Sunday, November 11, 2018

Pluto 101 | National Geographic

Pluto is one of the most mysterious and controversial celestial objects in the solar system. Find out what most mystifies scientists and stargazers about this dwarf planet.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Music and Confidence | Benefits of Music

'One of the most important things for being successful in life is having high levels of can provide that self-belief'

Dr. Susan Hallam, Emerita Professor of Education and Music Psychology, on the benefits of taking part in music.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

How Far Would You Have to Go to Escape Gravity? - Rene Laufer

Every star, black hole, human being, smartphone and atom are all constantly pulling on each other due to one force: gravity. So why don’t we feel pulled in billions of different directions? And is there anywhere in the universe where we'd be free of its pull? Rene Laufer details the inescapability of gravity.

Lesson by Rene Laufer, directed by TED-Ed.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Top 10 Strangest Musical Instruments

You’ve probably never heard of these instruments, but wait until you hear the incredible sounds they can create! Welcome to and today we’ll be taking a look at our picks for the top 10 Strangest Musical instruments. From the Earth Harp, to the Octobass, Marble Machine, Hurdy Gurdy and Sharpischord to the Pikasso Guitar, Theremin, Hydralophone and the Great Stalacpipe organ, they’re all here! Did your favorite strange instrument make it onto the list?

Friday, November 2, 2018

How Rollercoasters Affect Your Body - Brian D. Avery

In 1895, crowds flooded Coney Island to see America’s first-ever looping coaster: the Flip Flap Railway. But its thrilling flip caused cases of severe whiplash, neck injury and even ejections. Today, coasters can pull off far more exciting tricks and do it safely. Brian D. Avery investigates what rollercoasters are doing to your body and how they’ve managed to get scarier and safer at the same time.

Lesson by Brian D. Avery, directed by Stretch Films Inc.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Why We Say “OK”

OK is thought to be the most widely recognized word on the planet. We use it to communicate with each other, as well as our technology. But it actually started out as a language fad in the 1830’s of abbreviating words incorrectly.

Young intellectuals in Boston came up with several of these abbreviations, including “KC” for “knuff ced,” “OW” for “oll wright,” and KY for “know yuse.” But thanks to its appearance in Martin Van Buren’s 1840 presidential re-election campaign as the incumbents new nickname, Old Kinderhook, OK outlived its abbreviated comrades.

Later, widespread use by early telegraph operators caused OK to go mainstream, and its original purpose as a neutral affirmative is still how we use it today.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Venus 101 | National Geographic

Named after the ancient Roman goddess of beauty, Venus is known for its exceptional brightness. Find out about the volcanoes that dot Venus's surface, the storms that rage in its atmosphere, and the surprising feature that makes Venus outshine every planet or star in the night sky.