How Airlines Are Racing to Clean Up the Skies With “Green” Fuels

Sustainable aviation fuel, or SAF, could help the airline industry meet ambitious emissions reduction targets in the coming years. » Subscribe to Seeker! » Watch more Elements! » Visit our shop at Pre-COVID, aviation was one of the fastest-growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, rising by about 2% every year since 2000. […]

Who decides what’s in the dictionary? – Ilan Stavans

Explore the history of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary and find out how old words get redefined and how new words are added. — While the concept of a dictionary dates back to ancient civilizations, the first English dictionary wasn’t published until 1604. In the centuries that followed, many more dictionaries were written by individual authors who […]

Meet the bluefin tuna, the toughest fish in the sea – Grantly Galland and Raiana McKinney

Discover the unique adaptations that make the Atlantic bluefin tuna one of the most dominant predators in the ocean. — What’s as big as a polar bear, swallows its prey whole, and swims at forty miles an hour? It’s not a shark or a killer whale… it’s the Atlantic bluefin tuna— the largest and longest-lived […]

The World’s Most Powerful Supercomputer Is Almost Here

The next generation of computing is on the horizon, and several new machines may just smash all the records…with two nations neck and neck in a race to get there first. » Subscribe to Seeker! » Watch more Elements! » Visit our shop at The ENIAC was capable of about 400 FLOPS. […]

This Neurological Disease Kept People Sleeping for 40 Years

About 100 years ago, over a million people contracted a mysterious disease called encephalitis lethargica that left people in a sleepy state for decades. A breakthrough would finally come years later when a neurologist named Oliver Sacks took an unconventional approach to his patients. This episode is made possible thanks to HHMI Tangled Bank Studios. […]

How long should your naps be? – Sara C. Mednick

Download a free audiobook version of “Take a Nap: Change Your Life” by Sara Mednick or Matthew Walker’s “Why We Sleep” and support TED-Ed’s nonprofit mission: — Your eyes get heavy and gradually close… But wait! It’s only lunch time and you still have so much to do. Would taking a nap help? Or would it derail […]

This Ocean Lab Is Uncovering the Mysterious Link Between Microbes and Climate

Studying marine aerosols in the field is extremely tricky, so scientists at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography have brought the complexity of the ocean—complete with real waves—into the lab. Check out The Swim, now streaming on Discovery+ » Subscribe to Seeker! » Watch more Elements! » Visit our shop at For […]

The Most Extreme Things in the Universe – Ultimate Guide to Black Holes

If you want to continue thinking about black holes a tad more, you can do so by getting one of the many black hole related things the Kurzgesagt team made with love: Sources & further reading: Our Video on Neutronstars: Our Video on the Information Paradox: Black holes are the most […]

Demolition, disease, and death: Building the Panama Canal – Alex Gendler

Discover what it took to build the Panama Canal, and how this colossal construction project changed the region. — In the 19th century, the California gold rush brought thousands of settlers to America’s west coast. But finding gold may have been easier than transporting it back east. The only hope for avoiding a grueling six […]

China’s New Space Station Will Join the ISS in Earth’s Orbit

China is about to launch its first module of its latest space station into orbit, but with an ambitious timeline. So will China be able to build its newest space station in time? » Subscribe to Seeker!​ » Watch more Countdown to Launch:​ » Visit our shop at China is no stranger […]

Can you solve Dongle’s Difficult Dilemma? – Dennis E. Shasha

Practice more problem-solving at — According to legend, three galactic terraformers shaped your planet into a paradise. When their work was done, they left the source of their power behind: three golden hexagons, hidden in dungeons full of traps and monsters. If one person were to bring all three together, they could reinvent the […]

For the Very First Time, We Can See A Black Hole’s Magnetic Fields

In 2019, the first-ever image of a black hole wowed the world. And now, the team at the Event Horizon Telescope has released an updated version, this time revealing how the supermassive black hole looks in polarized light. » Subscribe to Seeker! » Watch more Elements! » Visit our shop at In […]

How do wind turbines work? – Rebecca J. Barthelmie and Sara C. Pryor

Explore how wind turbines convert wind into electricity, and the challenges of powering the world entirely with wind energy. — Every 24 hours, wind generates enough kinetic energy to produce roughly 35 times more electricity than humanity uses each day. And unlike coal or oil, this resource is totally renewed each day. So how can […]

Why Billions of Cicadas Are About to Emerge After 17 years

For the first time in 17 years, one of the largest broods of cicadas is about to swarm the Midwestern and Northeastern United States—here’s what you need to know. » Subscribe to Seeker! » Watch more Elements! » Visit our shop at Cicadas species fall into two broad groups: annual that can […]

How the world’s tallest skyscraper was built – Alex Gendler

Discover the engineering innovations that made building Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper, possible. — In 2004, construction began on a new building in Dubai, promising a revolutionary design that would dwarf the rest of the world’s skyscrapers. Five years later, the 828-meter Burj Khalifa was complete, surpassing the previous record-holder by over 60%. What […]

What Happens When You Quit Marijuana?

