Saturday, June 24, 2017

How to Squeeze Electricity out of Crystals - Ashwini Bharathula


It might sound like science fiction, but if you press on a crystal of sugar, it will actually generate its own electricity. This simple crystal can act like a tiny power source because sugar happens to be piezoelectric. Ashwini Bharathula explains how piezoelectric materials turn mechanical stress, like pressure, sound waves and other vibrations into electricity, and vice versa.

Lesson by Ashwini Bharathula, animation by Karrot Animation.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Physics of Playing Guitar - Oscar Fernando Perez



Guitar masters like Jimi Hendrix are capable of bending the physics of waves to their wills, plucking melody from inspiration and vibration. But how do wood, metal, and plastic translate into rhythm, melody, and music? Oscar Fernando Perez details the physics of playing the guitar, from first pluck to that final shredding chord.

Lesson by Oscar Fernando Perez , animation by Chris Boyle.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Where Did Music Come From?



We've long believed that music as we know it is unique to our species. But as Anthony shows us, not only is this untrue, but in fact, human music may have been started by a little bird deep in the Amazon jungle.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Why Don't Perpetual Motion Machines Ever Work? - Netta Schramm


Perpetual motion machines — devices that can do work indefinitely without any external energy source — have captured many inventors’ imaginations because they could totally transform our relationship with energy. There’s just one problem: they don’t work. Why not? Netta Schramm describes the pitfalls of perpetual motion machines.

Lesson by Netta Schramm, animation by TED-Ed.

Friday, June 9, 2017

The Scientific Benefits of Music


Did you know that listening to music is good for you? This is our science fact of the day and it is all about listening to your favorite tunes!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Chukar Cherries Video


An exploration of Chukar Cherries' roots in Washington's cherry region. Chukar has been transforming the fruits of the Northwest into chocolates, sauces, and wholesome snacks for over 25 years.

Chukar Cherries are Available at Mozart, Einstein & Me!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

The World’s Most Mysterious Book - Stephen Bax


Deep inside Yale's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library lies a 240 page tome. Recently carbon dated to around 1420, its pages feature looping handwriting and hand drawn images seemingly stolen from a dream. It is called the Voynich manuscript, and it’s one of history’s biggest unsolved mysteries. The reason why? No one can figure out what it says. Stephen Bax investigates this cryptic work. 

Lesson by Stephen Bax, animation by TED-Ed.