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Arts (Visual)

  • The Amazing Math in Da Vinci’s ‘Vitruvian Man’
  • Andy Warhol, Campbell’s Soup Cans: Why Is This Art?
  • Brief History of Graffiti
  • Brief History of Religion in Art
  • Bringing a Pop-up Book to Life
  • The Case for Andy Warhol
  • Cave Paintings
  • The Chaotic Brilliance of Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
  • Complex Geometry and Islamic Design
  • The Dawn of Art
  • Doodlers Unite
  • Eye vs. Camera
  • Frida Kahlo: The Woman Behind the Legend
  • Gyotaku: The Ancient Japanese Art of Printing Fish
  • The History of Graffiti
  • The History of Tattoos
  • How Ancient Art Influenced Modern Art
  • How Art Can Help You Analyze
  • How One French Poet Combined Poetry and Visual Art
  • Inside a Cartoonist’s World
  • Is There a Difference Between Art and Craft
  • The Many Meanings of Michelangelo’s Statue of David
  • Math and Van Gogh
  • The Mathematics of Sidewalk Illusions
  • My Cat Could Make That (What Is Abstract Expressionism?)
  • Taking Imagination Seriously
  • What Color is Tuesday? Exploring Synesthesia
  • What Is Color?
  • What Is Minimalist Art and Why Does It Matter?
  • Who Decided What Art Means
  • Why Babies in Medieval Paintings Look Like Ugly Old Men
  • Why Is This Painting So Captivating? (Girl with the Pearl Earring)
  • Why Is This Painting So Captivating? (Las Meninas)
  • Why Is This Painting So Shocking? (Guernica)

Arts (Music)

  • A Different Way to Visualize Rhythm
  • Animation Basics: The Art of Timing and Spacing
  • A-rhythm-etic. The Math Behind the Beats
  • Beatboxing 101
  • A Brief History of Goths
  • Earworms: Those Songs That Get Stuck in Your Head
  • From Aaliyah to Jay-Z: Captured Moments in Hip-Hop History
  • How Bass Instruments Work
  • How Playing an Instrument Benefits Your Brain
  • How to Practice Effectively
  • How to Read Music
  • Johann Sebastian Bach’ Life
  • Music and Creativity in Ancient Greece
  • Music and Emotion Through Time
  • Music and Math: The Genius of Beethoven
  • Music as a Language
  • The Physics of Playing a Guitar
  • The Secrets of Mozart’s Magic Flute
  • Why You Should Listen to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
  • Why We Love Repetition in Music

Arts (Theatre)

  • Development of English Drama
  • Did Shakespeare Write His Plays?
  • Does the Wonderful Wizard of Oz Have a Hidden Message?
  • The History of Social Dance
  • In on a Secret? That’s Dramatic Irony
  • Shakespeare’s Best Insults
  • Kabuki: The People's Dramatic Art
  • Poetry, Pentameter, Pirates (Shakespeare & Iambic Pentameter)
  • The Science of Stage Fright (and How to Overcome It)
  • Shakespearean Dating Tips
  • Slowing Down Time (in Writing & Film)
  • What's the Definition of Comedy?
  • Why Is Aristophanes Called the Father of Comedy?
  • Why Is This Painting So Captivating? (Las Meninas)
  • Why Shakespeare Loved Iambic Pentameter
  • Why Tragedies Are Alluring?

Community Service

  • Recycling Styrofoam

Counseling

  • Addiction
  • Are You a Giver or a Taker?
  • Are You a Good Listener?
  • The Distracted Mind
  • Does School Prepare Students for the Real World
  • Debunking the Myths of OCD
  • The Equation for Reaching Your Dreams
  • Five Tips to Improve Critical Thinking
  • Five Ways Social Media Is Changing Your Brain Right Now
  • Five Ways You Can Help a Friend Suffering from Depression
  • Friendships and Vulnerability
  • Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
  • Good and Bad Childhoods
  • Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset: An Introduction
  • How Does Stress Affect the Brain?
  • How I Learned to Organize My Scatterbrain
  • How Miscommunication Happens (and How to Avoid It)
  • How to Be Confident
  • How to Be More Empathetic
  • How to Manage Your Time More Effectively
  • How to Practice Effectively
  • How to Stay Calm Under Pressure
  • How to Stop Being Bored and Start Being Bold
  • How to Talk to People You Disagree With
  • Is Binge-Watching Bad for You?
  • J.K. Rowling on the Importance of Failing
  • Learning to Listen
  • Manners
  • Overcoming Obstacles
  • The Science of Decision-Making
  • Seven Healthy Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep
  • A Simple Way to Break a Bad Habit
  • Stay in--or Leave--a Relationship?
  • The Surprising Link Between Stress and Memory
  • Teach Girls Bravery Not Perfection
  • Three Quick Tips to Boost Your Confidence
  • What Causes Addiction
  • What Is Bipolar Disorder?
  • What Is Depression?
  • What Is Empathy?
  • What Trying to Help My Friend Taught Me About Mental Health
  • What You Can Do When Friendship Becomes Harmful
  • Why Do People Join Cults?
  • Why Do We Make Irrational Decisions?
  • Why Perfect Grades Don’t Matter
  • Why We Fear the Wrong Things

Debate

  • Are Boys Smarter Than Girls?
  • Is There a Limit to Technological Progress?
  • The Lost Art of Democratic Debate
  • Private School vs. Public School
  • The Pros and Cons of Pesticides
  • Should We Get Rid of Standardized Testing?
  • Should We Look for Life Elsewhere in the Universe?
  • Would You Sacrifice One Person to Save Five?

