NASA Looking For Planetary Protection Officer

NASA wants somebody to take responsibility for keeping Earth – and other planets — safe. The Planetary Protection Officer will earn up to $187,000 a year. The job isn’t so much about zapping incoming aliens. Rather it’s about making sure that space missions don’t contaminate Earth with organic or biological material from other planets and […]

Fried Chicken’s Deliciousness Explained With Science

Battered and deep-fried chicken might be one of the most delicious foods ever. But what makes this summer picnic staple so tasty? It all comes down to the chemistry of frying. In the latest Reactions video, learn how the delicate dance of fat at high temperatures leads to a crispy, savory summer snack. [Reactions]

Will we ever be able to teleport?

Is teleportation possible? Could a baseball transform into something like a radio wave, travel through buildings, bounce around corners, and change back into a baseball? Oddly enough, thanks to quantum mechanics, the answer might actually be yes… sort of! Sajan Saini explains. [TED Ed]

Lyme disease is spreading. Blame ticks — and climate change [Science Video]

Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease in the US; and climate change is helping it to spread even more. Animals such as deer, mice, squirrels, other critters in wooded area can be hosts to the bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, that causes Lyme disease in humans. When ticks feed off these hosts, the ticks become […]

Slime Mold: A Brainless Blob that Seems Smart [Science Video]

Slime molds look gross and… not smart, but they definitely seem to communicate and plan even without neurons. Michael from the Scishow Youtube channel explains the science behind these clever eukaryotes. [SciShow]

What Does “A 50% Chance of Rain” Actually Mean?

Your friendly local weather person says there’s a 10% chance it will rain today, so you throw on your flip-flops and head out to enjoy a beautiful day. Next thing you know, you’re running through puddles, trying to get out of a torrential downpour. Bad luck or bad weather person? Find out in the latest […]

The Science of TRANSPARENT Solar Panels

Did you knowthat infinitesimally small quantum dots can turn a window into a see-through solar panel? Nanoparticle (also called nanopowder or nanocluster or nanocrystal): a microscopic particle with at least one dimension less than 100 nm. These tiny objects often have characteristics that differ from larger versions of the same material. Quantum dots (QD): tiny […]

The Bizarre Physics of Fire Ants [Science Video]

They’re not just an animal, they’re a material. And that’s got engineers interested. Red imported fire ants (solenopsis invicta) are native to South America and an invasive species in the United States. One of the adaptations that makes them so hardy is that they can build large structures by linking their bodies together. This is […]

What Happens When You Have a Concussion?

Each year in the United States, players of sports and recreational activities receive between 2.5 and 4 million concussions. How dangerous are all those concussions? The answer is complicated and lies in how the brain responds when something strikes it. Clifford Robbins explains the science behind concussions. [TED Ed]

How Much Do You REALLY Know About Autism?

Autism is often very misunderstood. What is it, and what causes it? Learn more about the disorder in this episode of Life Noggin! [Life Noggin]

Why do we Have Earwax?

No Judging: At one point you’ve probably put a finger in your ear and dug out some rather unsightly ear wax, but why does your body produce this yellowy substance in the first place? Find out in this episode of the SciShow! [SciShow]

First ‘Moon’ Spotted Outside Our Solar System

Astronomers may have detected a moon from outside of our solar system for the first time. Either way, they’ve definitely come up with a terrible pun. The ‘candidate moon’ is formerly known as Kepler-1625b but has been nicknamed a “Nep-moon” because it’s a similar size and mass to Neptune. That would give it a radius […]