SCISHOW: MAKING CURIOSITY
SciShow is a well-done, interesting YouTube channel. While not overly
technical, they do a good job of “making curiosity contagious,” as they
like to say. The channel is diverse–there is a playlist of the world’s most
asked questions, such as what is the meaning of life and why is the sky
blue? There is also SciShow News, a round-up of some of the most
interesting science stories of the week; SciShow Dose, quick doses of
science tidbits; and SciShow infusions, a more in-depth, scientific look
into a variety of topics. In two other features, SciShow examines the
minds of some of humanity’s greatest scientists, and visits some of the
world’s oddest places, like the Pennsylvania town that has been on fire
for 50 years.
The non-profit World Science U is an
online teaching platform that provides a
unique educational experience for any
user. Taught by founder and famous
physicist Brian Greene–along with other
renowned professors–the website offers
courses that let you spend minutes,
hours, days or months on a subject,
Unplugged, Master Classes and Courses. Science Unplugged provides hundreds
of short video answers to a wide range of questions from “What is a Higgs Parti-
cle?” to “What happens to time near a black hole?” Master classes are designed
by prestigious scientists from leading research universities. The material can
generally be covered in a few hours. Students can earn World Science U certifi-
cation upon successful class completion. The short courses, suitable for a broad
spectrum of learners, typically require two to three weeks to complete and have
no homework or exams. University courses are university-level offerings that typ-
ically require eight to 10 weeks to complete. Students work at their own pace and
can earn World Science U certification upon successful course completion.
KNOWLEDGE FOR EVERYONE: WORLD SCIENCE U
Ever feel small in this big world?
If so, this interactive won’t help
you. It will do the opposite. From
designer Whitevinyl, the “Here
is Today” interactive is based on
a simple but visually appealing
user interface. First, it gives you
today’s date. Press the “Okay”
button a few times and get the month, year and century.
Keep going for the millennium and the current epoch on
the geologic scale. While you are doing this, the timeline
that you started with–that originally showed just the day–
gets smaller and smaller. If you push even further, the timeline shows the formation of Earth, life, oxidation, animals
and last but not least, the universe. By the time you are at
the end, the little block that once represented the present is
so small–in the scheme of things–that you can’t even see it
anymore. The changing, interactive timeline is an interesting way to put time in perspective.
WHAT IS TIME?