Design/Technology

  • Animal Architects
  • Animation Basics: Homemade Special Effects
  • Animation Basics: The Optical Illusion of Motion
  • A Brief History of Video Games (Part I)
  • Building the Brooklyn Bridge
  • Can Machines Read Your Emotions?
  • Can a Robot be Creative?
  • How a Bendy Straw Was Invented
  • How an Igloo Keeps You Warm
  • How Blue Jeans Were Invented
  • How Cars Went from Boxy to Curvy
  • How Computer Memory Works
  • How Computers Translate Human Language
  • How Do Hard Drives Work?
  • How Do Self-Driving Cars See?
  • How Do Touchscreens Work?
  • How Fan Films Shaped the Lego Movie
  • How Far Can We Go?
  • How the Band-Aid was invented?
  • How the Popsicle Was Invented
  • How the Romans Flooded the Colosseum for Sea Battles
  • How the Rubber Glove was Invented
  • How the Sandwich Was Invented
  • How Smudge-proof Lipstick Was Invented
  • How Superglue Was Invented
  • How a TV Works in Slow Motion
  • How Was the First Metro System Built?
  • Inside Your Computer
  • Is Google Killing Your Memory?
  • Is It Possible to Create a Perfect Vacuum?
  • A Life-Saving Device That Detects Heart Attacks
  • Magnetic Slime
  • Meet a 12-year-old App Developer
  • Nine Futuristic Materials
  • The Power of Creative Constraints
  • Teaching Design for Change
  • Ten Dangerous Fashion Trends
  • Think Like a Coder (Series)
  • This One Weird Trick Will Help You Spot Clickbait
  • What Are Mini Brains?
  • What If Cracks in Concrete Could Fix Themselves?
  • What Is the Internet of Things?
  • What Is a Smartphone Made of?
  • What Is the World Wide Web?
  • What’s So Special About Viking Ships?
  • Will We Ever Be Able to Teleport?
  • Will There Ever Be a Mile-High Skyscraper?

French

  • History vs. Napoleon Bonaparte
  • What Caused the French Revolution?

Language & Literature

Note: There are several poems from the “There’s a Poem for That” series in this list. They all are identified with the series’ name in parentheses after the title.

  • Accents (There’s A Poem for That series)
  • All the World Is a Stage (There’s a Poem for That series)
  • An Antihero of One’s Own
  • Animal Farm – Context and Background
  • The Art of the Metaphor
  • The Assassination of Julius Caesar
  • The Aztec Myth of the Unluckiest Sun God
  • Become a Slam Poet in Five Steps
  • Beware of Nominalizations (AKA Zombie Nouns)
  • A Brief History of Plural Word
  • The Cambodian Myth of Thunder, Lightning, and Rain
  • The Case of a Misplaced Modifier
  • The Chinese Myth of the Immortal White Snake I & 2
  • Comma Story
  • The Clues to a Great Story
  • Dare to Educate Afghan Girls
  • Does Grammar Matter?
  • Does the Wonderful World of Oz Have a Hidden Message?
  • Everything You Need to Know to Read The Canterbury Tales
  • Everything You Need to Know to Read Frankenstein
  • Everything You Need to Know to Read The Odyssey
  • The Evolution of the Book
  • First Kiss (There’s A Poem for That series)
  • Five Myths from Around the World
  • For Estefani, Third Grade, Who Made Me a Card (There’s A Poem for That series)
  • Francine’s Interview – Holocaust Survivor
  • A Global Culture to Fight Extremism
  • Grammar's Great Divide: The Oxford Comma
  • Harry Potter and the Translator’s Nightmare
  • Hero: A Lesson from a Volunteer Firefighter
  • A Host of Heroes
  • How Can You Change Someone’s Mind?
  • How Did English Evolve?
  • How Did Hitler Rise to Power?
  • How Do Languages Evolve?
  • How False News Can Spread
  • How Fiction Can Change Reality
  • How the Heart Actually Pumps Blood
  • How Many Verb Tenses Are There in English?
  • How Miscommunication Happens
  • How Misused Modifiers Can Hurt Your Writing
  • How to Build a Fictional World
  • How to Make Your Writing Suspenseful
  • How Many Verb Tenses Are There in English?
  • How to Recognize a Dystopia
  • How Thor Got His Hammer
  • How to Use Rhetoric to Get What You Want
  • How to Use a Semicolon
  • How to Write Fiction That Comes Alive
  • Insults by Shakespeare
  • The Irish Myth of the Giant’s Causeway
  • Is There Any Truth to King Arthur’s Legends?
  • The Key to Media's Hidden Codes
  • Lessons from Auschwitz: The Power of Our Words
  • The Magic, Mathematical Fictions of Jorge Luis Borges
  • To Make Use of Water (There’s a Poem for That series)
  • Making Sense of Spelling
  • Mining Literature for Deeper Meanings
  • Misleading Headlines
  • The Myth of Arachne
  • The Myth of Cupid and Psyche
  • The Myth of Hercules
  • The Myth of Icarus and Daedalus
  • The Myth of Jason & the Argonauts
  • The Myth of King Midas and His Golden Touch
  • The Myth of Oisin and the Land of Eternal Youth
  • The Myth of Pandora’s Box
  • The Myth of Prometheus
  • The Myth of Sisyphus
  • The New Colossus (There’s a Poem for That series)
  • The Nutritionist There’s a Poem for That series)
  • Ode to the Only Black Kid in Class (There’s a Poem for That series)
  • The Opposites Game (from There’s a Poem for That series)
  • Plato’s Allegory of a Cave
  • Plato’s Best and Worst Ideas
  • A Poetic Experiment: Walt Whitman Interpreted by Three Animators
  • The Poetry of Emily Dickenson
  • The Poet Who Painted with Words
  • The Power of a Great Introduction
  • The Power of Simple Words
  • The Punishable Perils of Plagiarism
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson and the Beauty of the Everyday
  • A Refresher on Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Road Not Taken (There’s a Poem for That series)
  • The Science Behind the Myth: Homer's "Odyssey"
  • The Secret Student Resistance to Hitler
  • The Second Coming (There’s a Poem for That series)
  • Situational Irony: The Opposite of What You Think
  • Speech Acts: Constative and Performative (Power of Words)
  • Thor’s Journey to the Land of Giants
  • Three Anti-Social Skills to Improve Your Writing
  • Three Months After (There’s a Poem for That series)
  • Titan of Terror: The Dark Imagination of H.P. Lovecraft
  • To Make use of Water (There’s a Poem for That series)
  • The Tragic Myth of Orpheus and Eurydice
  • Vampires: Folklore, Fantasy and Fact
  • What Aristotle and Joshua Bell Can Teach Us About Persuasion
  • What Is an Antihero?
  • What Is the Definition of Comedy?
  • What Is Verbal Irony?
  • What Makes a Hero?
  • What Makes a Poem a Poem?
  • What Makes Something Kafkaesque?
  • What “Orwellian” Really Means
  • http://www.ted.com/playlists/75/what_s_wrong_with_what_we_eat (This playlist comprises regular TED videos that you may find useful for the Chew on This unit.)
  • When to Use Apostrophes
  • When to Use Me, Myself, and I?
  • Where Do New Words Come From?
  • Who Am I?
  • Who Is Sherlock Holmes?
  • Who Was the World’s First Author?
  • Who Were the Vestal Virgins?
  • Why Facts Don’t Convince People
  • Why Should You Read Charles Dickens?
  • Why Should You Read Crime and Punishment?
  • Why Should you Read Don Quixote?
  • Why Should You Read Edgar Allan Poe?
  • Why Should You Read Fahrenheit 451?
  • Why Should You Read the Handmaid’s Tale?
  • Why Should You Read Kurt Vonnegut?
  • Why Should You Read Macbeth?
  • Why Should You Read A Midsummer’s Night Dream?
  • Why Should You Read One Hundred Years of Solitude?
  • Why Should You Read Sylvia Plath?
  • Why Should You Read The Tempest?
  • Why Should You Read Waiting for Godot?
  • Why Should You Read War and Peace?
  • Why Should You Read Sci-Fi Superstar Octavia F. Butler?
  • The Wicked Wit of Jane Austen
  • Will the Real Sherlock Holmes Please Stand Up?
  • The World According to James Baldwin
  • The World’s Most Mysterious Book

