Some Sharks Live for 500 Years, What Can We Learn From Them?

Most species of shark evolved in the oceans before the first trees evolved on earth. They’ve been around up to 450 million years and have survived 4 mass extinctions so far.Many of the OG ancient sharks that first started to appear millions of years ago remain virtually unchanged today, like this frilled shark–yeah, that guy’s […]

These Squishy Batteries Are Made Out of Water, Here’s How They Work

We humans are soft and squishy, and don’t like electricity. Robots are hard and pointy, and they love it. So how do we make a robot that’s soft and squishy like living things, but still gets power? Hydrogels of course. Hard, metal robots are so 20th century. “Soft-robotics” is hip. Just like me. Soft-robotics involves […]

This Is the Only Proven Way to Deter a Great White Shark | The Swim

In the story of an epic journey across the Pacific Ocean, one particular character might quickly come to mind. Ben saw it first, actually; it was just straight on the bow of the boat three meters away – it was, like, bigger than Ben. Before we left, we finally managed to get in touch with […]

A Great White Shark Breached & Just Missed Us!

NARRATOR: is a crazy picture. That is a gigantic great white shark. And as we can clearly see, the picture was taken at really, really close range. Maybe too close. My question is, who took this photo and how much danger were they in? The person on the other end of the camera was this […]

This Neurobiologist Swims With Great White Sharks to Study Fear

The first thing that comes through your mind when you see a white shark coming towards you is, “Oh my goodness, that’s a white shark. It looks like in the movies.” They’re long, but their girth is what’s incredible. The bodies of these animals are just enormous. They’re very aggressive and dangerous animals, but we […]

Is The Future Of Antibiotics At The Bottom Of The Ocean?

[MUSIC PLAYING] NARRATOR: Off the coast of California, scientists from UC Santa Cruz are scouring the ocean for what they hope is the key to fighting a new breed of drug-resistant superbugs. BRYSON VOIRIN: So we’re out here in Monterey Bay looking for the next potential medical breakthrough. But how are we going to do […]