Natural Selection

Hello. It’s Mr. Andersen and welcome to Biology Essentials – video 1. This is on natural selection so I’ve included a picture here of Charles Darwin. Most people think that Charles Darwin is famous because he somehow invented evolution. That’s not totally accurate. Why Charles Darwin is famous is that he’s the first scientist that […]

In Search of Fossil Fish

Welcome to Fossil Lake! The area I’m standing in right now is the largest and most complete representation of early Eocene life in the world, about 52 million years old. This area, during the early Eocene, was a lot like what modern Florida is today. You had crocodilians, you had paddlefish, all different kinds of […]

Squirrel McNastyface

*Emily and Anna sing The Brain Scoop theme* Coming to you from the basement of The Field Museum in front of a live studio audience: Anna Goldman, and Emily Graslie! Yay! – Hi! This is the grossest thing I’ve ever seen! I mean, he does not look like most of the other squirrels that we […]

Fantastic fish and where to find them (in the UK)

Some people wonder why I bother going diving in the UK – after all it’s bloody cold and you’re not going to see much wildlife, let alone any interesting wildlife. While it’s true that UK diving requires more than a few of the warmest thermal layers ever invented, the animals and algae you see when […]

Fire Ants vs. Simulated River Jungle

And speaking of this delicate and important partnership, it seems one of our biggest ant colonies on this channel has been long deserving of their own territory upgrade and expansion, and many of you have also shared this sentiment! AC Family, you guys demanded for an update on the most famous and long-standing ants on […]

Why are fish fish-shaped? – Lauren Sallan

In tropical seas, flying fish leap out of the water, gliding for up to 200 meters using wing-like fins, before dipping back into the sea. In the Indo-Pacific, a hunting sailfish can reach speeds of 110 kilometers per hour. That’s 11 times faster than Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps. It can then stick up its […]

The Snail-Smashing, Fish-Spearing, Eye-Popping Mantis Shrimp | Deep Look

The mantis shrimp is a true heavy-hitter. Take this one. She’s about to devour this snail. But she’s gotta crack it open first. So, she carefully positions it… Then — BAM! — she punches it with the speed of a .22 caliber bullet. It’s the fastest attack in the animal kingdom. That’s one kind of […]

Milking the WORLD’S MOST VENOMOUS FISH! – Smarter Every Day 117

Hey it’s me Destin, welcome back to Smarter Every Day. Sometimes I like to walk around in my yard barefooted, which is awesome until I hit a little sticky weed, which hurts. I’m about to ruin the beach for you. There’s an animal called the stonefish that is the meanest thing that I have ever […]

Dragon’s Blood Could Save Your Life

When you think medicine, chances are that these come to mind rather than these. What you might not realize is that a lot of times, potential drugs and other really useful compounds come from some truly bizarre places in nature. Today we’re looking at why these three unlikely animals might just save your life one […]

Your Microbiome: The Invisible Creatures That Keep You Alive!

[SHOW OPENING MUSIC] This episode was sponsored by Audible. [OPENING SHOW MUSIC] Teleport every one of your cells into the next room, and you’d leave a strange shadow behind. A ghostly cloud of single-celled creatures that live on and inside your body. Your microbiome. Zoom in and we can see this cloud is made of […]