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Today I Learned From YouTube...

Whether to walk or run in the rain - or how I stopped worrying and learned to love video content from YouTube.

Did you know that researchers have created a computer simulation of the entire universe which takes 8192 CPUs to run - how crazy is that?

We’re bombarded by a ton of information just like this every day on the internet, so it’s easy to become overwhelmed with it all. But what if all these facts could be broken down into small, easy to swallow chunks of prime data-steak - perhaps trying to learn something might not leave you feeling like you’ve got indigestion!

YouTube is the ideal platform for doing this. It’s simple, you search what you want to see, and are presented with short videos, full of the key facts and delivered by someone (or something!) who’s at least mildly entertaining.

I’ve put together a list of my favourites for you to go have a look at - sorry it’s not in video form, our star pulled out at the last minute...

DNews -

DNews is the bread and butter of daily science news. They cover all the current topics in new research and technology. Delivered to you in short, to the point videos, presented by a friendly fun young cast. 'Cos science is cool, kids.

Minute Psychics -

Some things are difficult to understand without having something visuals to help you, such as the burning question you have always wanted an answer to: "Is it better to walk or run in the rain?". Along with talking you through an explanation, Minute Physics uses fun fast paced white board style drawings to simplify even the most mind bending topics.

Hard Science -

If you like Mythbusters you will love this channel. Not quite as high budget and with less explosions (I know, it’s a shame), here you follow Anthony Carboni and Tara Long as they test an array of crazy messy experiments such as a ‘Liquid Nitrogen BBQ’ and ‘Biking Across a Pool of Cornstarch’.

Vsauce -

You have probably watched this channel already. If you haven't, you definitely should right now. Michael Stevens answers obscure questions with mind blowing facts uncovering a whole range of new perspectives that you have probably never thought of, though the one thing that sets him apart from the rest of YouTube is his delivery. Let’s put it this way, if this man was my science teacher in school I would have actually looked forward to 2 hours of double science every day. Shocker. Check out one of my favourites: ‘Is your red the same as my red?’

Have you learnt anything new from YouTube recently? What do you subscribe to? Let us know!