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TED Ed: How playing an instrument benefits your brain

Your brain is a muscle. When you give it more challenging exercises, you're strengthening your brain's abilities to learn and grow. Now add some music to the mix: When you listen to music, multiple areas of your b...

Summertime Science: Sunburn, Sweat, and Wrinkly Fingers

Why do we sweat? Why do our fingers wrinkle in water? Why do we get sunburns? Joe Hanson explains it all in this summer science episode of It's Okay to Be Smart. Bonus: find out what those SPF numbers mean on your sun...

Paralyzed Woman Controls Robotic Arm With Thoughts

When Cathy Hutchinson controlled a robotic arm using a small sensor planted in her brain, it was a remarkable breakthrough in neurobiology and computer science. The sensor would recognize patterns or signals from her ...

TED Ed: The Mystery of Motion Sickness

One out of three people get motion sick, yet it’s not something we can really cure, only relieve. So what exactly is going on inside of our bodies when this happens? If you liked Head Sq...

Head Squeeze: Why do we get car sick?

Why do we get car sick? Sea sick? Air sick? Greg Foot of Head Squeeze explains. And here’s some related reading on ginger. Related videos: more brains! via Devour.

TED Ed: How many smells can you identify?

How many smells can you identify? Which ones are your favorites and which ones do you really not like? Stop and make a list, because it’ll be an amazingly long and diverse list. As it ...

Thailand’s Moken people have incredibly clear underwater vision

In this extraordinary adaptation strategy, Thailand’s Moken sea gypsies can see twice as clearly underwater by controlling the size of their pupils. What was generally considered an automatic reflex for the res...

ASAP Science: Can you trust your eyes?

Can you trust your eyes? This episode of ASAPscience gives you reasons to think about your answer.

TED Ed: The Moon Illusion

Why does the full moon look larger when it’s near the horizon than when it’s high up in the sky? For generations, astronomers, psychologists, brain researchers, and many others ha...

Model helicopter guided by power of thought

Science fiction stories in which pilots control spacecrafts with their minds have become less about fiction and more science. A team of researchers at the University of Minnesota have developed the next step in thoug...

ASAPScience: The Moon Illusion

"Wow the moon looks huge tonight!" We’ve all said it, but is the moon ever larger or closer at the horizon? (No, it’s not.) Is it some visual magnification by the atmosphere? (Nop...

Vsauce: Why Is Yawning Contagious?

Why do we yawn? The kiddo isn’t often into all of the great science-content videos that are a bit heavier on the talking (and many of them are more for older kids anyways), but he stuck with this particular one ...

Schoolhouse Rock: Telegraph Line (Nervous System)

We aren’t using the telegraph as a metaphor anymore, but why aren’t we still teaching our kids about the central nervous system, peripheral nerves, the autonomic system in cartoons? Don’t our brains...