Logic & Reasoning (Riddles)

  • Can You Find the Next Number in This Sequence?
  • Can You Outsmart This Logical Fallacy?
  • Can You Solve the Airplane Riddle?
  • Can You Solve the Alien Probe Riddle?
  • Can You Solve the Bridge Riddle?
  • Can You Solve the Buried Treasure Riddle?
  • Can You Solve the Control Room Riddle?
  • Can You Solve the Counterfeit Coin Riddle?
  • Can You Solve the Cuddly, Duddly, Fuddly, Wuddly Riddle?
  • Can You Solve the Dark Coin Riddle?
  • Can You Solve the Egg Drop Riddle?
  • Can You Solve Einstein’s Riddle?
  • Can You Solve the False Positive Riddle?
  • Can You Solve the Fish Riddle?
  • Can You Solve the Frog Riddle?
  • Can You Solve the Giant Cat Army Riddle?
  • Can You Solve the Giant Iron Riddle?
  • Can You Solve the Jail Break Riddle?
  • Can You Solve the Killer Robo-Ants Riddle?
  • Can You Solve the Leonardo da Vinci Riddle?
  • Can You Solve the Locker Riddle?
  • Can You Solve the Mondrian Squares Riddle?
  • Can You Solve the Multiplying Rabbits Riddle?
  • Can You Solve the Multiverse Rescue Mission Riddle?
  • Can You Solve the Passcode Riddle?
  • Can You Solve the Penniless Pilgrim Riddle?
  • Can You Solve the Pirate Riddle?
  • Can You Solve the Prisoner Box Riddle?
  • Can You Solve the Prisoner Hat Riddle?
  • Can You Solve the Rebel Supplies Riddle?
  • Can You Solve the River Crossing Riddle?
  • Can You Solve the Rogue AI Riddle?
  • Can You Solve the Secret Werewolf Riddle?
  • Can You Solve the Seven Planets Riddle?
  • Can You Solve the Stolen Rubies Riddle?
  • Can You Solve the Temple Riddle?
  • Can You Solve the Three Gods Riddle?
  • Can You Solve the Time Travel Riddle?
  • Can You Solve the Troll’s Paradox Riddle?
  • Can You Solve the Unstoppable Blob Riddle?
  • Can You Solve the Vampire Hunter’s Riddle?
  • Can You Solve the Wizard Standoff Riddle?
  • Fire Crystal Riddle
  • Winning at Rock, Paper, Scissors

Mathematics

  • A-rhythm-etic. The Math Behind the Beats
  • A Brief History of Banned Numbers
  • A Brief History of Numerical Systems
  • Can You Solve This?
  • The Case of the Missing Fractals
  • Check Your Intuition: The Birthday Problem
  • The Complex Geometry of Islamic Design
  • The Coin Flip Conundrum
  • Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man of Math
  • The Famously Difficult Green-Eyed Logic Puzzle
  • A Faster Way to Add and Multiply in Your Head
  • The Fundamentals of Probability
  • How Big Is Infinity?
  • How High Can You Count on Your Fingers?
  • How the Konigsberg Bridge Problem Changed Mathematics
  • How Many Ways Are There to Prove the Pythagorean Theorem?
  • How Many Ways Can You Arrange a Deck of Cards?
  • How Statistics Can Be Misleading
  • How to Make a Hexaflexagon
  • How to Prove the Pythagorean Theory
  • How to Spot a Misleading Graph
  • How to Visualize One Part Per Million
  • The Infinite Hotel Paradox
  • The Infinite Life of Pi
  • Is Math Discovered or Invented?
  • Is Our Climate Headed for Mathematical Chaos?
  • The Last Banana: A Thought Experiment in Probability
  • Making Sense of Irrational Numbers
  • The Math Behind Michael Jordan’s Legendary Hang Time
  • The Mathematical Secrets of Pascual’s Triangle
  • The Mathematics of Sidewalk Illusions
  • Mile of Pi - Numberphile
  • Music and Math: The Genius of Beethoven
  • Mysteries of Vernacular: Zero
  • Pixar: The Math Behind the Movies
  • Population Pyramids: Powerful Predictors of the Future
  • Riemann’s Paradox: Pi Equals Infinity Minus Infinity
  • Should I Stay or Should I Switch Doors?
  • SpongeBob's house is not a pineapple (Fibonacci Numbers)
  • A Trip Through Space to Calculate Distance
  • The Unexpected Math Behind Van Gogh's "Starry Night"
  • Welcome to the Virus Riddle
  • What Are Vectors?
  • What's an Algorithm?
  • What’s the Difference Between Accuracy and Precision?
  • Where Do Math Symbols Come From?
  • Why Are Manhole Covers Round?
  • Why Can’t You Divide by Zero?
  • Why Does Math Make So Many People Anxious?
  • Why Do People Get So Anxious About Math?
  • Why Do Honeybees Love Hexagons?
  • Why the Metric System Matters
  • Why You Can’t Divided by Zero

