Can posing with a powerful posture trick your brain into feeling more confident?
Friday, August 31, 2018
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
The oldest glue in the world is over 8,000 years old and comes from a cave near the Dead Sea. Today, we have enough types of tape and glue to build and repair almost anything. But what gives glue and tape their stickiness? And is one stronger than the other? Elizabeth Cox explores the world of adhesives.
Lesson by Elizabeth Cox, animation by Sinbad Richardson.
Monday, August 27, 2018
Saturday, August 25, 2018
The most piano key hits in one minute is 824, achieved by Domingos-Antonio Gomes in Lisbon, Portugal.
Thursday, August 23, 2018
You’ve found Leonardo da Vinci’s secret vault, secured by a series of combination locks. Fortunately, your treasure map has three codes: 1210, 3211000, and… hmm. The last one appears to be missing. Can you figure out the last number and open the vault? Tanya Khovanova shows how.
Lesson by Tanya Khovanova, directed by Artrake Studio.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
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.
Sunday, August 19, 2018
Thursday, August 16, 2018
A brown thrasher knows a thousand songs. A wood thrush can sing two pitches at once. A mockingbird can match the sounds around it — including car alarms. These are just a few of the 4,000 species of songbirds. How do these birds learn songs? How do they know to mimic the songs of their own species? Are they born knowing how to sing? Partha P. Mitra illuminates the beautiful world of birdsong.
Lesson by Partha P. Mitra, animation by TED-Ed.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Sunday, August 12, 2018
Your common sense might tell you there's more than meets the eye to illusionist Eric Leclerc's magic trick. And you'd be right.
Friday, August 10, 2018
A hostile artificial intelligence called NIM has taken over the world’s computers. You’re the only person skilled enough to shut it down, and you’ll only have one chance. Can you survive and shut off the artificial intelligence? Dan Finkel shows how.
Lesson by Dan Finkel, directed by Artrake Studio.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Monday, August 6, 2018
The ability to recognize sounds and identify their location is possible thanks to the auditory system. That’s comprised of two main parts: the ear, and the brain. The ear’s task is to convert sound energy into neural signals; the brain’s is to receive and process the information those signals contain. To understand how that works, Douglas L. Oliver follows a sound on its journey into the ear.
Lesson by Douglas L. Oliver, animation by Cabong Studios.
Saturday, August 4, 2018
If you’ve ever seen an orchestra perform you’ve probably had a difficult time looking away from the person dead center on the stage – the conductor. It’s hard to miss someone as they swing their arms around pointing at the musicians that seem to be focused instead on their music stands. So what exactly is the conductor doing?
We decided to ask James Gaffigan – a conductor who recently guest conducted the New York Philharmonic in Central Park – just what it is that makes a conductor so necessary and how their actions shape the performance.
Thursday, August 2, 2018
What is the moon made of, and how did it form? Learn about the moon's violent origins, how its phases shaped the earliest calendars, and how humans first explored Earth's only natural satellite half a century ago.