TED Talks with Mythbusters' Adam Savage

Adam Savage is one half of the insane genius behind the hit TV show Mythbusters and in this illuminating short TED Talk, he explains to us how some of history’s most profound discoveries have come from really simple, yet insightful methods: Eratosthenes’ calculation of the Earth’s circumference (200 BC) and Fizeau’s measurement of the speed of light (1849).

It’s a lesson in how you don’t have to have a PHD behind your name to conceive mighty concepts.

Amazing Science Video Source: “How simple ideas lead to scientific discoveries” – TED Talks. Uploaded by TED-Ed on YouTube channel https://youtu.be/F8UFGu2M2gM

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-simple-…

Caught In The Act: Solar Flare Time Lapse

On July 19th 2012, NASA captured the full occurrence of a medium-sized solar flare. From a distance, the flare – albeit spectacular in itself – appears quite normal. But, upon closer inspection, the full and mesmerising nature of these looping conflagrations is revealed. Watch as this “moderately powerful” solar flare lets rip with a magnificent coronal mass ejection. Sounds positively filthy. This is followed shortly by gorgeous fiery “rain,” which traces graceful luminous pathways as it falls gently back towards the surface of the sun. These streams are composed of charged plasma, which is moving along the paths of strong magnetic fields. If none of this makes sense to you, it doesn’t matter, because this incredible footage is a visual feast all on its own!

Enjoy!

Video Source: Uploaded by USANewz via National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on YouTube channel https://youtu.be/gOuCikgKRIo

Drunk History (& Science): The Story of Benjamin Franklin

If you found your own history lessons at school mind-numbingly boring (who didn’t?) then this epic telling of the story of Benjamin Franklin will have you paying attention like never before. Who better to learn about the history of one of America’s greatest science pioneers (and political figureheads) from than a drunk celebrity? Illustrating a totally inebriated Eric Falconer’s account of Benjamin Franklin’s kite experiment are funny actors Jack Black and Clark Duke.

Source: Derek Waters’ “Drunk History” on YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjZR1Rjj_p0

For more from the masterminds behind this genius and totally hilarious American comedy show, check out www.cc.com/shows/drunk-history.

Sensitive viewers, please note that when Eric says he’s going to puke he actually does, although it’s not too graphic. Just calmly put down your onion bagel around the 1:45 mark. You’re welcome.

This Won't Educate You In Any Way (But It Is Ridiculously Funny)…

Most of the time, the content I add to the coffers of “Why? Because Science” is intended to entertain AND educate at the same time. While there’s not much to learn from the following ridiculously comedic clip of a gibbon doing an elaborate balancing act down the length of a suspension bridge, you can enjoy the elevated levels of dopamine that should result.

Video Source: “Monkey Walking The Tight Rope!” uploaded by ChannelClub2 on YouTube channel https://youtu.be/rKJYI_rn_sg

The Earth Has Indigestion! Awesome Volcano Footage

For those who struggle with gastric reflux, indigestion and heart burn, the Earth provides some comforting empathy. Check out these three AMAZING videos of volcanoes wreaking havoc upon the local biology:

Volcanic Eruption in Papua New Guinea

Video Source: “Volcanic Eruption in Papua New Guinea” by Phil McNamara and uploaded to the YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XlDa3WxVJ0

This intense clip was captured on August 29th, 2014, when Mount Tavurvur on Papua New Guinea finally blew its lid, sending an incredible shockwave into the atmosphere and into the ocean vessel the filmmaker was riding!

Pyroclastic Flow Followed by Series of Tornados (Sweet Jesus!)

Video Source: “Pyroclastic Flow Followed by Series of Tornados” uploaded by Photovolcanica on YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzbIdE51jcg

In this amazing science video, the pyroclastic flow off Mount Sinabung volcano (North Sumatra, Indonesia) leaves behind a trail of superheated material, which then generates incredibly strong convection currents. These begin spinning vertically due to the speed with which the air is rising and the result is like salt in the wound of an already decimated landscape: TORNADOS!

Nature’s Fireworks: The Five Most Spectacular Volcanic Eruptions of Recent Years

Video Source: “Nature’s Fireworks: The Five Most Spectacular Volcanic Eruptions of Recent Years” uploaded by Zoomin.TV Science on YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R15iePGcFYE

The title pretty much gives away the content of the film, so go ahead and enjoy these five catastrophically seismic events! It’s a visual feast.