the world is running out of sand

A microscopic look at why the world is running out of sand

Humans are using more sand than the Earth is naturally producing, and that’s a problem for the global construction industry. But it turns out that the usefulness of sand depends on the science of each tiny little grain. We went on a sand scavenger hunt to collect some samples, look at them under a microscope,…

How astronauts handle medical meltdowns in space

How astronauts handle medical meltdowns in space

When astronauts go into space they need to be in peak physical fitness, but that doesn’t mean they can’t get sick. And when they do, there is no clinic or hospital nearby. In this episode, Loren visits the STRATUS Center in Boston, where simulations are being developed to train astronauts on how to handle medical…

Why Tesla is building city-sized batteries

Why Tesla is building city-sized batteries

We talked to the co-founder of Tesla, JB Straubel, about why giant batteries are crucial to the future of power grids everywhere. Batteries are becoming more useful at powering bigger things like bikes, cars, and soon, entire cities. We explore some of the zanier forms of energy storage already in use around the country. Learn…

I tried living on Mars — in Hawaii

I tried living on Mars — in Hawaii

In this season two premiere of Space Craft, Loren Grush takes us to a remote habitat on the island of Hawaii to simulate what life is like on the Red Planet. Subscribe: http://goo.gl/G5RXGs Like The Verge on Facebook: https://goo.gl/2P1aGc Follow on Twitter: https://goo.gl/XTWX61 Follow on Instagram: https://goo.gl/7ZeLvX Read More: http://www.theverge.com Community guidelines: http://bit.ly/2D0hlAv Subscribe to…

This monster plant is trying to take over. What if we let it?

This monster plant is trying to take over. What if we let it?

Silicon Valley is home to tech giants, venture capital…and a years-long battle between an invasive species, a tiny bird, and a bunch of scientists trying to decide what counts as “nature.” We put on the biggest boots we could find and headed out to the strange salt flats of the San Francisco bay to check…

Space Craft: Season 2 Trailer

Space Craft: Season 2 Trailer

Would you choose to live on another planet if given the chance? How about living in space? In this season of Space Craft, follow along as Loren Grush investigates some of the ways people are preparing to live in space – from testing out habitats and growing food, to learning about the physiological challenges and…

The Armenian Pagan Neo-Nazi Problem

The Armenian Pagan Neo-Nazi Problem

This episode was inspired by visiting Garni. It’s a beautiful temple, and worthy of a visit. To clarify: Though the foundations of the faith branch from Nzhdeh’s historic race religion ideals, it would be inaccurate to say that the concept of an Aryan/Armenian bloodline drive the modern version of the religion. There’s a huge amount…