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Top 10 YouTube science channels to enlighten and entertain

Thanks to YouTube it’s never been easier – or more entertaining – to learn about science. The EuroScientist team has browsed some of YouTube’s most popular and emerging science channels to bring you a list of our their ten favourites. This list is by no means exhaustive, so feel free to share  your favourites in the comment box below!

Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

Quite possibly one of the most beautifully animated series on YouTube, Kurzgesagt (German for ‘In a Nutshell’) uses clever commentary and stunning digital animation to explore topics as specific and scientific as the functioning of the human immune system to those as broad and philosophical as ‘what is life?’

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Brit Lab

Brit Lab is a collection of short videos from the BBC. Never afraid to ‘go there’ in the name of science, host Greg Foot once explored the question ‘what does human flesh taste like?’ by – you guessed it – eating some of his own flesh. Regular features include Cinema Science, Secrets of Everything as well as a selection of clips from popular BBC science programmes, including a throwback to retro science with clips from the 1980s programme ‘Tomorrow’s World.’

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PhysicsGirl

It’s no secret that women are seriously underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Now, change is on its way. This is due in no small part to women like Dianna Cowern, A.K.A. ‘Physics Girl.’ Taking to YouTube to share a personal passion for physics, Cowern is clear about her desire to draw more women and girls into STEM via her channel and blog. Using simple experiments to explain complex phenomena, Physics Girl is clearly written and creatively executed .

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Asap Science

Asap Science  packs a surprising amount of science into each 3 to 5 miunutes videos. Creators Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown take to their whiteboard to tackle burning questions, such as: Will a wingman will help you get a date? What really came first?  The chicken or the egg? And, what was the colour of that dress? In addition to their trademark kinetic typography, the AsapScience team regularly tap into their inner geek with science-themed A Capella performances. They also explore ‘science with a social conscience’ through vlogs and interviews on their sister channel AsapThought.

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Nerdiologia

Nerdologia is making science and topics typically reserved for so-called nerds exciting . Host Atila Iamarino is a Brazilian scientist  who has an innate sense for communicating quirky science concepts using video and animation. For those who don’t speak Portuguese, just set the subtitles to auto-translate to get the gist of this exciting channel.

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Smarter Every Day

Smarter Every Day started as a series of homemade videos for friends and family. Now, it has evolved into one of the most accessible and engaging science channels available. When host Destin Sandlin (a full-time rocket scientist) finds himself stumped by a scientific question, he will do whatever it takes to find the answer: whether it means travelling across the world to meet top researchers, strapping himself into a freefalling helicopter or playing with venomous spiders.

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Veritasium

Vertiasium explores key questions and misconceptions in science and engineering, To do so, it uses a mix of experiments, interviews and monologues that feel more like one-on-one conversations. Host Derek Muller and his team often travel to remote locations around the globe to produce videos which, beyond their educational value, are masterpieces in their own right (like this one).

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The Brain Scoop

Ever wondered what goes on behind the exhibits at your favourite science or natural history museum? If so, this channel is the right place to go. From its home base at the renowned Chicago Field Museum, Brain Scoop gives us an insider’s view of the museum and the science that makes it all possible. From exploring hidden collections and chatting with in-house scientists to getting down and dirty with dissections in the prep lab, host Emily Graslie sheds light on the oft-forgotten work of curating and the role of field research in anthropology, biology and earth science.

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Vsauce

With over 10 million followers, Vsauce is the most subscribed to science channel on YouTube. Creator Michael Stevens employs scientific and philosophical methods to explore an impressive range of topics. These range from the mysteries of space and the mind to the complexities of language and perception. Vsauce’s videos are for tose who want an in-depth viw as they last an average of 20 minutes.

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Brain Craft

With the help of clever cut-outs and stop-motion animation, host Vanessa Hill explores past and present research to tackle some of the most intriguing questions in psychology and neuroscience. Whether it’s exploring psychology in pop culture or the impact of technology on our brains, Brain Craft is refreshingly research-focused, providing insight into the science behind psychology’s most fascinating puzzles and the methods we use to investigate them.

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3 thoughts on “Top 10 YouTube science channels to enlighten and entertain”

  1. Discover the Science and Cocktails YouTube Channel

    We’re not the most browsed science communication YouTube channel. Yet. But we are the most popular science communication event in Denmark!
    Top notch Euro/World -scientists are invited to present their own research to 20-40 years old audience.
    All the talks are recorded and can be watch here: http://bit.ly/2fmEJ1j . We do interviews as well. Below some examples:
    – The Science of Interstellar: an Illustration of a Century of Relativity with Kip Thorne
    – Neuroscience and the visual arts with John O’Keefe
    – Faster than forecast: the story ice tells about abrupt anthropocene climate change with Jason Box
    – Free Will is an illusion (interview with Susan Blackmore)

    More information: http://www.scienceandcocktails.org/