Who doesn’t like science? It’s what explains the movement of the Earth around the sun. It explains why jellyfish sting. It helps us understand our natural environment. If you’re a college student looking for all-you-can-eat science videos, start with these as appetizers.
The time-lapse video titled “Earth” shows you what our planet looks like from above – way above. Most of us will never see the planet like this. It’s a time-lapse view of Earth showing what lightning storms, the Aurora Borealis looks like from space, what cloud formations look like, the transition from day to night and how cities light up.
This will be a fascinating video if you’re studying to be anything from a geologist to an aerospace engineer. Actually, just about anyone would find this video simply amazing as long as they had even the slightest bit of scientific inquiry.
Nature By Numbers
This movie is a 3D animation that sets numbers to music and attempts to weave a naturalistic tapestry worthy of the most skilled painters. It’s the kind of video you’d love to have as your screen saver. If you get the creator’s permission, you probably could. This video, hosted by Vimeo, is downloadable using programs like YTD, but only if you have the copyright holder’s permission first. Make sure you remember to respect intellectual property.
The movie is largely inspired and driven by geometry and nature, while incorporating numbers – moving back and forth between math and nature using some pretty slick morphing technology.
Flatline is a short film that explores a niche in the medical community – heart surgery. Patients with heart problems are usually given one of two choices: they can either die or have their hearts replaced with a donor heart. Sometimes, a donor isn’t available. What choices do they have left?
Thanks to the ingenuity of two doctors from the Texas Heart Institute, they have another choice. They can live with a rotary-driven pump. The video explores how life is possible without a human heart, a pulse, or a heartbeat.
It’s pretty radical, but so is letting a patient die when there’s a solution to save him or her. If you’re going into any medical field, you will absolutely want to see this. It’s nothing short of stunning.
Why Women Are Stripey
Derek Muller explores the hidden stripes on every woman’s skin. Weird right? But, it’s true. It has to do with the DNA present in every female. The explanation will seem unbelievable at first. But, when you hear it in full, you’ll realize this basic fact of biology is understandable to just about any high school biology student.
Muller runs a YouTube channel called “Veritasium,” and it’s one of the coolest science channels on the Internet. On it, he explores mostly physics-related phenomenon, but he does delve into other sciences. If you’re interested in physics, you will get lost in this channel. It’s that good.
The Secret Life Of Plankton
Who knew that plankton could be so interesting? This video takes you from life to death of one of the world’s smallest organisms. Seeing the close-up visuals of plankton is pretty cool. Most people have never really examined or appreciated these organisms – understandably.
It’s a pretty boring subject, but this video somehow seems to make it much more interesting than it should be. Every biologist interested in marine life should check this video out. Even if you’re not into marine biology, it’s an interesting documentary.
How Tiny Eyes Inspire Technology
This video is all about a beetle’s eye. Yuck, right? Not so fast. Dr. Chris Forman explains how the lowly beetle has inspired great inventions like the modern smartphone. It seems unusual or “weird,” but this is often how science works. Scientists observe a natural phenomenon, and then they’re inspired to create something that mimics it. Sometimes, the man-made device is a flop. Other times, it ends up giving birth to a technological revolution.
The video is short – just over a minute long, but it shows you a close-up of what could be one of the greatest inventions ever created: a beetle.
Bonus: Carl Sagan – A Glorious Dawn
This isn’t so much a science video as it is a tribute to two of the greatest scientists who have ever lived. With over 9 million views, “A Glorious Dawn” shows us just how passionate scientists can be about their profession. So, don’t ever let anyone tell you that science is boring. Not only will it be your new profession, it may just solve a previously unsolvable problem plaguing millions of people. What more could you ask for?
Ruth Brown has been a passionate educator for decades. With a knack for finding fun and effective teaching strategies using technology, she loves blogging about her insights and inspirations for others to use.