5 Times Scientists Gave Animals Drugs (and What They Learned)

[♪ INTRO] “Scientists get spiders high on weed!” “Watch what happened when a scientist gave this octopus ecstasy!” Over the years, you might have seen some headlines like these. This kind of research makes for great click-bait-ey articles, because it creates a ridiculous picture in our minds, and humans love to watch animals being silly. Read more…

Amazing Snakes!

How would you like to play a game of True or False? Squeaks and I came up with a really fun game where you guess what’s true and what’s not about one of our favorite kinds of animals — — snakes! Snakes are super interesting, and there are lots of different kinds! Scientists think there Read more…

7 Animals with Really Wild Tongues

[INTRO ♪] Your tongue does a lot for you—it helps you swallow, taste your food, it does all of these extremely intricate things that my toungue is doing right now so that you can understand all the words—just, like, what does it do—so amazing! Blubliblibl-lah! Maybe your tongue can perform cool tricks, like you can Read more…

4 Parasites Too Creepy to Exist

Thanks to Brilliant for supporting this whole week of SciShow! Go to Brilliant.org/SciShow to learn more. [♪ INTRO] Of all the strategies life has developed for survival, parasitism is among the most popular. A parasite is an organism that makes its living taking resources from another, called the host. Parasites give nothing back and often Read more…

6 Animals with Extraordinary Adaptations to Cave Life

[♩INTRO] It’s not easy living in a cave. There isn’t a ton of space, the pickings are slim, and then there’s the whole living-in-total-darkness bit. So it’s not surprising that the species that live in caves, or troglobites, have made some adjustments. Many are eyeless, for example, or have become basically colorless. But cave-dwelling species Read more…

Brood Parasites

Raising kids is a big job, and one that costs a lot of energy. But what if you could just drop your kids off at someone else’s place and let them have the responsibility? Well, there are some animals that do just that. They’re called brood parasites, and they lay their eggs in other animals’ Read more…

Awesome Animal Dads

Human babies are helpless little things that depend on a lot of care for a very long time. But we humans aren’t the only ones who can’t make it on our own. Some animal babies — mostly birds, but some mammals, too — are usually cared for by two parents. Others rely only on the Read more…

3 People Who Probably Saved Your Life

Have you ever saved someone’s life? Maybe you’ve pulled a kid out of the street just in time, or fished a friend out of the river, or did the Heimlich maneuver on the guy sitting next to you at the deli. There’s a small group of people in history — let’s just call them what Read more…

7 Animals with Super Weird (and Sometimes Horrifying) Teeth

You might dread going to the dentist, but at least human teeth are fairly straightforward. They line up in rows, stay inside your mouth, and have standard toothy shapes. We have these all-purpose teeth because we have a pretty all-purpose diet. Humans can survive on a wide range of foods, so we don’t have to Read more…

Will-o’-the-Wisps and 5 Other Mysteries Science Can Explain

Thanks to Skillshare for sponsoring this episode — and this whole week! — of SciShow. [ INTRO ] To the frustration of scientists everywhere, things in this world sometimes just don’t make any sense. But for the rest of us, that can be kind of amazing. Imagining what could cause unexplained phenomena — like weird Read more…