Philosophy

  • Are We Living in a Simulation?
  • Are You a Mind with a Body or a Body with a Mind?
  • Does Time Exist?
  • The Philosophy of Stoicism

Physical & Health Education

  • An Athlete Uses Physics to Shatter World Records
  • Are Food Preservatives Bad for You?
  • The Benefits of a Good Night’s Sleep
  • The Benefits of Good Posture
  • The Complicated History of Surfing
  • Could We Cure Aging During Your Lifetime?
  • The Different Types of Fats
  • Does Stress Cause Pimples?
  • Do Fad Diets Work?
  • The Effects of Sleep Deprivation
  • Eradicating HIV
  • The Fascinating Science of Phantom Limbs
  • Five Ways Social Media Is Changing Your Brain
  • Five Weird Involuntary Reflexes Explained!
  • The Heartbreaking Text That Inspired a Crisis Help Line
  • The History of the Black Fives Era in Basketball
  • How Anesthesia Works
  • How Aspirin Was Discovered?
  • How Blood Pressure Works
  • How Close Are We to Eradicating HIV?
  • How Concussions Work
  • How Do Blood Transfusions Works?
  • How Do Cigarettes Affect the Body?
  • How Does Asthma Work?
  • How Does Caffeine Keep Us Awake?
  • How Does Sugar Affect the Brain?
  • How Does Your Body Know You’re Full?
  • How Does Your Body Process Medicine?
  • How Does Your Digestive System Work?
  • How Does Your Heart Pump Blood?
  • How Does Your Liver Work?
  • How Does Your Pancreas Work?
  • How Does Your Thyroid Manage Your Metabolism?
  • How Do Drugs Affect the Brain?
  • How Do Glasses Help You See?
  • How Do Vaccines Work?
  • How Do Viruses Jump from Animals to Humans?
  • How Do Vitamins Work?
  • How Do We Study Living Brains?
  • How Do Wounds Heal?
  • How Do You Get Rid of Acne?
  • How Do Your Kidneys Work?
  • How Do Your Lungs Work?
  • How Fast Can Humans Go?
  • How the Food You Eat Affects Your Brain
  • How the Food You Eat Affects Your Gut
  • How Hormones Work
  • How Microbes Form Communities
  • How Much Water Do We Need to Drink?
  • How Mucus Keeps Us Healthy
  • How Old Are Your Ears? (This is a hearing test that requires earphones connected to a computer set at 1080p.)
  • How One Scientist Averted a National Health Crisis
  • How Oxygen Travels Through the Body
  • How Playing Sports Benefits Your Body and Brain
  • How Old Is Your Body Really?
  • How to Practice Effectively
  • How Stress Affects the Brain
  • How Sugar Affects the Brain
  • How to Biohack Your Cells to Fight Cancer
  • How to Choose a Sunscreen
  • How to Eradicate a Disease
  • How to Help a Friend Suffering from Depression
  • How X-rays See Through Your Skin
  • How to Grow a Bone
  • How to Practice Effectively
  • How Your Immune System Works
  • How Your Muscular System Works
  • Is It Bad to Hold Your Pee?
  • Is Marijuana Bad for Your Brain?
  • Is Radiation Dangerous?
  • Lead and the Brain
  • The Mysterious Science of Pain
  • The Neuroscience of Pokemon Go
  • Protecting the Brain Against Concussion
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • The Surprising Cause of Stomach Ulcers
  • The Surprising Reason Muscles Get Tired
  • The Surprising Reason You Feel Awful When You’re Sick
  • The Tortuous History of the Treadmill
  • 23 and 1/2 Hours
  • Your Body vs. Implants
  • What Are Carbohydrates?
  • What Are Those Floaty Things in Your Eyes?
  • What Causes Addiction
  • What Causes Antibiotic Resistance?
  • What Causes Bad Breath?
  • What Causes Baldness?
  • What Causes Body Odor?
  • What Causes Cavities?
  • What Causes Headaches?
  • What Causes Kidney Stones?
  • What Causes Memory Loss?
  • What Did Dogs Teach Humans About Diabetes?
  • What Does Your Thyroid Do?
  • What Happens During a Heart Attack?
  • What Happens During a Stroke?
  • What Happens When You Get Heat Stroke?
  • What Happens When You Have a Concussion?
  • What Herpes Can Do to Your Brain
  • What Is a Calorie?
  • What Is Alzheimer's Disease?
  • What Is Depression?
  • What is Ebola?
  • What Is Fat?
  • What Is It Like to Have Tourette’s---and How Music Gives Me Back Control?
  • What’s the Big Deal with Gluten?
  • What Is the Menstrual Cycle?
  • What Is Narcissism?
  • What Is Obesity?
  • What Makes Muscles Grow
  • What Would Happen If You Didn’t Drink Water?
  • What Would Happen If You Didn’t Sleep?
  • Why Do Blood Types Matter?
  • Why Do Our Joints Pop?
  • Why Do We Age?
  • Why Do We Dream?
  • Why Do We Hiccup?
  • Why Do We Itch?
  • Who Do We Make Irrational Decisions?
  • Why Do We Pass Gas?
  • Why Do We Sweat?
  • Why Do Women Have Periods?
  • Why Do You Need to Get a Flu Shot Every Year?
  • Why Is Being Scared So Fun?
  • Why Is the Human Body Asymmetrical?
  • Why Is Meningitis So Dangerous?
  • Why Is It So Hard to Cure ALS?
  • Why Is It So Hard to Cure Cancer?
  • Why It’s So Hard to Cure HIV/AIDS
  • Why Sitting Is Bad for You
  • Why Some People Have Seasonal Allergies
  • The World’s Most Infectious Killer
  • Your Body vs. Implants

Psychology

  • Do Politics Make Us Irrational?
  • What Is Schizophrenia?

