Sunday, December 30, 2018

The Music of Marimbas


A mallet instrument that traces its roots to Africa, the name marimba in the Central African language of Bantu means "wood that sings." Problem is, that wood is running out; Honduran Rosewood, responsible for the unique sound of the marimba, is grown only in a few parts of Central America, and in 2008 the tree was added to the Endangered Species List. Serena Altschul gets some percussion lessons, and talks with experts intent on making sure this ever-evolving instrument continues to sing.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas!


May the holiday season end the present year on a cheerful note and make way for a fresh and bright New Year. Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Introducing Mozart's Clarinet


"This is the clarinet that Mozart would have expected to hear when he wrote for it."

Our Principal Clarinet Antony Pay takes us through the staple instrument of the time - the 5 key clarinet, and shows us the type of basset clarinet he believes enables you to play Mozart's Clarinet Concerto best.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Can You Solve the Troll’s Paradox Riddle? - Dan Finkel


You and your brother have discovered another realm and set off exploring the new wonderful world. Along the way, you see a troll catching creatures in an enormous net. The troll agrees to release the creatures if you can come up with a statement that is both truth and false. Can you come up with the correct sentence and force the troll to release them? Dan Finkel shows how.

Lesson by Dan Finkel, directed by Artrake Studio.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

This Is Your Brain On Music - How Music Benefits The Brain


Music has been an important part of every human culture, both past and present. It can play a part in brain development, learning, mood, and even your health.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Why Is Blue So Rare In Nature?


Among living things, the color blue is oddly rare. Blue rocks, blue sky, blue water, sure. But blue animals? They are few and far between. And the ones that do make blue? They make it in some very strange and special ways compared to other colors. In this video, we'll look at some very cool butterflies to help us learn how living things make blue, and why this beautiful hue is so rare in nature.

Friday, December 14, 2018

The Life Cycle of a Neutron Star - David Lunney


About once every century, a massive star somewhere in our galaxy runs out of fuel. No longer able to produce sufficient energy to maintain its structure, it collapses under its own gravitational pressure and explodes in a supernova. The death of that star is the birth of a neutron star: one of the densest known objects in the universe. David Lunney explores what, exactly, a neutron star is.

Lesson by David Lunney, directed by JodyPrody.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Brain Teasers | Brain Games


Comedian Ben Bailey is quizzing people's common sense with a few trick questions. Think you can't be fooled? Listen carefully and play along to find out how you fare.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Can You Solve the Time Travel Riddle? - Dan Finkel


Your professor has accidentally stepped through a time portal in his physics lab. You’ve got just a minute to jump through before it closes and leaves him stranded in history. Your only way back is to grab enough colored nodules to create a new portal to open a doorway through time. Can you take the right amount of nodules to get back to the present before the portal closes? Dan Finkel shows how.

Lesson by Dan Finkel, directed by Artrake Studio.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Mercury 101 | National Geographic


The planet Mercury is named after the messenger of the Roman gods because of its fleeting nature across the sky. Find out the reason behind its incredible speed, if it is indeed the hottest planet in the Solar System, and why the smallest planet in the solar system is slowly shrinking.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Can You Solve the Giant Iron Riddle? - Alex Gendler


The family of giants you work for is throwing a fancy dinner party, but there’s a problem — the elder giant’s favorite shirt is wrinkled! To fix it, you’ll need to power up the giant iron. It needs two batteries to work, but the baby giant mixed the working battery pile with the dead pile. Can you test the batteries so that you get a working pair in seven tries or less? Alex Gendler shows how.

Lesson by Alex Gendler, directed by Artrake Studio.