When you stop smoking weed, your body changes. This is what happens in the first 28 days of quitting. Quitting Marijuana Podcast: FOLLOW US! Instagram:​​ Facebook:​​ Twitter:​​ TikTok: @AsapSCIENCE Written by: Greg Brown Edited by: Luka Šarlija People are likely watching the Marvel Shang-Chi trailer, or the Jake Paul fight, or […]

SpaceX Will Launch Its Next Human Spaceflight to the ISS

SpaceX’s next launch to space will not only have NASA astronauts but also astronauts from the European Space Agency and the Japan Aerospace Exploration making it the most international crew yet. » Subscribe to Seeker!​ » Watch more Countdown to Launch:​ » Visit our shop at At the beginning of 2020, a […]

The world’s most painful insect sting – Justin Schmidt

Find out whether a honeybee, a tarantula hawk wasp, or a bullet ant has the most painful insect sting, and what each of their stings feel like. — One of these three creatures is thought to possess the world’s most painful insect sting: there’s an ant that forages in rainforest canopies, a bee that protects […]

How Scientists Are Saving South Africa’s Painted Dogs | Part of the Pack

The African Wild dog has been nearly hunted to extinction, but these conservationists are united packs across South Africa to boost their diversity and save the species. » Subscribe to Seeker! » Visit our shop at » Catch up on Seeker Indie! South Africa is filled with all kinds of animals, but […]

Scientists Just Discovered a Major “Hole” in the Standard Model of Particle Physics

The long-awaited results from Fermilab’s g-2 experiment are finally here…and they confirm that the Standard Model—you know, the one that aims to explain the forces that shape our universe—may need some major reworking. » Subscribe to Seeker! » Watch more Elements! » Visit our shop at The muon is one of 12 […]

Why are airplanes slower than they used to be? – Alex Gendler

Why aren’t commercial flights getting faster? Dig into the technological and environmental problems facing supersonic flight. — In 1996, a British Airways plane flew from New York to London in a record-breaking two hours and fifty-three minutes. Today, however, passengers flying the same route can expect to spend no less than six hours in the […]

We’re One Step Closer To Solving The Ocean Plastic Crisis, Here’s How | The Swim

In 2018, Ben Lecomte attempted a historic first – swimming across the Pacific Ocean. The expedition resulted in the collection of invaluable scientific data that could help find a solution for the plastic pollution problem in our oceans. Streaming now on @discovery plus . Terms apply. » Subscribe to Seeker! » Watch more […]

Whatever happened to acid rain? – Joseph Goffman

Discover what causes acid rain, and how scientists were able to largely eliminate this major environmental threat. — In 1963, scientists studying Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest made a shocking discovery. Their most recent rainfall samples were nearly 100 times more acidic than usual; which could destroy the area’s ecosystems in a matter of decades. What […]

Do we Need Nuclear Energy to Stop Climate Change?

The first 1000 people to use this link will get a free trial of Skillshare: Sources & further reading: Do we need nuclear energy to stop climate change? More and more voices from science, environmental activists and the press have been saying so in recent years – but this comes as a shock […]

DNA Sequencing Is Cracking Down on Shark Poaching

About one in five fish sold around the world are captured illegally. But proving that a fish was poached can be especially difficult once it gets to shore. Now, a new device is taking forensics to a genetic level allowing field experts to crack down on shark poaching. » Subscribe to Seeker! » Watch […]

This tool will help improve your critical thinking – Erick Wilberding

Explore the technique known as the Socratic Method, which uses questions to examine a person’s values, principles, and beliefs. — Socrates, one of the founding fathers of Western philosophical thought, was on trial. Many believed he was an enemy of the state, accusing the philosopher of corrupting the youth and refusing to recognize their gods. […]

This 300-Mile River Was Destroyed By Dams, But This Tribe Is Fighting Back | Guardians of the River

The Yurok tribe live along the Klamath river and for decades they’ve been fighting to keep their livelihood. With extraordinary resilience and community effort, they’ve not only provided their own food source but won a long-deserved battle. » Subscribe to Seeker! » Visit our shop at » Catch up on Seeker Indie! […]

Betelgeuse Is Destined to Explode as a Supernova…But When?