Sciences

Note: They have many videos for the individual elements of the periodic table. I did not list them here. To find them, enter the name of the element in the search box to see if one has been made or go to this link http://ed.ted.com/periodic-videos

  • The 2,400-year Search for the Atom (History of Atomic Theory)
  • ABCs of Gas
  • The Accident That Changed the World (Discovery of Penicillin)
  • Activation Energy: Kickstarting Chemical Reactions
  • The Amazing Ways Plants Defend Themselves
  • Atoms from A to Easy!
  • An Athlete Uses Physics to Shatter World Records
  • Are GMOs Good or Bad?
  • Are Naked Mole Rats the Strangest Mammals?
  • Are We Running Out of Clean Water?
  • Attack of the Killer Algae
  • At What Moment Are You Dead?
  • A Baffling Balloon Behavior
  • Biodiesel: The Afterlife of Oil
  • Biofuels and Bioprospecting for Beginners
  • Birth of the Lightsaber
  • The Brilliance of Bioluminescence
  • Calculating the Odds of Intelligent Alien Life
  • Can Animals Adapt to Climate Change?
  • Can a Black Hole Be Destroyed?
  • The Cancer Gene We All Have
  • Can 100% Renewable Energy Power the World?
  • Cannibalism in the Animal Kingdom
  • Can Plants Communicate?
  • Can You Survive Nuclear Fallout?
  • The Carbon Cycle
  • Carl Sagan on the Existence of Extraterrestrials
  • The Case of the Vanishing Honeybees
  • Cell Membranes: Are They More Complicated Than You Think?
  • Cell vs. Virus: A Battle for Health
  • The Challenges of Nuclear Power
  • Climate Change: Earth's Giant Game of Tetris
  • Cloudy Climate Change: How Clouds affect Earth's Temperature
  • The Coelacanth: A Living Fossil of a Fish
  • The Colossal Consequences of Supervolcanoes
  • The Complicated Journey of Marine Plastic Pollution
  • Conserving Our Spectacular, Vulnerable Coral Reefs
  • Coral Reefs Aren’t as Doomed as You Think
  • Could a Blind Eye Regenerate?
  • Could the Earth Be Swallowed by a Back Hole?
  • Could Human Civilization Spread Across the Whole Galaxy?
  • Could You Survive 2.5 Million Years Ago?
  • Could Underwater Farms Help Fight Climate Change?
  • Could We Create Dark Matter?
  • Could We Survive in Outer Space?
  • Crazy Pool Vortex
  • Creatures of the Deep
  • Dark Matter: The Matter We Can't See
  • Dead Stuff: The Secret Ingredient in Our Food Chain
  • The Death of Bees Explained
  • The Death of the Universe
  • Describing the Invisible Properties of Gas
  • Diagnosing a Zombie: Brain and Behavior
  • Diagnosing a Zombie: Brain and Body
  • Disappearing Frogs
  • DNA: The Book of You
  • The Dramatic Origins of Germ Theory
  • The Dust Bunnies That Built Our Planet
  • Einstein's Brilliant Mistake: Entangled States
  • Einstein’s Twin Paradox Explained
  • Einstein’s Miracle Year
  • Electric Vocabulary
  • Eli the Eel: A Mysterious Migration
  • Endocrine System - Part 1 (How Hormones Work)
  • The Fascinating Science of Phantom Limbs
  • Finding Habitable Worlds
  • The First Asteroid Ever Discovered
  • Five Ways Social Media Is Changing Your Brain
  • Football Physics: The “Impossible” Free Kick
  • Four Ways to Understand the Earth's Age
  • A 40-year Plan for Energy
  • Free Falling in Outer Space
  • Fresh Water Scarcity: An Introduction to the Problem
  • From DNA to Silly Putty, the Diverse World of Polymers
  • From Outer Space to Under Our Skin: A Look at the Universe
  • From the Top of the Food Chain Down: Rewilding Our World
  • The Fundamentals of Space-time: Part 1
  • The Fundamentals of Space-time: Part 2
  • The Fundamentals of Space-time: Part 3
  • The Genius of Marie Curie
  • The Genius of Mendeleev’s Periodic Table
  • Gravity and the Human Body
  • A Guide to the Energy of the Earth
  • Hawking’s Black Hole Paradox Explained
  • The Hidden Beauty of Pollination
  • The Higgs Field, Explained
  • The History of the Barometer
  • How Bacteria "Talk"
  • How Batteries Work
  • How Big Is the Ocean?
  • How Brain Parasites Change Their Host’s Behavior
  • How Breathing Works
  • How Can We Solve the Antibiotic Resistance Crisis?
  • How the Choices You Make Affect Your Genes
  • How Clouds Were Named
  • How Cosmic Rays Help Us Understand the Universe
  • How CRISPR Lets You Edit DNA
  • How Deep Is the Ocean?
  • How Did Feathers Evolve?
  • How Do Animals See in the Dark?
  • How Do Cancer Cells Behave Differently from Healthy Ones?
  • How Do Crystals Work?
  • How Does an Atom-smashing Particle Accelerator Work?
  • How Does Cancer Spread?
  • How Does Fracking Work?
  • How Does Hibernation Work?
  • How Does Work . . . Work?
  • How Does Your Brain Respond to Pain?
  • How Do Fish Make Electricity?
  • How Do Germs Spread (and Why Do They Make Us Sick)?
