Science on YouTube

Up until a few months ago, I thought that YouTube was basically an internet version of ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’, plus cats and music videos. I was wrong. I discovered the science community on YouTube and was blown away. There are people who are just as passionate about science education as I am! Here are some of my favorite science YouTube channels.

Alex Dainis from Bite Sci-zed is very passionate about genetics and microbiology and it shows in her videos. This video about genetic privacy is one of my favorites.

John and Hank Green’s channel Crash Course covers a wide range of topics, from chemistry to world history to ecology to literature. In this video, Hank explains the rules behind naming chemicals.

Hank Green has another channel, Sci Show, that explains relevant research and discoveries. In this video, Hank talks about what causes hangovers and possible cures.

The Brain Scoop with Emily Graslie is one of my favorite channels on YouTube. Emily is so excited about museums and animals, and her enthusiasm is infectious. In July she will be relocating to the Field Museum in Chicago, which will open doors for even more fascinating videos.

It’s Okay To Be Smart is a channel from PBS Digital Studios. Joe Hanson presents science in a simple, relatable way. This video about attention show how technology affects our focus and that it’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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