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Who Invented the Meter?

Who Invented the Meter?

This is a meter. But it’s not THE meter. The meter isn’t a physical object, locked away in a secret vault somewhere. The meter is a math problem. Take the distance light travels in one second and cut it into this many chunks, that’s how we define a meter. But why that number? Why not …

The Art of Web Design | Off Book | PBS Digital Studios

The Art of Web Design | Off Book | PBS Digital Studios

It’s important to remember when designing a website what purpose it’s going to serve in people’s lives. Creating a very simple easy to use, easy to understand experience, that’s the challenge of designers. It really comes down to understanding that someone is a person on the other end of the thing that you make. They’re …

Horses: Wild, But Not Free | Retro Report on PBS

Horses: Wild, But Not Free | Retro Report on PBS

♪♪ Today, in parts of the country where herds of wild horses still roam, there is a curious yearly ritual. Anywhere the Bureau of Land Management decides wild horses are overpopulating public lands, it sends in the helicopters. Like flying sheep dogs, the aircraft chase bands of horses out of the hills, herding them, coaxing …

NET Productions| An Issue of Trust: News Not Fiction

NET Productions| An Issue of Trust: News Not Fiction

Announcer: This program is funded by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. JOE STARITA: The salvation of the state is watchfulness in the citizen. The thumping sound of a newspaper hitting your doorstep, the avalanche of lurid headlines hijacking you at the checkout counter, the flood of 24-hour cable news shows washing over your …

The Most Important Moment in the History of Life

[Music] In our last video, I talked about why and how life became multicellular… one of the most important transitions in our evolutionary history, but still one that happened dozens of times Today I’m going to tell you about a different event, one so rare it only happened once in the nearly 4 billion years …

Do We Still Need Libraries?

Do We Still Need Libraries?

With almost unlimited access to a wide array of knowledge online, do we still need libraries? And do phones, computers, tablets and other devices make brick and mortar libraries obsolete? While some think that libraries are expensive and rarely used, others argue that they’re still essential social spaces that provide vital resources for communities. Today, …

How An Igloo Keeps You Warm

How An Igloo Keeps You Warm

[MUSIC] For thousands of years, humans, and plants and animals long before that, have been using frozen “sky water” to keep warm. Which sort of doesn’t make sense. Because snow is cool. You might even say it’s… ice cold. YEEAAHHHHH! No one knows for sure who built the first igloo, but with the right fit …

7 Scientific Urban Legends Debunked!

7 Scientific Urban Legends Debunked!

Hey smart people Joe here – stay tuned for a special announcement after the video. So I used to have this shirt. I know at least one of you was watching back in 2013… Hey Kyle. For the rest of you are probably wondering the same thing as me. What’s up with the hair? What …

A Brief History of Men’s Underwear

A Brief History of Men’s Underwear

Boxers, briefs, trunks, tighty-whiteys. Although some refer to underwear as “unmentionables,” men’s underwear actually has a fascinating history that goes beyond its practical uses of protection, cleanliness, and modesty. Alan Greenspan, the chair of the US Federal Reserve from 1987 to 2006, suggested in an interview with National Public Radio, that the underwear industry is …