  • How Do Nerves Work?
  • How Do Schools of Fish Swim in Harmony?
  • How Do Solar Panels Work?
  • How Do Tornadoes Form?
  • How Do We Extract Raw Materials from Nature?
  • How Do We Separate the Seemingly Inseparable?
  • How Do We Smell?
  • How Do We Study Living Brains?
  • How Do We Study the Stars?
  • How Do Wounds Heal?
  • How Far Would You Have to Go to Escape Gravity?
  • How Fast Are You Moving Right Now?
  • How Folding a Paper Can Get You to the Moon
  • How Giant Sea Creatures Eat Tiny Sea Creatures
  • How Heavy Is Air?
  • How Inventions Change History (for Better and for Worse)
  • How I Teach Kids to Love Science
  • How Levers Work
  • How Life Begins in the Deep Ocean
  • How Long Will Human Impacts Last?
  • How Many Universes Are There?
  • How Memories Form and Why We Lose Them
  • How Mendel’s Pea Plants Helped Us Understand Genetics
  • How Microbes Form Communities
  • How Oceanographers Found the Titanic
  • How One Scientist Took on the Chemical Industry
  • How Oxygen Travels Through Your Body
  • How Optical Illusions Trick Your Brain
  • How Small Are We in the Scale of the Universe?
  • How Smart Are Dolphins?
  • How Pandemics Spread
  • How Plants Tell Time
  • How Simple Ideas Lead to Scientific Discoveries
  • How Small Are We in the Scale of the Universe?
  • How Smart Are Orangutans?
  • How Spontaneous Brain Activity Keeps You Alive
  • How Squids Outsmart Their Predators
  • How Sugar Affects the Brain
  • How to Biohack Your Cells and Fight Cancer
  • How to Build a Dark Matter Detector
  • How to Create Cleaner Coal
  • How to Detect a Supernova
  • How to Eradicate a Disease
  • How to Fly Around the World Without Fuel
  • How to Grow a Glacier
  • How to Sequence the Human Genome
  • How to Speed Up Chemical Reactions (and Get a Date)
  • How to Squeeze Electricity Out of Crystals
  • How Squids Outsmart their Predators
  • How Tornadoes Form
  • How to Track a Tornado
  • How Tsunamis Work
  • How Turtle Shells Evolved
  • How We See Color
  • How Whales Breathe, Communicate . . . and Fart with Their Faces
  • How X-rays See Through Your Skin
  • Humans Are More See-Through Than They Look
  • If Matter Falls Down, Does Antimatter Fall Up?
  • If Molecules Were People
  • If Superpowers Were Real: Body Mass
  • If Superpowers Were Real: Flight
  • If Superpowers Were Real: Immortality
  • If Superpowers Were Real: Invisibility
  • If Superpowers Were Real: Super Speed
  • If Superpowers Were Real: Super Strength
  • The Immortal Cells of Henrietta Lacks
  • The Incredible Collaboration Behind the International Space Station
  • The Insanely Painful Sting of the Bullet Ant
  • Inside the Amazing Octopus Brain
  • Inside the Ant Colony
  • Inside the Minds of Animals
  • Insights into Cell Membranes Via Dish Detergent
  • Invasive Species
  • The Invisible Motion of Still Objects
  • Is DNA the Future of Data Storage?
  • Is Fire a Solid, Liquid, or Gas?
  • Is Light a Particle or a Wave?
  • Is Space Trying to Kill Us?
  • Is Telekinesis Real?
  • Is There a Center of the Universe?
  • Is Time Travel Possible?
  • The Journey to Pluto, the Farthest World Ever Explored
  • Just How Small Is an Atom?
  • The Life Cycle of a Neutron Star
  • The Life Cycle of a Plastic Bottle
  • Light Seconds, Light Years, Light Centuries: How to Measure Extreme Distances
  • Light Waves, Visible and Invisible
  • Living with Less Water
  • The Loathsome, Lethal Mosquito
  • The Lovable (and Lethal) Sea Lion
  • Magical Metals, How Shape Memory Alloys Work
  • Mammoths vs. Mastodons
  • Meet the Frog That Barfs Up Its Babies
  • Meet the Tardigrade, the Toughest Animal on Earth
  • The Moon Illusion
  • The Most Groundbreaking Scientist You've Never Heard of
  • The Most Lightening-Struck Place on Earth
  • The Most Astounding Fact – Neil deGrasse
  • The Most Lightning Struck Place on Earth
  • The Most Radioactive Places on Earth
  • My Glacier Cave Discoveries
  • Nature's Smallest Factory: The Calvin Cycle
  • A Needle in Countless Haystacks: Finding Habitable Worlds
  • The Neuroscience of Pokemon Go
  • Newton’s 3 Laws, with a Bicycle
  • The Nurdles’ Quest for Ocean Domination (Plastics in the Ocean)
  • Origins of Gold
  • The Pangaea Pop-up
  • Parasite Tales: The Jewel Wasp's Zombie Slave
  • Pavlovian Reactions Aren't Just for Dogs
  • Penguins: Popularity, Peril and Poop
  • The Physics of the “Hardest Move” in Ballet
  • The Physics of Surfing
  • Poison vs. Venom: What's the Difference?
  • Proof of Evolution That You Can Find on the Body
  • The Race to Sequence the Human Genome
  • Radioactivity: Expect the Unexpected
  • A Rare, Spectacular Total Eclipse of the Sun
