Archive for month: August, 2017

5 TED-Ed Lessons about water

Access to clean drinking water is a fundamental human right. But just why is it so important? To learn all about water and how it affects the human body, watch this playlist of original animated videos, curated just for you. [...]

Do entertain the animals: 5 ways to be a better human at the zoo

Your job: Be interesting. Researcher and author Laurel Braitman explains. Most humans at a zoo or aquarium are really predictable. We go up to the glass and wave, or pull out our phones and take a picture, and then wander off to [...]

11 electrifying facts about jellyfish

Some jellyfish are longer than a blue whale. Others are barely larger than a grain of sand. And one even contains a secret that’s behind some of the greatest breakthroughs in biology. To dive deeper into why jellyfish are such [...]

Photos: the most beautiful bacteria you’ll ever see

Synthetic biologist Tal Danino manipulates microorganisms in his lab to create eye-catching, colorful patterns. Here’s a look at the process he uses to turn “Oh, yuck” into “Oh, wow.” Synthetic biologist Tal Danino washes his hands constantly, one of the [...]

Photos: The school where pandas learn how to be wild

At a conservation center in central China, captive-born pandas go through a gradual, carefully monitored process to prepare them for lives in their natural habitat. Photographer Ami Vitale shows how they go from wriggly newborns to independent adventurers. In September [...]

Why do people get allergies?

Anyone with an allergy has their origin story, a tale of how they discovered that their immune system goes haywire when some arbitrarily particular molecule gets into their body. There are hundreds of millions of these stories. In the US [...]

8 fun facts about bees (in TED-Ed GIFs)

How much do you know about the tiny, mighty bees? Here are 8 facts worth learning about our formidable friends: 1. Bees make our surroundings beautiful. In addition to pollinating our crops, bees are responsible for pollinating all of the things [...]