It seems as though the latest buzzword for 2020 is social distancing. Put simply, that means avoiding close contact with other people to prevent the spread of any unwanted virus.
A quick and easy to way to ‘socially distance’ yourself from others without developing a serious case of cabin fever would be to immerse yourself in some high quality entertainment.
Below we’ve gathered a list of the best educational science Youtube channels to keep you entertained and informed while you master the art of good social distancing.
Kurzgesagt- In a nutshell- 11.2M subscribers
Kurzgesagt, German for ‘In a nutshell’, is the perfect channel to watch if you’re looking to learn about all things science. They’re able to take extremely complicated topics like Neutron Stars and the side effects of vaccines for example, and distill them down into bite-sized 10 minute animated videos that anyone can understand.
It’s okay to be smart– 3.14M subscribers
Hosted by Ph.D. Joe Hanson, It’s okay to be smart embraces the curious nature within all of us to discover more about the world we live in. With videos ranging from ‘Why is blue so rare in nature’ to ‘100,000,000 years from now’, this YouTube channel has a wide variety of topics for you to choose from.
VSAUCE is arguably the top science related YouTube channel on the entire platform. Hosted by Michael Stevens, VSAUCE is able to answer questions that many of us never even thought of asking, like ’what if everyone jumped at once’ and ‘which way is down’. VSAUCE has also teamed up with YouTube to create the ‘Mind Field’ series. These are longer videos, around 20 minutes per episode, in which Stevens takes a deeper, more in depth dive into topics like’ how to talk to aliens’ or the ‘power of suggestion’.
The Infographics Show– 7.51M subscribers
The Infographics Show focuses on producing animated motion infographic videos, made in a fun and entertaining way. On the surface, the brightly coloured animated videos might come across as something more tailored for children, but that is not the case. Some of their video focus on topics like ‘The weirdest weapons in the world’ or ‘What actually happens during a prison lockdown’. An added benefit of The Infographics Show is the fact that they upload daily, so you’ll have more than enough content to keep you entertained.
What if– 3.34M subscribers
The title to this channel pretty much sums up what they’re all about, answering ‘what if’ questions. If you’ve ever wondered ‘what if we drained the Mediterranean sea’ or ‘what if you fell into a piranha pool’, they’ve got the answers. Join them on an adventure grounded in scientific theory through time, space and chance, as they answer what if some of the most fundamental aspects of our existence were different.