  • Reasons for the Seasons
  • RNAi: Slicing, Dicing and Serving Your Cells
  • Rosalind Franklin: DNAs Unsung Hero
  • Sally Ride on Dumb Questions
  • The Science of Skin
  • The Science of Skin Color
  • The Science of Smog
  • The Science of Symmetry
  • The Secret Language of Trees
  • The Secret Life of Plankton
  • The Secret Powers of Jellyfish
  • The Secrets of the X Chromosome
  • The Secret to Rising Sea Levels
  • Separation Techniques and Why They Matter
  • Seven Ocean Mysteries
  • Sex Determination: More Complicated Than You Thought
  • Should We Eat Bugs?
  • Should We Look for Life Elsewhere in the Universe?
  • The Single-Celled Organism That Almost Wiped Out Life on Earth
  • The Standard Model of Particle Physics
  • Solving the Puzzle of the Periodic Table
  • The Sonic Boom Problem
  • The Strengths and Weaknesses of Acids and Bases
  • Sunlight Is Way Older Than You Think
  • The Sun’s Surprising Movement Across the Sky
  • The Surprising Effects of Rewilding
  • The Surprising (and Invisible) Signatures of Sea Creatures
  • The Surprising Reasons Animals Play Dead
  • The Survival of the Sea Turtle
  • Symbiosis: A Surprising Tale of Species Cooperation
  • Synesthesia (Note: It’s the combination of two or more senses.)
  • Theory vs. Law: What’s the Difference
  • Three Different Ways Mammals Give Birth
  • Three Planets That Shouldn’t Exist
  • This Is Your Brain on Pain
  • Three Different Ways Animals Give Birth
  • Three Ways to Destroy the Universe
  • Turbulence: One of the Greatest Unsolved Mysteries of Physics
  • Twisting Tale of DNA
  • A Vanishing Island off the Louisiana Coast (Climate Change)
  • Visualizing Hidden Worlds Inside Your Body
  • Vultures: Heroes of the Ecosystem
  • The Wacky Story of Cell Theory
  • The Weird and Wonderful Metamorphosis of a Butterfly
  • The Weird, Wonderful World of Bioluminescence
  • What Is Dark Matter
  • What Are Gravitational Waves
  • What Are Meteors?
  • What Are Mini Brains?
  • What Are the Odds of Finding Intelligent Alien Life?
  • What Causes a Solar Eclipse?
  • What Happened to Antimatter?
  • What Happens When Continents Collide?
  • What If the Earth Stopped Spinning?
  • What If We Could Look Inside Human Brains?
  • What Is an Aurora?
  • What Is the Biggest Single-Celled Organism?
  • What Is the Coldest Thing in the World?
  • What Is Einstein’s Theory of Relativity?
  • What Is Entropy?
  • What Is a Fungus?
  • What Is the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle?
  • What Is Invisible? More Than You Think
  • What Is Metallic Glass?
  • What Is Plasma?
  • What Is the Shape of a Molecule?
  • What Is the Universe Made of?
  • What Is Work? (Understanding Physical Laws)
  • What Light Can Teach Us About the Universe
  • What Outer Space Does to Your Body
  • What Percentage of Your Brain Do You Use?
  • What Would Happen If Every Human Suddenly Disappeared?
  • What Would Happen If the World Went Vegetarian?
  • What Would It Be Like to Live on the Moon?
  • What's Wrong with Our Food System
  • What You Can Learn from an Ancient Skeleton
  • When Is Water Safe to Drink?
  • When Will the Next Ice Age Happen?
  • When Will the Next Mass Extinction Occur?
  • Where Does Gold Come From?
  • Where Do Genes Come From?
  • Where Have All the Honeybees Gone?
  • Where We Get Our Fresh Water
  • Which Came First: The Chicken or the Egg?
  • Who Won the Space Race?
  • Why Are Blue Whales So Enormous?
  • Why Are Earthquakes So Hard to Predict?
  • Why Are Fish Fish-Shaped?
  • Why Aren't We Only Using Solar Power?
  • Why Are Sharks So Awesome?
  • Why Are Sloths So Slow?
  • Why Are Some People Left-handed?
  • Why Are There So Many Insects?
  • Why Be Skeptical? (of Scientific Studies)
  • Why Can't We See Evidence of Alien Life?
  • Why Do Animals Form Swarms?
  • Why Doesn’t Anything Stick to Teflon?
  • Why Does the Sun Really Shine?
  • Why Do Humans Have a Third Eyelid?
  • Why Do Mirrors Flip Vertically but Not Horizontally?
  • Why Don’t Ants Get Stuck in Traffic?
  • Why Don’t Perpetual Motion Machines Ever Work?
  • Why Do We Age?
  • Why Do We Cry? The Three Types of Tears
  • Why Do We Harvest Horseshoe Crab Blood?
  • Why Do We Pass Gas?
  • Why Do We Wrinkle When Wet?
  • Why Do Whales Sing?
  • Why Is Cotton in Everything?
  • Why Is Glass Transparent?
  • Why Is NASA Sending a Spacecraft to a Metal World?
  • Why a Total Solar Eclipse Is Such a Big Deal?
  • Will Future Spacecraft Fit in Our Pockets?
  • Will the Ocean Ever Run Out of Fish?
  • Will We Ever Be Able to Teleport?
  • Would You Move to Mars?
  • Would You Weigh Less in an Elevator?
  • You Are Your Microbes

