Weird Places: Socotra

Weird Places: Socotra

♪ SciShow Intro ♪ The Socotra Archipelago, part of the Republic of Yemen in the Arabian Sea, supports so many diverse and unique species of life that it’s been described as the most alien place on Earth. It’s also a refueling stop for Somali pirates. Socotra is a UNESCO world heritage site selected for its unique endemic flora and fauna.

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How Gods Die (The Collapse of Easter Island)

How Gods Die (The Collapse of Easter Island)

Nothing lasts forever. Eventually we all collapse. Everything atrophies. This universe atrophies. No matter how strong your faith Someday your God will die. It might be dead already. Because we invented it. Our society gave it value and when we crumble, it crumbles with us. To some the idea is morose, depressing even. But to me it’s just our world.

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Fogo: The Island that Sells Authenticity

Fogo: The Island that Sells Authenticity

What do you do when the cod’s gone? What do you do when you send your men out in their boats and they all come back empty handed? What do you do when the government says it’s time to pack it in? It’s a question on everybody’s lips out here. Because what do you do when you’ve built your entire

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The Useless Rock Worth Dying Over

The Useless Rock Worth Dying Over

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. If the advertising is to be believed, they’re a way to make two month’s salary last a lifetime. They’re rocks with a very specific value, and that value is two months of your life. It doesn’t matter your job or how much money you make, diamonds are worth two months of it. Or, so

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The Horrors of Ancient Cataract Surgeries

The Horrors of Ancient Cataract Surgeries

Lots of people get cataracts in their eyes as they age. And for most of human history, surgeons couldn’t really help… But that didn’t stop them from trying. I’m Anna Rothschild, and this is Gross Science. The lens of your eye is a clear structure that sits just behind the iris and helps focus the light coming in. But sometimes

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