How do some animals glow? — Speaking of Chemistry

Fireflies, frogs, jellyfish, mushrooms, and even parrots have mad glowing skills. Humans may rule the natural world, but we seriously missed the boat when it comes to emitting light from our own bodies. So how do these creatures do it? So the first thing you need to know is that there are two ways to Read more…

The Future of Farming

Over the next two decades, a technological wave will revolutionize the efficiency of farms all over the world. It can’t come soon enough. By the year 2050 the human population will be nearly 10 billion—which means we’ll need to have doubled the amount of food we now produce. This is an examination of the agricultural Read more…

The chemical reaction that feeds the world – Daniel D. Dulek

What would you say is the most important discovery made in the past few centuries? Is it the computer? The car? Electricity? Or maybe the discovery of the atom? I would argue that it is this chemical reaction: a nitrogen gas molecule plus three hydrogen gas molecules gets you two ammonia gas molecules. This is Read more…

8 of the Worst Stinging Insects

♪Intro♪ Now, I’m not a huge fan of pain, but it IS super important, biologically speaking. It’s how your body tells your brain something is wrong—that you’ve put your hand on a hot stove or broken your leg. It’s such a strong signal that lots of animals have evolved to hijack it, and one group Read more…

6 Ways To Appear Smarter Than You Are ft. Lilly Singh

The perception of intelligence is extremely important in human evolution, and as a result, pretty important to your life. Psychology shows that in text, when a middle initial is used, there are positive evaluations of a person’s intellect and abilities. Middle initials are generally saved for more formal contexts like John F Kennedy. One study Read more…

How big is a mole? (Not the animal, the other one.) – Daniel Dulek

OK, today we’re going to talk about the mole. Now, I know what you’re thinking: “I know what a mole is, it’s a small furry creature that digs holes in the ground and destroys gardens.” And some of you might be thinking that it’s a growth on your aunt’s face with hairs sticking out of Read more…