Saturday, March 31, 2018

Oceans 101 | National Geographic

Oceans serve as the planet’s largest habitat and also help to regulate the global climate. But why is the ocean salty? And how is climate change impacting the ocean? Find out more about the ocean, including the consequences of and potential solutions to these changes.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Jazz Guitarist Stanley Jordan on Music Therapy Benefits

Jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan tells WSJ's Lee Hawkins about his study of music therapy and how it's used to help people overcome illnesses and chronic conditions. Photo: Stanley Jordan

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Can You Solve the Buried Treasure Riddle? - Daniel Griller

After a massive storm tears through the Hex Archipelago, you find five grizzled survivors in the water. As an act of gratitude for saving them, they reveal a secret – the island they were just on holds some buried treasure. But when the sailors try to describe the island, something seems off. Can you find the booty despite their strange instructions? Daniel Griller shows how.

Lesson by Daniel Griller, animation by Patrick Smith.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Exploring Music's Impact on the Brain

Duke University professors conduct an experiment on a professional violinist that explains the science behind the brain’s ability to process music.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Benefits of Taking Part in Music

The benefits of music are endless! One of the areas that it can make a difference to is physical and coordination.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

What in the World is Topological Quantum Matter? - Fan Zhang

David Thouless, Duncan Haldane, and Michael Kosterlitz won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2016 for discovering that even microscopic matter at the smallest scale can exhibit macroscopic properties and phases that are topological. But … what does that mean? Fan Zhang helps decode some seriously tricky science.

Lesson by Fan Zhang, directed by Anton Trofimov.

Friday, March 16, 2018

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, March 13, 2018

Saturday, March 10, 2018

The Weird and Wonderful Metamorphosis of the Butterfly - Franziska Bauer

In order to become a butterfly, a caterpillar’s body dissolves almost completely and is rebuilt from its own juices. Butterflies are just a few of the 800,000 insect species that transition from larvae to adults through complete metamorphosis. But how exactly does this process work? Franziska Bauer explains how these squishy larvae emerge as armored, aerodynamic, and nimble adults.

Lesson by Franziska Bauer, animation by Avi Ofer.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Top 10 Hardest Instruments to Learn

Playing an instrument isn’t easy to begin with, but these instruments will really test your patience!

Do you agree with this list? What would you change?

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Health Benefits for Seniors Learning to Play Musical Instruments

Researchers at the Western Sydney University's MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development say even a small amount of musical training can have long-lasting effects, particularly for seniors.

They say playing a musical instrument in retirement is one of the best ways to stay mentally and physically agile.

Music and psychology researcher with the institute, Dr Jennifer MacRitchie, has been studying the benefits of learning an instrument for the first time in people aged over 65, with her most recent study focusing on the piano.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Can You Solve the Seven Planets Riddle? - Edwin F. Meyer

Your interstellar police squad has tracked a group of criminals to a cluster of seven planets. Now you must apprehend them before their reinforcements arrive. Of course, the fugitives won’t just stay put – they’ll try to dodge you by moving from planet to planet. Can you devise a sequence for searching the planets that’s guaranteed to catch them in ten warps or less? Edwin F. Meyer shows how.

Lesson by Edwin F. Meyer, animation by TED-Ed.