Archive for the ‘Science // Education’ Category

How Sugar Affects The Brain

When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation of your reward system is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine — an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves you craving more. Nicole Avena explains why sweets and treats should be enjoyed in moderation.

Lesson: Nicole Avena • Narration: Michelle Snow • Music: Michael Dow • Animation: STK Films.

Sleep: Are You Getting Enough?

Sleep! It’s probably the one single thing we spend the most time doing. Sleeping eight hours a night means that you’d spend literally one third of your life asleep. But most of us are getting less than that, and we probably need more. Sleep is important!

Writer: Aaron Carroll • Graphics: Mark Olsen.

Executive Producer: John Green • Director, Producer: Stan Muller.

The Death Of Bees Explained: Parasites, Poison & Humans

In 2015 the bees are still dying in masses. Which at first seems not very important until you realize that one third of all food humans consume would disappear with them. Millions could starve. The foes bees face are truly horrifying – some are a direct consequence of human greed. We need to help our small buzzing friends or we will face extremely unpleasant consequences.

Kurzgesagt – a team of designers, journalists and musicians who want to make science look beautiful. Because it is beautiful.

The Power of Empathy

The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts public events programme has launched RSA Shorts. This new series provides a snapshot of a big idea, blending voices from the RSA public events programme and the creative talents of illustrators and animators from around the world. It responds to the ever-increasing need for new ideas and inspiration in our busy lives and acts as a shot of ‘mental espresso’ to awaken the curiosity in all of us.

The audio of this RSA short is of Dr Brené Brown who spoke at the RSA on The Power of Vulnerability. She talks about the difference between sympathy and empathy and argues that to be truly empathetic you have to be vulnerable by connecting with someone’s pain in yourself.

Animated & directed by Katy Davis.

The Fermi Paradox II // Where Are All The Aliens?

Where are all the aliens? The universe is too big and too old, why have we not met aliens yet? Do they live in computers? Were they wiped out by an ancient super intelligence? Or are we just to primitive to understand their motives? Whatever the answer is, it is incredibly important for our own future.

Kurzgesagt – a team of designers, journalists and musicians who want to make science look beautiful. Because it is beautiful.

The Fermi Paradox // Where Are All The Aliens?

The universe is unbelievably big – trillions of stars and even more planets. Soo… there just has to be life out there, right? But where is it? Why don’t we see any aliens? Where are they? And more importantly, what does this tell us about our own fate in this gigantic and scary universe?

Kurzgesagt – a team of designers, journalists and musicians who want to make science look beautiful. Because it is beautiful.

Women In Science: Illustrations by Rachel Ignotofsky

Diese Illustrationen sind Teil der “Women in Science”-Serie der Künstlerin Rachel Ignotofsky. Die Illustratorin und Designerin wuchs in New Jersey auf und studierte Grafikdesign an der Tyler School of Art. Aktuell lebt sie in Kansas City, wo sie als Senior Designerin für Hallmark Greetings arbeitet. Ihre persönliche Arbeiten werden von den Themen Wissenschaft und Geschichte inspiriert.

// Illustrations © Rachel Ignotofsky /// ☇ Art Prints Available /// via //

Are There Aliens? // How Will The Universe End?

Nach dem Erfolg der bisherigen Filme für das Royal Observatory, wurde das angesehene Produktionsstudio Beakus gebeten, zwei neue Animationen zu erstellen, um zu zeigen: “Wie wird das Universum enden?”, sowie um die spannende Frage zu stellen “Gibt es Außerirdische?”.

Beakus director Ping crafted two original films for the Royal Observatory Greenwich that make science bold, bright and engaging.”

Are there aliens? //

How will the Universe end? //

Can Robots Be Creative?

In diesem animierten Film untersucht Gil Weinberg das Rätsel der künstlichen Kreativität.

Könnten wir zum Beispiel Maschinen programmieren, die qualitativ hochwertige Musik komponieren? Und wenn wir das tun, ist es dann die Maschine oder der Programmierer, der diese Kreativität hervorbringt?

“People have been grappling with the question of artificial creativity — alongside the question of artificial intelligence — for over 170 years. For instance, could we program machines to create high quality original music? And if we do, is it the machine or the programmer that exhibits creativity? Gil Weinberg investigates this creative conundrum”.

Lesson by Gil Weinberg • Narration by Addison Anderson • Animation by TOGETHER.

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What Is Life? Is Death Real?

Was ist eigentlich der Unterschied zwischen Leben und Tod? Auf den ersten Blick wirkt das wie eine ziemlich dumme Frage. Aber wenn man versucht eine klare Definitionen zu finden, wird es plötzlich sehr verwirrend. Die Wissenschaft ist sich bis heute nicht einig.

Und Moment – wenn wir nicht ganz sicher sind was “Leben” bedeutet… was bedeutet dann “Tod”?

Kurzgesagt – a team of designers, journalists and musicians who want to make science look beautiful. Because it is beautiful.

So what is the difference between you and a rock? This seems like an easy, even stupid question. But even the smartest people on earth have no idea where to draw the line between living and dead things. Which leads to mind-blowing implications.

What is life after all? And is death really a thing?

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