The Town Where Gap Year Kids Went To Die

The Town Where Gap Year Kids Went To Die

I was recently having a conversation with a friend of mine, and yes, I do have a friend. There was even a time in my life when I had two. Not trying to brag. But we were talking about tourists and more specifically how we don’t really like them. There’s nothing worse on a vacation than meeting other vacationers, and

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The Island of Shrinking Mammoths

The Island of Shrinking Mammoths

We want to thank Google’s Science Journal App for supporting PBS Digital Studios In 1873, a geologist named Robert Stearns reported a rather odd find on the Channel Islands off the coast of southern California. He had discovered a single tooth from an animal that wasn’t known to have lived on the islands: a mammoth. The tooth was was a

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The Island of Huge Hamsters and Giant Owls

The Island of Huge Hamsters and Giant Owls

Greek and Roman mythology is full of stories about exotic islands that were home to weird and fearsome monsters — like one-eyed ogres, seductive sirens, and man-eating giants. And I’m here to tell you: Back in the late Miocene epoch, there was in fact an island–or maybe a group of islands– in the Mediterranean Sea that was populated with fantastic

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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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