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How playing an instrument benefits your brain – TED Ed

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...

The science of static electricity – TED Ed

What is static electricity? Why do we get a tiny spark when we've walked across a carpet and touched a doorknob? Or have you ever pet a cat and then picked up something metal, like a spoon to stir up cat food? Zap! (A...

You Are Your Microbes – TED Ed

Every gut microbe has a job to do. Find out who these millions of different microbes are and what their jobs are within the ecosystem that is you, from the wonderful TEDEd: You Are Your Micro...

How does the heart pump blood? – TED Ed

"For most of history, humans had no idea what purpose the heart served... although everyone could feel their own heart beating, it wasn't always clear what each thump was achieving... Even in the 21st century, only a ...

Cell vs. virus: A battle for health

From TED Ed and Shannon Stiles, Cell vs. virus: A battle for health:  All living things are made of cells. In the human body, these highly efficient units are protected by layer upon layer of defense against i...

The Pangaea Pop-up – TED Ed

This papercraft pop-up book illustrates how South America and Africa used to be connected, how the supercontinent Pangaea broke apart 200 million years ago, how the Earth's seven primary tecto...

Vermicomposting: How worms can reduce our waste

One third of food made in the world each year ends up in the trash can. How can we stop the waste by putting that food to good use? From TED Ed, learn how worms can naturally convert our organic waste — green leaves, ...

Dead stuff – The secret ingredient in our food chain

When you picture the lowest levels of the food chain, you might imagine herbivores happily munching on lush, living green plants. But this idyllic image leaves out a huge (and slightly less appetizing) source of nouri...

The benefits of a good night’s sleep – TED Ed

Sleep to remember! Remember to sleep! This TED-Ed focuses on those of us who are studying for tests or staying up late for deadlines, but The Benefits of a Good Night's Sleep can also help younger kiddos understand wh...

The brilliance of bioluminescence – TED Ed

Nature often devises surprising solutions for hunting food, warning predators away, and attracting mates, but one of the most magical-looking of these solutions might be bioluminescence, or biochemical light created b...

Sugar: Hiding in plain sight

We know that sugar is a big part of candy, ice cream, and sweet drinks, but did you know that added sugars are included in 3/4 of the 600,000+ products found in the average grocery store? And...

The Secret Life of Plankton

We really love this video, The Secret Life of Plankton, from TEDEd. Marine biologist and science educator Tierney Thys and a team of scientists and film makers (Noé Sardet and Sharif Mirshak from Parafilms in Mont...

Reasons for the Seasons – TED Ed

Excellent for all ages: TED Ed’s Reasons for the Seasons. Why do some regions experience full-time heat while others are reckoning with frigid temperatures and snow? And why are the seasons reversed in the tw...

What are those floaty things in your eye? – TED Ed

Have you ever seen something small and strangely transparent float into your field of vision? ...as if it's on your eyeball? No, you're not seeing things! And no, those are not microscopic bugs or bits of dust in ...

Feedback loops – How nature gets its rhythms

A grasshopper eats grass, a rat can eat the grasshopper, a snake may eat the rat, and a hawk will eat the snake. When these food chains interweave, they create a food web. Plants and animals (including humans) live, e...

How did feathers evolve? – TED Ed

In this beautifully illustrated lesson from TED Ed, science writer and educator Carl Zimmer explains some answers to the question, How did feathers evolve? From his article in National Geographic: Most of us will n...

The chemistry of cookies – TED Ed

The baker as mad scientist? Your nose as a sensitive scientific instrument? The physical and chemical transformation of warm and gooey baked goods? Your next batch of cookies will be even more...

How Mendel’s pea plants helped us understand genetics

How Mendel’s pea plants helped us understand genetics. Also explained in a single vintage illustration. Complement with why we are all related. From TED-Ed. via explore-blog.

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