Long considered one of the brightest stars in the night sky, Betelgeuse has begun to dramatically fade then brighten again for reasons we can’t quite pin down. And it’s caused some people to wonder if it’s about to explode. » Catch up on Constellations! » Subscribe to Seeker! » Visit our shop at […]

The surprising secrets of hummingbird flight – Kristiina J. Hurme and Alejandro Rico-Guevara

Dig into the incredible fighting, feeding, and flying capabilities of hummingbirds. — In just a matter of seconds, hummingbirds can perform astonishing aerial acrobatics, eat lunch in midair, pollinate a flower, even escape threats while upside-down. And they can do this all while achieving sustained hovering flight— an aerial feat no other bird can perform. […]

The Hidden Environmental Costs of Electric Cars

As green technologies become more common, scientists are trying to ‘green’ the lithium-ion batteries that power them. One question being: can we innovate ways to reuse and recycle these complicated batteries? » Subscribe to Seeker! » Watch more Elements! » Visit our shop at There are a lot of reasons to recycle […]

Why good ideas get trapped in the valley of death— and how to rescue them

Explore why zero-carbon technologies are vulnerable to the valley of death in product development and how we can change it. — All new products must pass through the “valley of death” before they reach the market. Many never make it out, and sometimes that’s ok— if they don’t work, don’t fill a need, or for […]

How Drones Are Fighting Poaching in South Africa

The immense density of the rainforest is one of its more incredible defining characteristics, so this company uses a combination of drones and advanced AI technology to spot poachers and stop them before any animals are harmed. » Subscribe to Seeker! » Watch more Human! » Visit our shop at If you’ve […]

Can you outsmart the apples and oranges fallacy? – Elizabeth Cox

Dig into the false analogy fallacy, which assumes that because two things share a characteristic, they must be alike in other respects. — It’s 1997. The United States Senate has called a hearing about global warming. Some expert witnesses point out that past periods in Earth’s history were warmer than the 20th century. Because such […]

The Survival of the Antarctic Could Depend on These Penguins | Disappearing Penguins

After 50 years, scientists return to Elephant Island off the coast of the Antarctic peninsula to do the seemingly impossible; count thousands of penguins. » Subscribe to Seeker! » Visit our shop at » Catch up on Seeker Indie! 245 kilometers off the frigid coast of Antarctica is an island where populations […]

From Sundials to Atomic Clocks: How the Universe Shapes Our Understanding of Time

Clocks: In a world of booked calendars and packed schedules, it’s hard to imagine life without them. But as it turns out, we’ve been telling time long before their invention. For millennia, people have used the stars to understand and organize the movement of time. » Subscribe to Seeker! » Visit our shop at […]

How to see with sound – Jacques S. Abramowicz

Discover how scientists and doctors used bats’ ultrasound capabilities as inspiration for SONAR and non-invasive medical procedures. — In a dark cave, bats can’t see much. But even with their eyes shut, they can navigate rocky topography at incredible speeds. This is because bats aren’t just guided by their eyes, but rather, by their ears. […]

How Crystals Can Turn Any Surface Into a Solar Panel

Scientists are on the hunt for a more efficient solar panel cell. Perovskites show a lot of promise, but face a few obstacles before they become commercially viable. » Subscribe to Seeker! » Watch more Elements! » Visit our shop at Perovskites are a class of materials that have a cube-like and […]

A brief history of the devil – Brian A. Pavlac

Download a free audiobook version of “Devil in the White City” and support TED-Ed’s nonprofit mission: — Satan, the beast crunching sinners’ bones. Lucifer, the fallen angel. Mephistopheles, the trickster striking deals. These three divergent devils are all based on Satan of the Old Testament. But unlike any of these literary devils, the Satan […]

How AI is Tracking Illegal Fishing From Space

This fugitive ship got away with stealing millions of fish for years. Inside how experts are using AI to fight illegal fishing on a massive scale. » Subscribe to Seeker! » Watch more Wild Crime! » Visit our shop at OceanMind does not endorse the blowing up of vessels. This action is […]

Scientists Find Our World Could Be Ruled By Secret Patterns | A Natural Code

Scientists are using Alan Turing’s theory about patterns to grasp a better understanding of nature’s hidden design; from tracking migrating birds, to conserving whale sharks across the world. » Subscribe to Seeker! » Visit our shop at » Catch up on Seeker Indie! This is a short wildlife documentary about the fascinating […]

NASA’s Future Telescopes Will Float at the Edge of Space

NASA wants a new type of space telescope. A team of scientists and engineers at NASA are developing ways to send ultra cold and ultra large balloon telescopes to the edge of space, which could open up a brand new way of seeing the cosmos. »Subscribe to Seeker! »Watch more Focal Point | […]