Social Studies/World Cultures

  • Actually, the World Isn't Flat
  • The Ancient Origins of the Olympics
  • The Arctic vs. the Antarctic
  • Are Ghost Ships Real?
  • The City of Walls: Constantinople
  • The Dangerous Race to the South Pole
  • A Day in the Life of an Ancient Athenian
  • A Day in the Life of a Roman Solider
  • Democracy: A Short Introduction
  • Did the Amazons Really Exist?
  • Did Ancient Troy Really Exist?
  • The Difference Between the United Kingdom, Great Britain, and England Explained
  • The Egyptian Book of the Dead: A Guide to the Underworld
  • The Fascinating History of Cemeteries
  • The Five Major World Religions
  • From Slave to Rebel Gladiator: The Life of Spartacus
  • A Glimpse of Teenage Life in Ancient Rome
  • Greeting the World in Peace
  • The Hidden Meanings of Yin and Yang
  • The History and Genghis Khan
  • The History of Japan
  • The History of Marriage
  • The History of Saint Patrick
  • History vs. Augustus
  • History vs. Che Guevara
  • History vs. Christopher Columbus
  • History vs. Cleopatra
  • History vs. Henry VIII
  • History vs. Napoleon Bonaparte
  • History vs. Vladimir Lenin
  • How Did Dracula Become the World’s Most Famous Vampire?
  • How Did Polynesian Wayfinders Navigate the Pacific Ocean?
  • How Do You Decide Where to Go in a Zombie Apocalypse? (Geography)
  • How Magellan Circumnavigated the Globe
  • How Much Food Can You Buy for $5 Around the World?
  • How the Normans Changed the History of Europe
  • How North America Got Its Shape
  • How to Make a Mummy
  • The Imaginary King Who Changed the Real World
  • Incredible History of China’s Terracotta Warriors
  • Islam, the Quran, and the Five Pillars
  • It's a Church. It's a Mosque. It's Hagia Sophia
  • Learn to Read Chinese with Ease
  • Legend of Annapurna
  • The Life of an African Revolutionary
  • The Most Successful Pirate of All Time
  • The Murder of Ancient Alexandria’s Greatest Scholar
  • The Myth Behind the Chinese Zodiac
  • The Origins of Russia
  • Overpopulation: The Human Explosion Explained
  • The Paradox of Value
  • The Past, Present, and Future of the Bubonic Plague
  • The Pharaoh That Wouldn’t Be Forgotten
  • The Philosophy of the Buddha
  • The Population Pyramid
  • The Rise and Fall of the Assyrian Empire
  • The Rise and Fall of the Byzantine Empire
  • The Rise and Fall of the Inca Empire
  • The Secret Messages of Viking Runestones
  • The Secret Student Resistance to Hitler
  • The Silk Road: Connecting the Ancient World Through Trade
  • The Tale of Sunken Cities
  • Terra Cotta Warriors
  • This Is Sparta
  • The United Nations
  • Urbanization and the Evolution of Cities Across 10,000 years
  • The Wars That Inspired Games of Thrones
  • What Are the Universal Human Rights?
  • What Can You Learn from an Ancient Skeleton?
  • What Determines the Value of Money?
  • What Did Democracy Really Mean in Athens?
  • What Does It Mean to Be a Refugee?
  • What Gives a Dollar Bill Its Value?
  • What Happens When Continents Collide?
  • What History Lies Beneath the Sea?
  • What Is Power?
  • What Is the Tragedy of Commons?
  • What Makes the Great Wall of China So Extraordinary?
  • What Really Happened to the Library of Alexandria?
  • What’s So Great about the Great Lakes?
  • What’s So Special About Viking Ships?
  • Where Do Superstitions Come From?
  • Where Did Russia Come From?
  • Who Built Great Zimbabwe and Why?
  • Who Built the Pyramids?
  • Who Was Confucius?
  • Who Was Voltaire?
  • Why All World Maps Are Wrong
  • Why Can’t We Just Print More Money to Pay Off Debt?
  • Why Cultural Exchange Matters
  • Why Is the Netherlands Underwater?
  • William the Conqueror
  • World War II: Why It’s So Important 70 Years Later

Spanish

  • The Psychology of Accents
  • The Real History of Cinco de Mayo

Special Education

  • ADHD: Finding What Works for Me
  • Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity
  • The Fascinating Reason That Children Write Letters Backwards (blog post)
  • How Braille Was Invented
  • A New Way to Diagnose Autism
  • The Psychology of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Toward a New Understanding of Mental Illness
  • What Does This Symbol Actually Mean?
  • What Is Bipolar Disorder?
  • What Is Dyslexia?
  • Why Is Schizophrenia?
  • What Is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?
  • Was Leonardo da Vinci Dyslexic?

U.S. History/Government

  • America's Native Prisoners of War
  • Bad Romance Parody: Women's Suffrage
  • The Breathtaking Courage of Harriet Tubman
  • The Contributions of Female Explorers
  • The Courage of Harriet Tubman
  • Democracy: A Short Introduction
  • A Digital Reimagining of Gettysburg
  • Does Your Vote Count? The Electoral College Explained
  • The Exceptional Life of Benjamin Banneker
  • The Fight for the Right to Vote in the United States
  • Gerrymandering: How Drawing Jagged Lines Can Impact an Election
  • The Historical Audacity of the Louisiana Purchase
  • The Historic Women’s Suffrage March in Washington
  • Historical Role Models
  • History of the Cuban Missile Crisis
  • History vs. Andrew Jackson
  • History vs. Christopher Columbus
  • How the Berlin Wall Fell
  • How Does Impeachment Work?
  • How Do U.S. Supreme Court Justices Get Appointed?
  • How One Piece of Legislation Divided a Nation (Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854)
  • How to Turn Protest into Powerful Change
  • How to Understand Power
  • How We Conquered the Deadly Smallpox Virus
  • The Infamous and Ingenious Ho Chi Minh Trail
  • Inventing the American Presidency
  • The Liberties Originally Omitted from the Constitution (The Missing Bill of Rights)
  • The Oddities of the First American Election
  • The Making of the American Constitution
  • The Missing Plague That Could Have Changed History (New World Colonization)
  • The Moral Dangers of Non-lethal Weapons
  • Neil DeGrasse Replies to Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address
  • The Oddities of the First American Election
  • The Past, Present and Future of the Bubonic Plague
  • The Story Behind the Boston Tea Party
  • A Three-Minute Guide to the Bill of Rights
  • The True Story of Sacajawea
  • Ugly History: The 1937 Haitian Massacre
  • Ugly History: Witch Hunts
  • An Unsung Hero of the Civil Rights Movement
  • The Upside of Isolated Civilizations
  • The Watergate Scandal: United States vs. Nixon
  • What Happened to Trial by Jury?
  • What Is McCarthyism? And How Did It Happen?
  • What Is an Executive Order?
  • What Is Power?
  • What You Might Not Know About the Declaration of Independence
  • Why Is the Constitution So Hard to Amend?
  • Why Wasn’t the Bill of Rights Originally in the Constitution?
  • World War II: Why Is It So Important 70 Years Later?

R. Carey / Updated March 2020 / Continually updated as new videos are posted